Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kissed by a Cowboy Book Review

A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance
Book Three

SUMMARY:  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's 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 before 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.

REVIEW:  This was a fun book to read.  While doubtful about the title, I liked the interaction of Cassidy and Jarrod throughout the story and everyone in Wishing Springs, TX. 
     After a bad marriage, Cassidy is determined to stand on her own two feet and not have to depend on anyone.  I like how she is able to do most of the work and understand why she didn't want Jarrod to help.  But, in reality, when you look at the size of all the projects she needed to complete, sometimes her rejection of Jarrod's help was questionable.  But I totally understand.
     Jarrod and his brothers take great care of their grandfather, who has Alzheimer's.  The love and concern for him, and the ranch that he started, is sweet and an example we all should follow.
     Even though this is the third book in the series, there is enough explanation given throughout the story to help the reader follow along if they have not read the others.  Now, that said, the side story of Pebble and Rand seemed out of place but it all made sense in the end. 
     This is a fun and lighthearted story about redemption after a big fall and the grace that abounds if you let God work in your life. 

This book was provided by Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson Publishers 
for review without compensation.

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist first published in 2005 and has written more than 22 novels.  Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church.  Debra is the author of the acclaimed Mule Hollow Matchmaker Series, and her goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.  Visit her website at  She can also be found on Twitter at @debraclopton and on Facebook at

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