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One Hot Cowboy Wedding by Carolyn Brown
Series: Spikes & Spurs #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 11, 2023 (original April 1, 2012)
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A marriage made in Vegas...
Hunky cowboy Ace Riley wasn't planning on settling down, but his family had other plans for him...The only way to save his hide, and his playboy lifestyle, is to discreetly marry his best friend, Jasmine King.
Can't possibily last...
Fiesty city girl Jasmine was just helping out her friend - that is, until their first kiss stirs up a whole mess of trouble, and suddenly discretion is thrown to the wind.
One hot cowboy, one riled up woman... And they'll be married for a year, like it or not!
Best friends to lovers and Vegas pretend marriage together in a down home cowboy romance is a potent combo which this dear reader found irresistible. An auto-buy author’s older edition gets a re-furbishing from the publisher and reminded me I still hadn’t finished pursuing all the books in this sassy fun cowboy romance series.
One Hot Cowboy Wedding is the fourth in the Spikes and Spurs series of loosely connected standalone romances. The previous romance pairs do have recurring secondary roles and ongoing plot threads so I would recommend getting this series in order if possible.
Jasmine’s best friend is flirty and hot bull-riding and ranch owning Ace Riley. They’ve been friends since she bought the local small town diner and began cooking to her heart’s desire after shucking the dreary city accounting firm job. Ace is in a jam. His grandfather put a clause in his will that Ace never noticed when he inherited the ranch. Now, if he doesn’t have himself hitched with a wife in a week, he’ll not only loose the ranch to his ratfink cousin, but he’ll lose all the capital-improvements he sunk into it. Jazzy can’t let that happen so she and Ace decide to do a secret, temporary marriage that will end in a year. The secret part would keep their lives going along business as usual since neither want anything to do with a long-term hitch up.
But, that scorching hot kiss Ace laid on Jazzy outside the wedding chapel in Vegas and, well, the whole wedding gets air time on National TV and the great state of Texas felt something like an F-5 tornado rumble through when their families and friends got a good look at the TV set.
I had a good time with this light and easy cowboy romance. This pair were goners as soon as they locked lips after spending almost two years quietly getting to know each other and liking the person they saw. Forced to smile and pretend before others and forced to share close proximity was all it took to have them secretly longing that the other was not so opposed to making it permanent. They really just needed to own up in a serious conversation, but I did like the way the author slowly brought them along to full realization between the fun times with friends and the antics of their sets of parents. Jazzy’s mama was in full bridezilla mode and it was something to behold.
I loved how their relationship happened while living and working in their small town and the daily happenings surrounded by other down to earth types. It was sexy and country charming. Light and flirty, but laced with deeper connection. I relaxed and felt uplifted while being entertained and swooning over their romance. Cowboy Romance fans need to tag this one for the reading pile.
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