- Title: The Cowboy’s Princess Wife
- Author: Mysty McPartland
- Series: N/A
- Genre(s): Historical
- Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing, January 2012
- Source: Amazon, $4.99
- Trope(s): Virgins, Alpha Males, Cowboys, Mystery Marriage, I Hate You Except When We Kiss
- Quick blurb: Scottish Princess shows up on doorstep of Cowboy Earl claiming proxy marriage.
- Quick review: I can’t decide which was worse – the bad history or the bad editing.
- Grade: F
In the interests of fairness, and to prove that I’m an Equal Opportunity Crank, I decided to try out another title from the publishing house that signed Sable “Hell Yeah!” Hunter.
I chose The Cowboy’s Princess Wife because of the bodice-ripping title, the author’s stripper-rific first name and the blurb:
Even though she made a promise to her dying grandfather, Carlin only intends to deliver the letter to the Earl and leave. When he refuses to let her go she takes time to contemplate the situation and being attracted to him decides to give their marriage a chance. Her husband was so annoying at times she re-thinks her situation and once again makes plans to leave.
Surprised at finding two beautiful women in his parlor Haydon cannot deny the overwhelming attraction he feels towards one of them. He is shocked senseless when he finds out his father has married him to the woman he desires. Bound by duty and honor he can never let her go. However, it doesn’t take him long to become irritated with her and all the crap she fill his house with. What makes him furious though was all the deception.
Can Haydon keep his princess wife safe? Can their love for one another over come all the obstacles?
Verb tense disagreement, missing commas and a house full of crap in the blurb? Wheee, let’s get started!
But before we get carried away….
Let’s take a look at the dedication page:
Reason #1 Why Secret Cravings Publishing Is Collectively Smoking Crack
The opening scene….
With her heart beating wildly in her chest, her stomach twisted in a knot of nervous tension, Carlin thought she just might be sick.
Oooh, barfing in the first sentence! But if this is a historical, shouldn’t she be casting up her accounts?
Her eyes wide open, she kept sweeping the area with fearful apprehension. Dear Lord, what had her sweet grandfather forced her into she silently asked?
All righty. So that’s the way it’s going to be. Thanks for the early warning.
Lord, she didn’t want to do this, did not want to be here, well she couldn’t do anything about it now since she already arrived, she despondently told herself.
I’m silently telling myself despondently that I don’t really want to read this but I paid $5 for it because I’m trying to prove a point so I’m damn well going to finish it.
“Och, Carlin, it dinna look too bad.” Layla tried to reassure her cousin….
Fake Scottish brogue and historically improbable character names. The WTF list is growing and we’re only on the fourth paragraph.
She definitely could feel herself becoming annoyed.
Well, we wouldn’t want her to waffle about it, so it’s a good thing she’s definitely definite.