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Monday, July 28, 2014

How To Marry A Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Title: How To Marry A Cowboy
Series: Cowboys & Brides #4
Author: Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 978-1-4022-8055-9
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Formats: Mass-Market, E-book $7.99
How I read it: Arc from Publisher
Rating: 4 Crowns


She’s running from her past

Mason Harper’s daughters want a new mama in the worst way, and when a beautiful woman in a tattered wedding gown appears on their doorstep, the two little girls adopt her—no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Mason isn’t sure about taking in a complete stranger, but Lord knows he needs a nanny, and Annie Rose Boudreau stirs his heart in long-forgotten ways…


And he’s the perfect escape

Annie Rose is desperate, and when a tall, sexy cowboy offers her a place to stay, she can’t refuse. After all, it’s just for a little while. As she settles in deeper, her heart tells her both Mason and her role as makeshift mama suit her just fine. But will Mason feel the same way once her nightmare past catches up with her? (from the publishers website)


Mason Harper needs a nanny for his two adorable—yet wild—twin girls. His daughters want a mama. So when his daughters find a strange woman in a tattered wedding dress sleeping on their front porch swing they’re convinced Mason found them a mama for their birthday.

Annie Rose is running from an abusive ex. When the two little girls— and their handsome daddy— find her sleeping on their front porch, she soon finds herself becoming their nanny. She also finds herself attracted to Mason who is still wounded from his wife’s death.

How To Marry A Cowboy has to be one of the sweetest summer romances that I’ve read.

Mason Harper is one of those heroes you would love to see walk out of the book and into real life. He’s still dealing with his wife’s death while struggling to raise two wild little girls. He’s a bit wounded still and cautious about getting involved with him. I found myself cheering for him to let go of the past and find love.

Annie Rose is cautious as well but for an entirely different reason. Her ex was abusive and it seemed to me she’s dealing with a slight case of battered woman syndrome although she’s still open to Mason and I loved that about her character. She wasn’t willing to close ranks just because of her past.

Lily and Gabby, Mason’s twins, were adorable—if a little unruly—, although I felt as though they occasionally stole the show. So, if you’re not into children taking over a romance novel, then you may want to steer clear of this one.  

While I thoroughly loved this book, I would have loved to have seen more conflict between Mason and Annie Rose. Most of the romance was smooth sailing and the majority of the conflict is between Annie Rose and Mason’s mother.

Overall, it was a quick little romance peppered with humor. The characters had great chemistry from the start and I was really rooting for them.

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1 comment:

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Oh my goodness that sounds so good! Thanks for the heads up on it :)