The Bride Wore Starlight (Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys Series #3)

The Bride Wore Starlight (Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys Series #3)

by Lizbeth Selvig

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Once comfortable on stage in front of thousands, Joely Crockett is now mortified at the thought of walking—or rolling—down the aisle at her sisters’ wedding. Scarred and wheelchair-bound, the former beauty queen has lost more than the ability to walk—she’s lost her fire. But when one handsome, arrogant guest accuses her of milking her injuries and ignites her ire, Joely finally starts to feel truly alive again, and soon it’s impossible for her to resist her heart’s desire.

Alec Morrissey knows a little something about loss. A famous rodeo cowboy before he was injured in Iraq, he’s managed to create something of a normal life, even if it’s not the one he always imagined. Encountering stunning but damaged Joely, he sees a kindred spirit who can learn from his mistakes.

As these two healing souls begin to fall in love under the Wyoming stars, they must discover if they are willing to give in to the tragedies of life or fight for a future together.

An Avon Romance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062413963
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Series: Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 274,846
File size: 727 KB

About the Author

Lizbeth Selvig lives in Minnesota with her best friend (aka her husband), a hyperactive border collie, and a gray Arabian gelding. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, she won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® Contest in 2010 with her contemporary romance The Rancher and the Rock Star. In her spare time, she loves to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and spend time with her new granddaughter. She also has four-legged grandchildren—more than twenty—including a wallaby, two alpacas, a donkey, a pig, a sugar glider, and many dogs, cats, and horses (pics of all appear on her website She loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!

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The Bride Wore Starlight 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful addition to a great series. Both our Hero and Heroine are recovering from their own traumatic injuries. While dealing with the physical and mental healing they find their way to each other.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Joely's a shell of her former self. Self-conscious, afraid, unwilling, and uncertain. She was never these things before the accident. The uncharted waters of life she faced now magnified what she saw as flaws, faults, inadequacies. But Alec, who'd been there and done that, knew those uncharted waters could be an incredible new beginning for her. It's why he challenged her, pushed her into them. He knew how hard it was to start again because he had to already. In Joely, he saw a mirror image of who he'd once been and knew she was stronger than she made herself out to be. I really loved this story. Ms. Selvig showed through this story what moving forward, growing past your circumstances, accepting the new you looks like. Joely's character was, admittedly, hard for me to like at first. The bitterness and anger she feels made it hard for me to empathize with her. But, thankfully, she grew and changed. The woman she became because of Alec was so different and so much more likeable that I hoped she never reverted to her old self again. Fiction can mirror real life and this story does just that. Ms. Selvig did an amazing job bringing two characters together who lean on each other as they grow. Their romance is beautiful to see and experience, but their growth was even more so. This was the perfect story for me right now. Life's hectic and I'm getting ready for something I never thought I'd ever do again. But, like Joely, I hope to learn to love and enjoy the newness these uncharted waters brings. Who knows. Like Joely, I might just end up with more than I ever dreamed possible. 4.5* Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
An inspirational story of living through loss ... loss of love, loss of dreams, loss of life ... yet finding the strength to come back from lower than you ever thought possible to find all of those things again ... and even better! Joely Crockett once had the world on a string. She won beauty pageants with ease, she was a favorite in the barrel racing circuit, she could simply shine at anything she did. Until one day her world fell apart. A horrific accident took everything she had ever loved and thought defined her away from her. Alec Morrissey has known his share of loss and heartache. He meets Joely at her sisters' combined wedding and sees the pain in her and knows her will to not try make anything better is what's holding her back. He sets out to nag her into getting mad and trying to shut him up and prove him wrong. Their time spent together leads to friendship as well as strong attraction between the two. Will they each be able to overcome their fears to find their way to being each other's future? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 3.5 out of 5 Licks As you may have noticed I've been NIA for a while. In that time I've probably only read about 2 books (sad I know). So when the tour option showed up in my inbox for this one it sounds like a nice read to get me back into the swing of things. This is my first book by this author so I wasn't sure what to expect, but the blurb sounded intriguing enough so I dove right in. This book is book 3 in a continuing series the author is writing about a family all finding their loves, but I didn't feel lost. We start with a double wedding for two of Joely's sisters. Joely is recovering from a horrific accident and is still obviously struggling with her recovering body and a bit of depression/anger about her new circumstances. Alec has been through loss himself. About 3 years prior to meeting Joely he lost part of his leg. Alec gives her some tough love at the wedding and for a time Joely finds herself actually having a good time again. Overall I did enjoy this book enough to want to read the first two and continue on with the rest of the series once those books release. This is more on the sweet side of romance. There are a few make-out sessions and a love scene that isn't described in too much detail, but it is still there so the door isn't slammed in your face when you get to it. ;) A few times the story dragged a bit and it felt like the author was trying to pad the pages but it didn't take long for the story to pick back up and start swinging again. Toward the end of the book I found myself doing some pretty serious crying but it was a good kind of crying. Alec finally gets the closure he needs on some issues from the past and Joely is moving on too. The author even provides us with one of my favorite things in the world-an epilogue. I was grinning from ear to ear while reading it and it sums the book up quite nicely. All in all this was a fun read with a bit of sadness thrown in to keep you interested in how they could possibly work through all the things swimming in both Alec and Joely's past.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters. Joely is trying to get her life back on track after a horrible accident. Her life is pretty much at it's lowest, but one thing she didn't count on was Alec. Alec is the perfect person to help Joely to see she the potential of a whole new world at her finger tips. A lot of emotion, but such a beautiful story.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A heartfelt romance that I could not put down. Joely, is recovering from a terrible MVA, that has left her many scars and walking with assistance. Alec, is new to town and his own physical limitations. What a perfect match!! Alec is the perfect person to kick Joely in the butt, to accept the changes and move on. It turns out though that they both have emotional scars that need to be healed too. My favorite line from the book is, " You need to learn to be you and love it". I think we can all learn by that line. This is the third book in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend this book, along with the rest of the books in the series. Liz Selvig is an auto buy for me!!
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This is the third book of the series Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys. If like me, you have not read the previous books, do not worry. It’s definitely a stand alone and I promise you will love it. This is the story of Alec and Joely. But it is much more than that. It’s a story of two individuals who were athletes and now have to deal with physical injuries. These injuries not only affect their bodies but also their self-esteem, their mental and emotional outlook, as well as PTSD. They help each other become stronger , happier , face demons and come out much stronger. Add love , and you have a great story. Now I am anxious to read the stories I missed of Mia and
BFF_K_BFF_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
The Bride Wore Starlight is so much more than it appears to be from the outside. I might have gone into this with a preconceived notion about what to expect. I was planning on a light, fluffy, quick-read romance. What I found instead was a deeply rich, character driven, tension-filled, emotional read that was intensely satisfying. Joely and Alec are both physically damaged, rocked by massive bodily injuries in the prime of their lives. Alec has a head start on the physical and emotional healing. When he meets Joely, he sees in her a suffering, kindred spirit who needs a kick in the pants to get out of her own head. As Joely accepts the healing guidance of Alec, she recognizes that there are still issues he has to tackle as well. What unfolds is a powerful story of trans-formative love. The love Alec and Joely create heals them both physically and emotionally. There's a fantastic HEA with a delicious epilogue. I was timid about the country/cowboy angle of the story. I grew up (and still live) in Nebraska. Though I was a 'city kid,' I've had many rodeo and ranch experiences. I wasn't sure what I would think of the cowboy genre. I was pleasantly surprised. This book is well done. If you have ever entertained thoughts of a rugged, sexy as sin, cocky cowboy - this book will bring that to life in spades! (I mentally cast Scott Eastwood in the role of Alec!) Joely transforms from a damaged, self-pitying, lost girl. As Alec helps Joely to heal and rebuild, he breaks down his own walls and overcomes his own fears. There are inherent tensions as they each conquer their own demons and learn to trust each other. The journey is inspiring and fulfilling. The Bride Wore Starlight delivers a super sexy, heartwarming romance for two characters who desperately deserve a happily ever after. An advance copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review. BFF Book Blog uses an additional set of icon ratings. The Bride Wore Starlight received additional ratings for: butterflies, happily ever after, hero, heroine, romance and tension.
Josie_Kerr More than 1 year ago
This was first experience with Lizbeth Selvig, and I'll say that it won't be my last - I'm definitely going to pick up the first two in the Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys series. While I generally do not read cowboy/Western romance, I'm a sucker for a wounded Hero/heroine, and when the author added in the military component? SOLD! Joely is the middle child, the one that (almost) everyone likes, the one that should get married and not worry her pretty little head about pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. When she gets into a terrible car accident while driving back home to Wyoming, fleeing a failed marriage and a philandering husband, she's left at a loss. When Joely encounters Alec at her sisters' double wedding, he infuriates her with his arrogance and flirting. She initially thinks he pities her, but it soon becomes apparent that Alec has actually been exactly where Joely is, that he is truly empathetic, but not necessarily sympathetic. Because Alec has his own demons, his own scars, and his own handicaps, he is the perfect choice for getting Joely out of her rut and back in the saddle, both literally and figuratively. And by helping Joely heal, Alec, in turn, recognizes and resolves his own issues. There were times that I wanted to shake some sense into both of them, but I'll admit that I teared up and cheered for both as well. This is a very sweet book, with just enough spice to keep things hot. I also enjoyed the interactions with the sisters and their husbands and all the extended Crockett clan, as well as the glimpse into life on Paradise Ranch, and definitely want to read the older sisters' stories that are included in the first two installments of the series. The story is fairly evenly paced, but at one point I did wonder what they were going to do for another hundred pages. That situation resolved itself quickly and I back into the story. The author introduces some characters and events into the story that don't quite fit, but I am hoping that she is laying the foundation for building on those elements in future installments. I recommend The Bride Wore Starlight for readers who love cowboys, healing hearts, and sweet romance that is just a little bit different from the usual. **This ARC was provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.**
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Joely's accident crushed her leg and left her scarred both inside and out. She is stuck in a rut and not really moving forward the way she should. Alec knows what it's like to be in her position and makes it his mission to help her heal. However, Alec has his own demons to deal with but doesn't let it show. Alec helped Joely overcome a lot of her physical limitations, but I loved the way they both helped each other heal on the inside. As the heal, you can see their friendship develop into attraction and love.This was not your typical romance, but I loved the story and found it to be heartfelt and inspirational. I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Lizbeth Selvig's writing connects to her readers. The Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys series was a discovery I do not regret. Thanks to Avon, Edelweiss and Ms. Selvig, I have loved every single book. Have nicknamed them the five star collection and will continue until the end. I was blessed to received an ARC of The Bride Wore Starlight in exchange for an honest review. It would have been so easy to see this read as a dismal look at life's heartbreaking moments. However, with a little bit of laughter, quite a few tears and outstanding writing this story became about appreciating the blessings and the lessons from each experience whether good or bad. Make the most of the time you have and the people you love. I am getting emotional just from writing this review.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Commonality and Past Mistakes makes for a beautiful joining. For my first read by Lizbeth Sevig, I must say that I have to go back to the beginning. I appreciated what I read and want more. I initially had my mind set in the realm of the 1954 movie 'Seven Bride for Seven Brothers' minus the singing. I got a more involved love story that grew with each passing chapter. There was much to be said for our hero & heroine and there 4star handi high. Alec Morrissey and Joely Crockett have a few things in common. One being they are both stunning to look at. Two they are both damaged both emotional and physically. But there is a difference Alec has come to some realizations in his life and from the mistakes he has made. He refuses to allow for Joely to continue to wallow in her own pity. He wants her to live again with hopes of more between the two of them. **This ARC was provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.** More @