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How to Marry a Cowboy

How to Marry a Cowboy

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by Carolyn Brown

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Book 4 of Cowboys & Brides

From New York Times and USA Today-bestselling author Carolyn Brown comes a contemporary Western romance filled to the brim with sexy cowboys, gutsy heroines, and genuine down-home Texas twang.

Texas rancher Mason Harper's daughters want a new mama in the worst way, and when a beautiful woman in a


Book 4 of Cowboys & Brides

From New York Times and USA Today-bestselling author Carolyn Brown comes a contemporary Western romance filled to the brim with sexy cowboys, gutsy heroines, and genuine down-home Texas twang.

Texas rancher 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...

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?

Fans of Linda Lael Miller and Diana Palmer will thrill to this moving story of a lonely cowboy and his two little girls finding the family of their dreams.

Cowboys & Brides Series:
Billion Dollar Cowboy (Book 1)
The Cowboy's Christmas Baby (Book 2)
The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride (Book 3)
How to Marry a Cowboy (Book 4)

Praise for Bestselling Contemporary Western Romances by Carolyn Brown:
"Sizzling... Brown imbues her lively story with lots of heart."-Publishers Weekly
"Hilarious...a great, entertaining read."-Fresh Fiction
"Writing so expressive I could almost hear the country drawl."-Night Owl Reviewer Top Pick, 4 stars

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Brown continues her streak of satisfying contemporary western romances with the final Cowboys & Brides novel." - Booklist

""This book will have you laughing so much that you want to make sure that you are not eating or drinking while you are reading for fear of choking from laughter.
CAROLYN BROWN is truly the Queen of Romantic Comedy.I give HOW TO
MARRY A COWBOY 5/5 stars. If I could give more I would, it was that good. I
recommend this book to everyone."" - Book Junkiez

"In Her Cowboys and Brides Series ending, Carolyn Brown once again delights us. Each book has been slightly silly, slightly crazy and all the way fun. Filled with unique characters that we can't help but fall in love with." - Bodice Rippers

"Carolyn Brown definitely knows how to write cowboy romance. Her story has so much passion and romance that it makes a perfect read." - Abigail's Book Addiction

"You have passion, romance, ranch life, fun times, and if you have read Brown then you know you are in for a good ride." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"Brimming with heart, humor, heat and loads of love, this is a story you do not want to miss! Whenever I see the name Carolyn Brown on a book, I know I am guaranteed an excellent read and this book is no exception." - Romance Junkies

"This book was incredible on so many levels for me. I felt this story from the first page deep in my heart. Mason and Annie Rose's gave my heart the biggest hug it has had in a long time when reading a book. The book was so sweet I was covered in their love. This is probably one of my favorite books of the year so far." - Red's Hot Reads, 5 Stars

"The word to describe this book is CUTE....The twins are super cute, the main hero Mason is cute and the little blonde mamananny Annie Rose is cute. Damien the little terror is not cute and neither is his mama but everyone else is cute." - All Night Books

"What I really liked and what saved the book was the characters...especially Lily and Gabby in all their 9 year old mischievous glory." - Floating Leaves

"A solid entry in the series by Brown. Best enjoyed on a lazy afternoon when you want something feel good and light." - Backchatting Books

"How to Marry a Cowboy is a gentle love story that is humorous, romantic and just plain fun. It is the perfect conclusion to Carolyn Brown's Cowboys and Brides series and I am very eager to dive into her next series!" - Book Reviews and More by Kathy

"If it has a cowboy and Carolyn Brown wrote it - I will read it - a one click buy!" - TBQ's Book Place

"[A] fantastic romantic read. Perfect for a light summer read!" - Leann's Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"I found How to Marry a Cowboy a fast and easy read and the ending was so wonderful that it was bittersweet. I loved it!"" - Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"Ms. Brown does a tremendous job of building up the feelings and attraction that build between Mason and Annie Rose as well as the closeness that develops between Annie Rose and his little girls...I pretty much read the entire book with a smile on my face." - Ms. C's Diversions, 4 Stars

"A slow and steady contemporary romance that keeps you entertained the whole way through...I liked the characters... all of them. Especially Gabby & Lily, who are funny and rambunctious! I recommend this novel to those who enjoy cowboy contemporary romances!" - From Me To You...

"I loved every word of How to Marry a Cowboy!" - Hott Books

"How to Marry a Cowboy (Cowboys & Brides #4) by Carolyn Brown is a sweet, sassy, sexy, laugh out loud book that had me hooked from the first page. I have read other books by Carolyn Brown and this book was just a great as all of the others." - Harlequin Junkie, Top Pick

"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." - The Royal Reviews

"Carolyn Brown has done it again. I don't say that lightly. She's written quite a few books, but she's one of the few authors I grab once I see the book on the shelf. Her work sparkles and I'm glad to get the opportunity to read the novels... a fluffy, happy read that should be a staple at the beach or on your kindle." - Long and Short Reviews

"This story was heartwarming, loving, sweet, totally sexy and lol funny." - Up All Night, Read All Day...

"After reading this book, I'm on a mission to find myself a cowboy! This was such a cute and captivating read and I look forward to many more stories by Carolyn Brown!" - Miss Book Lovers

"I enjoyed this book particularly because it was a matter of falling in love with family and not just a couple isolated in their romance. The scenes are bucolic and slow, yet they sparkled too. Those who enjoy easygoing, humorous, slightly spicy Contemporary Romance set in Texas ranch country should definitely give this one a try." - Delighted Reader

"I love the way this story was written. I love how the characters had to work through their personal history in order to make things work together. Mason's daughters made this story hilarious with their antics and made the angsty parts better." - Sassy Moms Say: Read Romance

"Wow! Can only say am sorry series has ended but if it had to go this was a great send off and such a heartwarming story it was enough to give me chill bumps more than a time or two along the way to the HEA." - House Wife Blues and Chihuahua Stories

"I loved this book. From the start to finish it was a feel good novel where you are rooting for the best outcome for everyone. I laughed at all the antics that Mason Harper's twins got up to. Carolyn Brown has a way of writing a book that makes you want to be friends with the characters and be a part of their world. I know that when I pick up a book written by her the heroes are going to be super hot and the heroines are going to be spunky and feisty." - Romancing the Book

"HOW TO MARRY A COWBOY tickles your funny bone from the very start. Carolyn Brown has developed two of the most precocious children ever you know the kind only parents can love. But Brown makes you absolutely fall in love with them faults and all. Carolyn Brown has an affinity for wise cracking characters who are larger than life. Usually it's a cowboy or cowgirl. This time in Gabby and Lily she gives us two pint sized versions...Love is a Carolyn Brown story. HOW TO MARRY A COWBOY is an instruction manual on how to find love and overcome fears by the master herself." - Fresh Fiction

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Publication date:
Cowboys & Brides Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than sixty books published. She writes bestselling single title cowboy and country music mass market romances, as well as women's fiction. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma.

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How to Marry a Cowboy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Brown is so original... She can take a storyline and turn it into a delightful story with characters you would love to get to know... Reading her books is always an "upper"...Annie Rose, running from a violent past, and Mason, a handsome widower of 8 years with 9 year old twin girls, are a story with many twists and turns... Living on a ranch in Texas the girls find Annie Rose asleep on the front porch in a dirty and tattered wedding dress... This is a fun journey that will make you laugh and maybe appreciate your own children a bit more... Well worth the read as all of Ms. Brown's books are... This whole series was very enjoyable... Quick read because it keeps you wanting to know what happens next...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a nice book, but I found it very hard to suspend disbelief about the characters' actions. The hero left his two children in the care of a woman he did not know without checking references. He asked a friend to look into her story, but that seemed a little irresponsible. I felt there were some hints that there would be more drama but the ending was very anticlimactic. I was also bothered by the use of foul language, especially by the children. It was unnecessary and jarring. There were situations between the children and their friends where I could not understand why the adults just laughed and did not intervene. Lastly, I felt that the author's repeated references to country stars and songs were distracting. I felt she was trying too hard to remind the reader that this story is set in a country town.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hot cowboy finds a stranger on his front porch in a wedding dress, way to start a very hot romance. Loved this book, and love Carolyn Brown's writing style.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: Twins Lily and Gabby Harper have about all of the nannies they can stand so their ecstatic to when they find a strange lady in their porch swing wearing a wedding dress. They know she’s the mother they’ve been begging to have. Now they only need to convince their daddy, Mason, and the stranger. Annie Rose Boudreaux is running from a crazy ex and looking for somewhere to hide. The Bois D’Arc Bend Ranch seems just about perfect — except for the twin hellions and their heart-stopping daddy. Can she whip this family into shape before she needs to run again? Hott Review: I loved every word of How to Marry a Cowboy! I laughed until tears streamed down my face at the antics of the twins. They’re everything a child should be – excepting the foul language ;) – and I adored them! I even fell for both Annie Rose and Mason. Neither was perfect, but they were both honest and adorable. You won’t be able to put this down! More… Author: Carolyn Brown Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley Grade: A Steam: Adult Setting: Texas Series: Cowboys & Brides #4
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carolyn has done it again. What a great book! I laughed until I cried exspecially the whole ear piercing incident. Carolyn's book always make me feel such joy.
All-Night-Books More than 1 year ago
This is a book that brings you two sweet bad mouthed little nine years old girls that think that their daddy gave them the ultimate gift of a new mommy for their birthday. Of course this new mama is Annie Rose and she is on the run from the past and is hoping to find a few days solace from running. Mason who is their dad is skeptic but that's totally understandable seeing that his girls found her on the front porch swing in a tattered wedding dress. It's a truly cute story
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
This had the potential to be a great book. I loved the twins (although from the way they acted, especially in the beginning and the "Mama-Nanny" thing, I thought they were 6, not 9) and the way Mason and Annie got together. The "How to" books that the twins (and ultimately Mason) put together were great. What really disappointed me was (what I thought was) the main plotline. Annie shows up in town fleeing (essentially) a member of the Louisiana mob (their terms, not mine) and yet that plotline completely fizzles out at the 40% mark. I kept expecting to learn that a particular event had just been smoke and mirrors and the mob member would reemerge, but no. The event was the end of the line and I found the book a bit boring without that danger hanging over them. What a pity. Book obtained through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
jeter2 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, well worth the read.
ly2 More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Brown is a favorite and I have been waiting for this book. It was well worth the wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i gess.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Author Carolyn Brown creates characters so charming and likable you wish they were real friends and neighbors. In the latest and last installment in her Cowboys and Brides series, Brown brings the circle to a close by giving the last of the four cowboys his special story. HOW TO MARRY A COWBOY focuses on Mason Harper, his two wholly-terror twin girls, and their wish for a mama. When the girls, Gabby and Lily, find Annie Rose Boudreaux asleep on their front porch swing, they think their father has given them a mama for their ninth birthday. Well, she was wearing a tattered wedding gown and they had been wishing and asking really hard. Annie Rose is desperate to stay under the radar as her life could depend on it. When she gets the chance to care for the two adorable little girls, she can’t resist. A former nurse, Annie Rose can handle whatever the twins come up with. As she begins to settle into the role of ‘Mama Nanny,’ the sparks between her and Mason heat up, but her past could blow everything apart. Mason hasn’t had a serious relationship or even deep feelings for anyone since his wife died eight years ago. As he begins to have feelings for Annie Rose, he also has a load of guilty to deal with. His daughters have to come first, no matter the cost. The story is a fun mix of romance, humor, a touch of suspense, loyalty, family and friendship. It flows smoothly and at a steady pace. The small town setting creates an atmosphere of fun and family. Brown once again delivers sexy cowboys and feisty cowgirls in a hot and steamy read you won’t be able to put down. The antics of the twins, blended with the sizzling attraction between Mason and Annie Rose, makes for an excellent feel-good read that will have you smiling when you’re not laughing out loud. HOW TO MARRY A COWBOY is the fourth installment in the Cowboys and Brides series, but can be read on its own. References to other couples from the series won’t leave new readers in the dark, but it might just entice them to read the entire collection. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Brown finishes her Cowboys and Brides series with a sweet romance. Annie Rose Boudreau wakes up sitting on a swing in a ragged wedding dress being scrutinized by two little twin girls. The twins, Lily and Gabby Harper, are convinced that their father has married Annie Rose as a birthday present for them. Mason Harper is a little more suspicious but allows Annie Rose to become the girls nanny after he gets her checked out.  This is a lovely romance intertwined with the funniest dialog between two little girls that I have ever read. Annie Rose and Mason have to think fast to stay ahead of these two little devils and fall in love at the same time. The opening sequence may make you think, another runaway bride story, but that turns out not to be quite true. There are times in the story when you think that a romance cliche is dead ahead but it never comes to pass. There is always a twist in the story that keeps you interested and not frustrated. I'm going to miss this series but it looks as though Ms. Brown has lots of great new things coming that should keep her readers busy and happy.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
author says this is the last in this series. i am so sorry about that! it's been a wonderful reading adventure among theose that meet and fall in love, and who doesn't love a cowboy?? this story involves a widowed rancher, and his two hellion daughters, and a woman running away that lands on is porch swing in a muddied wedding dress. the daughters adopt her as their" momma-nanny. the story is funny, happy, and very heart-warming as these four people make a family eventually.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read on June 14, 2014 Book Info  Kindle Edition, 352 pages Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca original title How to Marry a Cowboy ASIN B00HFDVNS8 edition language English series Cowboys & Brides #4 other editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Rancher Mason Harper’s two little girls want nothing more than a mama of their own. So when a pretty woman appears on his front porch in a tattered wedding dress, while Mason’s looking for a nanny, he can’t help but wonder if it’s fate. Annie Rose Boudreaux is in a downright hellish mess. She’s just a few steps ahead of the low-life ex who’s been hot on her heels, but she’s tired of running, and nannying Mason’s two sweet girls may be just what she needs. As her days on the ranch fly by, and the night’s with Mason get hotter, Annie Rose decides that she’s going to stay…for a lifetime. My Thoughts The morning of their 9th birthday twins Gabby and Lily Mason find a young woman on their porch asleep wearing a wedding gown, their screams of delight that their Daddy had gotten married to give them a “Mama” for their present not only woke Annie Rose up but brought their father out to see what all commotion was about. Finding herself on a strangers porch with the family cat curled up next to her asleep was the last thing Annie expected, she had no intention of staying but when confronted with the heartfelt pleas of the twins plus the genuine need by Mason for a person willing to fill the gap of time before he could replace their nanny she found herself making a promise to help out for a few days. Mason Harper found himself a single parent 8 years prior when his wife Holly died unexpectedly, for all those years it has been he and his girls with none of the women he dated briefly even making his heart flutter once. Boy is it fluttering now! Annie Rose is nothing like his deceased wife in looks but some of her mannerisms are dead on which makes his uncomfortable attraction to the new nanny a reason for him to feel guilty that he is somehow betraying cherished memories of Holly. What I liked best about this tale is that it is not a fish-out-of-water story, Annie Rose was raised on a ranch so she knows full well the hours of day to day work and that a flexible schedule works best when it comes to meal times and making sure that the abundant energy that two 9-year-old girls have is channeled into the proper outlets to keep them out of making mischief as much as possible. The fact is that Annie fits right in as not only is she able to cook, she is a former nurse which comes in handy when dealing with minor illness or medical emergencies caused by the over zealous application of claws by the family Tomcat O’Malley. The icing on the cake comes when she is able to help with fiddle and singing lessons for the girls and when she wins over the foreman’s elderly grandfather there is no better character reference! Like the previous book in the series this one also builds the romance slowly so Mason has time to realize that Annie is just what he needs after 8 years of grieving and Annie finds that not all men are abusive like her Ex but rather able to show passion sweetly even when driven by a need as strong as her own. Wow! Can only say am sorry series has ended but if it had to go this was a great send off and such a heartwarming story it was enough to give me chill bumps more than a time or two along the way to the HEA. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
cinful1121 More than 1 year ago
To escape an abusive relationship and for any hope of a better future Annie Rose must escape and run for her life. With a turn of good fate it leads her right into the ranch of Mason Harper and his spunky/hell-on-wheels twin 9 year old daughters. Mason needs a nanny, the girls want a "mama" and Annie Rose is just the answer they needed. You will fall in love with Lily and Gabby with their endless energy, smart mouths and "How To" books. Not to mention the very sexy and endearingly romantic rancher Mason. Prepare to laugh, ooh and ahh all while you enjoy another great addition to the Cowboy's and Bride's series.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Ranch. Cowboy. Foul Mouthed Twin Little Girls. Woman on the Run. Fun!   But somehow, not matter how much I adored those little girls and thought the hero was great, this book didn't work for me.   There was a lot of talking in their heads by the leads and it was the same ideas over and over.  Way too much telling and not enough creation of the love story between the leads.    It made it so I never really believed in the romance.    I will try this writer again and hope that a different plot allows for a love story that appeals more to me.    I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it!