Almost a Bride (Wyoming Wildflowers, #1)

Almost a Bride (Wyoming Wildflowers, #1)

by Patricia McLinn

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Originally published by Silhouette

Wyoming Wildflowers: Indian Paintbrush

Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as along as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she’s returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family’s ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her.

Matty’s up to something – Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he’ll provide it, just as he has all her life. Doing what’s best for Matty is second nature. Even when it comes to marrying her in name only. Although he can’t resist one hot-blooded kiss after the I-dos. Maybe – just maybe – his Matty will become more to him than Almost a Bride.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452439099
Publisher: Craig Place Books
Publication date: 10/09/2010
Series: Wyoming Wildflowers Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 182,938
File size: 604 KB

About the Author

Patricia McLinn is the author of 26 published novels, past president of international writers group Novelists, Inc., and instigator of, where published authors sell e-books directly to readers.

Her books -- cited by reviewers for vivid and believable characters – have topped best-seller lists and won awards. She has spoken about writing from Honolulu to Washington, D.C., including being a guest-speaker at the Smithsonian Institute.

Patricia received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University. She was a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.), assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.) and -- for 20-plus years -- an editor at the Washington Post. Now writing full-time, Patricia lives in Northern Kentucky.

Find out more about Patricia’s books at

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Almost a Bride 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 300 reviews.
JerryWeinberg More than 1 year ago
One of the (many) reasons I like reviewing romance novels is that I don't have to worry about spoiling the ending. We all know what the ending will be-must be or it wouldn't be a romance. Indeed, we know that Almost a Bride will end with impulsive Matty Brennan marrying steady Dave Currick. In fact, I knew that after reading the first 35 words-and I knew, to boot, that Matty would wind up saving her beloved Flying W Ranch. Right now, I have to say I loved the story, lest my opening paragraph loses readers. That paragraph is true, but it might make Patricia McLinn's novel sound ... But, no, anything but that. You see, what counts in a romance is the journey, not the destination. And what a journey this was, with surprising twists and turns in every chapter! I love twists-which is fortunate, because Almost a Bride almost turned me into a Bavarian pretzel. To begin with, Matty and Dave get married to begin with-in Chapter 2, three days after meeting for the first time in six years. Well, that's not exactly true-it's a half twist. Dave marries Mattie, but Mattie isn't really married to Dave. She won't really marry him because he loves her too much? So maybe Dave needs a knock on the head so he won't love Mattie excessively. There's nothing sure in Almost a Bride until almost the end. You never know. But in the end, she might marry her husband for real. Her husband? You know, that guy she has the irresistible hots for. There's much more to tell about this wonderful, wacky, sexy couple, but I'm not giving any more away. I will tell you that on every other page, these two lovable people put each other through the romance wringer and turn the crank. So, if you love to laugh; love to cry; or love to laugh and cry at the same time, then you'll definitely want to read Almost a Bride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a delightful story. Perfect way to start my holiday weekend. Got to check out what else this author has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a such a good book! This was my first time reading one of her books and now I look forward to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matty and Dave's story is sweet and full of sexual tension. This almost 500 page read keeps you hooked and entertained. There are two books to follow in this trilogy
Evie-Bevie More than 1 year ago
Not at all what I would normally read, and even less purchase! The first book I read from this author was a Free Friday Book... and I liked the fresh, easy reading, relaxing book... This "romantic novel" was so new for me,I expected a soggy, bland, and boring book ! Well I was wrong! The freshness of the author touched me, and I was so compelled that I had to purchase the other books and read them all ! Sometimes you have to change your habits.. Nicely written, even if you can anticipate the story. The personages are so sympathetic, that you really want to know what happens next, and stops you to put the book down. THANKS B & N... Thanks to PATRICIA McLINN!
SGS825 More than 1 year ago
For a free book, this kept my attention and was a fairly long story. Its a mix of western with romance which is every country girls dream. There are a lot of twists and turns in the book and you find yourself getting lost in the story. If you're looking for something to read that's lighthearted and will keep you interested I would highly recommend this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Her attorney Taylor Anne Larson tells Matty Brennan that her Flying W Ranch is in financial trouble due to poor estate planning. The lawyer suggests selling some of the property, but being the last of her family, she refuses to sell out her ancestors. Instead, Matty decides to sell out herself by offering to marry Dave Currick so she can receive a financial grant. Dave and Matty negotiate, but in reality, he is pleased she turned to him.

At their wedding, Dave kisses Matty in such a way that she can hardly breath. She realizes she still loves the man who dumped her six years ago and believes he loves her too. So why did he drop her the first time around and why is he agreeing to marry her now?

ALMOST A BRIDE is a fun to read ranch romance that stars two lively characters. The story line may follow sub-genre guidelines, but it retains freshness due to the interrelationship between Matty and Dave. Be on the lookout ¿s next tale in ¿The Wyoming Wildfire¿ series, MATCH MADE IN WYOMING.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! I really enjoyed this one. I can't wait to get more of her books and read them!! It kept my interest from the begining to the very end!! Well Done!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that doesnt try to be more then what it is, a good romance. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story and would like to read more works by this author. This is the first book that I have given 5 stars. I was happy it was free also. Although some of the actions of the main characters were silly, it was believable because human nature is often silly. I enjoyed the story line and highly recommend this to other readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matty and Dave... in love six years ago. Are they now??? I enjoyed reading the story of loving a second time. The author did a great job! I generally dislike cliffhangers because they leave you. I know that there will be new stories but I am sure that the stories will center on Lisa or Taylor finding love. Maybe with Cal? Great writing style and fun...
123spunky More than 1 year ago
Very romantic ,funny and keeps you wondering what will happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was torn between giving this 2 stars instead of 3 due to its horrendous lack of imagination, but the author is a better writer than a 2. The problem is that instead of coming up with a book that has an actual plot, she has chosen to follow a very boring formula. Man lusts for woman. Woman tries to hide lust for man but gives in for a kiss.  Man lusts for woman. Woman tries to hide lust for man but gives in for a longer kiss. Man lusts for woman. Woman tries to hide lust for man  but allows him to cop a feel. Man lusts for woman. Woman goes for it but gets interrupted. Man lusts for nauseum.  The author has the potential of writing something worth reading, but she hasn't achieved that here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not boring at all. Refreshing to read a romance novel that is romantic and not sleezy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great love story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good story and I enjoyed reading it. What I didread. I didn't finish just my preference in not liking to read about detailed, constant love scenes. Just so you know, if you like that read it I was excited about the book and it shpuld finish well. If you din't like me, just letting you know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do past loves grow beyond hurt and pain? By opening your heart again to trust and love. Matty and Dave needed to grow up and listen, really listen to each other. Things can grow in the darndest places. Fun story of reaquainting themselves and needing a push from family and friends. On to book 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and very believable. I plan to read all the Wyoming Wildflowers series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this. Plot was far fetched and I did get tired of the same thing repeated over and over. Will consider more from this author. Jh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Loved it Rekindling the old first love Dave & Maddie grew up next door ranches to each other and fell in love as teens. But between her Gram & his parents they broke up. Now it's 6 years later and she needs to save her family ranch. She needs an address in the next county and his is it. Because her ranch doesn't have enough land in the county. So they get married, but they have conditions. They just have to find their love again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked The Beginning which was first story of this series. But this one took so long for the charactors to figure it out. I had a hard time really liking either Dave or Mattie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GJRA. I enjoyed this 185 page romance. I read a review that said 500 pages, they must have cut a lot of the writing but a really good read. Want to read about Cal & Taylor. GJRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story started out fine and the characters likeable. But then it starts to drag with their repetitive angst thoughts. That's when you lose me and my interest and I just want to get to the end of the story because you know how it's going to end anyway. The ranch is saved, no surprise there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strong likable characters in a sweet western story that is fun to read.