One Wedding, Two Brides (Fairy Tale Brides) by Heidi Betts
Jilted bride Monica Blair can’t believe it when she wakes up next to a blue-eyed, smooth-talking cowboy in the middle of nowhere and with a ring on her finger. It had sounded like a great plan at the time. Get married, get revenge, and get her money back. So why is she cleaning out stables and trying to keep her hands off the hot cowboy helping her? Ryder Nash would have bet his best Stetson that you’d never see him walk down the aisle. But when the city girl with pink-streaked hair and a frog tattoo hatches a plan to expose the conman who married his sister, no idea is too crazy. And even though Monica might be the worst rancher’s wife he’s ever seen, he can’t stop thinking about the wedding night they never had. What was supposed to be a temporary marriage for revenge is starting to feel a little too real…
I had to chuckle at the opening of the One Wedding, Two Brides by Heidi Betts.
“Before you get serious about a cowboy, make sure he values you more than his truck”……
Monica is going to be a bride, but before her big day arrives, her groom marries someone else !
So after getting dressed in her wedding dress and downing a bottle of champagne, Monica goes to confront her wayward groom and his new “floozy” bride (her words that are drunkenly thrown at the couple)
Monica is then “escorted” out of the reception over the shoulder of a tuxedo wearing cowboy (the things Monica thinks she sees because she’s drunk are funny)
The “cowboy” explains to her that’s he’s the brother of the bride (but I don’t think she’s really listening) because she comes up with what she thinks is a great idea …..
She’s going to make Matt the Rat (her words for the wayward groom) jealous by being the perfect wife, and he will regret throwing Monica away !!!! And her new groom …. yes you guessed it …. the brides brother.
Ryder is a confirmed bachelor, his ex girlfriend threw that comment at him at his sisters wedding. And he has to admit, that’s she was probably right, he wasn’t ready to settle down, he had a rundown ranch to turn around and a new venture to get off the ground (equine assisted therapy)
And when Monica offers to pay him to be her groom, the offer is tempting, but he can’t take advantage of her offer, but then Monica makes him a business deal, he looks at it, that it might just work, but can he really live with a woman full time ? And will he be able to keep to the “business only” deal ?
Monica wakes up the following morning with a hangover and a ring on her finger …. Her reaction is priceless ( I had to stop reading on the bus as I was laughing too much). And after Ryder explains what they did in Vegas last night, he leaves his bride to wander around his/their home, whilst he goes out to work on the ranch.
The story is a little predictable, but it’s the getting there that was the fun part, very humorous, well written and thought out. Do Monica and Ryder make it a “proper” marriage ? Does “Matt the Rat” realise his mistake and beg Monica to take him back ?