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The Right Man Comes Along Madeline Brewster practically owns Plum City, Colorado. But at thirty-two, she knows she has missed any chance for happiness. Until she finds a tall, strong, handsome Irishman on the wrong end of the hangman's noose. Suddenly this unconventional woman comes up with an outrageous idea . . . Teague O'Neal has rugged cheekbones, tousled black curls The Right Man Comes Along Madeline Brewster practically owns Plum City, Colorado. But at thirty-two, she knows she has missed any chance for happiness. Until she finds a tall, strong, handsome Irishman on the wrong end of the hangman's noose. Suddenly this unconventional woman comes up with an outrageous idea . . . Teague O'Neal has rugged cheekbones, tousled black curls, and eyes as blue as the sky, even if he is caked in Colorado mud. The men insist they caught him horse-thieving, and there's something desperate about him that says he'd do anything for a buck. Maybe it was pure chance, or maybe it was something more that brought Madeline and Teague together. But one thing's clear, between a woman who has just about everything she could ever want, and a man who's lost that and more, they might find something in between worth living for . . .


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The Right Man Comes Along Madeline Brewster practically owns Plum City, Colorado. But at thirty-two, she knows she has missed any chance for happiness. Until she finds a tall, strong, handsome Irishman on the wrong end of the hangman's noose. Suddenly this unconventional woman comes up with an outrageous idea . . . Teague O'Neal has rugged cheekbones, tousled black curls The Right Man Comes Along Madeline Brewster practically owns Plum City, Colorado. But at thirty-two, she knows she has missed any chance for happiness. Until she finds a tall, strong, handsome Irishman on the wrong end of the hangman's noose. Suddenly this unconventional woman comes up with an outrageous idea . . . Teague O'Neal has rugged cheekbones, tousled black curls, and eyes as blue as the sky, even if he is caked in Colorado mud. The men insist they caught him horse-thieving, and there's something desperate about him that says he'd do anything for a buck. Maybe it was pure chance, or maybe it was something more that brought Madeline and Teague together. But one thing's clear, between a woman who has just about everything she could ever want, and a man who's lost that and more, they might find something in between worth living for . . .

30 review for The Education of Madeline

  1. 4 out of 5

    Auntee

    I really enjoyed this (erotic) historical western by Beth Williamson. It had me hooked after the first few pages, and didn't let up after that. There was lots of passion between the H/H, some verrry erotic moments, an interesting story premise, and a mildly exciting conclusion. There was a secondary plot about a couple of crooked public officials who were out to embezzle the heroine's considerable wealth, discredit and ruin her, but I never for one minute thought they'd get away with it. This bo I really enjoyed this (erotic) historical western by Beth Williamson. It had me hooked after the first few pages, and didn't let up after that. There was lots of passion between the H/H, some verrry erotic moments, an interesting story premise, and a mildly exciting conclusion. There was a secondary plot about a couple of crooked public officials who were out to embezzle the heroine's considerable wealth, discredit and ruin her, but I never for one minute thought they'd get away with it. This book was mainly a love story between a rich but sheltered spinster who was just learning how to live, and a drifter who thought he lost everything that mattered in life. Madeline Brewster is a kind, generous 32 year old spinster from Plum Creek, Colorado, rich beyond belief (owner of the local bank and most of the town), but sadly lacking in happiness or experiences. After her cruel and tyrannical father's death 2 years before, she decides to take the bull by the horns and find out what she's been missing in life. She's a rather tall, sturdy, voluptuous woman, and her marriage prospects are dim. She has certain wants and needs, and when she finds out that a man accused of being a horse thief is about to be hung, she has an idea. After sizing up this handsome hulk (6'6") of a man, she makes a deal with the local lawmen, insisting that he have a fair trial and a chance to prove his innocence. While waiting for his trial, he can stay with her for a month and work for her. But the work she has in mind is more than just labor around her property. He may also be laboring in her bed. Madeline proposes that he teach her everything he can about the intimacies between a man and a woman, and she will pay him five hundred dollars. Not a bad deal for a drifter with not much to live for. Teague O'Neal is an big, brawny 35 year old Irishman who has been drifting the past seven years, since the (Civil) war has ended. A terrible tragedy in his life has all but destroyed his soul, and for the past few years he's done nothing but drift and scrape by. When big, beautiful Madeline walks into his life with her outrageous proposal, he's more than interested. But he wants her to be sure before she throws away her virginity on a no-account like him, with nothing to give her but his experience. But once the two come to an agreement, the 'lessons' in lovemaking begin, and boy oh boy, that's when you'll need a fan! Every day or so there's another 'lesson', and before long both Madeline and Teague are hungering for the lessons and each other. It's not long before the lessons turn into something more, as Madeline worms her way into Teague's shattered heart and Teague brings Madeline more joy and happiness than she's known in 20 years. But then Teague confesses to a betrayal, and Madeline doesn't know if she can trust him again. And then she finds herself fighting to uphold her good name, as well as hang on to her family fortune. Teague vows to fight for her love, and to win back her trust. But a month is nearly up, and not only may Teague have to face the law, but Madeline has to fight against some corrupt lawmen out to ruin her. Will these two lovers be able to fight together and win the happiness that is within their reach? This was a very well written, fast paced story, with a couple of characters you'll want to root for. Madeline was a smart but sheltered woman, not afraid to speak her mind and a very generous soul who liked helping others. And even though she was incredibly wealthy, her father kept her under his thumb and never let her travel outside of town or experience anything. A lot of the people in her small town were suspicious of her because her father was such a cruel and not well-liked person, so she had an unfair reputation to overcome as well. She had very few friends besides Eppie, a young mulatto former slave who now worked and lived with her, and very few life experiences. And when Teague came into her life, she was like a flower waiting to bloom. And under his guidance and love, bloom she did. You could just feel the happiness radiating from her. And Madeline affected Teague in the same way. This guy was so down on his luck and on life, not really caring if he lived or died until Madeline thrust herself into his life. I loved how she brought him back to the point where he had hope again for the future. Their love scenes were passionate, erotic, but very sexy too, and you could definitely feel that they were falling in love. I like how they fought together against the corrupt bad guys, and outsmarted them. I liked when Madeline finally got to experience the big city (Denver), which is where Teague got to show her a thing or two about life. The only problem I had with this story was the epilogue, which I felt was a bit rushed and neatly tied up. I thought "Is that it?" after I read it. So a few more pages to flesh out the epilogue would have been greatly appreciated. If you're looking for a nicely erotic historical set in post Civil War Colorado featuring a couple of very likable characters fighting for their love, look no further than "The Education of Madeline". This was a good combination of plot and sexy romance, and one of the better books I've read this year--4 1/2 stars!

  2. 4 out of 5

    MelissaB

    This book was a very average read to me, nothing really stood out. The plot was very flimsy and not fleshed out well. The bad guys were very cardboard one-dimensional characters and the whole scheme against Madeline didn't make a lot of sense and wasn't very plausible. The main characters weren't bad but they could have been fleshed out a lot more. We still never learned why Madeline stayed in this town where they were mean to her for two years after her father died, I don't understand why she d This book was a very average read to me, nothing really stood out. The plot was very flimsy and not fleshed out well. The bad guys were very cardboard one-dimensional characters and the whole scheme against Madeline didn't make a lot of sense and wasn't very plausible. The main characters weren't bad but they could have been fleshed out a lot more. We still never learned why Madeline stayed in this town where they were mean to her for two years after her father died, I don't understand why she didn't take her money and light out of there to see the world. I also didn't buy the fact that she had never traveled anywhere in her life outside of the town. The hero seemed a bit of a loser, he didn't have a whole lot of ambition. The heroine was over-bearing sometimes, I didn't like how she ordered people around even the hero. The love scenes were okay, they weren't nearly as hot as I thought they would be. So overall, an okay read as long as you don't expect too much from the story or characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    There are many times that I only finish a story is because I am listening to it. This is one of them but even after its slow start, I was eventually mildly intrigued with the MC's relationship development and a historical western with lots of sex is a rare find. Good vs evil (townsfolk) and their comeuppance also became of interest. Then chapter twenty happened with what I thought was a misplaced and cringy sex scene (could have been left out of the story all together) and very rushed ending. (I There are many times that I only finish a story is because I am listening to it. This is one of them but even after its slow start, I was eventually mildly intrigued with the MC's relationship development and a historical western with lots of sex is a rare find. Good vs evil (townsfolk) and their comeuppance also became of interest. Then chapter twenty happened with what I thought was a misplaced and cringy sex scene (could have been left out of the story all together) and very rushed ending. (If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?) I am using that analogy for Plum Creek series... It is only a cliff hanger if someone wants to read more, which is not me. Cheers

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    I really enjoyed this book. The plot started out relatively bright, and darkened somewhat as it developed, and the pace picked up brilliantly, but all was interspersed with very pleasant steam scenes. The hero and heroine are quite complex, and not completely likeable, which I appreciate in a good romance. I like imperfection. It gives it that little piece of reality, although not too much that it's not fantasy. The secondary characters are also great - strong men and women, with wounded pasts, I really enjoyed this book. The plot started out relatively bright, and darkened somewhat as it developed, and the pace picked up brilliantly, but all was interspersed with very pleasant steam scenes. The hero and heroine are quite complex, and not completely likeable, which I appreciate in a good romance. I like imperfection. It gives it that little piece of reality, although not too much that it's not fantasy. The secondary characters are also great - strong men and women, with wounded pasts, just trying to live their lives and find someone to share it with.

  5. 4 out of 5

    J. Leigh Hunter

    The writing is a little amateurish. I love sexual tension that is initiated by the heroine... "I want you to teach me physical pleasure." The writing is a little amateurish. I love sexual tension that is initiated by the heroine... "I want you to teach me physical pleasure."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beverly McCall

    Set in Plum Creek Colorado in 1872, Beth Williamson brings together two unlikely characters. Madeline Brewster is a wealthy heiress and bank owner. She is intelligent and independent. Despite these assets, Madeline is shunned by the townspeople and feels alone. Teague O’Neil, a man recovering from the trauma of the Civil War, finds himself at his lowest as he is about to be hung for stealing a horse. Madeline intervenes and gets a temporary retrieve for him. Teague gets placed under her guardian Set in Plum Creek Colorado in 1872, Beth Williamson brings together two unlikely characters. Madeline Brewster is a wealthy heiress and bank owner. She is intelligent and independent. Despite these assets, Madeline is shunned by the townspeople and feels alone. Teague O’Neil, a man recovering from the trauma of the Civil War, finds himself at his lowest as he is about to be hung for stealing a horse. Madeline intervenes and gets a temporary retrieve for him. Teague gets placed under her guardianship for a month. Madeline propositions Teague. Will the plan come to fruition or will it fail? I enjoyed the way Ms. Williamson constructed her two prong character driven plot line. The first plot line follows the journey of Madeline Brewster and Teague O’Neal as they work through the agreed upon proposition. The second plot line centers on corruption of public officials and their jealousy of Madeline’s wealth. Their corrupt plan is designed to destroy her reputation and financial security. This book i well-written. The plot lines are fast paced. I liked the way it captures the attitude o women at that time. The characters and are multi-dimensional. The supporting characters are also well-developed. Additionally, Ms. Williamson’s vivid descriptions allows readers to be drawn into the scenes. Ms. Williamson’s use of dialog helps to endear readers to these two special individuals.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christine Jordan

    I received this book from Voracious Readers for an honest review. Madeline is a 32 year old woman who has never known the love of a man. She was raised by her father after her mother died while she was young. Madeline was raised to be a strong willed and independent woman. These traits make her a target of the men in her community. They are intimidated by her and want to ruin her reputation. Madeline meets a man that intrigues her and she wants to employ him in her personal matter. Little does s I received this book from Voracious Readers for an honest review. Madeline is a 32 year old woman who has never known the love of a man. She was raised by her father after her mother died while she was young. Madeline was raised to be a strong willed and independent woman. These traits make her a target of the men in her community. They are intimidated by her and want to ruin her reputation. Madeline meets a man that intrigues her and she wants to employ him in her personal matter. Little does she know he's already been employed by someone else. I enjoyed this book. It was a fun easy to read book. I was slightly disappointed by the abrupt ending, at least it was abrupt to me. But it is a fun read t would recommend to fans of the genre.

  8. 4 out of 5

    LHC Girl

    Wonderful Story I have all three books in this series and if the next two are as good as this one I will be very happy. I have always loved the series by this author. The first book in the series shows how two people can come together from different backgrounds and fall in love. It also proves that people can come together to make the world a better place.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rita Wright

    Historical Romance Beth Williamson is a great story teller. I Accidently came across her book and purchased. Her characters are believable, and her story telling kept me Entertained. The Love story between Madeline and Teague was Intriguing and Very Sexy. I will read this author again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    When I started this book I soon realized that this was a sex book. It takes far less talent to write such a book and I guess it appeals to certain people in this age when morals have significantly declined. If you want to read a well written and moving book, this isn’t it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ren

    Steamy reading! The scenes between the two main characters have great descriptions of their intimate relationship. I like how the author leaves us hanging about Micah and Eddie. Can’t wait to read their story!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erin Gossman

    A well written historical romance, an erotic historical romance nonetheless. I like the characters and the relationship Maddie has with her friends. I received a complimentary copy of this book (a while back) from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cherie Clark

    Oh you just gotta love them cowboys. And when they become the teacher OH MY. Loved this book. ☆☆☆☆♡♡♡♡☆☆☆

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Pretty good book Madeline is a 32 year old spinster that inherited a bank from her father. Some of the townspeople despise her because of her position and fortune. Hearing that a horse thief is about to be hung, she saves him for her own desires. She hires him to teach her about what goes on between a man and woman. Unbeknownst to Maddy, Teague has been hired by villains to find anything they can use against her in order to have her hanged. The book was pretty good, until the end. I didn't care fo Pretty good book Madeline is a 32 year old spinster that inherited a bank from her father. Some of the townspeople despise her because of her position and fortune. Hearing that a horse thief is about to be hung, she saves him for her own desires. She hires him to teach her about what goes on between a man and woman. Unbeknownst to Maddy, Teague has been hired by villains to find anything they can use against her in order to have her hanged. The book was pretty good, until the end. I didn't care for the end because everything was rushed in order to wrap it up. Most of the book consisted of sex between Maddy and Teague. There are some inconsistencies in the story regarding Teague. In the beginning he talked about how all of his money went to booze and whores. But later he said he had only only broken his vow to to be with another woman, other than his dead wife, three times. And he seems to know an awful lot about unconventional sex. Just doesn't quite make sense. I am looking forward to readinwv more in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Crazy4more

    4 stars I flew thru this one in 2.5 days. I should really add a "distraction" catergory. It's so hot, it distracted me from the pain via the gym. I have a couple favorite authors for this category and I'm forever grateful. This book sure kept me on the treadmill & elliptical, couldn't wait for the gym so I finished thru nightly reading time. As Maddie and Teague acted out the indecent proposal, both wanted to deny the real attraction because one month was all they got. The storyline as captivatin 4 stars I flew thru this one in 2.5 days. I should really add a "distraction" catergory. It's so hot, it distracted me from the pain via the gym. I have a couple favorite authors for this category and I'm forever grateful. This book sure kept me on the treadmill & elliptical, couldn't wait for the gym so I finished thru nightly reading time. As Maddie and Teague acted out the indecent proposal, both wanted to deny the real attraction because one month was all they got. The storyline as captivating from the beginning, the chemistry and the characters were real-exciting-colorful-passionate. Even though it started out with the "education"...hawtness beware... the plot had you twitching in no time as Maddie and Teague fight the impossible conspiracy against the town Sheriff and Judge. Not bad for a light ER read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    July

    I rate this book a 4 1/2 stars. It is clearly a good ole cowboy historical romance with bit of erotica in it. Madeline Brewster the leading lady is a spinster when she sets her sights on Teague O'Neal a tall strong man in the hangman's noose when she saves him from getting hung. Now she just wants Teague to make her a woman. Wow, I believe this has to be the best part of the book when this transpires between these two. One thing for sure this man cannot turn her down on this offer. Teague O'Neal I rate this book a 4 1/2 stars. It is clearly a good ole cowboy historical romance with bit of erotica in it. Madeline Brewster the leading lady is a spinster when she sets her sights on Teague O'Neal a tall strong man in the hangman's noose when she saves him from getting hung. Now she just wants Teague to make her a woman. Wow, I believe this has to be the best part of the book when this transpires between these two. One thing for sure this man cannot turn her down on this offer. Teague O'Neal hasn't had much to live for since the war between the states. He even lost everything worth living for. So when Maddie saved him maybe this was new beginning for him, something to live for... Great story!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This book would've been great, had there been more interaction between Teague and Maddie. There were plenty of sex scenes, and those were wonderful! However, there wasn't enough non-physical interaction, no deep getting to know each other before they realized halfway through the book that they were in love with each other. They knew each other well sexually, but not emotionally, so it was way too soon to feel the least bit realistic. Also, there's some major stuff in Teague' s past that I felt w This book would've been great, had there been more interaction between Teague and Maddie. There were plenty of sex scenes, and those were wonderful! However, there wasn't enough non-physical interaction, no deep getting to know each other before they realized halfway through the book that they were in love with each other. They knew each other well sexually, but not emotionally, so it was way too soon to feel the least bit realistic. Also, there's some major stuff in Teague' s past that I felt was glossed over, and it should have been more of an issue for Teague than it seemed to be. Other than that I did like the book and I felt Teague and Maddie were made for each other.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    LOVED this book! Beth Williamson does it again. The chemsitry between these two characetrs was amazing and stand alone, each one was extremely likeable and multi-facteted. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and cannot wait for the next, If you are a lover of romantic westerns definetly pick this one up. I leev it JUST as much as her Devil's on Horseback series which is saying alot! LOVED this book! Beth Williamson does it again. The chemsitry between these two characetrs was amazing and stand alone, each one was extremely likeable and multi-facteted. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and cannot wait for the next, If you are a lover of romantic westerns definetly pick this one up. I leev it JUST as much as her Devil's on Horseback series which is saying alot!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bet Lantaff

    Loved this book but the ending was slightly a let down. It did leave a loose end for the author to pick up in her next book and left me wanting to read it to see what happens. But the storyline was interesting, the sex was hot, and the hero/heroine interaction was great. All in all, I'd say it is another great book from Ms Williamson and I'll be checking out more books from this author. Loved this book but the ending was slightly a let down. It did leave a loose end for the author to pick up in her next book and left me wanting to read it to see what happens. But the storyline was interesting, the sex was hot, and the hero/heroine interaction was great. All in all, I'd say it is another great book from Ms Williamson and I'll be checking out more books from this author.

  20. 5 out of 5

    E_bookpushers

    3.5 stars. I liked how Williamson dealt with several of the racism and sexism of the time. I also loved the woman attorney and what it took to bring the case to real trial. I liked how the heroine decided to stand up for herself and also try to undo what her father had done without being obvious about it. She might not have interacted with the townspeople much but her caring was evident.

  21. 4 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    My sister picked this up for me at the Authors After Dark convention in Charlotte last week. I daresay I would have picked it for myself, based on the blurb, but since it was a gift I gave it a shot. The storyline just doesn't appeal to me. I've read Williamson before and liked her but this wasn't all that great. DNF at page 45 My sister picked this up for me at the Authors After Dark convention in Charlotte last week. I daresay I would have picked it for myself, based on the blurb, but since it was a gift I gave it a shot. The storyline just doesn't appeal to me. I've read Williamson before and liked her but this wasn't all that great. DNF at page 45

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    It was a fun read and quite unexpected. Enjoy book, however, the ending I found to be "unfulfilling." It was a fun read and quite unexpected. Enjoy book, however, the ending I found to be "unfulfilling."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Great erotica...because it also is a great story with characters that you care about.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Very good. Sweet, hot, and triumphant. Look forward to seeing more about these characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gee

    Racy, endearing and sweet. Madeline and Teague are both characters worth getting to know.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marcella

    Actually for a more erotic romance novel it actually was well written and had depth

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I just couldn't get into the characters. Not to my taste. I just couldn't get into the characters. Not to my taste.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Azra tariq

    It was a fast paced good read which had many angles that played out pretty well

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donnajo

    Romance book. Fast book as these Brava books usually are. With a little sizzle.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

    Enjoyed the story but the ending seemed a bit rushed.

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