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Lasso the Moon: Book One in the Wild West Romance Series Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2006

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Paris Garrett promised her papa she'd let nothing keep her from becoming a big star on the musical stage, and a job offer in Chance, in the Arizona Territory, is her big break. Now all she has to do is avoid her three overprotective brothers and get a bothersome tune out of her head and played on a piano. But a run-in with Joshua Grant, former sheriff and unwanted traveling companion, adds one more item to that list: don't fall in love with a gorgeous, stubborn, bona fide hitch in her plans. Ciotta uses her own musical-theater background to pen an adorable tale that will put a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart. All the elements that made old Saturday afternoon Westerns fun are here: dusty trails, ornery secondary characters, well-timed humor, a sly villain, a good gunfight or two, and a hero and heroine to root for all the way. Nina Davis
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"A fantastic historical that will have you laughing all the way to the last page . . . and will grab your heart as well as your funny bone."  —Romance Junkies

"A great combination of romance, laughter, mystery and triumph."  —Affaire de Coeur

"This is a delightful shoot-out of a romance, a good ol' fashioned tale of high-spirited fun."  —BookPage

"A sweet romance, a delightfully funny tale, and a sexy story of love found and dreams realized."  —Romance Readers Connection

"A warm, lighthearted nineteenth century romantic romp."  —Harriet Klausner, Gotta Write Network

"I highly recommend [this book] and look forward to Ms.Ciotta's future novels."  —Romance Reviews Today

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Product Details

  • Series: Wild West Romance (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932815287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932815283
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,554,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed "fun and sexy" by Publisher's Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction. "I can't think of anything more fulfilling than writing stories where everyone (except the villain, of course) gets a happy ending!"

Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A retired professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angie on June 11, 2006
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Beth Ciotta's release Lasso the Moon is a wonderful historical romance. I've been enjoying her other releases and this is no exception. This is the story of Paris Garret who made the promise early in life to lasso the moon, and become a big star. Our spunky heroine leaves the big time (San Francisco in 1877) for the Arizona Territory to sing in the back of beyond in an opera house. She meets one hunky lawman named Joshua Grant. This story made me laugh. The main characters are both loveable, and as I was reading I couldn't help but hope the author would write about Paris's sexy brothers. I checked her website and sure enough, there are more installments to come. I can't wait to read The Fall of Rome.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on June 19, 2006
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Paris Garrett has made a promise to her beloved papa when she was nine years old. She promises that she will reach for the stars and become the famous singer/song writer her father knows she can be. There is no doubt that she has much so that she is an outcast in her own home town. Since the death of both of her parents she has been raised by her four older brothers who all agree...the stage is no place for their sister. Well, Paris sees things differently so she runs away to Chance, Arizona. She knows that she will be able to lasso the moon while working at "The Desert Moon." Too bad she seems to get into scrap after scrap once she reaches Arizona. And if that wasn't enough handsome ex-sheriff Joshua Grant is her rescuer at every turn. He makes her feel things that are new and wondrous...and boy can he kiss. But she has made a promise and she can't break it...will she be able to follow her heart or will that promise get in the way?

Ms. Ciotta is an automatic buy for me. She has proven herself time and time again as a wonderful and imaginative storyteller. "Lasso the Moon" is a highly engaging western romance and Josh and Paris were wonderful leads. I highly look forward to her next effort in this new series. You can tell that Ms. Ciotta wrote a story from her this is a book full of heart and will touch and entertain the reader from start to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on April 15, 2014
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Let’s see. Where do I start?

We’ll start with Paris. I love her individuality. In a time when women were little more than housewives and childbearers, Paris aspired to be more. Her theatrical background certainly ensured she would dream big, but dreaming big and pursuing those big dreams are two entirely different things. With a little bit of help, she slipped away from her overprotective brothers and made West in pursuit of her dreams.

Until she met Joshua Grant. Or maybe it’s the other way around, lol. Joshua’s orderly life is already in chaos with the sudden acquirement of an establishment he doesn’t want. He sure doesn’t need the complication Paris brings with her. But what a fine-looking complication she is. She’s his complete opposite, probably is everything he shouldn’t want in a lifelong companion, but she turns out to be exactly what he needs.

I loved reading this book. There’s humor, bickering, love, suspense, and humor. Did I say that already? Honestly, I can’t remember reading a historical western where the heroine made me laugh so much. Actually, I don’t remember laughing so much reading a historical western period. This is a terrific story with the right combination of fact and fiction, sprinkled with humor and love to make it a romance I will definitely read again.
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Lasso the Moon by Beth Ciotta

"Reach for the stars" Pa said. "I'll do better than that." Paris promised. "I'll lasso the moon."

Remembering her promise, Paris sets out on her own to become a musical actress at the Desert Moon opera house. But in the times of the old west, this isn't proper behavior, nor did Paris care. She expected to live life so her songwriting got better. Unfortunately a bar fight, that was absolutely not her fault, delays her debut a bit. Former Sheriff Joshua Grant is captivated by this creature and is called to lend a hand in getting her out of town before more damage can be done.

A romping romance with oodles of humor.

“He’d aimed on escorting the troublesome minx to a respectable hotel directly after retrieving her carpetbag. Sometimes good intentions aren’t worth spit. Especially when that minx is downright cuter than a kitten. Spurred on by raw lust and rotgut, he’d thrown caution to the wind. He’d kissed her. In the middle of the street. Without regard to her reputation. He’d been set to apologize when she’d shocked him by initiating a second kiss, a deeper kiss, a kiss that prompted a hard-on you could break a branding iron on.
Then, without so much as a “see ya’ later,” she’d hauled butt away from him faster than a lone scout from an Apache tribe. He didn’t know what to make of her, but he liked her spirit, not to mention the way she felt in his arms. That worried him.”
Excerpt From: Ciotta, Beth. “Lasso the Moon: A Wild West Romance (Book 1).”
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In 1877, Paris Garrett travels to the dangerous Arizona Territory in hopes of fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a famous stage actress though she has no experience. When she feels down with no hope of achieving her goal, she thinks of her beloved late father who encouraged her to always seek to make your dreams happen.

Joshua Grant left his first love law enforcement, which he hopes to return to soonest, but first must meet the stipulations of his late uncle's will. He must marry within two weeks or his odious cousin inherits the opera house. Though he does not want to own the opera house and detests giving up law enforcement even temporary he would rather be dead then let his relative gain possession. Still he has no one in mind until a talented songwriting dreamer arrives in town. Joshua knows she is a mistake, but he wants the wannabe actress so why not marry her. Of course he first must win her over while his cousin has other plans for her, him, and the opera house.

LASSO THE MOON is an amusing historical romance starring two likable protagonists and a vile antagonist. Joshua has no idea what happened to his simple life feeling eh must be JINXED; first with the will and now with Paris whose CHARMED innocence and obsession somehow SEDUCED his heart. Fans will laugh at the escapades of the lead couple and hiss at the villain as Beth Ciotta provides a warm lighthearted nineteenth century romantic romp.

Harriet Klausner
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