Review: Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? by Abigail Sharpe

who wants to marry a cowboy?Hero: Riley Pommer takes care of his family and is glad to do it. He strives to keep them together and keep the peace, but it’s hard not to blow a gasket when he finds out they’ve roped him into a “Bachelor” style event hosted on the ranch with him as the prize steer. He goes through with the event because otherwise they might have to foreclose on the ranch. He can’t imagine what sorts of women he might end up meeting in this dating competition…

Heroine: Ainsley Fairfax loves being a small business owner of a florist shop. What she doesn’t love is her mother’s constant interference into her love life. She also doesn’t love her ex… a man her mother wants her to marry. So when her sister offers to get her out of a cruise with Edward and send her instead to a Wyoming ranch with the lure of a hunky cowboy, Ainsley gladly boards a flight out west.

Review: Ainsley and Cecelia have relationship issues with their overbearing mother, Sophia. Ainsley is their mother’s last hope of securing a good marriage for the family. Cecelia is the wild child and constant disappointment. Edward lets others dictate what his life should be like and with whom he should spend his life. It’s easier than thinking things out for himself. It’s hard to sympathize with a bunch of adults letting the same person tell them all what to do. Riley was a good sport about the whole dramatized dating scenario his siblings cooked up for him. He and Ainsley had good chemistry. I felt the dating competition added just the right amount of back-and-forth-is-he-is-she. It’d be tough to figure out your feelings in such a short span of time, and more so with a bunch of other women trying to snag the same cowboy. I very much liked Meagan. She was an excellent side character and her romance was subtle and mostly background.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Buy: Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? (With This Ring)

[phpbay]marry cowboy Abigail sharpe, 10, 377, “”[/phpbay]

Review: Drifters Heart (Cowboy Fever, Book 6) by Karen Wiesner

drifter's heartReviewed by Sandra Scholes

We’re back in Fever, Texas again for another in the Cowboy Fever Series of novels. Maggie May’s father is constantly looking for the man who got his dear daughter pregnant five years before, Ryder Mc Call. Her son, Tex hasn’t ever had a father, but that doesn’t stop him being considered one of the best kids on the ranch. He does seem to take after his father though as he’s always running away and hiding from others, but maybe that’s the kid in him. Maggie thinks she will never see her lover again until he comes back to the ranch. As soon as she sets eyes on him, she decides she will capture his heart and keep him forever, but will it be that easy?

Karen, as we have come to know likes to throw in a little despair with her characters, whether it’s a jilted lover, accident that is life-changing or someone who has been gone for a while and never thought to come back into the women’s or men’s lives. The despair doesn’t last for long though thankfully as the characters for the most part have a deep belief system in God throughout each novel. In this novel’s case, we get to hear a harrowing account of how hard it was for Maggie to go through the transitional period of becoming pregnant, to giving birth and having to cope with bringing him up practically alone. She finds her body is changing in ways she thought it wouldn’t, her bladder isn’t what it was when she was younger, and now she finds she is going to the toilet more and more frequently. This change gets in the way of her continuing her life on the ranch, but she still lives in hope that her luck might change and her lover might come back. As I have said before, faith is one of the reasons Karen’s characters seem to get what they want as they are unfailing in their belief that their life might turn around.

Regarding Tex as her Cupid, she never once wants to get rid of the baby as she wants him more than ever now that her lover has left her in this predicament. She did love Ryder, but knew he was a cowboy in the traditional sense. She would never have thought he would have left her alone to cope with their baby though, but maybe he didn’t love her as much as she loved him. There are a few endearing parts of this story; Maggie started out a virgin even if all men’s eyes were on her while she worked at the ranch, and that had shocked him. She expected more from the man she had take her maidenhead, but what did she expect from a cowboy, after all she got to spend a night with him and made love to him. Somehow it was never enough for her as she would rather have brought up their son with him than with her parents. She can feel what they had thought of her and how Ryder had left her, and Maggie often believed they thought she was a fool.

I liked the feel of this novel, Maggie acts like any pregnant mother would, wanting her lover to come back to her if only to prove her parents wrong about him.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: DRIFTER’s HEART, Book 6, A Cowboy Fever Series Novel

Review: Big Sky Wedding (Parable, Montana, Book 5) by Linda Lael Miller

big sky weddingReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Zane Sutton has come home to his ranch. And it’s not long after that he meets Brylee Parrish. I’m impressed with Brylee she’s a self-starter businesswoman. And she’s not impressed with Zane. This is one thing that held my attention – make the man work at catching the female’s interest.

You can almost sense that this is a story about family and all the different kinds of family that there are. As you read, you may even be able to relate to a few. But it also had me wanting to get on a plane and go check out Parable, Montana. Now that Fall is in the air, this would be a perfect time to get away. We have a local fair going on – I’ll have to go over and check out the cowboy boots and hats.

Having realized that this was the fifth book in the series, I was glad that this book could be read as a stand-alone (since I haven’t read the other four books). But if you loved this book as much as I did, you may just want to go back and read the others. If you don’t want to add them to your personal library, remember that you can go visit your public library to see what they have available.

Linda knows how to lasso the reader and not let go until the story is over. There are certain books that I feel are better to read in their original form (paperback) instead of e-book and this fits in that category. You can always tell when a paperback is well loved – an e-book, not so much. Got to love a bookshelf showing off some well-loved books. If you’re a fan of Linda’s than this is a series that you will most certainly want to follow. Yeehaw!

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Big Sky Wedding

[phpbay]big sky wedding linda lael miller, 10, “”, “”[/phpbay]

Review: Jake (Wyoming Sky, Book 3) by R.C. Ryan

jakeHero: As a kid, Jake Conway wanted to be a veterinarian. He was always good with animals, especially those in need of serious tender-loving care. If it was wild, even better. That hasn’t changed as an adult and nobody is more wild or in need of TLC than the new neighbor next door!

Heroine: Meg Stanford inherits more than her estranged father’s ranch after he died. She also gets a younger brother she never knew she had. If figuring out what to do with the ranch and the kid wasn’t enough of a problem for this Washington D.C. city girl/attorney, a series of nighttime break-ins have Meg flustered and running to her sexy neighbor.

Review: The relationship between Jake and Meg was stifled and I didn’t feel the chemistry. There were a few cute moments, but overall it left a bland taste behind. I would recommend this book if you had read the others in the series, love romances featuring cowboys with tender hearts, or like romances featuring a strong mystery element.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Buy: Jake (A Wyoming Sky Novel)

[phpbay]jake r.c. ryan, 10, 377, “”[/phpbay]

Review: Cowboy Take Me Away (Rainbow Valley, Book 1) by Jane Graves

Cowboy Take Me AwayReviewed by Patsy F.

Summary: The story begins and continues throughout to be very atypical. It begins when one of the main characters (Luke) returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his father. Luke had not spoken to his father in years and had a tumultuous relationship with the man.

Luke runs into ex-girlfriend (Shannon) and falls in love again. Shannon is drawn toward Luke now that he has grown and tries to fight her feelings. As he tries to pursue his dream of being in the rodeo circuit, he soon feels compelled to help Shannon at her animal rescue shelter. Soon he realizes that when he left town years ago, he left a piece of himself that he had long ago forgotten about. He soon misses the small town atmosphere and the heartfelt relationship of the townspeople.

He does get his shot at the bull riding championship, but is this what he really wants or does he want the life he could have with Shannon in their small hometown?

Review: This is a very sweet contemporary romance. It truly is a love story, but has no real surprises and no real mystery. As the story progresses, you can almost assume what is going to happen. If you like soft romances with a focus on family you will like this book.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Buy: Cowboy Take Me Away (Rainbow Valley)

[phpbay]cowboy take me away jane graves, 10, 377, “”[/phpbay]

Review: Mistletoe Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

MistletoeCowboyCVR.inddReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Elizabeth “Sage” Presley is driving in her van on a very nasty night. But she needs to get home, storm or not. Creed Riley bought a ranch in the middle of winter. Seems like a strange time of year to buy a ranch. Then he finds out that he has a couple of house guests. One happens to be a dog they name Noel. It’s a beautiful name for a dog that appears around Christmas.

I find it interesting that Carolyn has given Sage and Creed some things in common. But it does raise the question; will this bring them together or pull them apart? Will the holiday work some magic on the couple?

Sage is an artist and Carolyn had me wishing that she had some illustrations in this book. I would have loved to have seen some of Sage’s work. I will just have to use Carolyn’s words to paint the pictures in my mind.

There are several things in Carolyn’s book that I can connect with. One thing is that Sage’s grandmother, Ada, plays my favorite card game. It was a game that my grandparents taught me and it brings back great memories. If you like to play cards, you may have played it or like to learn.

Music plays a part in this book. I hope you will put on some holiday music as you read. If you are a country fan, there is some great country Christmas tunes out there. One song that you may wish to listen to is “Mary Did You Know”. My favorite rendition of this tune was by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd. Another song that you may want to listen to is “On This Winter’s Night” by Lady Antebellum..

If you are looking for any holiday themed romance books, I hope you will add this to your list. It’s a very sweet story with some scenes that will heat things up. If you love animals, you will even get that fix here. If you have your own animals, and they love to cuddle with you, what better way then while you are reading Carolyn’s book. Happy Holidays!

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Mistletoe Cowboy

Review: Courting a Cowboy by Patricia McLinn

Courting a CowboyReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Sophie Vandercook works as an instructor at Mrs. Forestell’s Academy. She tells friends about having an absent husband and plans to convince them by trip to Wyoming. She’s actually using the trip to go visit her brother.

Nate Abbott has been corresponding with Sophie. But when she walks into the store he’s in, he doesn’t recognize her. Then eventually the light bulb clicks on for us, as we read their interaction. But something is amiss. The ranch hands will have you chuckling. They remind me of the male version of the ladies of River City from “The Music Man”.

The ranch hands think of Sophie as part of their family. How the ranch hands feel about Sophie is like how the lost boys felt about Wendy. And yet everything they know about Sophie, up until now, was based on letters that they received. But Sophie doesn’t realize what a flim-flam her brother was. The ranch hands respect her and don’t want to let her know the truth.

Nate seems to be a man that keeps his feelings close to the chest – makes me wonder if it was because of a woman. Sophie is as stubborn as they come. It will be interesting to see who wins this war.

I love the character named Doughy. I grew up watch Bonanza and thinking that Doughy would fit right in. He would be just like Hop Sing. My family watched the show religiously and I could picture Doughy cooking up a storm for the Cartwright family.

I love how Patricia describes the surrounding landscape. She’s like an artist putting bold colors on a canvas – but her canvas is paper. She also has a way with words. Sophie, at times, uses some pretty big words. I have to wonder if Patricia had to keep a dictionary or thesaurus handy. It also has me wondering if Sophie uses the big words so that people won’t get too close. I also get the impression that Patricia knows quite a bit about ranch life.

I fell in love with everyone at the OS. Sophie has a couple of women that she writes to at the Academy where she works. I wonder if Patricia will continue the adventures of the OS and have the story revolve around Alice. It will be interesting to see if she gets her own story.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Courting a Cowboy

Review: Catch Me a Cowboy by Katie Lane

Catch Me a CowboyReviewed by Mailani

A woman whose lost it all and doesn’t even know it until it’s too late… that’s Shirlene Dalton. Growing up was rough on her, but she and her brother made it to the top of their little town in Bramble, Texas. Shirlene, who’s widowed by her lucrative older husband, losses a great deal of her fortune through a mismanagement of her funds. A Texas damsel in distress, she works at covering up her financial problems from the town and family. She’ll do anything to appear
unscathed by her loss, even moving back into an old unused trailer, a childhood home, after losing her substantial house to foreclosure.

Upon moving into the trailer, she finds out she’s not the only tenet… but one of four others. A teenager with a chip on her shoulder, a little preteen salesman, and a screaming baby… whatever is she to do? She makes a deal with the children, that she wont turn them in… in the processes of helping them, finds out what’s she’s been missing in her
posh life… motherhood.

Through all this growth, you’d be shocked to find out that she just so happens to be living next to a crude sexy cowboy, whom she just can’t get enough of. His boyish good guy ways, strike a cord in her heart… until she finds out who this man truly happens to be, and why he’s come to her town. The man she falls in love with came to destroy her town and all in his path… including her. The Banker… a man whom plans revenge on Bramble to right a curse that’s affected his family for generations.

All in all, I felt like the romance wasn’t a great build up; the infatuation was a little too immediate; but the description of the banker will live forever in my good old Texas boy fantasies. Swoon.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: Catch Me a Cowboy (Deep in the Heart of Texas)

[phpbay]catch cowboy katie lane, 10, “”, “”[/phpbay]