The Clayborne brothers are all honest men who stand up for justice plus always listen to the person known as their mother, and Adam is the sibling who encouraged these traits in them. His beloved Mama Rose is the one who taught him many wonderful characteristics, and now she wants him to share his life with a particular woman of her choosing. Though he has never met Genevieve before, this is going to be a rare time where he disobeys an order. Julie Garwood has created a short, sweet novella for the third Clayborne brother, and Adam gets the chance to show off his gun fighting skills while proving the emotions he keeps hidden are right below the surface. ONE RED ROSE is a charming historical romance.
Wanting to get a restful night of sleep instead of camping outside once again, Adam Clayborne arrives very late at Rosehill ranch. As he prepares to get in his own bed, he discovers it already occupied by Genevieve Perry. Though he has heard of the woman and knows Mama Rose had invited her for a specific reason, he did not think she would come from the Deep South all the way to Montana. Since Adam never plans to wed, marrying someone picked out by his mother is not going to happen.
Although Genevieve has traveled a long distance, marriage between her and Adam cannot come to pass. Her life is filled with big trouble because of an incident in her past, and while Adam would make a fine husband, she knows there will be no wedding taking place. When the person connected to the problem that she hoped to avoid turns up in Montana, she plans to keep everyone else out of harm’s way. But Adam is not going to let her face any danger by herself.
All the books in the Clayborne Brides series have been entertaining with appealing characters plus engaging plots, and ONE RED ROSE is another compelling story from Julie Garwood. Mama Rose wants her boys to settle down with women who are perfect for them, and if it takes some manipulation on her part, then it just has to be done. Adam has always been serious and kept things to himself. Though he had dreams of traveling, he forgot about his wishes and put family first. Now it appears someone else has come into his life who needs his attention, whether they want it or not. I have always thought of Adam as principled, doing what should be done, regardless of how others see him. While he may not want a wife, Genevieve means a lot to his mother, and he feels it is his responsibility to watch over her. What he did not expect is for his own feelings to become so involved with her. Several of their conversations are humorous, while other talks are insightful into the cause of their behavior. The short length of the book keeps delving deep into their relationship from occurring, but I did get a sense of their emotional connection steadily growing.
During the birthday celebration for Mama Rose, all the Clayborne siblings make an appearance. A few chats between Adam and Cole are especially enjoyable, as their differences of opinion are very amusing. Now I must reread Cole’s story again, as I need to see if I remember everything about his personal adventure.
Copy received from publisher
Series: Clayborne Brides – Book 3
Publisher: Pocket Star
Releases: July 11, 2016
Author website: http://juliegarwood.com/
Rating: 4 Stars