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.
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Title: The Cowboy Takes a Bride
Author: Lori Wilde
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Release Date: March 2012
Available for purchase: Amazon
**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.