Amelia first introduced us to Wyatt and Elsie in her story in Hero Undercover. Normally I would have an Amazon link here for you to look at, the book has been pulled and all the rights returned to the authors so that they can expand their stories, and I say hallelujah for that! Otherwise, we wouldn’t have gotten this great story or the other ones I know are coming.
Anyway, back to Wyatt and Elsie. We don’t want to leave Elsie waiting too long, or Wyatt may have something to say to us.
So, Justice for Elsie starts out at Elsie’s father’s funeral. He saved up all his life to buy a ranch, and when he got the chance, he went to Virginia City and found the perfect piece of land to start his ranch on. The only problem was that it was right next to the Xanders, as nasty a family as ever existed. They did all kinds of things like rustling cattle from Elsie and her father and damning up a stream that ran through both ranches and making Elsie and her father have to take the cattle clear to the other side of their ranch where there was a well. By the time the law came to make the Xanders take down the dam, Elsie’s dad had died. To rub salt into the wound, the Xanders showed up at the funeral, acting like nothing had happened. That was more than Elsie could handle, so she started hatching a plan to get back at them and make her ranch grow. Her plan? Rustling the Xanders’ cattle.
The way she planned on doing it involved rebranding the Xander cattle. Their brand was an X, and hers was an ∞. She figured out a way that she could turn the x into ∞, and allow her to sell the cattle.
Wyatt was a cowboy who has spent his years working on various ranches. When his right shoulder gets hurt, he figures it will just go away. When it doesn’t, his boss fires him and shafts him out of 2 weeks wages. His girl runs away and straight into the arms of another man. If only his horse had left him, we would’ve had the perfect mix for a country song. Luckily, Wyatt was able to keep his horse and his saddle, otherwise he probably wouldn’t have made it to Virginia City and Elsie.
On his way to VC, he decides that he wants to change his career, and being a lawman sounds pretty good right about now, so he walks into the sheriff’s office and asks for a job. Sheriff tells Wyatt that he’s looking for someone who can lie through his teeth and go undercover at Elsie’s ranch to figure out what’s going on. Wyatt tells the sheriff that he’s got the right man for the job.
Meanwhile, Elsie’s ranch hands are telling her that it’s been long enough, and it’s time for them to shut it down. She doesn’t really want to, but she really doesn’t want to keep it going. She decides that she needs a strong husband that can help her and keep her safe, so she follows the example of her friends, and writes out an ad for a mail-order groom.
OK, you know the drill. I love the mail order groom stories. For one thing, it turns the whole mail order spouse trope upside down. Elsie is tough, a lot tougher than I was at 18. I don’t know that I would’ve had the balls and grit to do what she did, not at 18. At 46, yeah sure, but not back then. She’s also really caring and generous, as witnessed by the way she took care of Wyatt when he was hurting. Wyatt really did what he could to take care of her and protect her, even from herself. The two of them together is just so sweet. She’ll lead him a merry dance, for sure. Amelia writes a lovely, light story that is truly satisfying, with a strong HEA. I really enjoyed reading this story, as I have the other two in the series. I look forward to the rest of the series.
I loved this story back when I read it in HU, and I really love the expanded version. I do have to admit that I had to ask Amelia about it because I thought that I was having serious deja vu, but she said not deja vu. In my defense, I will only say that I read a lot of books, and I haven’t always remembered the titles of books I’ve read, which wouldn’t have helped here anyway since the title is different. All of which is neither here nor there, but there it is anyway.
I really love that Elsie and Wyatt’s first interaction is for him to spank her, well, not just spank her out of the blue, she did, quite literally, ask for it, but what a way to start off a relationship with your new boss.
Elsie tried to find a mail order husband who would be strong enough to make her stop and to keep her on the straight and narrow, as well as one who would protect her from the law. The thing is, she never realized that was right under her nose, mostly because she didn’t know that Wyatt was the worst undercover deputy in the world. But, he did keep her safe from the law. She became his first priority, even if it did piss the sheriff right the fuck off.
That’s all I have for today, and look, Amelia, I got Wyatt’s name right every time! Tomorrow is a new book in Lee Savino and Renee Rose’s shifter series, so stay tuned for that! Meanwhile, happy reading!