The Trouble with Cowboy Weddings
by Nicole Helm
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Book #5 in the A Mile High Romance series
Number of pages: 304
Source: ARC from Net Galley
Contemporary Romance/Western M/F
Read 6/5/19 to 6/7/19
As the middle Tyler brother, Gavin doesn’t always have much say in ranch decisions, but when it comes to his heart, he’s the only authority. He’s loved Louisa “Lou” Fairchild for longer than he can remember, even though they’ve never been more than friends. But with Lou stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place, Gavin is going to help the way any true friend would—with a proposal of a strictly business-like, in-name-only marriage . . . at least to start.
Lou can’t believe her beloved grandmother has backed her up against the wall. The choice between finding a man to marry and letting her no-good father back into the family to run the ranch isn’t a choice at all! But when her sister counters with an even less savory idea, Lou knows what she must do—say yes to the only man she’s ever trusted. But somehow pretending to be in love with good-natured Gavin suddenly begins to feel alarmingly real—and she downright likes it.
Can a sham marriage become the truest kind of love?
It doesn’t always happen, but oftentimes this author is able to give her characters so much chemistry long before they even touch. I love that!
Gavin and Lou have been in the last couple of books in the Mile High Romance series, and I was sure the author would bring them together in a wonderful way. She did. But I didn’t realize just how deep their scars run so this story was quite a bit more serious than I had thought it would be. Don’t worry, there’s still a lot of fun and family, too. One thing I noted as reading is that it wouldn’t do well as a standalone. At least not in my opinion. The author doesn’t really revisit the incident of Lou’s barn burning down, so if you haven’t read the other stories you might want to do so first. It’s no hardship. They’re great stories.
The feelings Gavin has for his family, his brother, his position on the ranch…I adore the author for how this was all handled. Makes me wonder if she’s an older middle child herself. While Gavin always seems good-natured and loves his family and has his family’s respect. His feelings of not quite fitting in properly really spoke to me. Having Lou see the real Gavin and push him to let his real self come through endeared her to me. For a bit there I was afraid she was too centered on her own problems to realize what was happening right under her nose.
There is quite a theme of communication throughout this story. Whether because things come to light due to communication, or things get misunderstood because of lack of communication. It was all great story telling.
I’m sure there will be more stories with Gavin’s remaining single siblings, I’m also hoping to see Lou’s sister get her HEA. Maybe with Gavin’s youngest brother???
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own and given freely.**