The Cowgirl Ropes a Billionaire by Cora Seton #Review

Posted August 11, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
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The Cowgirl Ropes a Billionaire by Cora Seton #Review
The Cowgirl Ropes a Billionaire

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Series: #4 Cowboys of Chance Creek
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Released on December 20, 2013
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Author

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I read this one as part of The Red Hot Lovers Box Set which is a variety pack of romances by eighteen different authors. Cora Seton was a new to me author. I was eager for the fun setting of a reality show competition involving the billionaire and the country vet. If she wins, she gets enough money to keep her vet practice and animal shelter open, but if he wins, he gets the requisite bride to keep his family hi-tech invention and development business from going to his brother who will turn it into something else. It was a contest of wills and a class difference romance all rolled into one entertaining read.

The story is part of a series, Cowboys of Chance Creek, about characters from the same small town, but it can easily be read as a standalone.

The story opens with Bella Chatham realizing that she will soon lose her business and all the animals she has saved because she is putting out more money than taking in. Bella feels the pain of failure, loneliness and isolation that come from a huge mistake in her past that her whole family blames her for, and the uncertain future when all is gone. But then things take a twist toward the exciting when her receptionist and friend shares that she might have entered Bella in a TV show contest and well, the producer and staff are arriving that very day to begin. Bella will win four million dollars if she beats another contestant, a billionaire, at several challenges. However, if she loses, she must marry this stranger and stay married for a year. No pressure!

Evan Mortimer only has a month left as stipulated by his grandfather’s will to get married or forfeit the company to his brother. He has worked hard to build it up and takes pride in the innovations they produced to better the world and he won’t let it all go so his brother can turn it all in another direction. Evan has an absolute phobia about letting anyone get close to him so winning a wife is what he decides is his only viable options. How hard can it be to beat a hick who can’t even keep a country veterinary business going?

The sparks fly when Evan looks down his rich nose at Bella and Bella proves that there is at least one woman not interested in him for his money. They are forced into close contact and never allowed a moment’s privacy between competitions. Somewhere along the way, understanding begins as they learn more about each other and both realize that they might stand to lose a great deal even if they win, but their reasons for the win haven’t changed.

This one seems like a light, fun read of sizzling attraction and exciting competition on the surface. It wasn’t long before I realized that there was an unexpected depth to the story because of their heartbreaking pasts. Evan comes across as a real jerk from the beginning, but as his past is revealed and his real fears come out, it humanizes him. Being with Bella gentles his harsh edges, eases his jaded outlook, and makes him willing to open up for the possibility of a true relationship. Bella is a bleeding heart for animals and is awkward around people, but then when her past comes forward, it all makes sense. She also learns to soften her stance and realize that Evan might have reasons for being the way he is just as she does. She also learns to see the past in a different light when Evan prods her to see it from the eyes of an adult.

With all that, this story became a little something more and I was glad for it. Their equally compelling needs to win were a nice touch and kept me wondering how they could ever possibly get together. The competition served to bring them close in ways and broke down their inner barriers. They were quite the passionate pair and quite competent in finding a way to get around the constant cameras for a bit of nighttime sport in the sleeping bag.

So all in all, I found the story an engaging read and I would definitely read more from this author. The fun of the competition setting, the depth of the character’s development, and the romance were all strong positive factors that I think would appeal to Contemporary Romance fans who like opposites attract and a bit of spice.

Additional Note: Last I checked this one was free at Amazon along with the first book in the series, The Cowboy’s E-Mail Order Bride which seems to be permanently free.

Romance Roundabout #268 CR

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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The does seem like a light read…at first. As I kept reading your review I noticed that, goodness there is just SO MUCH MORE depth to these characters and their situations and the reason for the way they are just made MORE SENSE. I’m also liking the sound of it seeing as it is centered around a reality TV show. (Any drama at all in it?)

Sophia Rose
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LOL! It’s chalk full of drama. In fact, the producer really stirs things up constantly.

Braine TS
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Two strong and competetive personalities. I can only imagine the dialogue, must be very provocative at times. Verbal foreplay!

Sophia Rose
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Yep, they sure go at each other with some sizzle.

Mary Kirkland
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I really like those book packs and anthologies that have new to me authors so I can find new authors to read. Thanks for the great review.

Sophia Rose
Guest

That’s exactly what I am enjoying about this book set. I hadn’t read any of the authors before.

Sophia Rose
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That’s exactly what I am enjoying about this book set. I hadn’t read any of the authors before.

Lover Of Romance
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I believe I have this one already but have yet to read it, but I do want to try her out soon.

Sophia Rose
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It was fun. I snagged the first book after reading this one since they’re free.

kimbacaffeinate
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THis sounds like a light, fun read and I love these small-town series.

Sophia Rose
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It sure was. It was light and fun, but had some emotional depth, too. I definitely want to go back and read more about this small town romance series.

Lorna
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Free huh? I am going to have to pick this one up! Thank you 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Yep! Worth the gamble when its a freebie, Lorna!

Lola
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The reality show competition sounds like a fun plot to get these two together! Bella sounds like a great character, I like characters who love animals and she seems very dedicated to her animal business. It sounds well done how the unxpected depth due to their background is woven into the story. Great review!

I checked, but it isn’t free for me on amazon :(. I hate it when that happens, amazon is weird sometimes.

Sophia Rose
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Ah man! I wish each Amazon got the same deal chances, too. Check and see if book one is free for you b/c that one is also free.

The competition and the unexpected depth were real bits of enjoyment on this one. She is such an animal lover and it makes me wonder how they’ll get along in the HEA b/c it never mentions if he’s an animal guy.

Lola
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I checked and book one was free, yay!. But this one still isn’t. On the author page it shows up as free and then when I click to the book, the normal price shows up. It’s because I live in the Netherlands I think, for some reason some deals or free books aren’t free or discounted here, not sure why. I even use amazon.com but they still know I live here.

Sophia Rose
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I’ve run into that problem before even just to see a price on a different Amazon. Somehow they just know. 😉

Lola
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The reality show competition sounds like a fun plot to get these two together! Bella sounds like a great character, I like characters who love animals and she seems very dedicated to her animal business. It sounds well done how the unxpected depth due to their background is woven into the story. Great review!

I checked, but it isn’t free for me on amazon :(. I hate it when that happens, amazon is weird sometimes.