Ex-champion bull-rider-turned-cutting-horse-cowboy Joe Daniels isn't quite sure how he ended up sleeping in a horse trough wearing nothing but his Stetson and cowboy boots. But now he's wide awake, and a citified woman is glaring down at him. His goal? Get rid of her ASAP. The obstacle? Fighting the attraction he feels toward the blond-haired filly with the big, vulnerable eyes.
When out-of-work wedding planner Mariah Callahan learns that her estranged father has left her a rundown ranch in Jubilee, she has no choice but to accept it. Her goal? Redeem her career by planning local weddings. The obstacle? One emotionally wounded, hard-living cowboy who stirs her guilt, her heartstrings, and her long-burned cowgirl roots....
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Should have been a short story.
I like C. J. Critt's interpretation of the book, and her unusual voice, but I don't think I will ever listen to another book by Lori Wilde. I would be afraid the book was filled with boring, repeated fluff.
This plot was so thin it could have been a short story, not even long enough for a novella. If I was reading this book, I would have skipped many parts of it. I am starting to not like the main characters because of their constant dithering about their attraction to each(I haven't finished listening yet, but I am stubborn and will finish because I paid for it). I am ready to scream at Mariah, "Joe is not like your father, he is successful, has money, is settled down, etc." The author keeps restating all of their doubts about each other and uses that as the tension in the book. I should have kept track of how many times she has thought the same thing. Boring! If Ms. Wilde needed to lengthen the story, why not do a better longer flashback about Mariah's time in Chicago. Maybe then she would be more fleshed out and I might have some more sympathy for her.
After 2/3 of the book, I would say the opening, hungover cowboy was my favorite scene.
I will keep to my original plan of listening to mysteries and thrillers from Audible, and READING the romances on my iPad, iPhone. That way, I can skip any of the overly sappy thoughts and sentiments, especially if they are repeated ad nauseum.
I think I would have really liked this book if it was a short story.
- Janet Dunham