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The Cowboy Takes a Bride (Jubilee, Texas Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lori Wilde
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Book Description

Any contemporary romance reader can tell you, cowboys are hot! And no one is hotter than Joe Daniels, the sexy ranch-hand hero of Lori Wilde’s The Cowboy Takes a Bride. The first book in Wilde’s exciting series set in Jubilee, Texas—a small town full of horses, cowboys, and more romance than you can shake a stick at—The Cowboy Takes a Bride is the kind of western-set love story that bestselling romance authors Linda Lael Miller and Kat Martin are famous for. Readers who love books by Susan Wiggs, Susan Mallery, and Sherryl Woods will fall passionately in love with cowboy Joe as he and a beautiful failed wedding planner try to make a go at a falling down ranch and find that their hearts are leading them straight to the altar.

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    Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious! (New York Times Bestselling author Robyn Carr)

    “Full of colorful satisfying as a glass of lemonade on a hot day.” (Publishers Weekly)

    “A wonderful story… The ending will leave readers with the desire to make return visits to Jubilee, Texas.” (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars)

    “Wilde fills this series launch with fun repartee and tugs at the heartstrings…Her fans will be eager to visit Jubilee again.” (Publishers Weekly)

    From the Back Cover

    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 . . .

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1322 KB
    • Print Length: 389 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062047752
    • Publisher: Avon (March 27, 2012)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005S74BIC
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing start to a new series March 29, 2012
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    Good sense comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from actin' like a damn fool.

    -Dutch Callahan

    In the first book of Lori Wilde's New Series, Jubilee, Texas, we meet Ex-champion bull rider-turned-cutting-horse cowboy, Joe Daniels, who wakes up to see this little blond spit-fire staring down at him while he is lying half-naked in a horse trough. Talk about a HELLO!!

    Mariah Callahan has nothing left, no job, no money, no home in Chicago and her mother is a newlywed living in Argentina with Iggy, the love of her life. What else is Mariah to do but head to Jubilee and claim the Ranch that her estranged has left her. She plans to sell the property as soon as she can and finally get her own Wedding Planning business off the ground, but how can she think about anything but a certain emotionally wounded, hard-living cowboy who stirs her guilt, her heartstrings, and her long-burned cowgirl roots.

    OH BOY.....did Lori Wilde start out with a bang in Jubilee, Texas.....You know its the Horse Cutting will get it once you read it. I was tearing up within the first few chapters, maybe even the first few pages. I FLEW through this book, page after page, wanting to know what would happen next. This book touched my heart and held on tight. I would definitely compare this book to a Kristan Higgins Novel, which ALWAYS has me bawling like a baby.

    I think Joe Daniels has crawled into a little spot of my heart and I'm not sure that I'll ever let him go. I think I'll remember Joe and Mariah for a long, long time. If you have ever lost a loved one, or have lost the one that you loved more than anything, then you will be able to relate to Joe and what he is going through.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, Realistic Romance March 17, 2012
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    I think what I liked the most about this romance was that the romance didn't come easy. So often the hero and heroine take one look at each other, fall madly in love, and then have to deal only with outside forces trying to disturb their romance. In this story the conflict in the romance came from inside both of the main characters.

    Mariah comes to Jubilee, Texas, after she inherits a ranch from the father who abandoned her and her mother when she was seven. Her father had to follow his obsession with cutting horses and left his family behind. Mariah was raised by her mother who worked as a housekeeper for rich Chicago families. Mariah has learned to blend in no matter what the social situation but has never felt like she belonged anywhere or had anyone but her mother to love her. She has worked for eleven years as the assistant to a society wedding planner and likes seeing other people's dreams come true. Her mother has found her own true love and has moved with him to Argentina. So when Mariah's dream job falls apart and she is fired and blacklisted she jumps at the chance to go to Jubilee. She hopes to quickly sell the ranch and get back to her "real" life in Chicago.

    The first person she meets in Jubilee is Joe Daniels. When she first meets him, he is lying drunk and almost naked in a gold-plated watering trough in front of his home. Joe is using alcohol to dull the pain of the loss of Mariah's father Dutch who was his mentor. Coincidentally, Dutch died the same day that Joe lost his beloved young wife two years previously. He isn't doing well dealing with the grief of either loss. Mariah resents the closeness that Joe and Dutch had; Joe is angry at what he sees as Mariah's neglect of her father.
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    "Has something happened?"
    "Are you sitting down?"
    "Sit down," Joe commanded.
    "Just tell me," Mariah said, bracing for the worst.
    "Dutch is dead," he blurted.
    Mariah blinked, nibbled her bottom lip, felt...hollow. Hollow as a chocolate Easter bunny...
    "You okay?"
    "I'm fine. It's not like my life is going to change," she said quickly...
    "Wait," he said. "Don't hang up."
    Her hand tensed around the cell phone. "What is it?"
    "Dutch left you his ranch."

    When Miriah called back her father's number she wasn't sure what to expect. The two had been estranged for most of her life. She didn't expect to hear someone else's voice answer the phone and certainly didn't expect to find out he died and already had been buried. But what surprised her the most was that she'd inherited his ranch. The timing, however, couldn't have been better inheritance wise. She'd recently been fired from her prestigious position with one of Chicago's most elite Wedding Planners. It had been her dream job and she'd been devastated. To make matters worse, her former employer of 11 years had black balled her and she couldn't get a job anywhere. Sometimes life just doesn't go as planned even for someone whose primary job is to plan things.

    Joe Daniels was a wealthy young widower who had just lost his best friend, Dutch. With only two years between the loss of his wife and his friend he was in mourning and not taking things very well. Dutch's death brought back the feelings of loss he'd only recently been able to put behind him from his wife's tragic death. So when Miranda first encountered him he was not at his best. She found him practically naked in nothing but his BVDs, Stetson, and boots passed out in a golden plated horse trough.
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    Published 4 months ago by Ann Mitchell
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wilde is always
    Enjoyable and this book does not fail to live up to her other Jubilee books where all cowboys are hunks. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and sometimes tearful, wonderful romance
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    Published 6 months ago by Midniteillusion
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
    liked the book ,the story line was good,The characters were well described and the romance showed more caring then just raw sex like many of these books do.
    Published 6 months ago by Gwen S
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, predictable (in a good way) story
    Ok, how hilarious is it to show up at a ritzy ranch you think you've been left by your estranged father, only to find a cute, half-naked cowboy passed out in a GOLDEN (seriously!! Read more
    Published 7 months ago by jenmcdan13
    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining good story
    its a good easy and fast book to read. enjoyed the story.not a lot to. think about in the story . just enjoy
    Published 7 months ago by ginger
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
    I liked this one just for the story! It was however somewhat predictable and you knew before things happened what would be the ending!
    Published 11 months ago by zeuser
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!!!
    This is a story that keeps you invested with the character's until the end!! I really loved the book!!! It made me want to read mot
    Published 12 months ago by Kristen Rol
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read
    The cleverness of Lori's The Cowboy Takes a Bride is fun to read as she brings the characters to life and makes them charming. Read more
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    More About the Author


    Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 70 romance novels. She is a two-time RITA award nominee, a four time Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice nominee and has won numerous other awards. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and holds a certificate in forensics.

    Lori is a two-time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Lories, The More Than Maggie, the Golden Quill, The Laurel Wreath and The BestBooks of 2006 Book Award.

    Her books have been translated into 27 languages and featured in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, All You, Time and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

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