The Cowboy Lassos a Bride by Cora Seton
Series: The Cowboys of Chance Creek #6
Genres: Cowboys/Western Romance
Jake Matheson loves everything about ranching the Double-Bar-K, except for his father’s controlling nature. It’s bad enough the old man won’t step down and let him run things his own way. Now Holt has demanded that Jake find a wife—in the next thirty days. Jake knows just the woman he wants–Hannah Ashton–but they haven’t even gone on a date, let alone been together long enough for him to propose. He’ll have to work fast to secure her hand in marriage before his time is up.
Hannah Ashton loves the fifteen hundred pound bison she rescued from being the object of a trophy hunt. She’s grateful for Gladys’s temporary home on the Double Bar K—and for the chance it gives her to see Jake on a daily basis. But now Holt Matheson is threatening to kick Gladys off the ranch—or eat her!—unless Hannah spends fourteen consecutive nights with Jake. What they get up to together is their business, but if Hannah misses a night, it’s bye-bye bison.
Jake can’t believe Hannah has agreed to move into his cabin, but now his brother Ned is stirring up trouble, trying to break them up before he can propose. Hannah’s beginning to think it’ll be hard to leave the ranch when her fourteen nights are over—even if she’s heading to veterinary school. She’s falling for Jake–hard–but Jake wants a traditional wife, not a career woman.
Will a pregnancy scare unite Jake and Hannah in a common goal? Or will it drive them apart for good?
Jake Matheson is Rob’s brother and I must tell you that I didn’t like him before. Actually I didn’t like any of Rob’s brothers prior to reading their own stories which really shows them to be more than they are. Jake is trying to run the Double-Bar-K but is father,Holt, anything but supportive of his sons. he doesn’t think that Jake can do what it takes to manage the ranch and even though he has retired he still has his hand in everything.Rob has gotten married so it is time to get a wife. Jake wants Hannah Ashton and that they haven’t had a single date doesn’t bother him at all.
Holt squared off against Jake in the loft, his face like thunder. “You think you’re so smart? I’m sick of your guff and I’m tired of your inability to follow orders.”
“I’m tired of you giving me them!”
“Are you saying you’re ready to leave?”
“I’m not sure I want you to stay.”
“Don’t Dad me.” Holt put his hands on his hips and shook his head. “I’ve had it. It’s time for you to grow up.”
“I am grown up.”
“Prove it. You turn thirty-four one month from today. I’m going to give you one last chance—get married before your birthday or get out.”
“What?” Jake cocked his hat back. His father had to be joking.
Hannah has this fifteen hundred pound bison named Gladys that she recently rescued (stole) and who helped save Hannah and a few friends. She is keeping her at the Double-Bar-K until Holt tells her he is going to eat Gladys. Poor Hannah is so distraught but Holt is being reasonable (in his opinion not mine) by allowing Gladys to stay as long as Hannah spends fourteen consecutive nights with Jake. This is one of the few times when I think Holt might (big might) be better than he likes people to think he is.
“Then I guess I’ll get my pasture back sooner than I thought. And I’ll have to find some other woman to get my son’s mind on marriage.”
“Damn it, Holt—that’s not fair.”
“Which part isn’t? The part where I eat your bison or the part where another woman sleeps with my son?”
Of course that works and they end up staying together and making love except there is a little issue with a broken condom and Jake not speaking up about it. Which sends Hannah off the deep end, although I think girl should have turned her crazy on his family. Just saying! This book was a good read and while Jake’s family leaves so much to be desired I liked that they are screwed up. It makes my family seem normal which they aren’t by a long shot!