After finding herself a widow at the age of twenty-six, Josie Johnson moves back home to Two-Time, Texas and takes over the town’s only newspaper, the Gazette. Everything works as planned until the very charming, very handsome Brandon Wade moves to town to start his own newspaper. At first, Josie welcomes the competition but soon learns that readers prefer Wade’s bold hyperbole to her more serious type of journalism.
Brandon never meant to put the pretty publisher out of business and suggest a solution. Nothing sells newspapers like a good juicy scandal, but lacking that, the next best thing is a good old-fashioned print war between two battling editors. Brandon even writes up an article disparaging himself and his paper to demonstrate. Josie refuses to stoop to such tactics. She’ll gain her readers back on her own terms—or not at all! But when her paper accidentally publishers Wade’s article, the print wars are on.
The rivalry between Josie and Brandon meets with immediate success and both newspapers fly off the racks. Editorial warfare is the talk of the town and readers can’t seem to get enough. But while the ink wars rage on, Josie and Brandon soon find themselves fighting yet another battle—a mutual attraction that could put everything they worked for at risk.
Titles in the Two-Times Texas series include – Left at the Altar – A Match Made in Texas – How the West was Wed
Title: How The West Was Wed
Series: Two-Time Texas #3
Author: Margaret Brownley
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Published: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Ten Talents Press
My Rating: 4 stars
Although How The West Was Wed is the third title in the Two-Time Texas series, I had no trouble picking up the series at this point. In fact, I’m now going to grab the two earlier books for my curiosity is spiked for those other stories.
What you really need to know before picking up this book can be found in the cover description. Yet that doesn’t really show you the banter you’re about to encounter, or how two unlikely people in an unusual predicament can find a way for each to “win” in the end. Brandon doesn’t want Josie’s newspaper to fold, yet he also wants his newspaper to be a success – so a bit of a word war begins with often laugh out loud results, slow-burning romance, and characters who come alive on the page. I liked both Brandon and Josie, for different reasons, yet they worked so well together… eventually.
I enjoyed How The West Was Wed, I always know I’m in for a good story with any of this author’s works. If you love a good Western Historical Romance then this story and series should be on your reading radar. I had fun, and that’s the whole point.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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