Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Cowgirl Ropes a Billionaire by Cora Seton - Review/Giveaway

by Cora Seton

Bella Chatham will lose everything – her veterinary practice, her animal shelter, and even her home – if she can’t find another source of income, fast. So when her best friend signs her up for the hot new reality television show, Can You Beat a Billionaire, Bella accepts the challenge and hopes against hope she can win the ten million dollar prize. If she doesn’t, it’s bye-bye pet clinic and shelter, bye-bye Chance Creek, Montana, and hello to marriage to the billionaire for a year!

Evan Mortimer, billionaire, can’t believe he’s reduced to competing in a television contest to win a wife. Unfortunately, it’s the only foolproof way to secure his position as head of Mortimer Innovations. At least he’ll be able to dump his “spouse” at the end of the year. He has no intention of getting hitched for life.

Bella doesn’t expect her adversary to be handsome – or funny, or compassionate – but Evan’s all three, and he’s proving a tough competitor, too. When they end up sharing a tent – and a sleeping-bag – her body betrays her with a longing so deep it cuts her to the core. Still, this cowgirl must stay strong. If Evan uncovers her secret fears, he’ll use them to win the contest – and then he’ll own her for a year. She’ll be out of luck, out of cash, and stuck being Mrs. Mortimer until he kicks her to the curb. Too bad she can’t decide which is worse – winning the show and losing Evan forever, or losing the show and only being his temporary wife.

Evan can’t believe he’s falling for the one woman who doesn’t want him. This cowgirl’s not impressed by his money, his name, or his inability to sleep in a tent with her for an entire night, but every look and touch she gives him sends his desire through the roof. With a director determined to use his claustrophobia to make him look like a fool, and an adversary so sexy he can hardly see straight, he’ll need all his savvy to come out on top. Too bad he’s going to lose no matter how this show turns out. If he beats Bella, he’ll destroy the first woman he’s ever loved. If he doesn’t beat her, it’s bye-bye Mortimer Innovations.

Will either of them remember in time that it’s not who wins or who loses – it’s how they play the game that really counts?

What an interesting concept, the idea of a game show and falling in love in the middle of all these cameras and the wilderness. I really loved both Bella and Evan, they’re both great characters and I loved watching them fall for each other. I also enjoyed watching the way they changed a bit to suit each other.

I’ve come to enjoy Chance Creek and Ms. Sutton’s stories, she writes three dimensional characters that are easily people I want to get to know. I really enjoyed the ending of the game show, mostly because it shows that when love is involved, it’s easy to sacrifice for the ones you love.

I highly recommend this story and I couldn’t put it down.

I received a copy in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my review.

A golden-haired beauty stared back at him. Well, maybe beauty was too strong a word. She was fresh, wholesome, wore little makeup that he could see. She stood in a yard filled with large enclosures, surrounded by dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals. She held a puppy in her arms that was obviously squirming and she was laughing—all bright eyes, thick, wavy hair, legs that went on for a mile, and a cowboy hat perched atop her head. She could be the poster child for middle-America—a healthy, happy, well-adjusted country girl.

His total opposite.

He’d never dated anyone like her, not that he’d dated much. When your family was worth billions a certain amount of suspicion crept into your personality. His mother, especially, thought they were surrounded by vultures ready to rip them apart at the slightest sign of weakness. She’d practically hand-picked Nate’s wife from the children of her small circle of friends. While Nate and Brenda seemed happy enough, Evan had no interest in marriage to a woman like that.

His own attempts at dating had been disastrous. A few girls back in college who made it clear they expected a steady stream of expensive gifts, and called him cheap when they weren’t forthcoming. Several more women in his twenties who didn’t mention money at all, but talked frequently of their friends’ impending weddings, all the while shooting him furtive looks from gleaming eyes that he swore held the reflection of dollar signs.

He never got past a few weeks of dinners, dancing and trips to museums or concerts before he broke it off. A constricting feeling would build in his chest until the idea of seeing them again made him physically ill. He was ashamed to admit he broke up with most of those women over the phone, several by texting, but that feeling of being caught—of being trussed up with no way to escape… He couldn’t bear it, and couldn’t take the risk that if he met with them in person, he’d end up running away.

That had happened once—only once—but he’d never forget it, and he’d never put himself in that position again.

He shook his head and dragged his thoughts back to the present. His money was a blessing. No way Evan would feel sorry for himself because it hampered normal relationships.

Bella was nothing like the sophisticated, calculating women who’d given him so much trouble in the past. He’d have no problem keeping her at arm’s length and controlling the outcome of the show.

She’d do fine for his wife.

Just fine.

Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!

Cora will award a $100 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.


  1. Loved this book heck love this series

  2. I picked up one of hers not too long ago when it was either free or on sale? Hrm can't remember. Guess I need to pick it up pronto!

  3. Thank you for your review - it tells me how great the story is when love conquers all and how sacrifices for love are so worth it. Cora I look forward to reading your work. I love the cover as well - makes me want to pick it up now and curl up in my favorite spot on the back porch and escape into your books world.

  4. I really loved this excerpt! I can already see that Evan is going to fall hard for Bella and it sounds like they are going to have lots thrown their way! Really looking forward to reading this! Sounds like an amazing story! Thanks for sharing
    amy bowens

  5. Thanks for hosting my tour and thanks for stopping by, everyone. I have a real soft spot for this book - I had the premise in mind for months before I got to write it. BTW - the working title was "Bella Beats a Billionaire" but people told me that gave the wrong impression. :)

    Keep a look out for Vol. 7 in the Chance Creek series - The Cowboy Rescues a Bride. It's due out on May 4, which is coming right up! The Cowboy Earns a Bride will be out this summer.

    Also, I'm starting a follow-on series - The Heroes of Chance Creek. Volume 1 - The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride - is out now as part of the SEALs of Summer Box set. The set contains 10 Navy SEAL romances by 10 authors for 99 cents. We had so much fun putting it together - I hope you'll enjoy that too. You can find it here:

    Feel free to ask any questions - I'll pop by again later to answer them!

  6. Great review, sounds like a good read.

  7. Sounds like a fun one!


  8. Finished the 6th book The Cowboy Lassos a Bride today now waiting patientlyfor May 4th to get the 7th book, going to start the book set tonight

  9. I can't wait to read more of these books.

    quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com

  10. Oh my, Cora! Another book you're touting on this tour! Whee! This is sure enough FUN! Love it.

    1. Forgot to mention, that this would be a country girl's dream come the country life and getting a billionaire in the bargain! :-)