In Colorado’s glorious big-sky country, everything is done with cowboy flair—even boot-stomping, hat-tipping cowboy weddings . . . 
  
As the middle Tyler brother, Gavin doesn’t always have much say in ranch decisions, but when it comes to his heart, he’s the only authority. He’s loved Louisa “Lou” Fairchild for longer than he can remember, even though they’ve never been more than friends. But with Lou stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place, Gavin is going to help the way any true friend would—with a proposal of a strictly business-like, in-name-only marriage . . . at least to start.  
 
Lou can’t believe her beloved grandmother has backed her up against the wall. The choice between finding a man to marry and letting her no-good father back into the family to run the ranch isn’t a choice at all! But when her sister counters with an even less savory idea, Lou knows what she must do—say yes to the only man she’s ever trusted. But somehow pretending to be in love with good-natured Gavin suddenly begins to feel alarmingly real—and she downright likes it.   
 
Can a sham marriage become the truest kind of love? 

Titles in the A Mile High Romance series include – Need You Now – Mess With Me – Want You More – A Nice Day For A Cowboy Wedding – The Trouble With Cowboy Weddings

Title:  The Trouble With Cowboy Weddings
Series:  A Mile High Romance #9
Author:  Nicole Helm
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  June 25, 2019
Publisher:  Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I will mention up front that I have not read the entire A Mile High Romance series (although I have purchased the first one to begin to catch up), and I was not the least bit lost with THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOY WEDDINGS.  Anything I really needed to know from the previous books was explained or mentioned within the narrative or dialogue so this felt like a book that “could” stand on its own if needed.

Louisa or “Lou” and Gavin have been friends since forever.  If Gavin might have had a definite interest in something more, well, he never mentioned it to Lou as he was content, for the most part, with having her friendship to count on.  But now that her Grandmother has thrown down a gauntlet that cannot be ignored this might be his chance to move them past the “just friends” stage to perhaps a marriage of convenience that hopefully will turn into more over their time together.

Both Gavin and Lou have issues to be dealt with along with the craziness of a pretend marriage starting to feel like falling in love to look forward to.  Lou has had a very difficult life, most of those issues being kept from everyone, but most recently being burned.  She trusts Gavin with most things but now that he’s willing to help her out she needs to begin trusting in her feelings for this man who has always been there for her.  Gavin wants many things out of life that he isn’t likely to get but the chance to have Lou as his wife, even if in name only, is simply impossible to pass up.  Unfortunately, those questions in his mind begin to pull him away from Lou.  And this couple is going to have to fight circumstances and maybe each other to find their happy ever after.

I enjoyed THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOY WEDDINGS very much.  There are definitely issues to be dealt with for both Lou and Gavin.  Yet the base of their friendship can get them through this – if they remember how important they are to each other outside of this falling in love thing.  If you love a really good Romance with cowboys, ranches and some real drama, possible danger, then you’ll enjoy this one.  I’ll be catching up with this series because now I want to know what came before since Lou and Gavin have been in the background for a while.

*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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