Monday, July 9, 2012

Early Review of The Cowboy and the Princess (Jubilee, Texas Series #2) by Lori Wilde

  • Title: The Cowboy and the Princess
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Format: Paperback, 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (July 31, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0062047779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062047779
  • Author's Website:
  • Notes: I obtained the eARC (ebook Advanced Reader Copy) from Avon.

Once upon a time there was a princess who was tired of doing what she was told and having her life dictated to her. She would be getting married within a year to someone chosen for her, and she wanted some time to devote to herself before permanently giving up her freedom for the good of her country. So with the help of a good friend, Princess Annabella of Monesta ran away in hopes she'd have a grand adventure before returning to the royal reality that was her life. What she never could have imagined, however, was finding her Prince Charming in a little place called Jubilee.

Brady Talmadge was a horse whisperer who had no thoughts of settling down and planting roots. He was happy living out of his trailer going from job to job helping horses heal. But that was before he met the likes of Annie. What he never could have imagined, however, was her hitching her way into his life and later into his heart.

This was a lighthearted read that was fun and sweet. Annie was as you'd expect her to be after living a sheltered life--quite naive. I loved how she was so excited about being out on her own and experiencing life on her terms. She really had no idea just how vulnerable a woman traveling alone could be. I kept wondering what kind of friend Anne had to not help her devise a better plan than hitchhiking for a ride in a rainstorm. Luckily, Brady realized the danger and decided to break some of the well warranted rules he'd established over 29 years. A code, if you will, he set up and lived by to avoid complications and protect himself.

Brady is another fun character. He doesn't see himself as the type to be in a long lasting relationship, and I feel that has something to do with his never being in a long lasting working relationship of any kind. He's got a great friend base, but has a knack for getting involved with the wrong women. Case in point: Princess Annabella, a woman engaged to a Prince. Luckily for him, in this case, the wrong one turned out to be the right one in the end. And when the right one comes along, not even the most devout of bachelors stands a chance.

The link of this book to The Cowboy Takes a Bride, the first book in the Jubilee Texas series, is Dutch Callahan. He'd given Brady a place to stay and a job fourteen years prior when Brady had runaway from home at age 15 and changed his life. In The Cowboy Takes a Bride, Dutch had just died. He had been a poor father to his daughter, Mariah, but was well thought of in Jubilee, Texas. I'm enjoying seeing the other side of Dutch that made him so beloved by the residents of Jubilee. It'll be interesting to see if Dutch is truly the tie that binds all the books in this series together because I think this would be a brilliant way to link the series together.

Ms. Wilde truly does have a beautiful writing style. I loved how she linked both Brady and Annie together at first sight by stating, "Their gazes meshed, their futures strangely entwined." Overall, I gave this one 3 1/2 of of 5 roses. It was a fun and entertaining read that made me smile. I feel this book would probably make for a great beach or poolside read. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, I gave this one a FAN rating - the temperature in the room seems to have suddenly gone up a couple of degrees and a fan would be nice.

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