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 o_ 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.
**I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
From the beginning of this book, I loved these characters. Jarrod and Cassidy were a joy to spend time with as each had to deal with their own personal issues and figure out how to get along with one another.
It was certainly a novel with some sparks, between the main protagonists as well as some secondary characters. However, while the secondary ones added an interesting subplot, I didn’t really feel it had much to do with the story. My guess is that it was a subplot that runs through this particular series and I was a bit lost jumping into the middle of it. The only other issue that I had is that this novel offered a chance to really dive into Cassidy’s internal issues and bring some interesting truths to light in the story. The book nearly goes there, but then it feels like it skirts away.
But overall, this book had a bit of adventure in it with a storyline around cattle rustlers and a sweet romance. It was fun and fast to read, and one that I would reccommend. However, I wish I would have read the other book of the series prior to this one as I think I would have followed some of the subplots just a bit more.
“There is fear everywhere. A person just has to decide to live with it if they want a full life.”
-Jarrod Monahan, Kissed by a Cowboy
About the Author:
Bestselling author Debra Clopton has sold over 2.5 million books and her holiday story, OPERATION: MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS has been optioned for an ABC Family Movie staring LeAnn Rimes. Debra writes cowboy romances, inspirational, Christian romance, contemporary and western romances set in Texas. She is known for her snappy dialogue, cowboy heroes and spunky heroines.
A sixth generation Texan, Debra lives on a ranch in central Texas with her husband Chuck. She loves to travel, read and spend time with her family.
She has written for Harlequin Love Inspired and Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Christian. She is currently working on her 39th novel surrounded by cows, dogs and even renegade donkey herds that keep her writing authentic and often find their way into her stories. She loves helping people smile with her fun, fast paced stories.
Her writing is moving and masterful…each character comes alive through her words~RT Magazine on BETTING ON HOPE.
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