The Cowboy Takes a Bride (Jubilee, Texas Series #1)
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The Cowboy Takes a Bride (Jubilee, Texas Series #1)

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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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 348 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Avon
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This was story telling at its best ! Mariah is a wedding planner in Chicago was now is out of work. Her world changes once she gets a call informing her that her estranged father has passed and left her his Ranch. Joe Daniels is one hot Cowboy, sweet, sarcastic, who is emotionally wounded and happens to be her neighbor. I won't give any details for finding out is the best part. But the chemistry is off the charts and the demons they have within are deep and tragic. This is my first book by this...more
Mary Gramlich

If I bloom where I am planted, do weeds have to show up?

When everything is taken away in Chicago for Mariah Callahan picking up and moving to Texas makes complete sense. Mariah’s estranged father left her his little piece of paradise that turns out to be a complete nightmare but she is going to make the best of it especially since she has nowhere else to go. Mariah’s father was the man she always wanted in her life while he choose to chase dreams and horses....more
"Has something happened?"
"Are you sitting down?"
"Sit down," Joe commanded.
"Just tell me," Mariah said, bracing for the worst.
"Dutch is dead," he blurted.
Mariah blinked, nibbled her bottom lip, felt...hollow. Hollow as a chocolate Easter bunny...
"You okay?"
"I'm fine. It's not like my life is going to change," she said quickly...
"Wait," he said. "Don't hang up."
Her hand tensed around the cell phone. "What is it?"
"Dutch left you his ranch."

When Miriah called back her father's number she wasn'...more
Susan (susayq ~)
Another heart-touching, tear-enducing story by Lori Wilde. this is the story of Mariah and Joe. Joe is still grieving for his wife who died two years ago;add to that his est friend, the one who helped survive the lost of his wife, just passed away. And along comes Mariah, his best friend's estranged daughter who has trust issues cause her dad left when she was young. There's automatic chemistry between them that they try really hard to fight. They help rach other to heal as they fall in love and...more
I finished it last night and I loved it! I am a fan of her series and this is going to be another good one I can tell. She really touched me with her portrayal of Mariah. there was definitely a chemistry between Joe and Mariah. I like the way her characters developed and grew beyond their childhood hurts. Couldn't put it down last night and I had a way to go but I wanted to find out how she was going to give them their HEA. It was a very touching ending too.
Received this ARC from Amazon Vine.

This is an emotion packed book that will make you laugh and make you cry. Mariah’s plight comes right off the page and you can't help but love her. Her confusion over her feelings for Dutch and Joe tears her, and me, in two.

Mariah and Joe come together, two people who never expected to find someone to love. Joe never thought he could have a permanent attachment to a woman, after the death of his wife. Mariah career driven attitude didn’t allow for a social li...more
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For Mariah Callahan, finding out that tragedy has struck her life and sent her spirally back to her childhood isn't something that she relishes. But it couldn't have come at a better time. With her life in Chicago in shambles, a chance to get away and hide from the world sounds like the best thing she has heard in quite awhile. With a mix up on directions, and a meeting with a half naked drunken cowboy be the thing that makes her chan...more
Let me start by saying I am not a fan of Westerns, don't care for country music, and don't have a particular draw towards cowboys. However, this book was just very well written and I'm glad I read it. Annie has lost her job and found out that her estranged father has died and left her his property in Texas. She goes down there from Chicago to find that she not only has to deal with her own memories, but also the memories of people who knew him better. One of those people was his best friend, who...more
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Good sense comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from actin' like a damn fool.

-Dutch Callahan

In the first book of Lori Wilde's New Series, Jubilee, Texas, we meet Ex-champion bull rider-turned-cutting-horse cowboy, Joe Daniels, who wakes up to see this little blond spit-fire staring down at him while he is lying half-naked in a horse trough. Talk about a HELLO!!

Mariah Callahan has nothing left, no job, no money, no home in Chicago and her mother is a newlywed living in Argentina with Igg...more
Mariah's father left the family when she was seven. Now Dutch is dead and Mariah has inherited her father's land and a small cabin with a leaking roof.
Last two years have been tough on Joe. He has lost both his wife Becca and his best friend Dutch. And now Dutch's daughter, who didn't want anything to do with his cutter father, has arrived to town.

I liked the book a lot. The beginning was really good and humorous. I was laughing out loud when reading how the main characters met. I liked the town...more
Mariah Callahan was a big time wedding planner in Chicago, and then her boss fires her. She is at loose ends when she receives a call that her estranged cowboy dad has died and has left her his ranch. Not having a job or any prospects she heads to Jubilee, Texas.

Joe Daniels is a horse man who was best buds with Mariah’s dad, Dutch. When Joe lost his wife two years ago, Dutch saved him from himself. Joe has some opinions about the daughter who never contacted her father. He doesn’t want to like...more
Good book. I really liked both characters and the other people of the town. Mariah came to Jubilee after her father died. She was still feeling a lot of hurt from his abandonment, and planned to simply sell the land and go back to Chicago. Joe wanted the land but wouldn't have the money for a couple months. She agreed to stick around until he did, and decided to start up her own wedding planning business while she was there. Joe was glad she was giving him a chance to get the money needed. Joe w...more
Heather ShoeGirl
My FULL REVIEW here!!!

Mariah learns that she has inherited her father's ranch, which is quite a shock since she hasn't seen him since he showed up and embarrassed her at school when she was 14 years old. Normally, she'd want nothing to do with the ranch her father owned, but since she is unemployed and pretty much broke, she doesn't really have any other options besides going to Texas and selling the ranch so she can start her own business.

Joe lost his wife, and exactly 2 years later he loses h...more
This was a great book. The story was clear, straightforward, entertaining, and just downright great storytelling. There were no surprises in this book, but I enjoy the predictability of romances, so I'm not complaining. Joe was a great hero. He was a strong, reliable, and protective character who wanted the best for the heroine. Pure alpha male. Mariah was a terrific heroine. She was independent, reliable, and strong in her own way. I admired Mariah when she decided to leave the hatred for her F...more
I thought I would like this book more but there was a decided lack of friendship between the two main characters that just allowed me to get bored with the book towards the end.
Overall, it's not bad. It's just a bit more emotionally involved than I'm used to, but I should have expected that given that Mariah's father's passing is what drove her to Texas and Joe.
I did get bored towards the end of the book, but that could've been because I just wanted to watch the NBA playoffs & not read.
Carolynn Carey
I'm not usually a fan of Westerns, but this one was interesting and a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters. Very well done.
Kym McNabney
I have been blessed to receive books to read and review, and in doing so I often encounter an author I would not have otherwise read. THE COWBOY TAKES A BRIDE by LORI WILDE is one of them.

Out of work, Mariah Callahan heads to the land her estranged father willed her. She had one goal…get in and get out. But life doesn’t always turn out like you plan.

Joe Daniels is doing just fine…or so he thought. When his best friend’s daughter shows up at his place, he has one goal. To get rid of her. But th...more
Amy Jacobs
I am a huge fan of author Lori Wilde! I love her romantic tales of love and small town charm. In The Cowboy Takes A Bride we visit the small town of Jubilee. Insert a sexy cowboy, a big city girl who has lost her way, and a deceased father who leaves her the ranch and you have the fixings for an angst filled romance full of fun.

When Mariah loses her job in the big city as an assistant to a big time wedding planner, she is at a loss of what to do next. Her ex-boss is making sure that she can't ge...more
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This is the sort of book I keep in reserve for when I’m burned out and need a break. I know there will be romance and an HEA, and somewhere in there will be the doubt and conflict needed to keep it interesting.

When I downloaded The Cowboy Takes a Bride, I’d just finished back-to-back-to back PNRs. Needless to say, my vampire meter was warped and needed rest. I figured a contemporary romance was just the thing. I settled in and read it in one evening, and it...more
I won this book through a giveaway on Lori Wilde's Facebook page.
A good example of the Texas-based romance genre.
Mariah, a Chicago wedding planner's assistant, loses her job then her apartment. Almost penniless, Mariah gets a call that her father has left her his Texas ranch.
Upon arriving at her ranch Mariah finds Joe in a disreputable condition (okay, he's hungover and almost naked in the horse trough). Joe informs Mariah that the ranch she is admiring isn't her inheritance. Farther along the...more
Jo (My House of Books)
Ms. Wilde is a new-to-me author, but I was intrigued by the sweetness of this contemporary romance, so I decided to take a leap of faith. What I received was a sweet romance -- a win-win situation!

Mariah Callahan's father, Dutch, passed away. He and Mariah weren't close -- he had actually abandoned Mariah and her mother -- but his only child was never far from his thoughts. He left his entire ranch to her upon his passing, and given that Mariah's lost her job in Chicago, she believes it's a good...more
Mariah Callahan shows up Jubilee,Texas homeless, without a job and broke. She comes there because she has just found out that her father who she was estranged from has died and left her his ranch. This is when she accidentally stumbles across Joe Daniels in a horse trough. He of course makes her mouth water, even though she has an aversion to cowboys. This is true romance, a lot of second guessing going on. She doesn't know how to be in a relationship and he is a widower that lost the love of hi...more
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Joe Daniels is tired of living. All he knows is that alcohol takes away all his sadness, troubles and memories. So it comes as a surprise that his last drinking binge has him naked and in front of a tantalizing, beautiful sexy woman name Mariah Callahan. He’s seen her from the picture frames his best friend has in his house but the real thing is sexier. Something about Mariah has him feeling alive for the first time in years...more
Katherine Grey
Mariah Callahan has daddy issues and allows that to color her entire life. She even admits to never being her true self but always putting on a mask and acting the way the people around her think she should act. The one time she does act on her true feelings, she gets fired from her job as a wedding planner. Not long after, she learns her estranged father has passed away and left her his home in Texas. With nothing to lose, she heads to Texas.

Joe Daniels is a former rodeo rider who lost his wife...more
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

(Oh how I hate that the blurb refers to the heroine as a filly. Good old cowboy sexism, huh!)

Here’s another book that received mixed reviews, and yet I absolutely loved it.

Unlike a lot of readers, I don’t have an obsession with books set in Texas. This is perhaps coloured by some extreme – extremely opposite to me – social and political views some Texan authors have been expressing online over the past year. Probably unfairly, it has been a real turn-off for me. However,...more
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Title: The Cowboy Takes A Bride

Series: Jubilee, Texas Series bk 1

Author: Lori Wilde

Genre: Historical Western Romance

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.

4.5 stars.

After having read The Cowboy and the Princess by Lori Wilde, I was pretty stoked to read the rest of her books. I think she's a brilliant writer and it would be foolish to think that her books are made of 'fluffy' stuff. They're not. The Cowboy Takes a Bride is a story of two people who are so hurt, thinking that they're never going to be truly happy, only to be proven wrong. There's humor, sadness, joy, and hope in the story, and I loved learning about the troubled past of Mariah and...more
D Thomas
The Cowboy Takes a Bride
Jubilee Texas #1
by Lori Wilde

Given by author for an honest review.

What does a hungover cowboy in a gold-plated trough and a spit-fire, fired wedding planner from Chicago have in common? Why, cutter-horses in Jubilee Texas, of course!

I love how the romance moves slowly in this story, how both Mariah and Joe fight the attraction and just slowly give in to it.

Mariah has lost everything. Her job, her apartment and it appears her so called friends too. Then she gets the phone...more
Rating: B

This was a funny and sweet romance with a cowboy who's still holding on to his past love and a city gal who's desperate to get back where she thinks she belongs. Most of the time it's light, showing how humor and kindness can make even the biggest problems seem smaller. But it does have some serious moments as Wilde allows the characters to reveal their fears, making them more real and less the stereo-typical cowboy and big city gal.

Mariah Callahan is in for a surprise when she heads to...more
Mariah Callahan is jobless after being fired and black balled by the most prestigious wedding planning company in Chicago. She is on her way to Jubilee Texas after getting word her estranged father Dutch is dead and has left her everything he had, including his home and ranch. She's resented the life Dutch led as a cutter and couldn't really forgive him for abandoning her and her mother for horses and cutting. Arriving in Jubilee, her first encounter with Joe Daniels is less than enticing. Altho...more
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Lori Wilde can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to write. She even went to nursing school so she could have a schedule flexible enough to allow her to write on the side. She nursed for 20 years, working in a variety of settings from the newborn nursery to the recovery room, to dialysis. But she never lost her desire to write.

She sold her first book in 1994 to Silhouette Romance but later dis...more
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