Series: The Cowboys of Chance Creek #3
Published by One Acre Press on 3 September 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Rob Matheson's a fighter. Flattening enemies with his fists or with his legendary practical jokes, he's a tough enemy, and a troublesome friend. But Rob doesn't know how much longer he can keep up the act. As his buddies get married one by one, he's left with his lonely life - and the sinking feeling he lost more than his dreams when he traded them for a thick skin. Now Rob's father has issued a challenge - he'll give 200 acres of prime Montana ranchland to the first of his four sons to wed. No conditions, no meddling. Could this be a chance to become the man he really wants to be?
Morgan Tate's worked for years to climb the ladder to a top job at Cassidy Wineries, but Duncan Cassidy, the boss' son, always stands in her way. Now he’s issued an ultimatum; marry him or he’ll make sure she never works in the wine industry again. Morgan wants marriage - and a family - but not with Duncan. A certain cowboy in Chance Creek, Montana, has stolen her heart.
When Rob offers Morgan a proposition - marry him and split the land - they both find themselves with an ethical dilemma. They don't know each other well enough to wed, but they can't lie about their intentions before God and man, either.
Now they've got sixty days to fall in love, and a passel of family and friends determined to keep them apart. The victims of Rob's previous jokes are lining up to get their revenge, and Morgan's half-sister, Claire, is stirring up their mother's past.
Will it take the biggest practical joke of all to convince the world - and themselves - that they're truly meant to be man and wife?
*I received a free ARC of The Cowboy Imports a Bride from One Acre Press via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
The Cowboy Imports a Bride is in the same vein as The Cowboy’s E-mail Order Bride, it’s hot, fun and has great descriptions of friendship as well as more romantic relationships. I loved getting to know Rob and Morgan, and the fact that even if they are different on many levels, they have struggled with feeling out of place during their whole lives as well. I felt especially sad when reading about Morgan – neither of her parents wanted her; they even hid her from their ‘real’ families and she was raised by her grandparents. I can’t understand how that is even possible! Of course, never measuring up has made Morgan into a woman who only wants to feel loved a cherished now that she’s an adult.
When Rob’s dad drops a bomb on his four sons about wanting to give away 200 acres of land to the first one who gets married, Rob decides that Morgan is a great choice for a wife for him, and he promptly leaves for Canada. The romance between Rob and Morgan truly was a whirlwind, because Rob wanted to get married in order to get those 200 acres of land from his dad. I don’t think either of them counted on actually falling in love like that, though. And that made the story of The Cowboy Imports a Bride all the sweeter.
Because both Rob and Morgan feel like they have something to prove to the world, being honest and real with each other becomes their number one priority, and it was very enjoyable to read about the way their love developed, and how much respect they had for each other. The Cowboy Imports a Bride isn’t all rainbows, though, because Rob and Morgan also have to deal with people who work against them, especially Rob’s dad and one of his brothers, and Morgan’s half sister. I think I need to read The Cowboy Wins a Bride, because it is quite obvious I am missing something between the first and this third book in the series, and I’m very curious.
The writing is very good, and I loved both the characters and the setting. It is always a plus in my opinion when the characters I read about evolve, and Rob and Morgan both did. They became much happier, which in turn helped them feel more confident, which helped them make better decisions about their future. If you enjoy contemporary romances, and are curious about hunky cowboys, The Cowboys of Chance Creek series is definitely for you!
He didn’t know how long he’d walked during the night, striding along the highway as if he meant to leave Chance Creek behind him for good. When he sobered up and realized it was himself he was trying to leave behind, not the town or the people in it, he turned around and walked back again.
Rob smiled at that. He’d never thought of work that way – that sometimes the result of the labor could be so tangible.
Time was passing swiftly, and suddenly he understood why his father was in a hurry to see his sons married. He wasn’t going to live forever.