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Joe Daniels, ex-champion bull rider and now horse cowboy can’t remember how he ended up sleeping in the horse trough in his front yard wearing nothing but his Stetson’s and boots but he knows he isn’t ready to deal with the city girl glaring down at him. In The Cowboy Takes a Bride by Lori Wilde Mariah Callahan has left everything behind after she looses her job and she travels to Jubilee, Texas to sell the property her estranged father has left her. Little did she know before she left that the property is run-down and her next door neighbor is a sexy cowboy who stirs up feelings Mariah thought she had left behind long ago.

Joe has decided long ago that he is going to spend the rest of his life alone, keeping his distance from any possible romantic entanglements but when Mariah moves in next door Joe can’t help but stop by and assist her, despite the stern talking to he keeps giving himself to stay away.  Mariah is such an obvious ill-fit for Jubilee and has big city written all over herself but Mariah keeps working her way into the lives of the residents of Jubilee, so Joe starts to wonder if maybe this big-city girl doesn’t have a small-town girl hiding inside.

The Cowboy Takes a Bride was a cute read. I gave it a 3-star because I would recommend it as a check out from the library but I wouldn’t run out to the store and buy it right this second. The opening scene was awesome with Joe waking up in the trough and Mariah trying to figure out why someone would be in a horse trough wearing nothing but boots and a Stetson but the rest of the story was just okay. Mariah was a sympathetic character and Joe’s attitude was understandable given his past history. The Cowboy Takes a Bride felt like the author tried to fit too many things into and the romantic relationship could have been resolved a lot more quickly than it did (I am trying to not give any spoilers away here). Other than that I enjoyed the story.

You can read an excerpt here.

Jubiless, Texas Reading Order:

The Cowboy Takes a Bride

Other titles TBA

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Title: The Cowboy Takes a Bride

Author: Lori Wilde

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0062047755

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: March 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

“It does not matter whether your father was ever legally married to your mother. You are not responsible for what he did. But you are responsible for what you do. Every man must see to his own honor, and you will see to yours. That is what is important.”

-Second Sight by Amanda Quick

“One day you’re young with all your fine plans for the future. The next you’re in the future and it doesn’t look at all the way you thought it would.”
 Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick,

Anne Wynter is not who she pretends to be in A Night Like This by Julia Quinn. Anne has accepted that her life will be spent in the service of others, she doesn’t like the fact that she will be a governess until she retires but has accepted that this is where her life will be spent. Anne unexpectedly is called upon to fill in for the annual Smythe-Smith musical and finds herself the center of attention she very much doesn’t want.

Daniel Smythe-Smith has just returned to England after three years of hiding from killers who were after him because of his part in a drunken duel. Daniel meets the charming governess of his nieces and finds himself captivated by her but her refusal to allow him close makes him curious about her past. When that past comes to light, it is up to Daniel to save her from an unexpected danger.

I fell in love with the Smythe-Smith family from The Bridgerton series, a yearly musical that members of the Ton suffer through with three of the quartet oblivious to how bad they are and one member painfully aware of how bad they are. A Night Like This was a entertaining quick fun read. Anne is living with the consequences of choices she made in the past and her family refused to support her, we get to see how far she has progressed from when she made her initial decisions to where she is now. I enjoyed the glimpses of her past and how that is impacted her decisions today. I can’t imagine being that alone in the world and having to make decisions based upon her limited options.

You can read an excerpt here.

Smythe-Smith Quartet Series:

Just Like Heaven

A Night Like This

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Title: A Night Like This

Author: Julia Quinn

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0062072900

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: May 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the Edelweiss but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

I hope everyone is enjoying a happy Memorial Day! Before you head out to the grill or spend time on the lake, take a moment and remember why we celebrate this day and why we have the freedoms we do. Growing up I spent every Memorial Day on the main street in town, waiting for my Grandfather to come marching down the street in his WWII uniform. He used to tell us grandkids about his experiences on the front lines of Italy in the Army. As a result I grew up with a huge respect and appreciation for the Vets.

Last summer I was lucky enough to visit Washington DC and while I was there I visited Arlington National Cemetery, in addition to the regular monuments.  Seeing the rows upon rows of headstones was an incredibly humbling experience. It gave me a much greater appreciation for all the soldiers from every military campaign that have given their lives in defense of our country. From all of us here at Novel Reaction, we offer a sincere and heartfelt “Thank You” to all the men and women who are currently serving or have served in the past. An additional big “Thank you” goes out to the families of the soldiers for all the sacrifices they make.

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1 = kissing
2 = kissing, some fondling
3 = descriptive stripping but no sex
4 = sex scene but not descriptive in details
5 = full descriptive sex scene

*I am rating a specific book by an author, not the author's style. If I am aware an author writes a specific way, I will let you know.

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