Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?

Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?

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by Abigail Sharpe

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"Charming and witty. Abigail Sharpe will delight you."-- New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig

"A rich and rustic tale of family, friendship, and love guaranteed to lasso your heart." -- Jessica Lemmon, author of TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIRE

In the bestselling tradition of Lori…  See more details below


"Charming and witty. Abigail Sharpe will delight you."-- New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig

"A rich and rustic tale of family, friendship, and love guaranteed to lasso your heart." -- Jessica Lemmon, author of TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIRE

In the bestselling tradition of Lori Wilde...


There's nothing florist Ainsley Fairfax won't do to help her sister get the love of her life-even if it means taking her place on a bachelorette weekend at a Wyoming ranch so Cecelia can sail off with the man of her dreams. Ainsley is determined to spend the time keeping her head down and her heart safely tucked away-until an encounter with the ranch's hunky owner gets her heart-and steamy desires-to bloom . . .

Riley Pommer doesn't want to be lassoed into any relationship. But with the family ranch in dire straits, Riley knows his sisters' crazy plan to turn the ranch into the setting for a dating competition-and using Riley as the bait-is the only thing standing between them and foreclosure. But the rules of the game change the instant Riley lays eyes on the spirited Ainsley. Now, as others try to stampede over their love, can Riley prove to Ainsley that true love is a prize worth fighting for?

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Fleeing the overzealous matchmaking machinations of her mother, Ainsley Fairfax swaps vacation plans with her sister Cecelia and heads to out West while Cecelia heads out to sea with Ainsley’s intended. In Wyoming, Ainsley finds herself part of a marketing trial on the Crescent Ridge Ranch where the Pommer family is offering several women the experience of working on a sheep ranch and a chance to be chosen by the eldest Pommer sibling, Riley, in a Bachelor-type dating game. While Riley is totally opposed to this ploy, he goes along to humor his sisters and brother. However, he doesn’t count on his immediate attraction upon meeting the reserved Ainsley. With the contest in full swing, rumors and cattiness abound among the women vying for Riley’s affections. When Ainsley’s mother and her “intended” show up at the ranch, Riley refuses to believe in Ainsley’s protestations of affection. Ainsley returns to Boston heartbroken but determined not to allow her mother to dictate her life now that she has had a taste of freedom—and Riley.

Verdict Riley is quite a catch, though he’s not sure he wants to be caught. Will his heart win out, and will he choose Ainsley even though he doesn’t trust her feelings for him? Can Ainsley make Riley listen? Find out in Sharpe’s charming Western tale.—Lisa Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., Gardner Neighborhood Lib., KS
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Grand Central Publishing
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With This Ring
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Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying "y'all" in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing stories of love and laughter and happily ever after.

Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy.Y ou can keep up with her on Goodreads, on Facebook at AbigailSharpeBooks or on her website - abigailsharpe.com.

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Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. Charming romance about Ainsley, a girl battling to make her own way and choose her own partner, whether her bossy mother approves or not, and Riley, a cowboy whose heart and ass(ets) are being put on the line to save the family ranch. Quibbles: there's a "B" story (Cecelia and Edward) and a "C" story (Meagan and Cookie) that are both so strong they overshadow the Ainsley-and-Riley storyline.  Looked at another way, it's like delicious brownies WITH chocolate chips AND chocolate frosting, a triple threat. Sisters Molly and Jeanne have come up with the idea of basically staging "The Bachelor" (sans cameras) on the Wyoming ranch, as a test drive for making it a a singles' vacation spot. They forgot to get their brother Riley's permission, however, before staking him out as bait and main attraction. He becomes a barely cooperative participant, and is much more attracted to Ainsley, who is more interested in the family greenhouse than in the maneuverings and backstabbings of the other female guests.  If you enjoy watching/reading the many ways women can undermine and spread rumors about one another, it's showcased very well here, and creates no end of problems for Ainsley and Riley. I did feel like Molly owed Riley an apology, both for setting the "game" up without his knowledge or consent, and for screening such horrible women for him to "date," but though there were big issues worked out between Riley and Seth, the 17-year-old brother, there was not really a settlement between Riley and Molly (I'm letting Jeanne off the hook because she's only 14). Kudos on condoms always being used in situations calling for them; lots of great sexual tension and frustrating interruptions. Enjoyed this very much and am looking forward to the next books in this series.
K_Kaz More than 1 year ago
This is a very sweet story about a woman who falls in love with a charming cowboy and finds her own inner strength along the way. Ainsley goes to Wyoming as a favour to her sister, replacing her in a bachelorette-style competition so Cecelia can go on a last minute cruise with the man she loves. Ainsley has no plans to actually ensnare the cowboy contestant... Riley has no interest in meeting women, especially the ones who crash into his ranch. He agrees to participate in the competition after his sisters convince him that it would help the ranch's financial situation. The last thing he expected was to fall in love with one of the contenders. There is also a secondary love story between Cecelia and Edward, a prim and conventional man who thinks Ainsley is the right woman for him. It was fun to watch Cecelia convince him that he had his sights set on the wrong sister. Overall, a fun book with witty dialog and a unique storyline. The characters develop nicely, and Ainsley and Riley realize the importance of trust as they overcome their insecurities. I loved the secondary characters and think they contributed a lot to the story. The evil bachelorettes were great, and I liked reading how Ainsley handled them. We do get a lovely HEA, and there will be more books in this series which I'll be sure to follow.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story with shades of a reality TV dating show. I really enjoyed the characters and the dialogue. There is a bonus as this book actually contains three romances. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this book a 4.5 / 5 stars. I'm a very picky reader, and someone who is hard to please, especially when it comes to reading books that are generally outside my genre. But I really wanted to go outside my comfort zone and read a book in an unfamiliar genre as a change of pace.  I don't know why or how, but I devoured this book in just 1 1/2 days. Something about this witty, yet charming story kept me wanting to turn the page to see what happens next. My favorite character in the book was definitely Riley, the Cowboy. But not because of his sex appeal, but I love reading a story with a male character who has a rough, no-nonsense attitude on life. Yet, he is also caring when he needs to be. I was more focused on what he would do next to rectify a problem in order to follow his own happiness. Moreover, I would've liked to see more of what Riley does in his day-to-day life when he is not trying to cater to a bunch of greedy women (maybe more time with him and his brother like what happened near the end of the book). If Ms. Sharpe ever writes a book about Riley and his adventures, I would totally read it. It doesn't even have to have romance or sex in it. I just love reading a story about people with that kind of personality, because I feel like I can connect and understand them so well. I didn't really like Ainsley, or any of the other women in the book. I could care less about them. Ironically, being a female, myself, I couldn't connect with those characters as much as I connected with Riley. But I will admit, I can relate to men more than I can with women, so perhaps a lot of the things that went on in the story with the females were just things that went over my head. I understood Riley more, especially for him being upset when Ainsley and the other women played with his feelings. The guy needed to be given a break on more than one occasion. But yes, he wasn't a total saint, either. The romantic/sex scenes between him and Ainsley were steamy, but didn't sway my thoughts about certain situations. One thing that did bother me about the story was that there was too much 'false assumptions' going on between the characters. It seemed like every five minutes either Ainsley or Riley were assuming that one was cheating on the other. But sometimes it was over the most pettiest things, it seemed very tedious and slowed down the pacing of the story. As I research more of the romance genre, I do notice that it is somewhat prevalent to have the love between the two main characters are being constantly 'threatened' like that, but I would've loved to see it done in other ways rather than the assumption that 'he/she didn't look at me this morning. They must be cheating on me' kind of adolescent behavior. The story was fun, but somewhat predictable in which the characters were presented. For example, Edward, Ainsley's 'boyfriend' who comes to Wyoming to take her back home ends up causing chaos between Ainsley and Riley. But as I understand it, tension between the love of the main characters is necessary in the romance genre. I just thought the whole ordeal with Edward coming to Wyoming could've been done a little more subtler. It was hard for me to keep up with how many days passed or how much time passed, but I read though it, assuming the girls were on the ranch for a long time. Days seem to fly by one minute, then creep slowly the next. It didn't bother me too much. Just something I began to notice as the story went on. Overall, this was a great book, and I can't believe how much of a page-turner it turned out to be. I'm not a reader of the romance genre, but this book definitely intrigued me. Anyone who loves romance novels would certainly love this book. Great job, Ms. Sharpe, on a job well done! :)
CharleeA More than 1 year ago
When this story starts, neither Ainsley nor Riley seems ready for romance, but they manage to leap onto center stage with humor and sizzle. The characters both have some growing to do and things to overcome, but there is no over the top tragedy, these are just two believable people I could root for and laugh with. I also loved the secondary story with Edward and Cecilia. They made a great contrast to Ainsley and Riley. Can't wait for the next book in the series!