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....
©2012 Laurie Vanzura (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
There is not enough story for a whole book. Maybe if this was seriously abridged (like 3 hours of story total) it would have been ok, but it just felt like the author was paid by the word. This is not an author I would listen to again.
This romance just couldn't seem to happen And after several chapters of waiting for them to finish arguing I got weary of it. There comes a point when the author needs to wrap it up. There can only be so many misunderstandings and conflicts. Otherwise it's really not believable.
I like C. J. Critt's interpretation of the book, and her unusual voice, but I don't think I will ever listen to another book by Lori Wilde. I would be afraid the book was filled with boring, repeated fluff.
This plot was so thin it could have been a short story, not even long enough for a novella. If I was reading this book, I would have skipped many parts of it. I am starting to not like the main characters because of their constant dithering about their attraction to each(I haven't finished listening yet, but I am stubborn and will finish because I paid for it). I am ready to scream at Mariah, "Joe is not like your father, he is successful, has money, is settled down, etc." The author keeps restating all of their doubts about each other and uses that as the tension in the book. I should have kept track of how many times she has thought the same thing. Boring! If Ms. Wilde needed to lengthen the story, why not do a better longer flashback about Mariah's time in Chicago. Maybe then she would be more fleshed out and I might have some more sympathy for her.
After 2/3 of the book, I would say the opening, hungover cowboy was my favorite scene.
I will keep to my original plan of listening to mysteries and thrillers from Audible, and READING the romances on my iPad, iPhone. That way, I can skip any of the overly sappy thoughts and sentiments, especially if they are repeated ad nauseum.
I think I would have really liked this book if it was a short story.
The story was not bad but I just did not like the narrators voice. She sounded like an old woman. Her voice was not bad it just didn't fit with the story.
I love romance and non fiction self improvement books. It depends on my mood. I usually
listen to more than one book at a time, a non fiction and a fiction.
The characters were good but the story was just so so. The author could have made better dialog. That for me was main the weakness with this book.
Jubilee, Texas feels like a real place - the characters, the atmosphere, the way a small town's inhabitants know each other's business. I really enjoyed this.
Maybe. The story, what I could stand to listen to, was cute.
Better inflection. The narrator seemed like she was trying to make this a comedy.
Love this cowboy.
Cowboy and the Princess
Adds character with excellent voice.
Lori Wilde is a great novelist. I especially like how sweet, yet hot--clean but real, her romance scene are written. Great plots. I never feel tired of the conflict, like I do in other romance novels. Wilde write well crafted plots and the conflict grows out of real life.
I really wanted to like this book but about 3/4 of the way through I had to stop. I could describe everything under the sun in this book except the story. Zero depth. The narrator was just ok, in part to her and in part to very little to work with. Ugh!!! Very disappointed.
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