Rose (Seven Brides, #1) By Leigh Greenwood

    Rose has her work cut out for her, taking on this family of seven brothers, one who will soon her husband. And George is not going to be an eager husband. The Randolph brothers are as wild and rowdy as seven brothers can get. George is a little old before his time, trying to save the family ranch that went downhill when the oldest brothers went off to fight in the War Between the States. He returns to a mess and a dying mother. He can't run a ranch and raise his youngest siblings. The only answer is to get himself a housekeeper. But for propriety's sake, he'll ends up marrying her.

    Rose is well-named. She's pretty, delicate-appearing and sweet. But she's also tough like a good strong rosebush. She's got nerves of steel. Otherwise, she would have went running for the hills when tasked with shaping up this family of brothers. The only two sweet brothers are the youngest, Tyler and Zac. Zac is still very young, and takes to Rose very quickly. Tyler takes a little time to be won over but he does fall for her because she understands his needs for peace and quiet in the midst of a loud, crazy family. The older brothers don't care much for Rose at all. Well George certainly likes kissing her and other things. But love is not on his agenda at all. Jefferson, who lost an arm in the war is trying to decide if it's worth living without being a full man. Madison never comes back from the war at all. The twins Hen and Monty are in their terrible teens and can't seem to stay out of trouble. And George is so messed up from the war, and in over his head with the ranch, he has no idea how to be a loving husband.

    I was fairly surprised at how rough the males were in this book. They are like wild animals. They don't even bath or clean the house or themselves. Rose has to lay down some ground rules very early on. Thankfully George does support her. Yet, George is not a warm hero. I spent a while wondering where the romance was going to bloom. But it did. Rose is a strong woman, who endured much to claim this family and to mold George into a loving husband. But she does it.

    This was my first read by Leigh Greenwood (who is actually a male), and I was impressed. It's a good romance novel, but also a good western. There are a lot of lessons about family in this story. The Randolphs are very real, not prettied up. They fight like cats and dogs, and say ugly things to each other. But somehow it made the story more interesting.

    This might not appeal to all romance novel readers, but I sure did enjoy Rose. It started off an excellent series that I read from beginning to end. English 5 Estrellitas. El primer premio del año se lo lleva ésta maravillosa novela que me ha tenido encandilada y enganchada desde que lo empecé.

    Me recomendaron esta serie hace muchos años, pero tenía un par de motivos que me hacían retrasarlo: ocurría en el Oeste, y me dan mucha, mucha pereza los libros de vaqueros del Oeste, y ¡que están escritos por un hombre! Normalmente los libros románticos que he leído escritos por hombres han resultado ser un fiasco. No conocen el alma femenina, no saben dar lo que necesitamos... no sabría explicarlo; pero éste libro, si me dicen que está escrito por una mujer, me lo trago.

    Rose es el primer libro que leo de Leigh Greenwood, y el primero de su serie Siete novias. El autor nos presenta en ésta serie a los siete hermanos Randolph, de una rica y poderosa familia de Virginia, que lo perdió todo al comenzar la guerra, y cómo, una vez terminada, intentan rehacer sus vidas en un rancho apartado de Texas.

    George Randolph es el hermano mayor, y ahora el cabeza de familia de siete hermanos, todos varones. George sirvió en el ejército confederado, y ahora, recién terminada la guerra, vuelve al rancho que compró su familia en Texas, para criar ganado. Pero el rancho es un desastre, siete hombres medio salvajes, que no saben llevar una casa ni cocinar, y menos asearse. Así que llegan a una conclusión, contratar una mujer para que les haga las tareas del hogar.

    Rose Thornton está desesperada. Malvive en Austin trabajando como camarera, y el ambiente es opresivo para ella. Su padre era un oficial del ejercito unionista, y ella es una paria entre tantos sureños. Su esperanza será tener un día como cliente a George Randolph, que la salvará de las garras de unos parroquianos.

    En seguida, Rose queda prendada de George, de su bondad y gentileza. Y cuando descubre que él está en Austin para buscar una empleada del hogar, se ofrece sin dudarlo para el puesto. Cualquier lugar lejano, donde nadie de Austin la conozca, ni a ella ni a su pasado, le basta.

    Así será como Rose llegue al rancho de los Randolph y descubra una casa desvencijada, sucia, abandonada, y a cinco hombres (pues falta un hermano que no sale en éste libro) y niños, medio salvajes; sin una pizca de modales o educación.

    La situación no será fácil para los Randolph, que hace mucho que no tienen mujeres en su familia, ni nadie que los mande, y peor será que una empleada los dé órdenes sobre cómo comportarse o vestirse. Aunque poco a poco, Rose irá entrando en los corazones de cada uno, empezando por el pequeño, Zac, de sólo seis años; hasta George, el mayor.

    La relación entre George y Rose me ha parecido preciosa, hacía tiempo que no leía un romance así. Sí, ella en seguida se enamora de él, pero el suyo es un amor puro y sincero que se cuece muy poco a poco.

    Por otro lado, tenemos el trato que ha dado el autor a los personajes. Me asombra que un hombre haya captado tan bien en Rose cómo es una mujer, su sensibilidad, sus sueños, y a la vez hacerla tan fuerte y valiente. Con esto no me dejo atrás al resto de hermanos, George es un grandullón con el fantasma de su brutal padre pendiendo sobre él, lleno de miedos e inseguridades, al no querer ser como él.

    Después el resto de hermanos, a Madison aún no se lo conoce en éste libro. Al hosco y resentido Jeff, que fue prisionero de guerra. A Hen y Monty, los gemelos, auténticos vaqueros salvajes. Al adolescente Tyler, un chaval callado y solitario. Y al pequeño de los hermanos, Zac, un niño de sólo seis años, al que han criado unos salvajes, muy falto de amor, pero con mucho amor para dar; me han encantado sus escenas con Rose, y cómo la quiere.

    El libro en general ha sido una joyita. Me ha tenido enganchada desde el principio, y guarda mas profundidad de lo que parece. No es sólo una historia de vaqueros en el Oeste. Es la historia de siete hombres muy perdidos, intentando rehacer sus vidas y volver a ser una familia; todos quieren y respetan a George, pero Rose será el pegamento de ésa familia, sobre todo cuando se haga patente el amor que están creciendo entre ella y George.

    Además es una novela que se lee sola, entretenida, en la que están pasando cosas continuamente y con varios giros. Tiene unas cuantas sorpresas que no esperas, y más intríngulis de lo que parece. No es fácil ser un vaquero en un rancho perdido de Texas en 1866, cuando hay indios, cuatreros y otros maleantes acechando.

    Por mi parte, chapó por éste libro, la pluma del autor y sus magníficos personajes. Habiéndome dejado el listón tan alto estoy decidida a seguir con el resto de la serie, y espero no tardar mucho en leerlos, pues estos siete hermanos me han encandilado. English DNF ~30% of the way through.

    A major factor in my dropping this book is the instalove and the romance in it. Soon after they've met and he's recruited her to work for him, she's all perilously close to falling in love with him. What the hell? You've known the guy for barely a full day. And then later when he says he wants to be in the army rather than marry and have children, she's all heartbroken and disheartened and lost and like a ship whose rudder had been wrenched off in a collision with a hidden shoal and that her future yawned before her, empty and somehow dangerous.

    ...

    You've known the guy for two days. TWO DAYS.

    Later she's all that she's aware that her determination not to marry an army man was growing weaker. Oh, and this is after he's already said he doesn't want to marry or have children.

    The whole relationship so far feels so forced and Rose is so overly presumptuous about marrying George and things to do with George. George, too, was all instaloving over her and it just had me rolling my eyes.

    The entire love aspect of this novel felt so inorganic to me. There was absolutely no chemistry between the leads and it didn't feel at all real or believable. With that, all the moments and interactions with George and Rose felt overly forced and because there was so much dedicated to them it felt overly saturated. A lot of it was also the author telling us rather than showing. This contributed to the forced factor of the entire relationship and I feel it took away from the book and my enjoyment of it. I enjoyed the moments with the family and those interactions but I hated anything and everything to do with the two protagonists.

    I think the author thought she was putting in sexual tension or pining but I didn't see any of that. Maybe if we'd been able to see the two main protagonists before they met one another -- seen their lives before the other came into it...BUT, we don't. Right from the very beginning we have Rose checking George out as he walks into the restaurant. I was being told rather than shown all these things about their instalove.

    Their entire romance feels as though they're being forced together--like I said, inorganic--rather than allowing two characters to come together naturally. English Me encantooo! Un libro precioso.

    Este es un libro de los “libros tesoros antiguos”, escrito con mucha dulzura, con una trama exquisita y sin necesidad de escenas de sexo que lo completen.
    No había leído nada de este autor pero me ha enganchado completamente, por tanto iré de cabeza a leer el segundo título de esta serie.

    Señalar que es la primera novela romántica escrita por un hombre que me gusta, porque si, Leigh Greenwood es un señor. Quizás es casualidad que hasta ahora no haya dado con un autor masculino que me haya atrapado o solo cuestión de tiempo que mi lista se amplíe. Ojalá así sea.

    Los personajes también me gustaron muchísimo, tanto George y Rose como el resto de los hermanos, destacando a Zack.

    En resumen ha sido una lectura muy completa que me ha hecho sentir muchas sensaciones buenas, por tanto la recomiendo totalmente. English 3.5* English

    The first historical romance in the Seven Brides series about the Randolph brothers—and the women who tame their hearts.

    WANTED: A WOMAN TO COOK, CLEAN, AND WASH FOR SEVEN MEN

    To penniless, friendless Rose Thornton, the advertisement seemed like an answer to her prayers, and the incredibly handsome man who hired her seemed like a dream come true. But when she first set eyes on her hero's ramshackle ranch in the wilds of the Texas brush country, and met his utterly impossible brothers, Rose decided even George's earth-shattering kisses weren't compensation enough for the job ahead of her.

    Never in her life had she seen a place more in need of a woman's touch, or men more in need of a civilizing influence. The Randolph brothers were a wild bunch—carving an empire out of the rugged land, fighting off rustlers and Mexican bandits—and they weren't about to let any female change their ways...not until George laid down the law and then lost his heart to the beguiling spitfire who'd turned all their lives upside down. Rose (Seven Brides, #1)

    This was quite an adventure!

    George is a stubborn man, as the new title suggests, but Rose is stubborn too.

    I look forward to reading about more of the Randolph men and their Brides.

    3.75/5 stars English When Rose Thornton sees the advertisement for a cook for six men, she decides to take George Randolph on his offer, after he rescues her one day at work. So not realizing what she was in for, she goes to the homestead and was shocked to see what she would have to deal with, concerning the Randolph men. When she arrives, the place is a pigsty, and wonders how any of them could live like this. There is George, the oldest. Then there is Jeff, the twins: Monty and Hen, Tyler, and the younger and still a child, Zac, who captures her heart from the first day. But out of all the brothers, it is George, whom she finds herself drawn to despite the circumstances that surround them, with their fathers having fought on both sides of the war. But despite all that, there is a sizzling fire between George and Rose, that starts to turn into love, what neither of them expected to find.
    Rose is the first in the Seven Brides Series, written by Leigh Greenwood. I can't count how many times I have read this book, I just love love love reading it, so I thought it was about time that I read it and do a review for it. So here I am. Leigh Greenwood is one of my favorites to read from if I am looking for a good American Western romance, and is a male author, which suprised me at first, since there aren't too many male romance authors, that I actually know of, so its truly a delight to find such a talented one. Every time I pick up Rose, I can't force myself to put it down, I just love it so much. I just love the idea of one woman civilizing six brother (technically seven, but Madison doesn't show in this book) and can hold her own. Definitely my type of heroine, and the hero is the classic tortured, planning to never marry type, but knows deep down its inevitable. So as far as a classic western romance, Rose hits the roof! Just loved it!
    English It was an interesting premise for a romance to bring together the daughter of a high ranking Yankee officer and an ex-Confederacy soldier but unfortunately, it did not work for me and I had to let this story go a little after the halfway mark.

    As a historical novel, the issues mentioned above were dealt in a shallow way. I did not feel accuracy in the setting, especially with certain anachronisms that kept popping up in the characters'dialogue and inner monologue. As a romance, it also left a lot to be desired because of the wishy-washy hero and the desperate, calculating insta-love of the heroine. Though all the elements were there that I normally love in a historical western, or ranch romance, it did not have enough to keep my attention. DNF at around 57%. English This was the 7 brides for 7 brothers retelling I was looking for. Leigh Greenwood did not disappoint and he’s the first male romance author I’ve ever read! I loved George & Rose together, they made an incredible team. Did I roll my eyes a little at George’s denial of his feelings for Rose? Yes. Did I still love the way they came together and got their HEA? Also yes. Can’t wait to continue in this series and see each of these brothers meet their brides! English This reminded me so much of the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,if you take away the singing and the kidnapping.

    The heroine Rose trying to make a living works in a cantina where she dodges the male customers lecherous attentions and the grumpy lady proprietor of the cantina.

    One day the hero,Georige steps into her workplace orders something to eat

    When one of the other costumers make a grab at Rose she is defended by George but subsequently finds herself fired from her job for making too much trouble.

    Downtrodden she walks out of there but to her luck hears that the man who defended her earlier is seeking a housekeeper to cook and clean for him and his brothers.

    George is not at all keen to employ her seeing as she is a young and unmarried woman...but there is no one else who wants the job so its decided she has the job.They leave for his home and well there Rose realizes its not just the housework that needs taking care of.

    If you have seen the movie you know where this is going ;)

    So slowly she settles in and tries to both deal with housework and the brothers relationship ((they got issues))

    This was if not a bad book,it was decent but I dont think I will find myself re-reading this or recommending it to others. It was just a bit too bland.

    I would find myself thinking about certain scenesoh thats sweet but my interest in the couple never went beyond lukewarm. I just didnt get a sense of chemistry between them. It was more like they were convenient to each other.

    The other books will follow the brothers way to find love but I am not sure its anything I will chose to read in a hurry.

    When they finally get together romantically it felt very forced. English

    Rose

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