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Thrown off a wagon train with two other women and trying to avoid jail for a murder they committed, Bailee Moore agrees to enter a "wife lottery"--a ploy concocted by the Cedar Point sheriff to secure wives for the men in the small Texas town.For the sensible Bailee, however, marrying Carter McKoy is like exchanging one life sentence for another--especially since her new hThrown off a wagon train with two other women and trying to avoid jail for a murder they committed, Bailee Moore agrees to enter a "wife lottery"--a ploy concocted by the Cedar Point sheriff to secure wives for the men in the small Texas town.For the sensible Bailee, however, marrying Carter McKoy is like exchanging one life sentence for another--especially since her new husband hasn't even seen fit to utter a single word in her presence. But still, she can't help thinking that something about this strong, silent farmer could be the key to leaving her troubled past behind...and making a worthy wager with her heart....

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The Texan's Wager Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-05-26 00:08

    I can't tell you how much I love this book. It's a special love story, with characters you will never find in another book. Carter McKoy has my complete and utter devotion. He may not attract all romance novel fans. He doesn't talk, not that he can't. He just doesn't. He's a recluse. He's a virgin. But he's a survivor. His family was horribly murdered while he was forced to hide out. His parents told him to survive and that's what he did. His strength of will and character are what attracted me to him and earned my eternal devotion. He's a beta hero, but he's no pushover. He's capable and resourceful, and reading this book only shows just how endowed with these traits he is. One day he decides to find a wife. His chosen bride is Bailee, who has the choice of getting married to one of the men who shows up for the wife lottery or possibly being hanged for killing a man who tried to assault her and her friends. The town is so small and devoid of women that the lawman would much rather marry off the three women criminals than see them hung. It turns out to be a very fortunate day for both Bailee and Carter. Carter takes home his new bride, and the love story begins. It's a true, simple love story. Although they are not alike, Carter and Bailee are true soulmates. They embody what a marriage should be. Watching them grow to know and to love each other and take care of each other is a true joy. They truly meet each others' needs. If you want to read a different kind of romance with a very unique hero, but one that shows the true spirit of romance, read this book. I doubt that you would be disappointed. They don't call Jodi Thomas the queen of Texas romance for no reason.

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-06-11 18:06

    Be my wife, all my life.That’s all that Carter McKoy asked of Bailee Moore, the woman who would become his wife if he won the Wife Lottery. That wasn’t too much to hope for, was it? And in truth, he didn’t even expect his name to be chosen. After all, there were probably 40 men waiting, hoping to be one of only three names drawn in the lottery, and Carter’s life had been anything but lucky. So why expect that to change now? Well, much to his surprise - and dismay, things were about to start looking up. And I thank Sheriff Riley for his part in that.I’ve come to realize that if I don’t connect with the hero, if I don’t become invested in him as a person, and if I don’t feel like he’s overcome some… some… something in his life, the story never quite makes it to 5 stars. The poor heroine could go through hell and back and it won’t mean much to me unless the hero is amazing and has done the same. The Texan’s Wager is a fast paced, comfortable read – easy, but not dumbed down. It isn’t a deep, dark tale, nor is it the most amazing writing I’ve ever come across. But what it is, is a really sweet story with the key ingredients for a 5 star read.Tormented hero – Check!Great heroine – Check!Believable, gut wrenching and heartwarming storyline – Check!A happily ever after with a heroine worthy of the hero - Check!I wish I could tell all about Carter, but to do so would take too much away from the story, because his past is told in small bits and pieces beginning with his very sad childhood right up to the present time. But I will say that this man, this Carter McKoy who very seldom talks, speaks volumes with this actions and he now holds a place of honor on my Top Heroes shelf.For those of you who might be wondering about the steam factor in this book, while there’s plenty of passion there is very little, if any, descriptive sex. But trust me when I say this is one of those instances when I feel that the story wouldn’t have been nearly as sweet if there had been.

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-06-03 18:12

    4½ stars ★★★★✭I loved, loved, loved this book! But then, I’m a big fan of a vintage western or a western-romance. My father, when he was eighty-three (and still sharp as a tack), taught me to appreciate them when I used to read to him the last three months of his life. I was amazed; he was so knowledgeable about this era of American history; I loved discussing the books with him. And he would have loved this one too (sans the sex scenes, of course) - and the hero, the taciturn Carter McKoy. Yup. My dad wasn’t much of a talker either. One of his favorite jokes was this one:Some cowboys on a cattle drive were around a campfire, listening to the lowing of the livestock. Nobody spoke while they ate their meal. Finally one of the animals made a bleating call.After a while, one cowboy voiced an opinion, “Heifer.”After about an hour, a second cowboy said, “Bull.”In a bit, a third cowboy got up and started packing his gear and saddled up. The first man asked, “Going somewhere?”“Leaving,” said the third cowboy.“Why?”“Too much arguing.”If you’ve read the back-of-the-book-synopsis then you know that Bailee marries Carter to avoid jail or hanging. This part was just a little contrived, and kept it for being a perfect ★★★★★, as men in Texas hung other men for attempted rape and/or kidnapping; nevertheless, I bit the bullet, while shrugging my shoulders and went with the set-up.To say Carter is not much of a talker would be an understatement. He’s downright silent at first which causes Bailee, conversely, to start to babble. I love what he thinks of the quixotic rules she makes up and changes on the spur of the moment after their kissing secretly flusters her. He has secrets too; secrets that are delicious and heart-touching to uncover in this tender, sweet, surprisingly action-packed story. Want just a hint?: (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]There are also wonderful secondary characters in this story: the other Lottery wives, the lawmen, the soiled doves, the other train travelers. (Naturally there’s a train; this is a western!) (view spoiler)[I appreciate that Ms. Thomas didn’t kill off all of Piper’s family, causing the child to be taken in by Carter and Bailee, but let this relationship become a letter exchanging one by the end of the book. Letters were cherished back then.Piper (hide spoiler)]A big “Thank You” to everyone who encouraged me to try a Jodi Thomas book, specifically this one. I will definitely be reading the next in the Wife Lottery series When a Texan Gambles; it is already sitting on my bedside table. Hot Damn! I wish my dad were here so I could read it to him.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • KatLynne
    2019-05-18 16:10

    Surprisingly, I loved this sweet, poignant love story....and I didn't think I would:)! There are many elements to this story that are totally opposite of what I normally want in a romance novel. (view spoiler)[I haven't read many western romance novels, especially those where the hero is more the sweet, beta type and also a virgin! (hide spoiler)] But I soon found myself loving sweet Carter McKoy and the heroine Bailee Moore. Far from being perfect and carrying a lot of pain from their past; both are lonesome souls, hoping to find the "forever" kind of love. A sweet, feel good romance, with a sensual tone that made this one work for me. It will pull on your heartstrings and have you anxiously hoping they find their HEA!This is my first read by this author and I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

  • Mo
    2019-05-25 19:48

    3.5 STARS.Enjoyed this one. Sweet Hero... yes, I can do "sweet" hero too. Feisty Heroine. Life must have been tough in the heartland of American back in the day. No electricity, no motor vehicles. Weather was harsh.I have to organise dinner so have no time to review properly.

  • Ronyell
    2019-06-15 17:50

    I have read many romance novels by Teresa Medeiros and Lisa Kleypas, but this is the first time that I have read a romance novel by Jodi Thomas! “The Texan’s Wager” is the first book in Jodi Thomas’s “Wife Lottery” series and it is full of hot romance, drama, adventure and excitement that will make this book one of a million!Bailee Moore was thrown out of a wagon train along with two other women named Lacy and Sarah after Bailee had supposedly committed a murder in her hometown and was thrown out of town. After the three women got to the city called Cedar Point, they meet up with a vicious man named Zeb Whitaker who starts assaulting them and that led the three women into beating him up to defend themselves. The three women are then thrown into jail and the sheriff proposes that the only way for the three women to get out of jail is if they are selected in the “Wife Lottery,” which is where men come all over Cedar Point and pick one of the three women to be their wives. Bailee Moore is then chosen to be a wife to Carter McKoy, a silent man who has not spoken a word since his parents’ brutal deaths. However, Bailee will soon realize that there is more to Carter than meets the eye!Wow. All I can really say is…wow. I have never in all my life read such an exciting and romantic western romance novel that is full of drama and pure romance! Jodi Thomas has definitely done an awesome job at writing this story as the characters were righteously perfect and the action paced plot of the story is never truly over the top! I can name out so many things about this book that I simply loved, but that is too many to list, so I will just mention the characters themselves. The heroine of the story, Bailee Moore, is such a lovable character! I loved the way that Bailee has such a caring and courageous nature, especially when she tries to do everything in her power to protect Carter from any kind of danger that comes their way, even if it means putting her own life on the line. I will admit that sometimes I get a little irritated whenever Bailee does not seem to trust Carter completely, but her heroic actions throughout the novel truly makes up for that. Another character I really loved in this book was Carter McKoy himself as he was the first silent hero I have ever read about in any romance novel I have read! The aspect of Carter’s personality that truly stood out for me was his slightly silent nature because he sometimes uses sign language to communicate what he wants to say with everyone and I have always wanted to know how to sign language myself, so this aspect of Carter’s personality is so interesting to me since it shows another level of communication that I rarely seen in most romance novels. I also loved how courageous Carter is as he will put his life on the line to save Bailee from any misfortunate that befalls her and it’s that aspect that I truly love in a hero! The best part of the entire book was the romance between Bailee and Carter as it was genuine and caring enough to put other romance novels’ romance to shame! Sure, at first Bailee and Carter did not really trust each other because they did not know each other at first, but as the book goes on, Bailee and Carter’s romantic relationship was truly astounding as I loved the way that Bailee did not judge Carter because he did not speak at first, but once she starts realizing what a wonderful person Carter is, she starts falling madly in love with him and does everything in her power to protect him. I also loved the way that Carter treated Bailee because even though at first, he was really shy to be near her, I admit that the moment that Carter first began to talk clearly with Bailee, I was totally surprised yet felt cuddly inside that Carter felt comfortable talking about anything with Bailee and that proved how solid and real their relationship with each other is.There are some brief sex scenes in this book, although it is not as explicit as most romance novels I have read. So, anyone who does not like reading about certain sex scenes, might want to skip over these scenes. All in all, if you are looking for drama, sizzling romance and adventure in the Wild West, then “The Texan’s Wager” is definitely the right romance novel for you!Now that I read the first installment in the “Wife Lottery” series, do you think that I want to read more of this series? You bet I do! I am definitely looking forward to read the next book in the “Wife Lottery” series, “When a Texan Gambles” so it will definitely be interesting to see more of this series!I would like to thank my Goodreads buddy, Lady Danielle, for recommending me this book!Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  • Duchess Nicole
    2019-05-26 20:49

    A different sort of western cowboy romance....The hero...CarterA man who rarely speaks, a farmer that the entire town mocks for his reclusive ways. Carter puts his name into the wife lottery on a whim and almost instantly regrets his decision...what does he know of being a husband? The heroine...BaileeA woman on the run for murdering a man, shunned and shipped off by her own father. On a wagon train west, Bailee teams up with two other lone women, one a young teenager woman who speaks too much and the other who is at death's door after losing her child and husband. Accosted while alone, another death is laid at their feet and to escape the noose, they are entered into a wife lottery in order to give the male-dominated town the option of a wife.My Thoughts:This was just the kind of unique, detailed read I was looking for. I'd only read one Jodi Thomas book before but it was a contemporary and I have to say that this was much wonder she's got so many Texas romances with fantastic ratings!When I say unique, it's because of a few reasons, one of them that intangible authentic quality that some authors just have. Thomas just has it. This wasn't a cheesy, over the top yee haw cowboy romance. This was a genuine story of something that could have actually happened a long time ago in this great state that I live in. The male dominated southwest was a tough place for a woman to be if she was unprotected. The random chance of these three women finding men who were somewhat honorable (buying a wife? Oh, well...) and chivalrous really is attributed to the fact that the sheriff gives them an order to make sure that they aren't stuck with horrible, abusive husbands, he will check up on them three times. Each time he'll give them the chance to go back to jail or stay with their husband. I loved that out! My reasons for not five starring is pretty simple...I felt like a couple of things weren't explained very well. Bailee's past, for one. Did she or didn't she kill the guy? It's never explained at all, which I thought was weird. What happened? Also, (view spoiler)[ When the little girl goes back to her dad, there's no follow up to that, which I felt was sorely missing. I wanted to be assured of her welfare somehow. (hide spoiler)]Carter, of course, stole the show here. He's an extremely simple guy. Viciously protective of his privacy and his land, it seemed way out of character for him to do something so spontaneous and life altering as grabbing at a wife. But he gets stuck with her, and they both try to make an honest go of it. I loved that he's a virgin, that he is completely socially inept and awkward, but he has the kindest heart. And he stole mine multiple times. Bailee is a wonderful heroine as well. Doesn't happen often that the heroine doesnt' annoy me but it happened here. She's a great match for Carter...she's patient and kind and she's absolutely willing to give their marriage a fair chance to work.I'll definitely move on to read the next three in the series.Thanks to Jilly my Australian Filly for the rec :P["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Erika
    2019-06-16 16:54

    3.75 starsThe first half of this book was really great. Thomas' writing style was clever and entertaining. However, somewhere after the halfway point, the romantic relationship wasn't quite as compelling for me any more. I think it is probably just me, based on my mass of mediocre ratings and DNF's in recent weeks. The hero, Carter, was a good man and likable hero. The heroine, Bailee, was great in the beginning, but had a bad moment towards the end. Of course, they got their sweet HEA though. I think I will probably be giving this author another try.

  • valee
    2019-06-05 17:45

    4.5 STARS!While I really enjoyed this book I just couldn't completely get to love it as much as I did others. This is a very well written story, totally entertaining and I definitely recommend it. In it we read about a different type of hero, one I had never read before. Carter is just not one of those guys who stands out, he seems very plain and normal and not the guy you would care to read about. He's a farmer and a guy who hates talking to people (literally), till the heroine nobody had really spoke with him because he's a loner. But then, 3 women come to town and need to find a husband able to pay to get them out. So a lottery is organized with 40 guys from town. Carter's name gets out the last and he ends up getting married with Bailee. She is a pretty normal heroine,one who suffers some terrible fortune later, but there's just nothing very remarkable about her. How then this two very plain characters got to become such an amazing read? Well, many reasons. First, the author writes incredibly well. You can really get into the story with her words, she just knows how to describe things. But more than that, what you get to love the most about this book is the romance between the hero and the heroine. They are just perfect for each other. It's pretty obvious from the beginning that the hero needed something, a change. This was a very sweet romance and I really enjoyed it. I just can't give it a higher rating because I am a chick who loves alpha heroes. I know, those assholes many hate, yep, those are my men,LOL. I love them being jerks to everybody buy finding a soft spot in their hearts for their heroines. Still this was a great change, and I must tell you all to read this beautiful story.

  • Ally72
    2019-06-05 20:59

    This is such a beautiful book and I loved the qualities the hero (Carter) and the heroine (Bailee) had in the book. Carter and Bailee had experienced hard times, but they did not let that harden them. Bailee had been disappointed in love and never expected to marry. Carter had lived through a traumatic experience as a child and was considered a loner. It was really by chance that they met each other and married. I loved reading how they grew to respect and love each other in the book. There were also changes each had to make and I thought that was moving as well. I did not want their story to end and I hope I will still get glimpses of their life together in the rest of the series. Jodi Thomas is a new author for me and I am so happy to have found her. I cannot wait to read the rest of her books.

  • Hollie
    2019-06-10 17:08

    I've been in bad book slump for a couple weeks, and this one had been on my TBR shelf, so I decided to give it a try. I must admit, historical/western romance is not one of my preferred genres. That being said, I still really liked this book. Here's my breakdown:The pros:* The plot was fast paced and never dull* I fell in love with the characters* A strong heroine, even the secondary female characters were solid* Book virgins - which is usually a negative for me, but in this read it just worked. The hero and heroine were both virgins but it wasn’t in a cliché sort of way. They spent their lives surviving not fooling around. It added to the characters chemistry in this book. It seemed so innocent and yet passionate as they discovered one another.* The hero in this one was such a sweet and loyal character* For a book setting in the 1800s it had a very modern feel throughout* The romance was developed - no insta-love hereThe cons:* There were a lot of loose ends to me personally - I would have liked some of the outcomes to have happened differently and there were quite a few areas not addressed that I felt were of importance. I guess that’s expected in a series, although I wasn’t aware this was a sort of series when I started it. * The epilogue left me wanting much more* It was priced on the high side at $7.59Overall, I liked this book and the writing style and will check out the other books in this series.

  • ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
    2019-06-10 19:59

    Loved it!! Carter is officially one of my favorite H's ever!! He is sweet, hardworking, loyal and sexy. He doesn't speak much, but when he does its so meaningful and beautiful it makes every word he says that much more special. This story had it all. Romance, adventure, passion, and a little suspense. It was so romantic! Highly recommend this book to all romance fans, specially if you love historical romance. Can't wait to read Sarah and Lacy's stories next.

  • Rachel Regina
    2019-05-18 19:43

    Overall rating: 4 "Be My Wife. All of My Life" stars!Triggers:Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No(hide spoiler)]Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ No(hide spoiler)]Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ No - both MCs are virgins(hide spoiler)]OW/OM drama: (view spoiler)[ No(hide spoiler)]Push/pull: (view spoiler)[ I would say a little by the heroine. She had issues with fully becoming a wife and doing wifely duties. The hero was very patient with her and tells her she can have a month to get used to him. Of course, it doesn't take her that long at all because he is such a good guy.(hide spoiler)]HEA: (view spoiler)[ Yes, but a longer epilogue would have been nice. Of course, maybe it's just my mood LOL!(hide spoiler)]My review:This was a very cute read. So why didn't I rate it higher than 4 stars? The thing is, this book had NONE of my triggers. None. This should have been a 5 star read for me. I honestly cannot truly put my finger on why I didn't rate this higher. So I will simply say it was my mood. The things that bothered me in this book, normally don't bother me at all. It's no secret that the hero in this story was a virgin. Not only WAS he a virgin, but he was also very very innocent. I mean innocent to everything. And he didn't talk much. And the thing is, I never really understood why. He did talk a little to the heroine, but not as much as I would have liked ... at least not until way later in the book. I would have liked it more if the hero would have been chatty cathy to the heroine and would not speak to anyone else. He was innocent to many things though - even when he went to that "boarding house" for help when people were shot ... he didn't understand that when the women were dressed scantily clad and mentioned going upstairs, that they were ladies of the night LMAO. Sometimes this type of behavior in a hero is endearing and it was sort of, but I guess it was kind of silly to me too! Don't be mad at me, blame it on my mood! LOL!!! I kind of like virgin heroes that are still a little alpha - maybe that was another issue I had.So this story starts off with Bailee along with two other girls, Sarah and Lacey, being thrown off the band wagon literally. Because one of them was sick and they were pretty much dead wait. Bailee was the ring leader and decides to take their fates in her hands and travel her crew down to Texas for them to have a chance at life again. Each of the ladies have their own backstory and Bailee's has to do with her father sending her away for a reason that is never TRULY brought to light. Nearly to Texas, these girls run into the evil Zeb. He tries to take Lacey and their wagon, but Bailee isn't having it so she hits him over the head and knocks him out cold. She thinks she killed him so both of the other girls hit him as well so they can all take the blame for killing this man who is HUGE with lots of gold coins. They go into town and confess to the sheriff. The sheriff keeps them in jail until he figures out a plan. He doesn't know if the girls took all that gold that Zeb had - which he had stolen from many people in town. The plan he comes up with is the a marriage lottery. Any male that had the appropriate amount of payment could put their name in a hat to be picked in this lottery. Carter is the one who wins Bailee's hand. So this story is about them finding their way towards each other, learning trust among other things. This is also a tad suspenseful. Of course, Zeb wasn't really dead and then there are train robbers and such. I found myself kind of bored at times as well but once again, maybe this was just my mood? I want to be completely fair to this book. It was well written and a cute story with two virgin main characters! :)

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-05-28 18:00

    Read the story. I started so many sentences only to delete them. They are not enough. This should have been 4.5 rating, but because of Carter it gets 5 stars.Three extraordianary women were thrown off from their train, left in the wilderness because one of them was too talkative and too alive (those poor ladies on the train thought she was a witch), the other was too sick (after the death of her child and husband it's no wonder) and the third, whose story you'll read here was too good if there is such thing (she dared to offer her wagon for someone others thought should be dead). Somehow they ended up in Cedar Point where they accepted the Cedar Point sheriff's plan to organize a lottery and find them husbands. It was either that or murder charges. And that is how Bailee ended up married to Carter McKoy. I don't want to retell every special and beautiful moment.I don't want to rob anyone of a chance to read about him and every heart-stopping moment where they would think Oh, my God for themselves after each layer of Carter's personality is revealed. From the silent moments of simple holding Bailee's hand, the place he keeps his treasured possessions, or the way he expresses himself, Carter is one of the most wonderful male characters I've read. How could you describe a man who manages to say more with his silence and eyes than the best of poets? At times that silence got a personality of its own. It is beautiful, deep and it speaks volumes. Bailee didn't stand a chance.I know I didn't write much here, but don't let that fool you. I am simply overwhelmed. I thought of making a special shelf for Carter, but can't think of any names which would do him justice.

  • Mimi Smith
    2019-06-15 16:53

    4.5 stars"Bailee almost wished she had her board. Then, a moment after the thought of clubbing Harman registered, she decided she must be some kind of mass murderer. She was no better than a female Jack the Ripper. Killing someone was crossing her mind far too often of late."Well, it turned out she didn't really kill the man. She just knocked him out. And it was self-defense!What happened was that she and her two friends were cast out of the train and forced to walk to *gasp* Texas(heathen land, apparently). Then, near the town they were attacked by Zeb, the criminal creep. They, collectively, knocked him out. Thinking they killed him-they turned themselves in. The sheriff, not knowing what to do with three young ladies confessing to a murder, when there's no body, decides he needs to do something. He can't just let them walk free. And as there's a serious lack of women in the town, organizing a wife lottery seemed like a good idea. Men would come, pay the entering fee, slip a piece of paper with their names and a request into a hat, and gthen the women will draw. Incredible, but true!"Be my wife, all my life"Pretty simple and straight-forward, yes? That's probably because Carter is a man of few words. Literally he almost never talks, though he can. He's also amazingly sweet and innocent.Bailee accepted the offer. She has always had bad luck in life. Because of a scandal her father through her out, just to save his career. Now, she thinks to make the best of things. I liked Bailee. It did bug me that we're never told, what exactly happened back home. What did she do? Why? With whom? It's an important detail missing."Though he’d never been told, he assumed it wasn’t polite to growl in public, so he continued to stare until the sheriff looked away."Right on, Carter! Carter is truly an amazing character. Due to a trauma when he was a boy, he has lived alone all his life. He has walled himself off from everyone and now, due to a moment of insanity, he has acquired a wife. He's surprisingly innocent, especially considering wordly things. He also keeps his home safe obsessively, laying traps, and building underground tunnels and whatnot.Some of his statements are hilarious, like the one about growling and others... "He had no idea how long bedding a woman would take. Not more than a few minutes, he’d guess. He figured he had the basics of the act down, but there were probably things he should say or do before he started.""He figured he’d said something wrong so he added, “She runs a boardinghouse for mature ladies and is too poor even to afford enough clothes to keep herself properly covered.” He’d thought his description would make Bailee feel sorry for Alice, but instead she looked at him in a way that made him think he’d be better off to say no more."Yes, he really is THAT clueless, lol."He couldn’t just take her home, bed her, and wait for children to pop out. Somewhere in between, he’d have to talk to her."And, right again, Carter! Watching their marriage develop was amazing. The way it did, slowly, while we got to see them through mundane things, like getting used to living together, division of chores, setting of rules. Watching Bailee explain to Carter the rules of marriage was hilarious. I loved it and how the focus here, wasn't the suspense, but their marriage, and mostly themselves. It's a character-driven book, for sure.I loved the side characters, too. Nellie is awesome and I can't wait for Lacy's story.The only thing that bugged me were the unexplained things:her past "crime" and his parents' deaths. It may be explained later on, but I missed it here. But overall, an amazingly funny, sweet story. The first Historical Western I've read that can compare to Lorraine Heath's books.Highly recommended.Finally I leave you with this gem by the sheriff...“A man never knows a woman until he lives with her. I grew up with my wife living not a mile down the road from me, and I can tell you there were a great many things I didn’t know about her until after we’d tied the knot. After a few years, reasons why we never should have married seemed to pop up daily.” He scratched his way across his thin hair. “Time came when I couldn’t even remember one reason we got together, and, from the way she complained, she couldn’t, either."

  • ♥ℳelody
    2019-05-26 17:10

    Nice Western romance story. I was hoping for more, way more. I almost put this down but gave it another shot. This line: "Be my wife, all my life" is what convinced me to keep reading. I liked the characters enough to keep reading and the premise sounded really interesting but I just didn't find myself attached or moved by anything in this as I wanted to be. The plot and pacing definitely could have been juiced up.This is my first Jodi Thomas book so I'm not familiar with her writing. I felt too much time was focused on things that weren't really interesting or as dramatic as they were supposed to be and little time was spent on the central characters: Carter and Bailee. I struggled to truly believe Bailee and Carter falling so quickly in love given the little amount of time they spent together and actually communicating. I really felt more of the story should have focused on them as a married couple rather than them individually helping the town sheriff, hiding Gypies, and running after criminals. The world building in this I felt was lacking in some areas, especially intimate scenes. It just made the reading disruptive and choppy which was frustrating. There were parts where I literally had to go back and re-read passages because I had difficulty picturing exactly what was going on in a scene or the physical positions and actions of the characters weren't translating well or just didn't make any sense. Trying to figure out if the couple are lying down or standing while having sex can just ruin the moment. :/ Because of that I just couldn't fully get into it and I felt the overall story and my enjoyment suffered because of it. Carter made for an interesting hero. I liked him, he was really sweet but I do wish the author wasn't so heavy-handed with his brooding silence and selective hearing quirks. At times he came off a little too empty-headed and slow rather than reserved and quiet. His back story and how he came to be the way he is heartbreaking, I just struggled to connect with him. Given his careful nature and weariness around new people I found it a little hard to believe how quickly he became smitten with Bailee who is the complete opposite of him. I don't mind beta heroes, I love them, but here I guess you can say I found the passion, emotions, reactions overall totally lacking, especially where Carter is concerned. I wanted more from him, Bailee and the story. Bailee I wasn't really impressed with. I liked her at times but she frustrated me too. Her constant habit of second-guessing and mistrusting Carter started to wear thin and I didn't understand. While the story takes place in a span of 1-2 months I felt the romance arc was incredibly rushed and not really believable. Why? Because the amount of time these two actually spend together actually communicating was very little. Carter is not the talkative type, the beginning of the story he's a mute and Bailee has to corner him into talking to her. Once he starts to open up to her I was hoping we would get more meaningful alone time or special moments but except for a hesitant quick peek-a-boo 'revealing' by the peach trees nothing else happens. The author divides these two up quite often throughout the story, spending ridiculous amount of time apart worrying about secondary characters that for me, were not interesting enough to take up page time. The author doesn't waste time on any flowery prose but rather blunt straight-to-the-point dialogue, which is fine in some cases, but here I found it a little jarring and missing it's mark. This is a Western-romance after all. And there are some sweet touching moments in here but I found them fleeting, very rushed and just.... cold for the lack of a better term. I didn't get any emotion behind the ILY confessions at the end. I wanted to be swept away or at least feel something and I didn't. Everything just read very dry and detached. The end conclusion I found very abrupt and anticlimactic considering the time these two spent apart. So yeah, great potential but the overall writing style and execution of the story I found lacking.

  • Kylie
    2019-05-16 17:50

    Most boring romance novel I've read lately.Reasons:Guy never talks.Lady has no personality.1 sex sceneSex scene was very terrible**Reasons sex scene was very terrible:I don't need a list, the quote will do quite nicely.(Please don't read this, Children)"When there was no more resistance, no more hesitation, no more shyness, he parted her legs and came home to his wife.She arched her back and cried out, then wrapped her arms tightly around his neck and held on as they rode passion’s journey together.When he collapsed on top of her, neither had enough energy to speak. “Carter?” She stretched beneath him. “Do you think we did it right?”"

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-06-04 18:50

    ★★★★½ I had to re-read this one because I love it so much. There are a couple minor issues that Ms. Thomas left unanswered or that I wished she had developed more; however, this is an earlier one of her earlier works, so I forgive her. For my original GoodReads review, see this link.

  • Assenette
    2019-05-25 20:08

    Well I liked Carter, he was sweet. I'm left wondering why her past was never discussed only mention in thoughts and never her whole story. Plus they hardly talked or really developed any relationship within the month this whole book took place but they loved each other...!?!? Ugh and then the epilogue.... Really... That's it?

  • Nefise
    2019-05-21 15:52

    It was hard for me to finish the book. It started good but page by page, it was getting worse and at last I lost my interest. It took time to finish the book.There's Meldoy's review that I exactly thought like her. She penned the reasons very well. Melody's review.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-20 23:01

    I made the big mistake of starting this book at midnight, thinking that I would just read a few chapters and go to bed. When will I ever learn? Thankfully I am a fast reader, and I put this book down with a happy sigh at 3:30 am. From the plot, to the characters, I loved this book.I really recommend that anyone who reads this review to not read the spoiler until after you have read the book. It's a lot of stuff that I loved about the book, and especially Carter, and would be much more enjoyable to read the book instead of my review! :) (view spoiler)[Carter McKoy was, in a word, amazing. He is emotionally scarred from the murder of his parents (presumably in front of him) when he was very young. Safety has become an obsession with him, placing safeguards around his property so he can tell if/when someone has entered, having a secret room that he sleeps in. He only goes to town to pick up supplies, and never speaks to anyone to the point where most of the town has never heard him speak. I usually mainly go for alpha-type heroes, and Carter is so far away from that type and maybe that is one reason why I loved him so much. He is extremely naive, knows nothing about sex and cannot recall ever speaking to a woman since he was about five years old. I think my favorite part of the book was the whole time Carter was in the brothel (aka the women's boardinghouse) and when Carter was telling Bailee about Fat Alice, the woman who ran the "boardinghouse." Two of my favorite quotes:"She runs a boardinghouse for mature ladies and is too poor even to afford enough clothes to keep herself properly covered."and later when Carter is trying to send Bailee off to somewhere she can be safe:"Alice said she runs a boardinghouse, so she'd likely take in two more ladies." Carter was by far my favorite thing about this book, but that is not to say everything else wasn't amazing. I really liked Bailee a lot as well. She is a strong woman that just wants to love and be loved. After the initial rejection of the whole wife lottery thing, she embraces it all and never thinks badly of Carter for essentially buying her. He talks out her feelings to Carter, and does her best to understand him and make him comfortable. Of course, that does not mean that she will stand for his silent act. If he does not tell her how he feels and what he wants, then how will she know? I truly believe that Bailee is the perfect person for Carter. She, in essence, brings him back to life.My only gripe in the whole book was that we never learn exactly what happened back East to get Bailee disowned and sent away by her father. Yes, it is mentioned that she killed a man, but we never learn the circumstances behind the killing. I would have liked a little backstory on something that was so important to Bailee's character.Other than that small detail, I absolutely loved this book, and it is now officially on my favorites shelf. Now I just need to track down the others in this series! (hide spoiler)]

  • Anna
    2019-06-02 19:04

    This book starts off good. Bailee, Sarah and Lacy are voted off a wagon trail headed West. They fight for their lives leaded by Sara - the sensible and the plainest one. They kill together a man, who is trying to kidnap and rape the youngest (Lacy). They confess their murder and the sheriff, not knowing what to do with them, decides to do a wife lottery. To Sarah's astonishment, 50 men apply.Carter McKoy, a man who almost never speaks wins Sarah. Her mother was deaf and when he was a child, thieves murdered his parents and Carter was alone with the bodies, for days. Parker never socializes, but he is gentle, caring, willing.So far, so good. But then instead of letting grow their relationship, Thomas adds subplots, turns and twists that include train robberies, deaf babies, and gypsies with unbelievable twists that spoiled the story for me.

  • Denise
    2019-06-05 00:03

    oh my gosh!! I loved this book! I loved Carter .. he was this quiet, sweet, virgin recluse who did not talk, had only one sorta friend and here he shows up at the wife lottery! There were lots of fun twists and turns in this book and it was wonderful watching him interact with Bailee. I just loved, loved, loved, loved Carter! He had a lot of terrible things happen to him throughout his life. He just breaks your heart. This is going to me on my re-read pile over and over again. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series as well as more books from Jodi Thomas.

  • WhatIReallyRead
    2019-05-16 20:01

    It was okay. Pretty good, actually. I liked the setting and the general story. Apparently, I'm into westerns? A little unexpected. But it's refreshing to read a historical romance with adventures and plot and stuff at stake. I'll almost definitely read more from the series. I didn't love the heroine, but still, it was a quick and pleasant enough read.

  • Naksed
    2019-05-25 21:07

    I don't really know what happened here. This book started out strong for me. It had all the elements that make me love historical, western romances. The whole mail-order bride, city girl vs. rugged cowboy, great, humorous writing that from time to time seamlessly transforms into poignant, hanky-worthy moments. The characterization of the male protagonist in particular, an almost child-like, silent, reclusive, damaged man with a haunting past connected me emotionally to the story. The heroine was less likable, very wishy-washy, too prone to handle the man who essentially saved her life with uncalled for roughness, push and pull, and suspicions. Her judgment of him, particularly at a crucial point in the plot, was so very hypocritical that it turned me off her completely. Having had a trauma in her past that she was unjustly misjudged for and made to pay for, she then jumped to the worst conclusions when similar slander was made against the hero by blatantly unscrupulous and untrustworthy characters.I think what wore me down in the end though was the unnecessarily convoluted plot. You have several mysterious murders in both protagonists' pasts, a current murder that turns out not to be a murder after all, three marriages of convenience, a great train robbery, an orphan urchin, an attempted kidnapping, a shoot-out, a family of nineteen gypsies, missing good coins, and... good grief. Sometimes less is better. I would have loved to see this story boil down to its basics, focusing on the uneasy post-marriage courtship of two individuals who are as different from each other as night is to day, and how they moved from an artificial, contrived relationship into a partnership with true commitment, friendship, and love. Cheryl St John did it beautifully in The Tenderfoot Bride. This was too much mediocre plot that unfortunately did not hold up a promising start.

  • Leona
    2019-06-01 18:08

    3.5 starsThis one started out so strong I thought it would end up a 5+ star read and on my most favorite book shelf. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to lose steam even though it was so action packed my head was spinning. Frankly, maybe that was the issue. As a reader, the author focused me more on the events than building the chemistry and relationship between the h/H. The connection for me just didn't happen. Looks like a fun series though, and I am motivated to seek out the other books.

  • Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
    2019-06-09 20:58

    I've been meaning to read this series for a long time, but never got around to it. I was looking through my list of westerns and this jumped out. I've been reading a bit of paranormal and wanted something quite different. I'm glad I did get around to this as it was very enjoyable. I kept wavering between four and five stars as at times I thought, oh, yes, this is so wonderful, then, I don't know, seemed to get a little silly for a few moments and I was a bit disappointed, so I ended up going with four stars.I loved the hero, Carter, he was very interesting. His parents were murdered and he was left in the house with them as they died when he was a very young boy and ended up pretty well bringing himself up. Because one of his parents was deaf and he pretty well doesn't talk at all, he was assumed to be some kind of dummy kid and he ended up back at his parents' home still as a kid living by himself for years and years. He decided to put his name in the hat for a wife on a whim when he happened to be in town and won Bailee, the heroine. The heroine was running from a past that included that she accidentally killed someone (this was never explained, strangely enough), and her father threw her out and she met up with two other women on a wagon train. She and the two other women were eventually thrown off the wagon train to go their own way, and that's where the book opens. Actually now I think about it, there were some questions I had about some stuff, including what happened to Bailee to have her father throw her out and a little more about Carter's past, which weren't explained. Maybe they will be answered in another book?Anyway, they come together in a marriage of convenience, and this is the story of how they come to love each other. Like I said, not a bad book, flashes of five star brilliance, tempered by a bit of ordinariness, but overall quite a good read. I think the hero and heroine together were a lovely combination. I adored the hero and one of the really good parts of this book is you get inside his head, which I think was essential otherwise he probably would have come off as dumb or so taciturn you would have trouble liking him. As it was, I found his thoughts really rather endearing and funny.I will go on to the next book in the series, it sounds pretty interesting too. I read a preview of it at the end of this book and it made me laugh out loud a few times, so I'm interested to continue it.

  • Ðawn
    2019-06-05 18:43

    3.5 starsA bit slow moving, but that didn't bother me because at this time I wanted a slow sweet read to get over the last book I read which practically traumatized me with a douchebag hero.I really like Carter who was traumatized as a boy witnessing the murder of his parents. The heroine I found a bit annoying at times with her innocense but otherwise I liked her.I felt the drama and conflict to be lacking. There was only one gripping part of the story where Carter was confronted by the deputy in his barn, but other then that, I felt the conflicts resolved too easily. There were alot of gaps in the story and unsaid details that should have been covered. Like for example, the story of the heroine's first murder. It's never really explained. We also never get to see what happens to the shady deputy. Too many lose end IMHO.This is a relatively clean read, which I didn't mind but it was bothersome that you don't get the loving until the very end.I think there could have been more to the build up of the romance. A few more fluttering hearts, light touches and glances would have been nice.I do like the creativity of the author in making the hero virtually mute for half the story but the idea, although creative, could have been used better.This book had some serious potential but on the whole fell a little flat.I will consider reading more from this author in the future, and would recommend it to anyone who likes a gentle sweet realtively clean read.

  • Diah Didi
    2019-06-03 21:57

    Oh, wow! This is my very first of Jodi Thomas, and all I can say is wow! The idea of wife lottery itself was already interesting. But I never guessed that male character, Carter McKoy, would be this surprising. Different than any other hero from those novels I've ever read. Really, if you're expecting an alpha-male hero, maybe you should stop reading this one. But having a beta-male hero was surprisingly comforting. I fell for Carter already from the simple letter he wrote, "Be my wife, all my life". I mean, oh wow, it meant more than any poetic letters. And his first words, "I like...I like it when you kissed me" , was truly right for he's been searching those first words he'd say to his wife. I couldn't stop smiling when he was so surprised for being kissed by Bailee on their first met, when Bailee kissed him on cheeks to said "have a good day, husband", and when Lacy thanked him for taking her note to Bailee. I know I'd do the same thing as Lacy did, hugging Carter. But I might do it for another reason, a sympathy for what happened to him when he was a little boy, for a little boy who had been so lonely. Poor little Carter. :'( There were so many sweet moments between Carter and Bailee I couldn't begin to choose. All I can say I looooove this book so much!

  • Fani *loves angst*
    2019-05-22 17:56

    2.5 starsExcellent beginning with a solitary hero who has lived alone all his life and barely speaks to anyone, but on a spur of the moment decision, decides to enter a wife lottery and ends up married. Loved silent Carter, but the number of subplots and guest stars in the second half turned it into soap opera. Pity, because if it stayed as quiet and lyrical as the first half, focused on the couple's relationship rather than hunting outlaws, gypsies and evil deputies, this could turn out the best of the trilogy.