Marrying My Cowboy – ARC Review

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Marrying My Cowboy
by Diana Palmer, Lindsay McKenna, and Kate Pearce
Release Date:  March 26, 2019
Publisher: Zebra
Number of Pages: 272
Kindle Edition
Source:  ARC from Net Galley
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating:  R
Read 3/16/19 to 3/19/19


Take a walk down the aisle–western style–with these tales of unbridled love, from a trio of New York Times bestselling authors who know the way to a cowboy’s heart.

The Rancher’s Wedding* Diana Palmer
When a rugged Colorado rancher who’s in the red meets up with a screenwriter-turned-waitress dogged by scandal, they put their talents–and their hearts–together. But will front page news put a damper on the sparks flying between them?

Wind River Wedding * Lindsay McKenna
A sprawling family ranch in Wyoming, or a swanky Hamptons hideaway? A young couple’s future in-laws try to stake their claim on where the newlyweds will live. But these lovebirds won’t be corralled.

The Cowboy Lassos a Bride * Kate Pearce
Between a hen night that goes terribly wrong and a missing wedding dress, a bride-to-be wonders if her plan to marry her longtime bad boy cowboy beau is doomed–and he wonders if his fiance is avoiding the altar. Will love prevail?

I love Kate Pearce.  In reading other collections she has been a part of I have found other authors to love.  Of course, I couldn’t pass up the chance at an ARC of this collection when I saw she was involved.  I’ve not had luck with Diana Palmer in the past, but I was all for giving her another go.  Unfortunately, things did not go as I had hoped with this one.

The stories in the book are in the order of the author’s credits on the cover, but that’s not how I’m going to review them.  I’m not a fan of negativity, especially when it comes to book reviews.  We all have different tastes and opinions.  I decided I’m going to list my opinions below with Kate Pearce’s story first, so you can stop after that if you don’t want any less than stellar thoughts on the other two stories.  Here we go…

The Cowboy Lassos a Bride
by Kate Pearce

As usual, Kate Pearce does not disappoint.  This story ties into her Morgan Ranch series and the love, chemistry, and friendships found in those full-length novels are also present in this short story.  I love the Morgans, I love their friends, and I love the citizens of Morgantown.  It’s hard for me to judge for sure since I have read this series, but I don’t believe you have to read the other books in the series to enjoy this story. They are all definitely worth the read though.  This is the story of HW and Sam, who are featured in The Bad Boy Cowboy, getting engaged and married.  It’s loaded with their usual spats and tons of chemistry and love to go along with those disagreements.  I cannot get enough of this author. ~5 stars

The Rancher’s Wedding
by Diana Palmer

I’ll start this one off with facts instead of opinion.  There are some major continuity issues with this story.  The characters contradicted themselves numerous times. How can Cassie’s dad think she’s allergic to cats from one incident in her past, and then a few paragraphs later she states she’s had cats her whole life? Her dog situation became a confusing mess.  The story was also very repetitive, Cassie and her father going over and over why they are in Colorado and the evil things that were done to them. Luckily, there was actual chemistry between Cassie and JL.  That alone kept me reading.

I’m sure there’s a market for the type of characters that are in this book, but we’re at the opinion portion of my review now.  The media is bashed, journalists are disparaged, the term “bleeding-heart liberals” is actually used, waitresses are looked at as less than. In fact, Cassie and her father hide the fact that Cassie is good at chess because JL might be suspicious of a chess playing waitress. Holy cow! I believe my blood pressure actually shot up a couple times while reading this story.  After my other experiences with this author’s books, it really clear that she is just not an author I can enjoy. ~1.5 stars

Wind River Wedding
by Lindsay McKenna

Quite honestly, I skimmed a huge portion of this story.  It was a whole heck of a lot of telling and no showing.  Very early on, it was obvious this story is meant as a prequel to some other works by this author.  I looked it up after and I’d say if you’ve read and enjoyed her Wind River Valley series, you may enjoy this.  I’m pretty sure it’s a sort of origin story of the matriarch and patriarch of a major family in that series.  But it is NOT a good introduction to the series.  I felt like I would have enjoyed it a little more if I already knew some of these characters.  There was no chemistry and the dialogue was stilted because the characters were telling each other things they already knew.  Maud describing the layout of the land to Steve, who grew up on the land. Steve telling Maud who was standing up in their wedding like she doesn’t know her own best friend.  I’m sure this was meant to convey this information to the reader, but it’s done in an odd way that really bogs the story down.

I will admit that I feel terrible judging this author on this story alone.  Like I said, if you’re a fan of this series you may love this story.  It doesn’t work for a compilation book that is, often, introducing a writer to potential new readers of their other stories.  I may give her another chance if I come across something that is either a true book 1 of a series or a true standalone.  This did nothing for me. ~1 star

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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