Kissed by a Cowboy - Book Review

Cassidy was looking for a home and a place to belong . . . 
not for a cowboy to steal her heart.

Having lived through her parents’ endless string of "matrimonial bliss gone wrong," 
Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. 
Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, 
Cassidy is through with love. 
She’s been bucked off  that horse far too many times. 
Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, 
and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. 
She’ll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt’s footsteps, 
remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.

Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, 
looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. 
He’s pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. 
Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. 
But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, 
determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s a challenge that Jarrod can’t pass up.

 Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. 
How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? 
For the good folks of Wishing Springs, 
falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.

My Thoughts
Kissed by a Cowboy is not a book that I would typically request to review,
but it was sent to me by the Fiction Guild Team
{it's always a surprise to see what they send me}
and of course I was obligated to read and review it.
Before I even opened the book I had my mind set that I would not like the story. . .
Well, was I pleasantly surprised!
Almost from the first page I was drawn in and captivated by Cassidy
and the author, Debra Clopton, had me laughing by page 6.
And then Jarrod came into the picture and I was completely engaged.

First of all, this is the third book in Four of Hearts Ranch series
and having not read the first two books
I was a little apprehensive about reading this one first.
I needed not be concerned.
Yes, there are characters mentioned that were obviously in the first two books
including the main couples from book one and two,
but the author writes in a way that introduces the reader to them 
as if they are simply ordinary, every day characters.

Cassidy is a gem.
She has been hurt and completely crushed by people that she thought loved her
and that heartache has left her a broken and bitter woman.
But deep down she is a beautiful jewel with a heart of gold.

Jarrod sees the precious beauty and strength in this woman 
even when she comes across meaner than a grizzly bear
and he makes it his goal to chisel away at the walls Cassidy has built up
in order to reach the gold.

This is a touching story of hope, forgiveness, healing, and love.
The stories of both Cassidy and Jarrod shows the reader 
that God can make all things beautiful in His time. . .
the key words being His time.
Bitterness and hatred can destroy a person,
but love and forgiveness can restore faith and love.
As both characters battle with bitterness
they slowly turn that bitterness over to God
and they soon realize that true healing comes only from the Lord
and with it comes beautiful joy and blessed freedom.

Cassidy and Jarrod's journey towards healing and love 
won my heart from the beginning.
Kissed by a Cowboy is charming and a story you won't want to miss.
Humor, love, faith, and a touch of mystery can be found in the pages of this book.
You are sure to fall in love with Cassidy and Jarrod.

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the Fiction Guild Team 
for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist who was first published in 2005
 and has more than 22 novels to her credit.
Along with her writing, Debra helps her husband 
teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. 
Debra is the author of the acclaimed Mule Hollow Matchmaker Series, 
the place readers tell her they wish was real. 
Her goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words. 
Visit her online at www.debraclopton.com,
Facebook: debra.clopton, 
Twitter: @debraclopton.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've enjoyed your book reviews! Gives me some good books to add to my reading list. Thanks! Hugs, Diane

shortybear said...

good review

Debbie said...

this IS a good review and i am glad you enjoyed it!!! sometimes, you never know!!!!

Feral Turtle said...

Glad you liked the book Stephanie. Hope you have a great week!

Camille said...

Thank you for sharing your book reviews, Stephanie....they are a blessing. My Emma has enjoyed some of your suggestions. "Secrets She Kept" was enjoyed by my husband and me....best (and nearly only) fiction I've read in a long time. Hugs, Camille

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