*I received a free copy of The Bride Wore Denim from Avon Impulse via Edelweiss. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
When Harper Lee Crockett returns home to Paradise Ranch, Wyoming, the last thing she expects is to fall head-over-heels in lust for Cole, childhood neighbor and her older sister's long-time boyfriend. The spirited and artistic Crockett sister has finally learned to resist her craziest impulses, but this latest trip home and Cole's rough-and-tough appeal might be too much for her fading self-control.
Cole Wainwright has long been fascinated by the sister who's always stood out from the crowd. His relationship with Amelia, the eldest Crockett sister, isn't as perfect as it seems, and with Harper back in town, he sees everything he's been missing. Cole knows they have no future together—he's tied to the land and she's created a successful life in the big city—but neither of them can escape their growing attraction or inconvenient feelings.
As Harper struggles to come to grips with new family responsibilities and her forbidden feelings for Cole, she must decide whether to listen to her head or to give her heart what it wants.
The story in The Bride Wore Denim was very sweet and at times heart-breaking. I enjoyed the characters and the story overall, however, there were both typos and grammatical errors, and sometimes some continuity problems as well, which took my attention away from the story trying to figure out exactly what was going on.
My The Bride Wore Denim review:
Harper was a whimsical character I thought I’d love more than I did… it took her a long time to grow up and actually do something constructive instead of complaining about the ideas her mother, her sisters and Cole came up with to save the ranch after her father’s sudden death. And while the story involved a trope I absolutely love in romances, friends to lovers, it was not all that easy to get attached to Harper and Cole as a couple. I did enjoy the interactions between Harper and Skylar, though. That was a relationship that felt very real and honest to me.
I think one of the things about The Bride Wore Denim that made it not work so well for me was the slow pace, and the mere length of the novel. It could have been a bit shorter and still tell the same story, at least that’s the feeling I got. And while I enjoyed the characters and especially the different dynamics between the sisters, I still felt like those could be explored more thoroughly.
Dealing with the aftermath of her father’s death, and somehow getting to know him all over again through other characters, Harper had to ask herself some important questions about her own preconceptions when it came to him, as well as the relationship between him and her mother. And as if one tragedy wasn’t enough, they also had to deal with maybe losing the ranch, and a terrible car accident that left someone close to them in dire straits.
Overall, the story in The Bride Wore Denim appealed to me enough that I will probably pick up the next in the series at one point, and I’m sure the sweetness, as well as how both Harper and Cole had to figure out what was really important in their lives will be enjoyed by other readers.
Some of my favorite The Bride Wore Denim quotes:
Yeah, she thought as she deposited the rooster back in the chicken yard, her father had no choice but to glower at the bedlam from heaven. He was the one who’d left the dang birds behind.
Something about handling this alone, however, fed her need to dredge whatever good memories she could from the day. She’d chased an awful lot of chickens throughout her youth. The memories served her sadness, and she didn’t want to share them.
“I do admit, your father was the nicest asshole I’ve ever known.” The accurate oxymoron drew rueful laughter form Harper, and the tension dissipated. “Yeah. And nobody said that out loud at the service, did they?” “Funerals aren’t for honesty. You know that. And Sam was a good man. He wasn’t cruel”
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