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:3]

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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:3.5]

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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:4.5]

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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:2]

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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:2.5]

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