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"Charming and witty. Abigail Sharpe will delight you."-- New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig"A rich and rustic tale of family, friendship, and love guaranteed to lasso your heart." -- Jessica Lemmon, author of TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIREIn the bestselling tradition of Lori Wilde...SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMEONE NEW . . . There's nothing florist Ainsley Fairfax won't"Charming and witty. Abigail Sharpe will delight you."-- New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig"A rich and rustic tale of family, friendship, and love guaranteed to lasso your heart." -- Jessica Lemmon, author of TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIREIn the bestselling tradition of Lori Wilde...SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMEONE NEW . . . 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?...

Title : Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?
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ISBN : 9781455575916
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? Reviews

  • Jonetta
    2018-12-13 21:46

    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 with seven other women for the attentions of Riley Pommer, eldest of the four siblings owning the ranch. Of course, some of the women show their catty and nasty sides once it's apparent Riley only has eyes for Ainsley. There were aspects of the story I really enjoyed, primarily Ainsley's efforts to get a spine and get out from under her mother's outrageous control. She had relapses but her attempts were gutsy and it was satisfying to follow her self discovery. Meagan, her Wyoming roommate, was also refreshing, even though her romance was more satisfying than the main characters' relationship. Where I fell off the rails was with the competition itself and Riley. Not being a fan of The Batchelor, the whole concept just offended my sensibilities. Riley was a reluctant participant (his sisters concocted the idea to raise much needed money) but often allowed himself to be played by the women trying to undermine Ainsley. It got tiresome and it baffled me when he would take their word over Ainsley's. His rants just made him come off as a jerk. And, the whole Edward storyline was a bit too much for me to swallow. There were too many trust issues that never found a foundation to build from. It's a well written story that I would have enjoyed more if it didn't involve that 8-women competition. It just turned me off to the hero, Riley and lose interest in the HEA because I can't stand the idea of a group of women jockeying like this for one man's attention, willing or not. But, it was worth it to see Ainsley develop and mature. She never intended to compete and didn't.

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2018-12-04 22:41

    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.

  • Shauni
    2018-12-10 00:43

    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.. Ainsley Fairfax, is a doormat there is no other word for her. She has spent her life as the peacemaker in her family.. oh she doesn't find ways to solve issues nope, she just lets her family walk all over her. Since she does what is told everyone is happy and no one carpes on baby sis who dares to live her own life on her own terms. Even this chance to go to WY as part of a marketing research for a ranch who is considering turning their working ranch into a singles destination, was set up by her sister. Her sister who had planned on going but instead is going to go on the cruise Ainsley was booked for.. Getting confused? Let me back track.. Ainsley and Cecelia's mother wants Ainsley to go on this cruise with Edward a son of a friend of the family.. once they return they will be engaged and the plans for the wedding will start. Only Ainsley doesn't WANT to marry Edward.. almost succumbing to blackmail, Ainsley tells her sister.. who.... you guessed it secretly in love with Edwards so the girls make a switch. Ainsley gets a week in Wyoming and Cecelia gets her chance to convince Edward to get a clue. All behind their controlling domineering mother's back. Riley Pommer, has returned to the family ranch to help out after his father died. Now his siblings have roped him in to acting as The Ranch Bachelor to a group of eight women. Women who are supposed to come and be romanced and share their thoughts on how the ranch can become a singles destination. Riley hates the idea but agrees to do it, mostly because the family already set everything in motion. This entire premise irked me, I have not watched the Bachelor, I seriously think it showcases women at their worst and frankly, most desperate. This book captures that attitude extremely well. The back stabbing,the manipulating, the lying all to get Riley's attention. And when it becomes obvious that he is interested in Ainsley the others turn on her. Actually they turn on her from the beginning. Implying that she is basically trash and doesn't belong there. This is what gets me.. Ainsley comes from money.. most of the others don't. Why would she appear as this little country bumpkin? I know how children are raised and if you are raised with a nanny, you are raised with other social graces and comportment.. Anyway, the ladies don't like Ainsley and try to make her stay their uncomfortable. Ainsley tends to see through their lies but Riley tends to believe first and insist Ainsley explain.. I thought he was a bit of a jerk and would have probably tossed him out. Add to this Ainsley's "fiance" Edward showing up, then her over bearing unlikable mother and Ainsley is trying to live her life on her terms for the first time in her life and the man she has chosen to love constantly thinks the worst of her. For me this book just didn't work. Though I do admit it may have had it not had the entire Bachelor concept going on. For those of you who enjoy watching the Bachelor this book is brilliant. It really brings those women to life. And showcases a part of our society that is here to stay.. I will also say that while I didn't enjoy the plot Ms Sharpe writes extremely well developed characters and makes them come off the page.. in an almost bigger than life capacity. This is my opinion, honestly I suggest you read it and make your own.. then let me know what you think. ShauniThis review is based on the ARC of Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy provided by netgalley

  • Sunny☼
    2018-11-19 22:37

    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 forces from other women in Riley's life.The fast moving pace and duel storylines kept the pages turning quickly as you watched the hero and the heroine find their own feet and backbone. The twists, turns and doubts that fester in a human mind come to the fore in many of the characters in the story. All insecurities are logical and all understood as realistic. You felt like throttling Jewel, shaking Riley, hugging Seth and high fiving Ainsley. The characters refuse to let you be neutral about them. A very warm touching story with two very realistic and down to earth leading characters. A beautifully written and warmly entertaining novel.

  • Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
    2018-11-24 23:38

    Originally reviewed at www.devastatingreads.blogspot.comThis 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 the focus, but it somehow worked out in this book. Maybe because the main focus was on Ainslsey and Riley. I don't know, but this time, for me it worked! Ainsley: I think what I liked best about her was that she was laid back. She didn't want to go on this bachelorette getaway, but figures it's a good way to get out of the cluctches of Edward (who's chosen Ainsley as his society wife with the full blessing of her mother) and to help Cecila get the man of her dreams: Edward! She never expected to fall in love, and treated Riley like a regular guy instead of a conquest like many of the other women on the ranch. She also let their relationship develop even though she never really believed (till she did) that anything meaningful would come of it. And when she did, and Riley let her down, she learned a lot about herself. Like how she wasn't as independent as she wanted to be, and wasn't standing up for herself enough, something that made sense but I never quite saw because she seemed independent. But being with Riley taught Ainsley a bit more about herself and what it means to really not care about the opinion of your family. I was so glad she learned that lesson. Riley: Good ol' boy? Not sure. He was always a gentleman, a bit of an ass when it came to love (baggage, man had baggage) but he had a bit of wild side--sex in a parking lot? That's wild. And well done. I like Riley a lot, but I honestly wondered about his emotional head space at times. I felt like he good reason to be worried about being used, abandoned, but I also felt like he was too easily manipulated by the other women on the ranch and their catty lies about Ainsley. I know he had some abandonment issues, but I guess I wanted to know more about them to understand Riley better. However, overall, despite being an ass some of the time to Ainsley, for the most part he was a gentleman. And I loved how he was so into her he could just know she was around by the smell of her perfume. I also quite admired him for putting up with the whole ordeal that his sisters dreamed up for the ranch, and that he was such a good brother to Seth. Edward & Cecilia: Edward made me laugh, he really did. I can't imagine throwing over the woman you love for her sister just for the comfort of an organized life. But he seemed to come around to sense--to understanding that love is worth everything a lot quicker than Riley. Cecilia was sassy and owned herself--just what Edward needed, someone to love him for him and let him know it's okay to be exactly who you are. I loved them together. Overall, I thought this was a solid debut novel with a lot of funny moments, sweet moments and some steamy scenes. This is definitely an author I will be reading more of in the future. 4 glittering stars

  • Kari
    2018-11-28 19:52

    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 his sisters convince him that it would help the ranch's financial situation. The last thing he expected was to fall in love with one of the contenders.There is also a secondary love story between Cecelia and Edward, a prim and conventional man who thinks Ainsley is the right woman for him. It was fun to watch Cecelia convince him that he had his sights set on the wrong sister.Overall, a fun book with witty dialog and a unique storyline. The characters develop nicely, and Ainsley and Riley realize the importance of trust as they overcome their insecurities. I loved the secondary characters and think they contributed a lot to the story. The evil bachelorettes were great, and I liked reading how Ainsley handled them. We do get a lovely HEA, and there will be more books in this series which I’ll be sure to follow.Thanks to my RR buddies and to Abby for this book and for the gift of your friendship!

  • Lisa
    2018-11-25 19:51

    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 heartstrings and has the potential to have his own story told in a future volume.Sharpe's witty, breezy storytelling style is a fine addition to the contemporary romance scene, and I hope this is just the beginning for the tales she has to tell.

  • Dana Anderson
    2018-12-08 22:49

    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 Doctor?"

  • Nikki ♥
    2018-11-12 21:32

    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.

  • Jaye Garland
    2018-11-24 22:26

    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!

  • Rory
    2018-12-01 01:54

    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.

  • R.M.
    2018-11-24 17:50

    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 definitely Riley, the Cowboy. But not because of his sex appeal, but I love reading a story with a male character who has a rough, no-nonsense attitude on life. Yet, he is also caring when he needs to be. I was more focused on what he would do next to rectify a problem in order to follow his own happiness. Moreover, I would've liked to see more of what Riley does in his day-to-day life when he is not trying to cater to a bunch of greedy women (maybe more time with him and his brother like what happened near the end of the book). If Ms. Sharpe ever writes a book about Riley and his adventures, I would totally read it. It doesn't even have to have romance or sex in it. I just love reading a story about people with that kind of personality, because I feel like I can connect and understand them so well.I didn't really like Ainsley, or any of the other women in the book. I could care less about them. Ironically, being a female, myself, I couldn't connect with those characters as much as I connected with Riley. But I will admit, I can relate to men more than I can with women, so perhaps a lot of the things that went on in the story with the females were just things that went over my head. I understood Riley more, especially for him being upset when Ainsley and the other women played with his feelings. The guy needed to be given a break on more than one occasion. But yes, he wasn't a total saint, either. The romantic/sex scenes between him and Ainsley were steamy, but didn't sway my thoughts about certain situations.One thing that did bother me about the story was that there was too much 'false assumptions' going on between the characters. It seemed like every five minutes either Ainsley or Riley were assuming that one was cheating on the other. But sometimes it was over the most pettiest things, it seemed very tedious and slowed down the pacing of the story. As I research more of the romance genre, I do notice that it is somewhat prevalent to have the love between the two main characters are being constantly 'threatened' like that, but I would've loved to see it done in other ways rather than the assumption that 'he/she didn't look at me this morning. They must be cheating on me' kind of adolescent behavior.The story was fun, but somewhat predictable in which the characters were presented. For example, Edward, Ainsley's 'boyfriend' who comes to Wyoming to take her back home ends up causing chaos between Ainsley and Riley. But as I understand it, tension between the love of the main characters is necessary in the romance genre. I just thought the whole ordeal with Edward coming to Wyoming could've been done a little more subtler.It was hard for me to keep up with how many days passed or how much time passed, but I read though it, assuming the girls were on the ranch for a long time. Days seem to fly by one minute, then creep slowly the next. It didn't bother me too much. Just something I began to notice as the story went on.Overall, this was a great book, and I can't believe how much of a page-turner it turned out to be. I'm not a reader of the romance genre, but this book definitely intrigued me. Anyone who loves romance novels would certainly love this book. Great job, Ms. Sharpe, on a job well done! :)

  • Leslie
    2018-11-28 17:34

    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 personal cord with me since I can really relate with her situation with her mother. I can sympathize with her so well, hence I really rooted for her in the book. She had her own strength, but it was illustrated in subtle ways: owning her own shop, wanting to work with her own hands, and being able to recognize someone whose reason for pursuing her was just to appease what everyone else's desires. She's got spunk, which I like to have in my heroines.Riley is a ride unto himself (take that however you want). This hot cowboy is never boring, in my humble opinion. Just when I got a sense of who he's going to be, he flips things and changes my mind. Like I would say to my girlfriends, "he's not just a pretty/handsome face." He's not perfect, he's a man. Which makes him very endearing to me. He tries his best to do what's right, especially when it involves his family. He's down to earth, self-assured, but he like every other guy he can clueless when it involves women resulting in funny scenarios.I enjoyed reading the interaction between our couple. You can really sense the chemistry and attraction between them. The buildup of tension was written very well, so you believe the connection they've formed with each other. It's interesting to see that they have more in common than they realize. They're both bound by their families needs/expectations and are trying to find a way to break out of it.The storyline involving her older sister, Cecilia, and the stubborn Edward was at first a little awkward for me. I thought it was out of place, shifting from Ainsley and Wyoming, to Cecilia and Edward on the cruise. However, the further I read into the story I saw that it complimented the story and actually rounded it out.Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was a charming love story that took its time to develop the relationship between our couple. Along the way you will laugh, you will be moved, and you will be moved to wanting to smack some of the characters (specifically the wannabe wives) upside the head. If you're a fan The Bachelor and hot cowboys, then this book is definitely for you.

  • Ada
    2018-11-13 22:42

    Absolutely fabulous read! I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Kieran Kramer's blog and I'm so so glad I won it.Out story's heroine is Ainsley Fairfax. She comes from money but doesn't live by it. Her mother, however, does and tries to run her life including choosing a husband for Ainsley. It gets so bad that her mother buys the building in which Ainsley's flower shop is in and blackmails her to go on a cruise with the man her mother believes is the perfect husband for her, and old friend Edward.Luckily for Ainsley, her sister Cecelia is in love with Edward and comes up with a plan to switch places with her. Cecelia would go on the trip and Ainsley would travel to a Wyoming ranch and be part of a bachelorette retreat with a chance to meet a hunky cowboy.As much as Ainsley tries to resist, once she meets the cowboy, Riley Pommer, she can't help her attraction - and the feeling is mutual. Too bad the other bachelorette's keep getting in the way. Bring out the cat claws and the mean gossip! The other women try to get in between Riley and Ainsley by spreading lies and stories to keep them apart.And since nothing in life goes as smoothly as it should, Riley falls prey to their stories. It doesn't help when Edward and Ainsley's mother show up on the ranch to throw a wrench into the burgeoning relationship! Talk about a circus act.It takes a wedding to bring Riley and Ainsley back together to sort out their problems and realize they were meant to be.I thoroughly enjoyed the cast of characters even though at many points, I wanted to bean Riley on the head for being so naive when it came to listening to gossip. Rather than trusting in Ainsley or confronting her, he leapt to conclusions way too easily and often. Ainsley's mother, Sophia, while loving was absolutely dreadful to her own children. Edward and Cecelia's secondary story was delightful, I wish they had gotten their own book!Overall, this was a great story and the ending nearly killed me when Ainsley and Riley finally got his brother Seth over his major conflict/trauma in the book. So heart-wrenchingly beautifully written.Definitely would recommend this and am totally looking forward to Quinn's story in Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?!

  • Leona
    2018-11-29 21:51

    Book Review of Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? by Abigail SharpeFrom goodreads.com: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?Leona's Review: This was my first read by this author, Abigail Sharpe, and I found it a fast and easy read. Cecelia and Ainsley are sisters and have a mother that wants to plan the marriage for Ainsley with Edward so she planned a cruise with Ainsley and Edward. Cecelia had signed up to go to Wyoming to a dude ranch. Cecelia loves Edward and suggests she go on the cruise and Ainsley go to Wyoming. They switch without the knowledge of the mother.Some reviews have referenced the book to The Bachelor, which I do not watch. We see competition in the women for Riley, the cowboy, his sisters have arranged for him to meet and possible marry. Riley is not fond of this but goes along with his sister's plans.The readers will also read of the tragedy of the loss of their father and how it effects the youngest son, Seth. I liked the personal part of the book which shows it is not all about "getting a man".There is friendship, sexual content, no bad language, love, jealously and sometimes uncertainly. This is a contemporary romance and well written. I checked this book out from my local library. I will give it a 4 star raring because I did like it. Abigail Sharpe is a goodreads.com author. She may be reached at: www.abigailsharpe.comLeona Olsonhttp://www.mnleona.blogspot.com

  • Fizzgig
    2018-11-18 21:55

    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 slut rules or how things were suppose to go. I tend to be more realistic.I also have a bigoted attitude towards country folk. The attitude comes from spending 17 years living in the country and dealing with close minded, aggressive, and uneducated people. They hated me for being different and I hated them because of the bullying.That being said, I have very mixed feelings about this book. I don't like country stories because I tend to go back in time in my mind to an unhappy places. The book started off on the wrong foot. I also had some technical issues with life in the country not quite being accurate. Animals generally hide when giving birth and would never tolerate an audience during the birthing of a foal. When living on a farm you tend to keep weird hours and I think the family would have had a better idea of the drama, manipulations, lies, and the women of the house would have said something to Riley about what was going on with the other women bullying Ainsley. The women would protect the farm from women who didn't get the country life.I also didn't like how stupid the main characters were acting especially at the end. They changed their minds too quickly and there was nothing that had changed by the end of the story. What makes them not fall out again over bias and judgements? I would have liked to see them sort out their issues and have hope for a lasting relationship. I have always had trouble with the idea of ravishment. In my mind, it borders on sexual harassment.There is a lot of good things about this book. It is a good start for an rising author. It's better than a lot of famous authors first releases. Putting aside my biases and understanding that this is how it it is done, I found the book very enjoyable other than the triggery parts for me. I had a hard time putting it down and made some mornings a rough start. It's a quick and easy read.

  • Tory Michaels
    2018-12-05 23:38

    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’m sorry, the non-stop, Oh, I’ll assume the worst because my mother was aand left me when I was a kid, so all women are like that, got old very quickly.There were a lot of great flashes of humor throughout, and Ainsley definitely showed some growth over the course of the book. I’m not entirely sure Riley did much growing up, but everyone else certainly did and at least he started letting go some of his issues toward the end.There was a lovely secondary romance between Ainsley’s sister and Ainsley’s long-time-stubborn-beau. I was happy to see how that worked out, and I found both of them nice to spend time with. This was definitely a story with two distinct, interwoven, romances. One wouldn’t really stand up very well without the other. I did, however, feel like Edward and Ainsley both badly needed to grow a pair (or spine, in Ainsley’s case) and deal with the witch Sophia.Meagan, Ainsley’s roommate from the “bachelorette” set-up definitely tickled my funny bone and I loved how shy and quiet she was in her own romance (yes, there was even a third-layer of romance in the air). Say whatever else you might about this book, Ms. Sharpe excels at handling multiple plots and multiple layers of emotion. Oh, and I have to say, her relatively low level of actual sex/heat was a welcome relief in a genre which seems to be in constant contest with itself to see who can write the most erotic, sex-filled books quickest.I’m definitely looking forward to her next entry in the series, and hopefully neither one of them will be lacking a spine.I had a lovely time set reading about the ranch and got a new appreciation of flowers and the florists who grow them.

  • Cupcakencorset
    2018-12-13 00:51

    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 favorite things about the book, in fact. It doesn't talk down to the reader, and it also doesn't strive to be lofty and literary. It's rhythms are so natural to me that I zipped right through the book. There are a few typos or typesetting errors throughout the text (fewer than 10 in the whole thing, I'd estimate). They don't disrupt the flow of the story or confuse the reader, but some people are especially sensitive to them and might find them annoying, as anything that catches the reader's eye can yank them out of the story and into the "I'm reading a book about fictional things" place that is not ideal for reveling in a story. For those of us who have read so many stereotypical romances in our lifetimes that we could predict the events in those books with eerie accuracy, this book is a breath of fresh air. I mean, yes, there's the happy ending we expect from genre romances, but the execution of it, with its parallel love stories and its unusual gimmick (the beta-testing a lovers'/dating dude ranch), takes to a new level of fun. Oh, and the hot sex scenes rock, too. (You know, if you're into that kind of thing.)Full disclosure: I was a beta-reader for this novel and received my finished copy from the author as a thank-you gift and a review copy. Thanks, Abigail, for the book and for the story. Both are winners!

  • Beverly Diehl
    2018-11-17 23:54

    3.5 stars. Charming romance about Ainsley, a girl battling to make her own way and choose her own partner, whether her bossy mother approves or not, and Riley, a cowboy whose heart and ass(ets) are being put on the line to save the family ranch.Quibbles: there's a "B" story (Cecelia and Edward) and a "C" story (Meagan and Cookie) that are both so strong they overshadow the Ainsley-and-Riley storyline. Looked at another way, it's like delicious brownies WITH chocolate chips AND chocolate frosting, a triple threat.Sisters Molly and Jeanne have come up with the idea of basically staging "The Bachelor" (sans cameras) on the Wyoming ranch, as a test drive for making it a a singles' vacation spot. They forgot to get their brother Riley's permission, however, before staking him out as bait and main attraction. He becomes a barely cooperative participant, and is much more attracted to Ainsley, who is more interested in the family greenhouse than in the maneuverings and backstabbings of the other female guests. If you enjoy watching/reading the many ways women can undermine and spread rumors about one another, it's showcased very well here, and creates no end of problems for Ainsley and Riley. I did feel like Molly owed Riley an apology, both for setting the "game" up without his knowledge or consent, and for screening such horrible women for him to "date," but though there were big issues worked out between Riley and Seth, the 17-year-old brother, there was not really a settlement between Riley and Molly (I'm letting Jeanne off the hook because she's only 14).Kudos on condoms always being used in situations calling for them; lots of great sexual tension and frustrating interruptions. Enjoyed this very much and am looking forward to the next books in this series.

  • Elizabeth Wright
    2018-12-01 19:50

    I cannot say enough about this book! What a ride!First of all, all of the characters, the H/h, the secondary characters, everyone was EXTREMELY well written. I *know* these people now. The imagery is also divine. I could very clearly picture each scene and location in my mind. It was wonderful. This book made me feel like I was on vacation. The story. Or should I say storIES. I absolutely loved the premise of a ranch reinventing itself over and over to compete with the times and try to stay afloat. In this incarnation it will be a singles retreat. Awesome. The very Batchelor-esque competition was by turns hilarious, touching, and make you want to chuck the book frustrating. The back story of the Fairfax family and Pommer family are very interesting and detailed and definitely lay the groundwork for future books by the super talented Sharpe. The secondary story line with Edward and Cecilia was just as interesting and fun as the primary one. This really surprised me because I am usually not a fan of a second romance occurring front and center with the first. In fact, there were multiple story lines running through this book and none of them detracted from the main story at all. They in fact added depth and detail.Ainsley and Riley. OMG. I'm not sure there have ever been two people written that were more perfect for each other. There were multiple times I wondered if there would be a happily ever after after all, but Sharpe delivers. These two smoked up the pages, both with temper and with passion and I loved every minute of it. I cannot wait to get my hands on Sharpe's next book. She has a new fan for life.

  • Kacy Stanfield
    2018-11-29 01:49

    This book hooked me from the first two chapters! I loved Ainsley character! I felt her frustrations when her Mom was trying to have the upper hand in Ainsley's life and believe me SHE TRIED! I just wanted to slap the mother and tell her off!! LOL Her mother was trying to set her up with Edward.. to keep their family's name up. SO, she planned a cruise for Ainsley and Edward to take so (her scheme of things) have them engaged before the ship left! Ainsley has a sister named Cecelia, she is secretly in love with Edward. Cecelia was planning on going to a Ranch for a week or longer to meet a cowboy. To make everything worse...for the mother the two sisters decide to switch places. So Ainsley meets Riley... the cowboy. Riley is not wanting to nothing to do with "meet and marry a cowboy" but for his sisters he tries. For Riley and Ainsley when they meet.. they do feel the attraction but of course they fight it.. for their own reasons. The side characters are enjoyable as well! There is passion, frustration, and of course that final... "its about time" end. It also keeps you up with whats going on with Edward and Cecelia. This is my first book I've read of Abigail's work... I was not disappointed! The story and characters flowed and was every easily captured! I had the awesome honor to meet Abigail in person at a book signing..... very sweet and funny!!! enjoyed having the time with her!! Highly recommend this book!!!

  • Kacy Rozier
    2018-11-18 21:56

    This book hooked me from the first two chapters! I loved Ainsley character! I felt her frustrations when her Mom was trying to have the upper hand in Ainsley's life and believe me SHE TRIED! I just wanted to slap the mother and tell her off!! LOL Her mother was trying to set her up with Edward.. to keep their family's name up. SO, she planned a cruise for Ainsley and Edward to take so (her scheme of things) have them engaged before the ship left! Ainsley has a sister named Cecelia, she is secretly in love with Edward. Cecelia was planning on going to a Ranch for a week or longer to meet a cowboy. To make everything worse...for the mother the two sisters decide to switch places. So Ainsley meets Riley... the cowboy. Riley is not wanting to nothing to do with "meet and marry a cowboy" but for his sisters he tries. For Riley and Ainsley when they meet.. they do feel the attraction but of course they fight it.. for their own reasons. The side characters are enjoyable as well! There is passion, frustration, and of course that final... "its about time" end. It also keeps you up with whats going on with Edward and Cecelia. This is my first book I've read of Abigail's work... I was not disappointed! The story and characters flowed and was every easily captured! I had the awesome honor to meet Abigail in person at a book signing..... very sweet and funny!!! enjoyed having the time with her!! Highly recommend this book!!!

  • Mary Gramlich
    2018-11-26 23:34

    WHO WANTS TO MARRY A COWBOY by Abigail SharpeThe right match is the one you least expect to makeAinsley has been pushing toward having her own life against her family’s wishes for so long she is repeating herself daily for her family to back off. When she and her sister switch vacations to avoid another fix up, what a surprise comes for Ainsley when she finds herself on a working ranch with a too hot working rancher.A working ranch was not her idea of a vacation especially when it was a contest to see which bachelorette will win Riley Pommer. Ainsley just wants to get this over with because a husband is not what Ainsley is looking for, but if she were Riley would be her first choice. Ainsley is surviving backstabbing worthy of a reality show between the other women, working days, and sexy cowboy nights with Riley. Each day it becomes clear that Riley is fixing his sights on Ainsley making every moment as sweet as it is torture for them. They are different people living in polar opposite zip codes at a minimum. Ainsley is going to make sure Riley knows that whatever is different about them can be overcome with a sweet kiss and warm embrace.Abigail Sharpe hits the button on romantic perfection.

  • Dana
    2018-11-23 22:45

    I won a copy of this book from the author (yea!)This was a really sweet love story with a very unique premise. Ainsley unexpectedly ends up at a "The Bachelor" type competition at a Wyoming ranch. Along with a number of other ladies all vying for the attention of a reluctant cowboy.Riley has come home to Crescent Ridge Ranch after a family tragedy to try and help pick up the pieces with his younger siblings. He has no idea idea that his family has been scheming behind his back to turn the ranch into a singles retreat and he is the guinea pig that's supposed to test it out!Neither Ainsley or Riley are looking for a relationship but despite that and all the catty women around the sparks fly!!Another part of this book that I really enjoyed was the side story of Ainsley's sister Cecelia and Edward (even though he was kind of a weinie!!)This story covered all the bases; funny, sexy, sweet and emotional.Thanks so much to the author Abigail for the oppertunity to read this book! :)

  • Crystal (Kris)
    2018-12-13 17:43

    An enjoyable read with likable characters in the primary four. Only, they tend to jump to conclusions and turn against each other. Also, the alternating POVs among Ainsley, Riley, Cecelia, and Edward made it hard to really get to know any of the characters (though the focus did tend to shift towards Ainsley and Riley). While the four were somewhat rounded with the narration showcasing their different sides, the side characters fell flat, especially the husband hunters, who were pretty stereotypical bitches. Still, an overall enjoyable read. And I like how family plays a large role in the characters' lives.Content: making out, touching and sex (explicit scenes), drinking--For more of my reviews, visit my blog Imaginary Reads.

  • Crissy
    2018-11-20 20:31

    This novel was really great! I read it in one sitting, and finished waaaay past my bedtime :) The story is lovely and romantic, and I like the dynamic between Ainsley and Riley. I also LOVE the side plot between Edward and Cecelia.I read this book even before it was an ARC, and I'm glad that a lot of the troubling plot points got resolved before it was published. It's neat to hold a book that was once just a word document in my email. :)There remain a couple of grammatical errors, an unclosed quotation once or twice, Ainsley being referred to as "Aims" instead of "Ains" for short, and I was never sure if the horse's name was Scarlet or Scarlett, as they both appear with the same frequency.Overall this is a really sweet, kinda steamy, mostly romantic read, for lovers of stubborn cowboys and florists who are looking for happily ever after.What REALLY intrigued me is the snippet of "Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?", Sharpe's next book, at the end. Can't wait for that one!

  • Nancy Badger
    2018-12-03 21:33

    I do not know this author and the book was a gift: This story of two sisters drew me in and kept me reading past midnight. The plot developed into a dual romance and kept me smiling. I found myself thankful for the wonderful mother I had growing up, because Ainsley and Cecelia Fairfax have the most obnoxious, overpowering mother I have ever read about. Watching the sisters take momma’s wedding plans, for the level-headed Ainsley, is a riot, and I am so glad she escapes South Carolina and heads halfway across the country to Wyoming to take part in a dude-ranch experiment. Cowboy Riley Pommer is hesitant, yet attractive, and everything changes…for the better. Pitfalls, and snide remarks from other women keep them almost from falling for each other, but Ainsley stands up to him, her momma, and grows as a woman. Atta girl! Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? Is a well-written contemporary romance with barn dust, sheep, and romance under a Wyoming sky.

  • LaVerne Clark
    2018-12-09 20:49

    A big, solid 3.5 stars.Debut book? I'd no idea. The author writes so well, with a clear easy-to-read style. All the characters are engaging with great sexual tension throughout and I found myself really enjoying the secondary romance of Ainsley's sister and Ex. The third with Ainsley's friend Meagan and Cookie was gorgeous. They put a smile on my face. The only thing holding this book from a 4.5-5 star for me was the constant leap-to-conclusions attitude of the two main couples and their lack of trust issues. It made our hero Riley come across as bordering on unlikeable at times. I did so enjoy watching Ainsley grow a backbone towards her interfering mother and finally put her in her place.Overall, this was a lovely book with an incredibly satisfying ending. I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Sharpe.

  • Jason Griggs
    2018-11-15 17:47

    This is the first romance novel that I've read. It surprised me that there are frequent sex scenes from almost the very beginning! It's a great book if you are looking for an escape from a tense work week. None of the characters are tortured types, and although there is conflict in the form of competition, the story doesn't focus on any really horrible villains...just normal people (some rude, some naive, some with baggage to overcome but all trying to do what they could justify in their own minds as 'necessary'). This makes the characters quite believable compared to other stories that go for maximum conflict. So, if you don't want to struggle with suspension of disbelief and are in the mood to escape with a lighthearted tale, then Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy is a good choice.

  • Beth
    2018-12-10 22:43

    As someone who doesn't frequently include romance into the book mix, I found this book a quick, easy, fun read. Ainsley is a likeable character, and Riley's reluctance makes him far less irritating than your typical participant in this type of contest! The interactions with other contestants are well-written, with friendships to make you smile and "bad guys" who add a fun touch of of those you love to hate. While I know next to nothing about ranching - and have, in fact, never been to this part of the country at all - I was able to put myself there and imagine the scenery and events clearly, which made the book more enjoyable. I found this book an entertaining read and look forward to Sharpe's next offering!