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Hired By The Cowboy Mass Market Paperback – May 8, 2007

4.4 out of 5 stars 1,285 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Windover Ranch Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373039549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373039548
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,904,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Natalie S VINE VOICE on May 19, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Due to the scare of tainted beef, Canadian cattle farmer Conner Madsen is in danger of losing the ranch that has been in his family for over one hundred years. Unable to access his trust fund, Conner has only one option. He must find someone who will marry him on short notice so he will be allowed to draw money from his trust fund. This might be a problem because not only is Conner not dating anyone, he doesn't even know anyone who might be willing to marry him. Salvation comes in the form of independent Alexis Grayson who also just happens to faint at his feet.

Conner tries his best to persuade Alexis to marry him. Offering to take care of her and her unborn child, and trying to convince her of his need, Conner prays for Alexis to agree to his plans. Because unless he marries, he will not have the funding needed to keep his ranch afloat.

Alexis Grayson gives new meaning to the word stubborn. Used to relying on no one but herself, she has a hard time lowering her defenses enough to let Conner take care of her. I found her capitulation sweet and happily cheered both characters on from the sidelines.

For a debut Harlequin release, HIRED BY THE COWBOY by Donna Alward is a good read. The characters are realistic - including the interfering, but well meaning, grandmother. Lovers of Harlequin Romances will really enjoy this book. I know I did.
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This is the first book I've read from this author and it certainly won't be my last. Her characters could be my neighbors - real down-to-earth people who care for others as well as the land. People who try to live the life they're dealt while holding onto their dignity and self-respect. People who don't flash their money in your face just because they have it and you don't.

She uses Alberta, land of cowboys, mountains and wealth to weave a marriage of convenience story that starts with despair and ends in rapture. Ride along with me while I give the low-down on this poignant story:

Alexis Grayson is pregnant and alone. She's strong and penniless. She's a victim of circumstance, yet a survivor. She knows what she wants but isn't sure how to get it...

Until Connor Madsen walks into her life and asks her to share his.

Connor needs a temporary wife. Alexis needs a temporary home.

All they have to do is accept that true happiness comes when you give your heart into someone else's safekeeping. Strong is good. Together is better.

But, they'll have to dig deep and find the courage to take the chance.

This stand-alone book has characters from the Windover Ranch. Other Donna Alward books with related characters are:

- Marriage at Circle M - HR 3978 Sep 07

- Falling For Mr. Dark & Dangerous - HR 4044 Aug 08

Heat level: Romantic
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I'm the first to admit that I'm not really a fan of short romance novels - I like to spend a little more time with the characters before I commit to raving about the book. That being said, this was a freebie and seemed interesting. Although I enjoyed the story, I didn't feel any fierce attraction between the lead characters, and the most interesting person was his grandmother. Added to that, he seemed mostly beta with a small sprinkle of alpha male here and there, and I like my heroes 110% alpha! So while it was pleasant in a non-exciting and lackluster sort of way, it is certainly not worth a re-read for me. *Removing from device*
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I love cowboy stories! And this story takes place in Canada, so I was really very interested in it because I want to know about Canadian cowboys. And the plot was great. Two people who were orphaned at a young age found each other in the most bizarre way. The heroine was pregnant and was going to be a single mom. The hero would lose it all - his ranch and his way of life; the only way out was his trust fund which he could only touch if he was married.

It started as a marriage of convenience between Alexis and Connor; that is until they fell in love... but love was not the answer to their problems. It would take more to get to their happily ever after.

Great plot, right? It was, but somehow, it did not pan out. Though it was only Alexis and Connor throughout the whole book (they occupied 90% of the storytelling), they remained flat. Oh, there were even disasters - hailstorm, tornado and tainted beef - three very dramatic situations but there was no drama.

That's the reason why I'm giving this only 2 stars. I was waiting for several climaxes, which were never given. I was expecting several hills; all I got were molehills. :-(

One good thing for readers who do not like erotica. This book has no sex scenes at all, though it is PG 13 because the heroine is pregnant out of wedlock.
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Hired by the Cowboy is Donna Alward's debut book for Harlequin Romance and part of the Western Weddings series. It is absolutely a wonderful, sweet and tender love story and sure to melt any reader's heart and make any cynic a true believer in romance and falling in love.

Can you imagine having no family, on your own with little money, no husband and a baby on the way, and determined to take care of this new life? Well for Alexis Grayson that was the case and of all things she faints!

Connor Madsen, is one handsome and sexy cowboy and he has a serious problem. How will he save his previous Windover Ranch when his trust fund only becomes available to him upon marriage? Connor isn't even dating anyone and the bank won't lend him money, so what is he to do? As fate will have it Connor literally finds Alexis at his feet in a dead faint, and their story begins.

Connor immediately likes Alex, likes her strong character, determination, and sense of humour plus she's not too hard on the eyes. As for Alex, Connor is one handsome cowboy, a gentleman so when he offers her a place to stay until the baby is born and to take care of her, can that be so bad? Think again! When she learns his plan that they must marry to save his ranch, she believes he's lost his mind!

Donna's development of both of these two characters is amazing as she uses their attraction for each other in a very sweet and emotional way. I found myself holding my breath to see if and when they would realize that they belonged together and even though they both used their immediate situations to solve immediate problems, in the end, their attraction, sensitivity and friendship for each other would form such a bond they would soon see the light!
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