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Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Set in Wyoming, WHO WANTS TO MARRY A COWBOY? tells the story of Riley Pommer, a forest ranger who moves back to his family's pay-to-play-cowboy ranch to care for his siblings after their father's death. He's been burned by women in his life, and is content to be without any entanglements, but his siblings have other ideas. They decide to turn the ranch into a singles retre ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Forever Yours (first published January 1st 2013)
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If you're a fan of the TV show, The Batchelor, this story will probably be a fun read for you.

Ainsley Fairfax comes from a wealthy South Carolina family with a matriarch from hell. Her mother is adamant that she's going on a cruise with Edward, the man of her choosing, and work on their nuptials when they return (her command was that they get engaged). Ainsley schemes with her black sheep sister to switch places and take her trip to a cowgirls weekend in Wyoming.

It's two weeks of competition w
Ainsley Fairfax trades places with her sister to go to Wyoming to participate in a bachelorette type weekend where bachelor Riley Pommer is the ultimate prize. Her sister, Cecelia is taking her place on a couples cruise with the man her mother wants her to marry.

If I had to describe this book with two words I'd say - sexy and fun. One of those light romances that just make you want to smile a lot.

Who wants to marry a cowboy? I do, I do... LOL sorry the question had to be answered. I admit it, the reason I chose to read this book from netgalley was the name. Oh and it takes place in Wyoming, my current fantasy place to live. Normally I would have by passed it and that would have been a sad thing. Abigail Sharpe writes a fun, creative book with lots of shenanigans, family disputes, back stabbing, evil witches (couldn't say the B word but it's implied) and some serious get a clue moments..
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ainsley Fairfax owns her own florist shop but rich and controlling mommy dearest is threating to take it away if Ainsley doesn't agree to marry the man of mother's choice, Edward.

Riley Pommer has lived on his own for years but must now come home to help his siblings run their sheep farm because of the recent death of their father.

After a string of situations involving family manipulation on both Riley's and Ainsley's part the two find themselves falling in love, at his farm, in spite of evil fo
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a really fun read. I was quite drawn in by the humor and polished style of Ms. Sharpe. I wasn't really sure what to expect from a novel that featured this bachelorette scene, but I was delighted with the story and characters. I think was most impressed me was that the story features two romances, that of Ainsley and Riley, and her sister Cecilia and Edward, and did that well. I'm not usually a fan of a book that has two couples as
Jan 22, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book just wasn’t that gripping or something I looked forward to. It was all way too nice and easy or the troubles or struggles seemed juvenile.

Besides I never really enjoyed the bachelor so probably the wrong audience for this book.

The characters fell flat for me, the chemistry fizzed out, and the family togetherness seemed like Brady bunch had developed a novel on their life. Which didn’t hold my undivided attention.

So yeah - mayb
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a very sweet story about a woman who falls in love with a charming cowboy and finds her own inner strength along the way.


Ainsley goes to Wyoming as a favour to her sister, replacing her in a bachelorette-style competition so Cecelia can go on a last minute cruise with the man she loves. Ainsley has no plans to actually ensnare the cowboy contestant...

Riley has no interest in meeting women, especially the ones who crash into his ranch. He agrees to participate in the competition after h
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An impressive debut filled with requisite heat and welcome humor. Ainsley Fairfax finds not only love where she didn't expect to but also the chance to become true mistress of her own destiny. She's a warm, feisty character despite a history of bending to her mother's formidable will.

Sharpe's supporting cast of characters is peopled with quite a few rich, entertaining people as well. Edward, Ainsley's would-be fiance, is an exasperating favorite. Riley's younger brother, Seth, tugs at the heart
Dana Anderson
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although I don't spend a lot of my reading time in this genre, this book is well-written, with a fairly intricate plot, great characters, and wonderful dialogue. The romance parts are just the right combination of heart-warming and sexy. The characters' motivations and actions are believable and there's a lot of subplots and well-written less important characters, which makes this book stand out from others in the genre that I've read.

I'm excited to read her next book, "Who Wants to Marry A Doct
Nikki ♥
This was a fun one to read. I liked the uniqueness of the story and thought it was well written. I think the book will appeal to Jill Shalvis fans and fans of the TV show, "The Bachelor." It was the perfect read for a lazy afternoon.

Looking forward to the next in the series.
Isha Coleman
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Laugh, cry and get in touch with your inner cowgirl. Sharpe gives the heart a reason to smile by offering it a chance to breathe. Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy lays on the charm with fun characters, over the top scenarios and heartwarming storytelling. It never takes itself too seriously but is always right on the mark with humor, honesty and ever present heart.
Jaye Garland
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is going on my Keeper Shelf. What a fun read! I'm putting Abigail Sharpe on my auto-buy list of authors. There's something fun in every scene, and Sharpe kept me guessing till the very end. Loved the whole story! ...more
Ally Doby(Schleicher)
This is the first time I have read anything from this author, but I am happy to say she did not disappoint!

Ainsley is a florist who hates being manipulated by her mother. After being set up by her mother for an arranged marriage to her long time friend, Edward. She switches places with her sister, after learning of her sister’s feelings for Edward. Her sister was supposed to go to Wyoming for a non-televised bachelor style event to win the heart of a cowboy. Ainsley saw this as a way to be free
Aug 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The florist and cowboy were a great couple.
This was written with such humor and fun it was pure pleasure to read this charmer. It oh so sexy too I adored Ainsley and Riley and the setting was showed casted brilliantly I could not put the book down. Cecilia and Edward were also written well too. Sophia is a bit pushy oh but little does she know what is going to happen. Really Ainsley and Cecelia parents are clueless and a bit cruel. Trust me you will not like them at all. Enjoyed the book and I h
Cindy Hughes
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg! What a fun enjoyable story!
It had a bit of everything. It had family drama, female shenanigans and both sweet and sexy times! Everything you could want in an amazing romance! I loved Ainsley and Riley! They were perfect together! I was rooting for them throughout the story. If they could make it through the other women's antics they could do anything! This book was the first book by this author I've read, but it won't be the last! I can't wait for Who Wants to Marry a Doctor! It can't get h
Feb 03, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun, lighthearted romance with lots of laugh out loud moments. Even though the story is a little like an episode of the bachelor it flows and is easy to read and has great characters. You really feel the connection between Ainsley and Riley, and you can't help but feel bad for Edward and wish he would grow up and realise that he doesn't need Sophia telling him who to marry. There are lots of great characters that I can't wait to see more of. ...more
Katey Sands
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good romance! The build up was nice, and the tension between the protagonists was well developed. There was just enough feeling of wanting to knock sense into people without being frustrated.

Overall, A+ romance
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a heart warming story with great western values. The story line is cute with in depth character development that draws the reader in nicely. Abigail Sharpe is a gifted writer.
Roberta B.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reality TV with small town charm? Yes please! Plus, the comedy and the complications :-) loved it!
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across this after reading Abigail's other series, and as soon as I finished it I started reading it again! I was able to feel the heat building between Ainsley and Riley and I loved it! ...more
Fitz Koehler
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super fun and sexy read. I read it on my treadmill and ended up doing a ton of miles because I didn't want to stop reading! Abigail is definitely one of my favorite authors. ...more
Jan 19, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This charming book had a good storyline and well rounded characters which captured my attention from the very beginning and wouldn't let me go until the very last page was turned! ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book a 4.5 / 5 stars.

I'm a very picky reader, and someone who is hard to please, especially when it comes to reading books that are generally outside my genre. But I really wanted to go outside my comfort zone and read a book in an unfamiliar genre as a change of pace.

I don't know why or how, but I devoured this book in just 1 1/2 days. Something about this witty, yet charming story kept me wanting to turn the page to see what happens next. My favorite character in the book was defi
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I don't watch reality TV shows like "The Bachelor," but even so, I couldn't help but be intrigued by the thought of that type of competition taking place in real life on a Wyoming ranch. This story certainly didn't disappoint, delivering plenty of drama with a group of catty women alongside a sweet, heartfelt romance between main characters Riley Pommer and Ainsley Fairfax.

I always love a grumpy hero, and male lead Riley was an excellent example of that archetype. He had plenty of reasons to be
A word I'd use to describe Who Wants to Marry A Cowboy is charm. It was a very charming read that I really enjoyed. It had a bit of everything, romance, humor, sexual tension, hot cowboy, jealous mean girls, controlling mother of all mothers and a hard-headed fiance wannabe. I went through a gamut of emotions ranging from humor to frustration to satisfaction. At the end, I felt I got what I wanted from this read. It left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

I really liked Ainsley. She hit a pers
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a good book, but not my style of reading. I tend to be more of a scientific/nonfiction/sci-fi reader. I read the book for a friend.

I rarely if ever read romance books. I don't know how they usually go, rules, or the word choices go. I dismissed romances back in the 80s because Harlequin Books and Silhouette Books had a formula that writers had to write to. I wanted a romance where the man and woman had a fight and dismissed each other but had fun getting there. I didn't care about s
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review of Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? by Abigail Sharpe


There's nothing florist Ainsley Fairfax won't do to help her sister get the love of her life-even if it means taking her place on a bachelorette weekend at a Wyoming ranch so Cecelia can sail off with the man of her dreams. Ainsley is determined to spend the time keeping her head down and her heart safely tucked away-until an encounter with the ranch's hunky owner gets her heart-and steamy desires-to bloom . . .

Tory Michaels
Overall, I definitely liked this book. Given the excerpt at the end from her upcoming sophomore effort, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?, along with the general likability of the hero of that upcoming book, I believe she’s one to watch in the future.

That said, there were definitely both good and bad with this book. Riley and Ainsley are both likable in general, but I did get tired of the constant lack of faith on either of their parts as to the other. Yes, they both had issues (who doesn’t?), but I’
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! It's a terrific take on the cowboy-romance genre, with characters you care about (and some you want to kick square in the hoo-hoo), dialogue that's believable, and settings you can visualize and wish you could visit. The main characters are flawed and struggling, but their bone-deep goodness makes you root for them, even on those rare occasions when they seem to change their minds with what seems (to the reader) like insufficient provocation.

The writing is strong, one of my fav
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Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying "y'all" in North Central Florida. Technical writer by day, she doesn't don a cape at night, but spends her time writing passionate and playful contemporary romance.

When she's not writing, she can be found wearing a corset and singing bawdy songs with Just Desserts, an a cappella musical comedy act, at places that won't throw them out. All

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