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Three Reasons to Wed

(The Cedar River Cowboys #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  20 reviews
"Why Daddy Should Marry"

by Breanna, Milly and Tina

1. It's been long enough.

2. He looks cute when he plays dress-up with us.

3. We want a mommy—now!

In Cedar River, Grady Parker's a "catch." But on his ranch, he's just "Daddy." His three little daughters are all the females he needs…until Marissa Ellis moves in next door. He and his late wife's best friend never agree on
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by Harlequin
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Hina Tabassum Khatri
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Something that could have been, will happen years later.

Grady has been a widower for some time and is living his life still being loyal to his dead wife and raising his three little girls.

Marissa has recently divorced her cheat of a husband and has moved back to her small town to make a life for herself.

Grady had wanted to date Marissa in high school but has ended up with her best friend and both of them had loved each other to bits and had a very good life together. But she was no more. Marissa
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Marissa Ellis returns to Cedar Cove to care for her aunt Violet. Just next door to her aunt's place lives her deceased best friend's husband and his three adorable daughters. Marissa remembers the promise she'd made to Liz to be there for her daughters whenever they needed her. So that may be a good reason to return to Cedar Cove too as she tries to take her mind off her divorce and the brute that her cheating husband has turned out to be. Returning could heal her… As the three little girls' god
Louise Cusack
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Just finished reading this and it was SO good. I cried! And I laughed, and there were several parts where I swooned! Those little girls are adorable, and don't get me started on their dad - whew! (fanning face). ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This was a sweet romance with likeable characters. Well, all except Marissa. She was good with everybody except Grady. It didn't matter what he said, she always thought the worst of him, misinterpreting his comments, and getting angry at him. She probably acted that way toward him because she'd had a crush on him in high school that he never knew about so it never went anywhere. Once Grady started dating her best friend then married her, that was the end of her dream of him asking her out. It wa ...more
Cheryl Steckling
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Three Reasons to Wed (The Cedar River Cowboys) Kindle Edition by Helen Lacey
Cedar River resident Grady Parker had three beautiful daughters that he was raising after his wife Liz passed away.
Marissa Ellis moves back home on her Aunt Violets ranch which just happened to be right next door to Grady’s ranch. Marissa made a promise to Liz to spend time with her daughters after she was gone. She could not resist seeing Breanna, Milly and Tina. Marissa is also godmother to all three. Aunt Violet was
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Marissa Ellis is going back to Cedar River to take care of her aunt Violet who helped raise her when her mother died. She is needed and right now she could use a lot of the love that was there as she is still hurting from a divorce. She had her future all figured out but hadn't counted on a no good husband cheating and then destroying her reputation to get another job. So is she going home with her tail between her legs maybe, however here there are people she loves and love her so maybe she wil ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Three Reasons to Wed (The Cedar River Cowboys)" by Helen Lacey was a wonderful, quick read. I loved reading about the budding/taboo relationship between Grady Parker and Marissa Ellis who was the best friend of Grady's widowed wife Liz. Marissa comes back to town to take care of her Aunt Violet and her 3 god daughters are doing their best to make sure that their Daddy finds a new wife, and Mom for them. Marissa is their #1 candidate. ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this one but didn’t love it. I don’t like when the heroine seems like second best!!!
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
It’s been two years since Liz Parker’s death. Her husband Grady and her best friend, Marissa Ellis, are still trying to come to terms with their loss. During this time, Grady has had no choice but to keep moving on as best as he can and raise his three little girls on his own, with the occasional help from his mother. Marissa, still grieving, has been trying to get her own life together, following her divorce.

Realizing her ex, who was also her boss, has blackballed her and she isn’t able to fin
Susan Swiderski
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
When you read a Harlequin romance, you're pretty much assured of being rewarded with a happy ending. You're also likely to encounter a handsome, kind-hearted hero whose broad shoulders fill out a shirt deliciously, and who's generally struggling with some kind of "issue." And, of course, there has to be a beautiful caring heroine, too, who may or may not have issues of her own. How these characters face their issues, and the obstacles they encounter and overcome on the way to that HEA we all wan ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such a beautiful story heart-warming sensual and it was a true joy to read the tears came I smiled and fell so much for this family in Cedar River.

Marissa Ellis has moved back home to Cedar River for good she is now divorced and ready to get on with her life and spend as much time as she can with her three god daughters even though she has been in New York these girls have meant so much to her always and even more since they lost their mother who was Marissa's best friend. But there has
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
One little lie would change the course of their lives forever. But maybe that lie was just meant to be.

It's been 2.5 years since Marissa lost her best friend to an unexpected heart failure. On her death bed, Marissa promised her that she would look out for her goddaughters: Breanne, Milly and Tina. Marissa had left that small town years ago, but managed to come down and visit them, along with their father, Grady.

Grady has done his best to raise his girls since their mother's death. His own mothe
Nas Dean
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THREE REASONS TO WED by author Helen Lacey is a January 2016 release by Harlequin Special Edition series. This is Book 1 of Helen Lacey’s mini-series: Cedar River Cowboys.

Marissa Ellis moved back to small town Cedar River after being hurt in the big city. But coming back to Cedar River meant coming face-to-face with Grady Parker, her high school crush and the person who married her best friend. But Grady was a widower now with three small daughters.

Marissa loved the three little girls and would
Dec 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Wow, what a soap opera. This book was really good for the first 70% or so. Four star good, maybe even four and a half. But then it suffered, hard, from the romance novel double kiss of death: excruciating stubbornness and an unbelievably pathetic lack of any good communication whatever. Then it plummeted from "Eh, three and a half stars but I'll round up to four" to "Oh, definitely rounded down" to finally "Three stars period, and I'm probably being generous." Which really sucked, because as I s ...more
Lynn Brooks
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A heart-wrenching story filled with sadness for what was and what might have been, mixed in with the joy of those 3 little girls warming your heart and finding a new beginning. Really good read!

Grady Parker is making it through life and giving his all to make his three little girls happy. He's not interested in anything more than them ... until his late wife's best friend moves in next door and attraction reawakens his body!

Marissa Ellis has had her own ups and downs in life and now has come bac
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
I was given a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a sweet story and it went beyond what I was expecting. Grady lost his wife a couple of years ago and has been raising their three daughters on his own. Marissa is their godmother and has just recently moved back to town to help out. The girls want her to be their new mom, but Marissa and Grady have reservations about this idea. What will happen? The characters were great and it's a fast enjoyable read.

Review done in
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Three Reasons To Wed by Helen Lacey. The Cedar River Cowboys Series. Grady Parker's wife passed away leaving him with three little girls. He would do anything for those girls. His wives best friend moves back to town. Marissa Ellis had a bad marriage and got divorced. She don't trust men. Marissa loves the girls and the girls want a mother. Grady ask Marissa to marry him since the girls love her. He never tells her he loves her. Marissa says no every thing he ask. She has him to romance him and ...more
Harlequin Books
"Lacey’s heartbreaker is set on the wide-open South Dakota range, with a few OMG plot surprises thrown in for fun. The couple’s chemistry is off the charts, in spite of their boxing ring-worthy feuds, and the three delightful co-stars make this one memorable read" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars).

Miniseries: The Cedar River Cowboys
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
A really cute book. I love how little girls know what they want and ask their dad to make it happen. This story is about two people overcoming there past and feeling about each other and their friend/wife who had died.
charmaine White
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Has a little bit of everything.A good story,keeps you on your toes from beginning to the end.Next book please I'm ready.
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About Helen
Helen Lacey grew up reading Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables and Little House on The Prairie. These childhood classics inspired her to write her first book when she was seven years old, a story about a girl and her horse. Although, it wasn’t until the age of eleven when she read her first Mills & Boon, that she knew wanted to write romances. Her parents’ love of travel meant she saw m

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