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The Cowboy Wins a Bride by Cora Seton
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bookshelves: contemporary-romance, netgalley, e-book

The Cowboy wins a Bride is a May 2013 release, published by One Acre Press and Crush Star. This is book two in The Cowboys of Chance Creek series.

Claire is coming home to Chance Creek, Montana for her brother Ethan's wedding. Jamie Lassiter plans on proposing to Claire sticking to his plan to date her a few times and to remind her that she belongs in Montana with him and the horses and the life she once loved. But when Claire arrives, she is in a "mad the whole world" mood. Her partner in her interior design business stole her money and is trying to steal the company too. She and Daniel were lovers as well as business partners.
When Claire's parents were killed in an accident last year, certain moves were made with Jamie Lassiter that saved Claire from financial ruin. Now she has a sizable income and plans to take a trip around the world.
When Jamie hears this plan, he panics and proposes to Claire without sticking to his plan. Claire thinks it's a joke. But, Jamie makes her a deal. If she will help design his new home and help out with his new guest ranch for six weeks, she can decide if it's ranch life and marriage to him or a career in interior design in the city.
Claire accepts his challenge, but with one stipulation. No touching, and for Jamie - no flirting with other women. Claire is convinced that Jamie will not be able to uphold his end of the bargain.

Being back in Montana has brought about many painful memories for Claire. She was still angry and bitter about the things her mother had done. She was also angry at Jamie for breaking her heart, for being such a flirt with every woman he met and for making her think about having a life with him, when she knew he would not be faithful to her.
She was also mad about Daniel has made revenge against him her one and only goal in life. She is approached by a client that has a major interior design project planned and Claire learns Daniel is her competition for the job.
To put the cherry on the cake, Claire learns some shocking things about her mother that solidifies her anger and makes Claire a very angry, self absorbed, bitter woman.

Claire becomes so enraged with life, she is just not a person anyone wants to spend a great deal of time with. She loses her perspective and focuses only on the negative side of things. Jamie has no idea why she is so unsure of his love for her. It seems no one can get through to Claire. Until Claire has a disturbing conversation with a ranch employee with a certain knack at reading people. Then Claire finds herself in some serious danger she begins to give some serious thought to her life and the direction she is heading in.
Can she ever trust Jamie? Does she want to go back to being a big city interior designer or does she miss her life in Montana? Claire has a lot of thinking to do. Will she make the right choice?
Can Jamie convince her his marriage proposal was for real?

I really liked this book. I think most of us have gone through a period in our lives when nothing seemed to go our way. One thing right after another goes wrong . It would be really easy to wind up feeling like Claire did. I felt sorry for her at times, but she really got carried away with her anger. It just got to be too over the top at times.
Jamie was a dream. He didn't really realize how flirty he was with women and how that lead Claire to mistrust him. He really loved Claire and had the patience of Job.
As events continued to crash down around Claire, Jamie was solid and steady.
In the end, Claire is able to reconcile both sides of her personality. She actually gets to have her cake and eat it too.
I recommend this book to any romance lovers. This is a contemporary western romance- but it also has element of romantic suspense. If you like hot cowboys, you can not pass this one up. This one gets a B+

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July 7, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
July 7, 2013 – Shelved
July 7, 2013 – Shelved as: contemporary-romance
July 7, 2013 – Shelved as: netgalley
July 7, 2013 – Shelved as: e-book
July 24, 2013 – Started Reading
July 26, 2013 – Finished Reading

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