The Clayborne Brides: One Pink Rose, One White Rose, One Red Rose - Julie Garwood They really need half and quarter stars. 3.25 actually. While it was better than the first book, it was an anthology and all that entails.

The first short, featuring Travis, had a h who was a dingbat. No-really. She went for the mail order bride thing and, after deciding that she couldn't go through with it, insisted on telling the man in person, leading to the discovery that it was actually a man, his brother, and some other man, none of who were really willing to take no for an answer. H was shot as a result.

The second was pretty entertaining, although I raised an eyebrow at the Arabians and their registration papers. For one, Arabians were rarely imported, and for another, the US registry was not formed until the early part of the 20th century.

The third... the author tried too hard not to make race an issue, to the point it seemed like an elephant in the room. That was my biggest issue. There were other things, like another dingbat heroine. Also bemused as to how the h could have been a sheltered apparently free southern black lady in the aftermath of the civil war. Ah...yeah. Right. Ok.