Twelve years ago, equestrian Olympic hopeful Olivia Canaday and her best friend, Jake Lassen, made a pinky-swear promise to reunite at the Big Marietta Fair on her thirtieth birthday and marry each other if they were both still single. But that was before they grew up and went their separate ways. Now, after a disastrous divorce and a career-changing accident, Olivia limps home, minus her mojo, her courage and her faith in love. She retreats to her parents’ ranch, determined to play it safe, but when ex-Army helicopter pilot Jake Lassen arrives to make good on their promise, he reignites passion and hope, two things Olivia had forgotten existed.Olivia resolves to keep Jake at arm’s length, even though the memory of his kisses keeps her up at night. She knows better than to let her heart get involved, but Jake is planning for the future. Their future. Can Jake convince her to risk it all one more time and really make this a fair to remember?*Previously titled A Fair to RememberThe Canadays of Montana seriesBook 1: A Cowboy to RememberBook 2: Choose Me, CowboyMontana Born Fair SeriesBook 1: Beauty and the Cowboy by Nancy Robards ThompsonBook 2: Montana Cowgirl by Debra SalonenBook 3: For Love of a Cowboy by Yvonne LindsayBook 4: Her Summer Cowboy by Katherine GarberaBook 5: A Fair to Remember by Barbara Ankrum
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Barbara Ankrum grew up in Upstate New York, training to be a ballerina, but secretly dreamed of being an actress. She attributes this to all the Westerns she watched with her city cowboy father and her love of horses. Determined to make it in Hollywood, she moved there after college, where her degree in English Literature did little to help her land her parts. However, she built a career as a successful commercial actress, always on the lookout for a western that needed a ballerina-trained book hound who looked like everyone’s next door neighbor. Many commercials later, she had two amazing children (now grown) with her sweet husband, and, in the downtime between auditions, she started writing. And writing. And writing. The first book she sold was a Western historical romance, and naturally, she cast herself as the lead– in her imagination, of course. But she found that writing complex characters and adventurous stories about the West checked a long empty box for her. Once she sold her first book, she said farewell to Hollywood-Land and never looked back. She’s written both historical and contemporary romances for such New York houses as Zebra/Kensington, Harper Collins and Harlequin/Silhouette and has recently ventured into the indie e-book market with both her backlist and brand new books. In between writing novels, she got her MFA in Creative Writing and optioned a few screenplays. A long-time writing instructor at the prestigious UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, she still loves mentoring other writers. Barbara’s emotional, character driven Western historicals (Wild Western Hearts and Wild Western Rogues Series), her sexy, Romantic Suspense for Harlequin and her heartwarming new, ‘Montana Born’ contemporaries for Tule Publishing, offer a little something for everyone. A #1 Bestseller on Amazon, Barbara’s been honored twice with nominations for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award, and her books have won numerous other writing awards, including Romantic Times’ K.I.S.S Awards. Today, she lives in Southern California with her husband, two rescue cats and a scruffy, adorable rescue dog who supervises every aspect of her writing day. Please visit her on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Barbara.ankrum.author Website: www.barbaraankrum.com Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/BarbaraAnkrum Praise for HOLT’S GAMBLE by Barbara Ankrum 5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS BOOK!, August 19, 2014By Sue S. – See all my reviewsVerified Purchase(What’s this?)This review is from: Holt’s Gamble (Wild Western Hearts Series, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)I actually haven’t read a Western in quite a while – SO this was the PERFECT story to choose! Amazingly Awesome – LOVED it! Kierin drew me in right from page 1 and as soon as Clay Holt won that card game – I knew this was going to be a Favorite book for me! The storyline is captivating and the character development is so well done – I became a part of the story! I laughed and cried and sat on the edge of my seat, ready to take action, if needed, as the journey became really intense! And the romance was “fall in love” perfection!Highly recommend Author Barbara Ankrum’s books!5 stars! A Wonderful Western Romance!, June 17, 2014By Arlene (Ephrata, PA, United States) – See all my reviews(REAL NAME) Verified Purchase(What’s this?)This review is from: Holt’s Gamble (Wild Western Hearts Series, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)First time reading this author but it won’t be the last. Loved the descriptions of the western landscape and felt I was there listening to the rain pelting the covered wagon, soaked to the skin and shivering, or sweating over the fire cooking a meal. Loved the hero and heroine and all the secondary characters and they were all very well thought out to play their part in the story. A wonderful romance with a little suspense. I have a few very favorite authors and I will be adding this one to my list. JudyEPraise for: A FAIR TO REMEMBER by Barbara Ankrum5.0 out of 5 stars A Fair to Remember August 15, 2014By Jean BoehmkeFormat:Kindle Edition|Verified PurchaseI loved Jake and Olivia! This was a wonderful story. Jake an Olivia – childhood friends reunited after over a decade apart. Both have changed drastically since they were kids, and both were trying to rebuild after their own traumatic events (his in the army when his helicopter was shot down, hers from a riding accident on a horse and a bitter divorce).I loved the emotions that just poured out of the pages as I was reading. This is definitely a story I will be re-reading again and again.5 Stars! Loved this take on “Affair to Remember”, August 27, 2014By Myla M. (Portland, OR) – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Fair to Remember (Montana Born Fair Book 5) (Kindle Edition)Loved this take on “Affair to Remember”. Wonderful story of best friends to romance! This story was filled with the fair, from memories of fairs past to the wonderful ending taking place at the fair. Olivia and Jake were great characters and wonderful friends. Can’t wait to read more from Barbara Ankrum!