I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.How to Marry a Cowboy by Carolyn Brown
Series: Cowboys & Brides #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 1 July 2014
When rancher Mason Harper and his twin girls discover a woman on their porch wearing a wedding dress and claiming to have lost her memory, it seems to good to be true. The girls want a new mother and he needs a nanny that can put up with their rambunctious behaviour. Annie Rose Boudreaux accepts his job offer as it will keep her under her violent ex’s radar.
Annie Rose had already changed her name and fled cities to avoid her ex but when she thinks he tracked her down, she ran without bothering to take off the wedding dress she was modelling. A car crash led her to Mason’s door and two nine-year olds. Annie Rose has the girls under control fairly quickly as she relies on truisms from her own mother on parenting and life. Annie Rose’s decision to isolate herself on the ranch with Mason and the twins seemed at odds with her personality and skill set as a nurse and librarian. I wish she had something that brought her joy outside of this small family.
Mason’s wife died fairly suddenly and he was thrust into single parenthood. He’s pretty protective of the kids even though one has a potty mouth and they have managed to run off a large number of nannies. He may have had relationships with other women but it wasn’t until he met Annie Rose that he began to feel guilty for wanting to move on. His internal thoughts got a little repetitive and I would have liked a little more depth.
The biggest problem was that the twins were so lively that they made all the adults seem a little bland in comparison. The little books they wrote for Annie Rose and their attempts at spiffing up the animals were just so cute even if the latter got them in a whole heap of trouble. I did think the Mama-Nanny thing was a bit over-the-top though.
Brown’s skill is taking the ordinary things in life and making them seem special. The violent ex plot line peterd out quickly and instead we had the girls learning to enjoy chores, Mason coming to terms with his late wife’s death and Annie Rose finding her feet. There wasn’t any great tension between the two leads or massive issues they had to resolve so the payoff at the end was a little less sweet than it could have been. It is a personal preference but I like my hero and heroine to work for their HEA rather than having it fall into their laps.
A solid entry in the series by Brown. Best enjoyed on a lazy afternoon when you want something feel good and light.