Joe Daniels lost his wife and now his best friend in a matter of two years. Still grieving Joe is trying to get his life together and then Dutch’s daughter, Mariah, shows up. Being an ex bull rider Joe is strong but Mariah will have him falling to his knees.
Mariah Callahan is now unemployed and found out that her father who she was estranged from passed away. Soon afterwards she will find herself saddled with a ranch her father owned. She will find life to be very different in Texas and more challenging especially with her next door neighbor.
The Cowboy Takes a Bride is the first book to Lori Wilde’s series Jubilee, Texas. I liked the book. It was a very fast paced story for where I just kept flipping the pages. Its funny because I haven’t read anything from Wilde in several years but from this book I can tell she is a good writer. She creates her characters to have some spunk and created like real people. The heartache over a lost one is very real and touching. I guess I will have to revisit some of these authors I have neglected. Its difficult when you are reading and finding new authors all the time.
I thought that Mariah’s character was well written as she was a woman who needed a new beginning, she just didn’t know where that was going to be. She goes toe to toe when she needs to be but there is still that element of damsel in distress she has. Now as a cowboy Joe is up for helping her but getting too close was not in the picture as he was still mourning his wife. Of course they will clash but come together to find that they both have a chance at happiness.
What I noticed in the book was that Wilde racks up the guilt that these characters are feeling but I feel that was done well as it is only human to feel that way. She is giving the characters realistic feelings that are going to pop up when a tragedy happens or you are trying to move on.
On a side note there was a character Ila who was Joe’s sister in law and I swear she was acting a little too devious for me. Like she was planning something to happen to get Mariah out of the running. Well as you see how my mind works thanks to suspense novels and movies, she wasn’t a bad guy just a heartbroken woman who wanted her own happy ending. Don’t worry she gets it right with another man in this book.
Now instead of waiting several more years I have another Lori Wilde book to read next which is the third book of this series Jubilee, Texas.