When professional rodeo cowboy Beck Ballantyne returns home to Marietta, Montana, nothing goes as planned. His granddad, flanked by his three determined daughters, announces his plan to sell his legacy ranch after the rodeo. Hoping he’ll reconsider, Beck and his two cousins launch the Rodeo Bride Game. Beck initially has the advantage as he has a long-time girlfriend—except she’s just called it quits.
Ashni Singh has loved Beck since high school, but she’s done living out of a suitcase on the rodeo tour. She’s ready to put down roots and build her own career. Learning she’s unexpectedly expecting makes her even more determined to make a new life. So when Beck dutifully proposes, she does what any self-respecting, career-oriented, educated woman at the end of her patience would do. She says no.
The Rodeo Bride Game may have started as a fun challenge, but Beck has never been more serious about winning Ash’s heart and her hand.
Titles in the Montana Rodeo Brides series include — The Cowboy Says I Do – The Cowboy’s Challenge – Breaking the Cowboy’s Rules –
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Title: The Cowboy Says I Do
Series: Montana Rodeo Brides #1
Author: Sinclair Jayne
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: August 5, 2021
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
I love the chance to return to one of my favorite fictional towns, Marietta, Montana, with a brand new series, new characters to meet, and old friends to run into once again. This time around we’re beginning the Montana Rodeo Brides series with The Cowboy Says I Do – and it is an emotional journey for Beck and Ash on so many levels.
This couple has been together for more than a decade, in love but only one is ready to settle down in one place and start a different life than living on the rodeo circuit. Unfortunately, Beck isn’t ready to leave the rodeo and is quite content with how things are and have been with his love, Ash. Outside circumstances are going to change their world as Beck’s grandfather decides to sell the ranch and move closer to his daughters. Beck and his two cousins aren’t ready for the ranch to go to anyone outside of the family so they’ve come up with a ‘bride challenge’ and these three men have a lot to learn about a woman’s mind… just sayin’.
My heart broke for Ash. She loves Beck, there is never any doubt about that, but she also wants a different life than what he chasing right now. It may have almost destroyed her but she’s broken up with the man she loves in the hopes of finding what she’s searching for and he cannot or will not provide. And Beck, well, one clueless cowboy is all I’m going to say. I liked Beck, don’t get me wrong, but he has some growing up and an attitude adjustment in his near future if he wants to save this relationship with the woman he’ll always love at his side. Add to the emotional mix, Ash is pregnant and Beck’s marriage proposal to do “the right thing” just isn’t enough for her now. She wants and deserves it all – and unless or until Beck can freely change his mind about the ranch, the rodeo life, or their relationship she’s starting a new life without him.
I enjoyed The Cowboy Says I Do, I always have a good time in this author’s various worlds. If you love to get lost in a story that feels as real as your neighbors down the street, or if watching a stubborn cowboy finally understand what the intricacies of love really involves, then this is a series you’ll want to get started on. Plus, Marietta, Montana. For those of us who adore anything, any story set here this one is a treat. How this small Montana town has grown over the years, and I’m loving every addition to the town’s legend.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher. 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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