"The Cowboy Takes a Bride" is a new and quirky title from one of our favorite romantic authors Lori Wilde and it appears that this is book one in a new series. Mariah, who is a bit down on her luck after losing her job as an assistant wedding planner in Chicago has just been offered a lifeline of sorts, when her estranged father dies and he leaves her his ranch. Her father hadn't spoken to her since he left her mother and herself years ago, so finding out he is dead, while a shock, isn't that big of an emotional deal. On the other hand, is it? So now Mariah is back in Jubilees Texas on this so-called ranch and she is trying her hardest to remain unaffected by the yummy cowboy she has found naked in what she thinks is her ranches horse trough her very first day there. Now sparks are flying when mostly naked cowboy, Joe Daniel's can't keep his eyes to himself and it gets harder and harder for him to keep on remembering his deceased wife and that he will never fall in love again. And he most certainly will NOT fall for a citified woman like Mariah! This novel is a sweet, gentle, fun, blending of a story of woman who wants to stay citified but was born country. It is about the big, chivalrous, yummy, cowboy that finally breaks down her defenses. This story is a fine blending of action, drama, love, understanding and acceptance. It will be a soothing, fast thought provoking altogether very pleasant read for a rainy Sunday afternoon. If you love cowboys, horses, and all things western, then this may be the new series you've been looking for!