Claim Me Cowboy
Joshua Grayson has a plan. His father placed an advertisement in the paper to get him a bride, but Joshua has a better idea – and placed a counter one. If he can get a woman to apply who is the antithesis of who his father would want, his father will have to back off of this wife-kids-happily-ever-after malarkey, right? Thank goodness Danielle Kelley applies to Joshua’s ad and shows up with a baby in tow. Now all they have to do is convince the Graysons that they’re really in love… without falling in love themselves.
Of course, you know how the rest of this goes. There’s a secret around who the baby’s father is that stressed me out a bit (I hate waiting for the other shoe to drop when I know it’s coming), and because of the length of the novel, I’m not totally sold on Joshua’s transformation from sworn bachelor to lovesick husband, but this is a Maisey Yates book. Few write ranches/cowboys better than she does, and so even a mediocre book she’s penned is worth the time of a fan.
Bonus is that the Grayson clan is in their glory here and you get to check in with past Copper Ridge stars while waiting for Joshua to wise up and Danielle to trust people a little. There’s a vast socioeconomic difference between the two of them, and if this book was just a touch longer I would have liked to have seen Ms. Yates let that tension breathe a little more.
Overall, though, Claim Me Cowboy is a solid read. If you’re looking for a quick marriage of convenience story, this is a good one to add to your collection.