Bella Whitmore is the heir to the Whitmore Shipping fortune. Refusing to be pigeon-holed into the socialite box, Bella has worked her entire life to show her father that she can be the son he never had and take over the Whitmore Shipping Empire. So when she wakes up, on a ranch in Montana, missing the memories of the last month of her life, you’d think that would be the worst case scenario. And it is…until she realizes the devil she’d worked so hard to avoid for the last year is now her husband. 

Sawyer Cooper knows he’s a devil. Handsome, charismatic, and with an eye for feeding people’s vices, Sawyer’s reinvented himself as a shark in the business world, but very few realize that he’s actually a Cooper of the Country Coop fortune. But rather than resting on the laurels (and red-neck reputation) of Country Coop, Sawyer wants to show the world exactly how important farming can be. To do this, he needs Bella Whitmore’s help. Every bit as beautiful as her name suggests, and smarter than everyone else in the room, Sawyer knows that she could make his dreams come true, both inside and outside of the bedroom. And after a year of pursuing her, she’s finally said yes — to everything. 

But after a horseback riding accident, Bella’s brain has reset back to the beginning, and Sawyer was never good at starting a game over. Especially not after he’d already won. Now, Sawyer needs to figure out how to woo her for a second time. Because this time around it’s not just his professional pride on the line: it’s his heart. 

Titles in the Brothers of the Cooper Ranch series include — The Cowboy’s Forgetful Bride – The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby –

Title:  The Cowboy’s Forgetful Bride
Series:  Brothers of Cooper Ranch #1
Author:  Leslie North
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  January 3, 2019
Publisher:  Relay Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

“The Cowboy’s Forgetful Bride” is the first story in Leslie North’s Brothers of Cooper Ranch series.  It’s a fast-paced, short read that will definitely engage your emotions and provides some truly entertaining bantering between Bella and Sawyer.

It’s hard to imagine waking up one day with no memory of the past month.  I try to put myself in a character’s situation to understand them better… and I simply cannot imagine the panic, the fear, the confusion of not knowing vital bits of information.  How can you trust anything you’re told when you have no personal knowledge to either back it up as truth or ferret it out as a bald-faced lie?  In reality, you cannot do either, only going by gut instinct and comparing what you do know about yourself would be the only things that made sense in that situation.  It’s an intriguing premise, and given the history that Bella and Sawyer had, what they’re each looking for out of this surprise marriage… and then you start to fall into the “do I trust what I feel or what I’m told” thoughts.

I liked Sawyer and Bella so much.  Despised her father, what a piece of work that guy is.  Watching Sawyer work to win Bella’s affections a second time, but with a different goal in mind, was an emotional roller coaster ride.  He may not have always been a golden boy with a perfect record, but he’s a good guy, one who stands up for Bella whenever needed and lets her do her own standing alone when she needs to.  He’s not afraid of her strength, only of losing her.  Bella is a strong woman who has been thrown for a loop.  Everything she thought would be her future suddenly isn’t, and in reality, that’s not such a bad thing.  At times, watching Bella’s recovery of her memories is frustrating, emotional and tender.  Her world has been tipped and she’s fighting for not only her proper place in it but dealing with how she feels about Sawyer… and not wanting to lose him.

I enjoyed “The Cowboy’s Forgetful Bride”.  The ending, while not exactly what I expected, worked perfectly for this couple.  I’m definitely looking forward to catching up with them throughout the series.

*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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