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The Cattleman's Proposal

(Men of Mulhany Crossing #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Joley McBride had no interest in Nate Garrigan…even though he’d made it crystal clear that he wanted her. The rich and handsome rancher was the kind of man she'd sworn off years ago.

But now, part of her beloved flying school was in his hands and Joley would do anything to get it back—including agree to his arrogant demand that she spend a month on his isolated cattle prop
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Published (first published November 13th 2013)
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This story was just ok. It was engagingly written, but could’ve been a lot shorter as the conflicting emotions and ensuing inner monologue of the MCs were recycled a lot. The characterization was decent, but there was the small matter of the H blackmailing the h into doing what he wanted. The angst was decent but started to drag after a while. This story would also have benefited from another edit as there were quite a few word usage and other grammatical errors. I didn’t love this story but it ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a darn good romance read
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I love a story where you're drawn in from page one and Helen Lacey's The Cattlemans Proposal did just that for me.

Joley McBride has just watched her best friend marry his wife and as bridesmaid she cant wait to leave. To fill in her time she gets drunk and makes the biggest pass at Nate Garrigan by telling him he can have her... litterally! During the second chapter boy did I giggle, I loved the refreshing honesty of Helen's writing. How many times do you get to read about the heroine in the ga
Melody Cox
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joley McBride had zero interest in Nate Garrigan. He was the type of man she had fallen for in the past...and it always ended in heartbreak. She needed to steer clear.

When news arrives that her business partner and best friend had put their flight school into financial ruin, she was devastated to find that Patrick had sold his shares to his new brother-in-law, Nate Garrigan without talking to her and her father. Now he holds her and her father's business in his hands and she will do whatever it
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every woman dreams of a rich successful good looking man to sweep her off her feet. But what if the proposal is merely to satisfy his own needs, and all you are to be is his bed-mate and mother of his children.

Sounds completely unacceptable, yet this is the situation Joley faces in the new Helen Lacey read. Mr-I-don't-believe-in-happy-ever-after- Nate knows what he wants and what he wants is Joley.

She is the perfect candidate to be the mother of his children, wife when needed and all without any
Nas Dean
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this heart-warming story. A very gorgeous cattleman with trust issues after being betrayed. A strong heroine who knows what she wants and does not hesitate to go for it.

Highly recommended for all lovers of romance!
Nancy Crocker
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nate Garrigan had what he thought was the love of his life. But just a few months into his happy ever after, his wife walked away from the marriage. Nate is still looking for a woman to be a wife, and to have children with. If there is chemistry between them, then that will be a bonus. But when it comes to love … forget that. Been–there–done–that-not–gonna–happen-again. He believes Joley would be the perfect woman for his future.

Joley McBride has one great love in life … flying. Like father like
Alaine Batty
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review

Joley McBride has no interrest in Nate Garrigan, he was just the kind of rich and handsome man she has sworn off after being hurt in the past..
However he wants her and is making it crystal clear that he wants her...

Due to her best friend putting her flying school in a lot of debt to get Nate out of her life after he buys the share and pays off the debt she has to agree to spend one month at the ranch with him, while they also decide if a marri
Cheryl Steckling
The Cattleman’s Proposal by Helen Lacey
If you love romance stories you must put this on your list to read.
Joley McBride has been running a flight school with her father and her best friend Patrick. She thought of the last purchases of the Cessna’s as perhaps too costly and when she realized that her flight school was in financial troubles she realized she was right. If only she had said something earlier.
She was attending her best friend who is also her business partner Patrick’s wedding to Na
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Cattleman’s Proposal is a fresh, flirty romantic story which introduces Helen Lacey’s Men of Mulhany Crossing series. It tells the story of Joley McBride and Nate Garrigan. Joley wants to deny her attraction to Nate because she thinks he’s too arrogant. She attempts to block him out but somehow can’t. Things get a little haywire when Joley finds out Nate bought shares into the flight school run by her family. Stubborn and feisty, Joley vows to do whatever it takes to regain full control of t
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Cattleman's Proposal" by Helen Lacey is Book 1 in 'The Men of Mulhany Crossing' series. A fast, easy, enjoyable read. We met Nate Garrigan who was married to a woman who 'he thought' was the love of his life, but she left him. He meets Joley McBride who also has a love of her life but instead of a person it's flying.

When Nate and Joley get together he is looking for someone to be a wife and mother, and she sees her friends all getting married but never thought of being married herself. She
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

For the ones that thought this was a boring, remember it's a light read and as for that ,I didn't think it was boring. It was a good plot and characters. And as for typos and white pages, come on . Enjoy the book and don't pick it to death. it's a good story and I liked it.
Lynn Brooks
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A feisty yet sweet introduction to Helen Lacey's Men of Mulhany Crossing series! Great characters ... I look forward to seeing more of them as the series continues!

Joley McBride doesn't like Nate Garrigan when she meets him during a friend's wedding festivities, and she tries really hard to deny the attraction she feels for him too! She thinks he's arrogant and used to getting his own way and doesn't want any type of relationship with him. When she finds out he's bought into her family run Fligh
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story about two people who have been burn't by love and Nate is convinced that love will never last but he wants a family and someone to share his Cattle station Gwendonna Downs with and when he meets Joley he is convinced that she is the one he wants but with no love but he needs honesty and trust, and although Joley is not very trusting of men these days and she needs to save her family flight school business but she also wants love and a family will two people who want the sam ...more
Hina Tabassum Khatri
It is a 4.25

Joley is a pilot who according to her mom is at an age where she should have settled with a husband and a couple of kids. But she is not because trusting is not something she could easily do. She has been burnt before. A fact her mom knows nothing about.

Nate is a cattleman who want Joley for wife but does not want there to be any romantic nonsense in their relationship. He too has been burnt. Something everyone knows about.

Nate saves Joley's father's business and in return wants her
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cattleman’s Proposal by Helen Lacey is an entertaining story of a man going about romance in a very unusual way. Both Joley and Nate are reluctant to put their hearts on the line, especially considering they had their fair share of heartache in life.

To Joley her flight school is her life and when her business partner puts it in jeopardy, she needs Nate’s help getting out of trouble. Nate knows what he wants, and it is Joley. He is completely up front about what he wants from Joley but he ne
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is hard to review. I've complained before about Goodreads rating system and I wish they could fix it for new books. The 5 star ratings hurts books like this. This is better than a 3, but I can't really give it a 4. This is probably a 3.5. I would recommend this book - it is will written, sweet, a little steam, and I l adored Nat and Joley. It was an easy read and a great way to pass the time waiting for the superbowl to start and ignore work :) Some of the story felt a little rushed, m ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Simply too much- 1.5 stars

This book didn't work for me. The story was a little cliche while being overly conservative, or at least excessively concerned about propriety. I found the heroine to be massively uncertain and a bit immature. There was a ridiculous amount of internal dialogue and "should I/shouldn't I", making the story drag. The chemistry was constantly referenced, but it never came across to me as the reader. It was a case of tell vs show. Finally, I found the writing and description
Jatana Fleming
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joley McBride loves to fly planes, her horse and being outside. She runs a flight school business that her father started with her best friend, Patrick. On the day of his wedding she finds out that he has sold his shares to his brother-in-law and she is in financial ruin. Nate is the new brother-in-law. He's looking for a wife and he wants to have kids, but he's been hurt once and doesn't want to fall in love again. Joley has to find a way to get her business back and agrees to spend some time w ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nate and Joley both have trust issues. Joley doesn't trust men and she is so busy trying to save her family business. Nate wants a family but doesn't really believe love lasts. Put these two together add some angst and an accident that makes them see things differently and you have another fantastic story by Ms. Marshall. You will find yourself cheering for them to find what they both truly want. Such a lovely story to curl up in a comfy chair with.
Great story

A sweet read with some stubborn characters. Strong heroine, which I always enjoy. I love flying so I was excited when I read she was a pilot. It's something I always wanted to do and never had the opportunity. Anyway the book had very few errors and was well written. I very much enjoyed the writing style. Good read all around.
Rom Reader
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous outback romance with a strong feisty heroine and a slightly damaged hero!
Loved this story!
Rose helg
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Book.

This is a good book. It about love and trust. Even they, try to fight their love, it will happen, when it happen.
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth the read

This was an interesting book. Kept me reading. It had a good story and I will read more by this author.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

Great story

This is a well-written well thought story. The problems and misconceptions keep you reading to find out how they will work things out.
Jacqueline Miller
Loved it!
Hot Reading Mom
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two people finding that love is always painful
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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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