The Billionaire Cowboy Takes a Wife by Paige Cameron
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Length: Short Story (132 pgs)
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia
Samantha Riley's grandfather gives her an ultimatum: marry or lose her inheritance. Her solution? Propose to Jackson Stone, her neighbor and long-time friend. When she has second thoughts, Jackson won't let her cancel their agreement.
While in Houston to choose a ring, Samantha realizes she doesn't know this tantalizing Jackson, especially when a strong desire ignites between the two. In spite of the temptation, she is resolved their marriage will be a business union. Jackson doesn't agree. Strong willed and stubborn, she wants to be in control, but in him she's met her match.
Jackson makes quick arrangements for their wedding. Samantha is torn between her desire and her determination not to fall in love. When her closest friend helps Samantha realize her fears of commitment, Samantha faces the truth. She loves Jackson. But will their love be strong enough to keep them together when her fears return?
Samantha has only ever wanted to run, work, and live on her grandpa's ranch when he retired. She's a true country girl at heart and the ranch has been her safe haven since she was ten years old and her parents died. She never saw the day coming when her grandpa would give her the ultimate ultimatum. Marry or lose your inheritance. Samantha knew he was just stubborn enough to keep his word, so in her own haste to keep him from changing the will, she makes a sensible proposition to her best friend. A marriage of convenience (her working both ranches) without all of the “turmoil” (sex). It seemed like a good proposal at the time, but with the way Jackson's taken charge, now she's not so sure what she's gotten into.
Jackson knew the day would eventually come when he could return to his roots and start planing the rest of his semi-retired life. The person he wanted to spend that time with just happens to live on a neighboring ranch with as fierce a hunger for life on the range as his own. Imagine his surprise when Samantha storms into his office with the deal of a lifetime. It not only makes good business sense, but it helps that he's been in love with her for a long time. First he'll have take control of this situation and show her she made the right decision.
This story proves quite well how a person might think they know someone when really maybe they don't. Ten years later and Samantha is just realizing there is a whole different side to Jackson. He brings together the handsome ruggedness of a ranching cowboy and the sleek flare of an entrepreneur, but one completely eludes her. Samantha has a fierce stubborn streak and loves just as strongly, yet faces a personal demon she can't seem to shake.
Although the pacing of the story reads fast, the fluidity of the storyline felt lacking. The scene changes weren't always detailed and smoothly transitioned. However, it's still quite enjoyable with the character relationship development and the unfolding of a couple of underlying plotlines. It should also be noted how very attentive Jackson is as a lover and the erotic content is good quality. For readers who adore an erotic romance in a contemporary setting with a cowboy twist, I recommend reading this story.