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

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,320 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
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
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Published March 27th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Mar 30, 2012 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cowboys, contemporary
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.
Jul 21, 2014 Krystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

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
Mar 27, 2012 Lisarenee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mary Gramlich
Apr 19, 2012 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
May 02, 2012 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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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
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Mariah Callahan has just lost her job as the assistant to a well known wedding planner in Chicago, and then her estranged father dies, and leaves her his home. So Mariah figures she has nothing to lose, so she drives down to Jubilee, Texas. Then she finds a sexy as sin cowboy practically naked except for his boots in a horse trough, and she knows she is in trouble with this man. Joe Daniels, a recent widower, and ex champion bull rider, is not r
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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
Feb 26, 2012 Cherise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
BBMoreB ~
Mar 03, 2012 BBMoreB ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, amazon-vine, arc
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
Feb 12, 2013 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, 2013-tower-team
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
Heather Felder
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
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
May 16, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
A traditional romance where not a lot happens - the tension and drama between the characters comes from internal sources "If I could only learn to trust again...." etc... which is somewhat at odds with what's actually happening in the book. For example Mariah desperately wants to belong and doesn't feel a part of anything yet within a couple of months of moving to Jubilee she has people who are co-signing loans for her. The mishmash of what that characters feel vs. what's playing out made it har ...more
I thought the book was just ok.
I liked the beginning and I liked the end. It was all the things in the middle. That we're just meh for me. I found some things rushed and some things that just dragged on. And on. And on. The blurb for the next book looks good and is on my list now. I won't give up. I won't give up.
Codi Gary
May 27, 2016 Codi Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nookbooks
I loved the small town of Jubilee and the way Lori Wilde brought these two wounded souls together. Funny, yet it had those moments that gripped your heart in a vice, causing me to wipe at my eyes discreetly as I read on the plane. I highly recommend this book to lovers of small town romance.
Carolynn Carey
Dec 06, 2012 Carolynn Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Two-haiku review:

Her dad leaves her ranch
Jobless, she goes to Texas
Meets her hot neighbor

Nicely done romance
Both characters have issues
Love overcomes loss
Sep 16, 2015 Rhode rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
A mix of good and meh. For me the meh outweighed the good. So, 2.5.

The good: Despite sexual chemistry that's incendiary, the two leads hold off and hold off and hold off until they know each other fairly well through ongoing proximity and plenty of conversations. It's refreshing. I really liked that. After a while it seemed a bit less believable went on a bit too long for reality.

There's a secondary romance between a tall woman and a short man. Yay! We basically never see this in bo
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
Kathy Martin
Mar 17, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think what I liked the most about this romance was that the romance didn't come easy. So often the hero and heroine take one look at each other, fall madly in love, and then have to deal only with outside forces trying to disturb their romance. In this story the conflict in the romance came from inside both of the main characters.

Mariah comes to Jubilee, Texas, after she inherits a ranch from the father who abandoned her and her mother when she was seven. Her father had to follow his obsession
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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.

Amy Jacobs
Mar 19, 2012 Amy Jacobs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Oct 23, 2012 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 19, 2012 Addictive rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Mariah Callahan’s father has just died and left her with his small piece of land in small town Jubilee, Texas. Everything happens for a reason and right in the nick of time for Mariah as she had just lost her high powered wedding assistant job in Chicago and was staying on a friend’s couch. Mariah hasn’t talked to her father since he split from then when she was just a kid to go train cutting horses, still holding on to that resentment, Mariah packs her bags and heads to Jubilee to see if she
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,
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
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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.

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Every man on the street turned to stare at her."
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