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Lasso the Moon: Book One in the Wild West Romance Series Mass Market Paperback


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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: 6.8 x 4.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

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

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 www.bethciotta.com

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This one kept me laughing.
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I highly look forward to her next effort in this new series.
Kristi Ahlers
I can recommend this western love story to all.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 talent...so 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 heart...as this is a book full of heart and will touch and entertain the reader from start to finish.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roni Denholtz on September 24, 2006
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This book is another winner by Beth Ciotta! I don't read many westerns, but I enjoyed her contemporary romances so much I wanted to give this a try. It was wonderful! Fast-paced, fresh and funny, with great characters, I turned pages rapidly to find out how they were going to solve their problems. This is a tender and amusing story--don't miss it!
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This story is so funny! It is a wild ride of action, steamy romance, quirky characters and humor. I tend to read paranormal romance and avoid anything historical, but even though this is historical and doesn't have anything paranormal in it, I loved it! I highly recommend this book!
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By Amazon Customer on June 19, 2013
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If you can ignore the typo, it's a great read. It's very entertaining and funny. I would like to read more about the other characters.
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This review was originally posted on "The Historical Romance Critic" [thehrcritic.com]

My ideal romance novel would have a perfect balance of lighthearted comedy as well as authentic romance development. Summed together, Beth Ciotta's Lasso the Moon achieves about one out of the two. The book is a rather fluffy western romantic adventure involving a feisty heroine and a frequently exasperated hero. On the positive side, the storyline is often fun and humorous and contains the occasional cute moment between the protagonists. On the negative side, the writing can be too exclamatory at times, the characters are a bit stereotypical, the romance tends to be driven by the physical aspect of the relationship, and the conflicts can be seen from a mile away. As a last disappointment, Ciotta makes the poor decision of focusing the final conflict on the hero saying the words "I love you" rather than any sort of real manifestation of that love.

The heroine of Lasso the Moon is one of those characters often with more bluster than common sense between her two ears. She is depicted as a passionate musician, and she blindly follows those passionate inclinations... no matter how unreasonable they are. At the beginning of the book, the reader finds the heroine trying to make her way to an opera house on her own. She made a childhood promise to her father - just days before he died - that she would "lasso the moon" by becoming the famous performer, and she intends to fulfill that promise. Meanwhile, the beginning of the story finds the honorable hero resigning from being a sheriff. His recently deceased uncle bequeathed him with a opera house with the provision that he would marry within a few weeks. The hero reluctantly plans to follow the dictates of the will, somehow.
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