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 . . .
Riley Pommer doesn’t want to be lassoed into any relationship. But with the family ranch in dire straits, Riley knows his sisters’ crazy plan to turn the ranch into the setting for a dating competition—and using Riley as the bait—is the only thing standing between them and foreclosure. But the rules of the game change the instant Riley lays eyes on the spirited Ainsley. Now, as others try to stampede over their love, can Riley prove to Ainsley that true love is a prize worth fighting for?
This is a really lovely and charming story. There were moments of sweet romance and emotion, laugh-out loud humour and the characters were lively and real.
Ainsley has her own life, her own business and the desire to be her own person. This is often interrupted by her mother, who has a real need to control and determine the course of her daughter’s life (and everyone elses for that matter!). Ainsley tries so hard to make sure everyone else is pleased that her needs and wants often fall by the wayside. However, when her mother (the piece of work that she is) books her a cruise holiday with the approved-of boyfriend, Edward, she flips out. She swaps places with her wild and woolly sister, Cecilia (who has a major case of unrequited love for Edward) and travels to Wyoming (in Cecilia’s place) where she finds herself a part of a Bachelor-style dating competition.
And this is where she meets Riley.
Riley isn’t that keen on his sisters wanting to turn the ranch into a singles destination, and using him as a market research tool in the process, however he is railroaded into it as they have already planned everything. He doesn’t want a relationship – ranch life is keeping him way too busy for anything like that. In Riley’s eyes, love can only end in disaster and people end up heartbroken.
And then he meets Ainsley.
Now these two have such a lovely chemistry. They are both so similar in many ways, fighting a battle between their own needs and keeping their own families on an even keel. The way they behave towards each other and the mutual attraction they feel has a feeling of realness. Yes, they disagree on things and most certainly do they assume things about the other that aren’t necessarily truthful. However this aspect of their relationship doesn’t feel as if it has just been plonked in to create conflict – it feels as if it is a real thing.
I must admit I am generally not much of a fan of reality dating shows, however I’ve got to say I really enjoyed this take on the whole dating competition trope.
I really enjoyed the secondary characters in Who Wants To Marry A Cowboy? – in particular Cecilia (she’s awesome!). I loved the relationship that built between Meagan and Cookie too – very sweet. After the little hint after the end of the story, I am most definitely looking forward to the next in the series, which features Quinn, one of Meagan’s brothers.
This is the first of Ms Sharpe’s books I’ve read, but it will definitely not be the last.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 7 May 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing in return for an honest review.