Will this gal's heart be changed after she's.... Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop for the third book in this inspirational series from Debra Clopton! (Check out my reviews for books one and two: Betting on Hope and Counting on a Cowboy.) This was another enjoyable addition to the series. See my full review below...

Kissed by a Cowboy (Four of Hearts Ranch #3)Kissed By a Cowboy
(Four of Hearts Ranch #3)
by Debra Clopton
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
February 9th 2016 by Thomas Nelson

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 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.

  
   
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My Review

KISSED BY A COWBOY started off so fun with an awkward moment between two friends who haven't seen either other in a long time. It set the tone for this book full of small-town charm, a cowboy who wants to love a gal, and a gal who is trying to stand on her own. I enjoyed the humor, the swoon-worthy moments, the family relationships with all the heart and teasing, and the small-town feel. The heroine didn't work for me, but I loved the hero and the other characters.

I loved Jarrod through the whole story. I loved his charm, work ethics, willingness to help, and his strength. I also loved his family. They added quite a bit to this story and it was great to "see" them again after getting to know them in the first two books. I also enjoyed the other characters from the town. I'm still pulling for Rand...

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but for some reason, this one didn't quite work for me as well. I think I just didn't connect with Cassidy and felt she was a little unreasonably set against Jarrod and was a little out of control. It worked at first, but after a couple of hundred pages of her still in the same place, still dramatic, still not growing or changing how I think she should be, it got old. It made the story rather frustrating.

Overall a decent inspirational romance. I liked getting to see Jarrod get a happily-ever-after, but definitely not my favorite in the series.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity for the purposes of a review for the book's tour, which did not affect my review in any way.

Other Books in the Series

Betting on Hope
Betting on Hope
(Four of Hearts Ranch #1)
by Debra Clopton
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
February 17th 2015 by Thomas Nelson

Summary

A bet gone wrong. A small town’s meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she’s been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.

Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it’s the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do—for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.

       
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Counting on a Cowboy (Four of Hearts Ranch #2)Counting on a Cowboy
(Four of Hearts Ranch #2)
by Debra Clopton
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
August 11th 2015 by Thomas Nelson

Summary

After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk.

Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the cozy town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby . . . if she’s brave enough to reach out and take it by the reins.

Bo Monahan isn’t interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become—or the women who might be looking at him like he’s their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn’t looking for serious romantic commitments. But when the infant son he never knew about shows up at his doorstep, his world is turned upside down.

This confirmed bachelor might not think he needs a wife, but he sure needs help. Even Abby can see that, and despite her best efforts to keep her distance, she can’t help but be drawn to this new father-son duo. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

   
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About the Author

Debra Clopton

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.



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