Which do you prefer to read about, brides with cold feet? Or their grooms standing them up?
As I was planning out my Cavanagh Cowboys Romance series, I knew the fifth novel would be either a runaway or jilted bride… but it took me a while to decide which!
Noah Cavanagh had previously been cast as a guy with a rescuer complex. He has a soft spot for anything rejected – animal, mineral, vegetable, or person! Sometimes what he rescues doesn’t even need it. Sometimes, it does.
But when he’s driving down the highway and a sudden spring blizzard overtakes him just before he sees a sports car in the ditch, he cannot drive by without helping. The woman in the car is young, pretty, and has a wedding gown in the backseat.
Noah had not envisioned holing up at his elderly friends’ ranch with a strange woman in tow, but it’s even worse when he finds out they’re not even home. Now he’s stuck for a few days with a runaway bride who seems bent on NOT letting anyone know where she is or why she vanished.
I had so much fun with Noah and Taryn’s romance. He’s busy trying to give her time to get over her ex-fiancé… while she’s trying to tell him that she’s totally ready to move on. All she needs to know is that Noah is ready to choose her for always, not for a short-term project or while looking out for his own (other) interests.
Itinerant farrier Noah Cavanagh has driven in some of the worst conditions in western Montana, yet this whiteout has him considering options for holing up until the storm passes. Then he spots a woman in a white parka trying to shovel out a sports car that slid off the remote highway. He can’t let her freeze to death out here on her own.
Taryn Bellamy’s unwelcome discovery had billowed her previous niggles about her fiancé into full-blown doubt, so she’d driven right on by the wedding venue. Now she’s stuck in a spring blizzard instead of Hawaii-bound on her honeymoon. When a cowboy in a solid-looking truck stops and suggests she join him at a nearby ranch to wait out the storm, her spidey-senses are on full alert, but what choice does she have?
Four days stranded together in an off-grid cabin, each holding secrets. What could possibly go wrong? Or right?
If you enjoy the runaway bride trope, I hope you’ll give Choose Me for Always, Cowboy a read! It’s coming in early August.
Here’s a roundup of a few runaway and jilted bride stories I’ve read and enjoyed, and/or were written by fellow Inspy Romance authors. Which of these have you read? Do you have any other titles I should look up?
Choose Me for Always, Cowboy by Valerie Comer
Finding Love in Seaside, Oregon by Angela Ruth Strong
And Cowboy Makes Three by Deb Kastner
Runaway to Romance by Cathryn Brown (clean, not specifically Christian)
The Bride’s Broken Bond by Lee Tobin McClain
A Heart Redirected by Elizabeth Maddrey
Sheltered Hearts by Lee Tobin McClain
A Baby for the Minister by Laurel Blount
Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter
Operation: Married by Christmas by Debra Clopton
Winning Over the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
If you’re curious what Elizabeth, Narelle, and I had to say about these two tropes (including some books we enjoyed with either of them) check out Episode 61 of StoryChats podcast!