Let’s head into summer with a sexy bull rider who finds himself head over heals for the new woman in his life 😉
Cupid, Texas series
by Lori Wilde
Genre Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date May 21, 2019
New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde’s series set in Cupid, TX continues as one free-wheeling cowboy discovers he has a child—and a chance at real love with the last woman he expected.
What would it take to tame a wild cowboy?
One minute, Rhett Lockhart is a love ‘em and leave ‘em bull rider with a slow, sexy smile, a swagger, and not a care in the world. The next, he learns his free-wheeling days are over: a baby has been abandoned in the hospital, and there’s no question: he’s the father. But from the first moment he gazes into his daughter’s eyes, he knows the moment has come to say ‘no’ to no-strings. It’s time to grow up.
Standing in his way is the baby’s foster mother, Tara Alzate, who doesn’t quite believe Rhett is ready to change his ways. Still, she’s not not immune to his considerable charms. So when he proposes a marriage of convenience and shared custody, against her better judgement, she says “I do.” Can Tara tame this wild cowboy and make her own, long-buried dreams come true?
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“Rhett, you may now kiss your bride.” Here it was. The moment Tara had been dreading since she’d cooked up this farcical idea. She’d made him promise to dole out nothing by a mere hint of a kiss, the barest brushing, the smallest increment of lip touching that they could get away with. He’d promised. She trusted him. He leaned in. She braced herself, locking her knees. Hang on. It’ll be over in an instant. His head dipped. She tipped her chin up. Rhett’s mouth came down on hers and for a second, he was playing by the rules and she sighed with relief, and thought, wow, this is nice . . .But the thought was premature. Her lips parted involuntarily, and she closed her eyes and sank against him. Well and completely lost.
Overall, while I really enjoyed the story, the first half was more appealing to me than the beginning of the second half. I really felt Tara’s love for Julie and how much it hurt her to think that she might lose custody. And seeing Rhett fall in love with his little girl was just the absolute sweetest. Their stress over the situation and Julie’s future just jumped off the page.
Then they decided to get married, which quickly went from one of convenience to something more. I think as a couple they definitely worked. Both characters had their flaws but they also had positives and were able to blend together quite well – Rhett’s happy-go-lucky attitude was a good complement to Tara’s more serious side. But I just wish we’d had a chance to see them grow into their feelings more. I think it relied too much on their history together (which they hadn’t had much in their adult years) and not enough on their current dealings with each other.
Once I accepted it though I really enjoyed where Wilde took the story. There was a lot of self-examination going on in the last bits of the book, by both Tara and Rhett, and it worked so well in giving them a HEA ending. Taken as a whole, To Tame a Wild Cowboy delivered an emotional journey that will leave readers with all the warm fuzzies they could want.
(Although it is part of a series, I feel like it can easily stand on its own.)
A fifth generation Texan, LORI WILDE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 82 works of fiction. She’s a three-time nominee of the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award and has won numerous other awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University, and a certificate in forensics.
She is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor, and runs a yoga/creativity retreat for artists at Epiphany Orchards in Weatherford, Texas, the Cutting Horse Capital of the World.
To celebrate the release of TO TAME A WILD COWBOY by Lori Wilde, we’re giving away a paperback set of Love With a Perfect Cowboy & Million Dollar Cowboy by Lori Wilde to one lucky winner!
GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback set of Love With a Perfect Cowboy & Million Dollar Cowboy by Lori Wilde. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Books. Giveaway ends 6/4/2019 @ 11:59pm EST.
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