Monday, February 22, 2016

Kissed by a Cowboy (A 4 of Hearts Ranch Romance)


Title:  Kissed by a Cowboy (A 4 of Hearts Ranch Romance)
Author:  Debra Clopton
Pages:  320
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 stars.
The series begins with two prior books, Betting on a Cowboy followed by Counting on a Cowboy.  The books center around three brothers in Wishing Springs, Texas named Bo, Tru and Jarrod who after the death of their parents find that they are close to losing the ranch due to their father’s excessive gambling debts.  Their grandfather whom they effectually refer to as Pops began the ranch decades prior when riding the rodeo circuit, building it as a legacy for the Monahan family.
Kissed by a Cowboy finds both Bo and Tru married and riding roughshod over their oldest brother to return to the social scene, looking for a mate in which to share his life on the ranch.  Cassidy has a past that carries multiple broken dreams and a marriage along with the home and land she inherited from a beloved aunt whom Cassidy visited many times in her younger years.  Now all Cassidy wants to do is start a small fruit stand along with a bread and breakfast.  However, she finds that hard to do when she learns her neighbor is someone from her past and she has very little money to live on.
While romance may be the farthest thing from either Jarrod’s or Cassidy’s daily life, there are definitely sparks flying when they are together that even others in the small town notice.  The series has been really enjoyable to read and I have no idea if the author plans on carrying the story with further installments.  The family not only works together along with getting together for a meal once a week, they care for Pops who has Alzheimer’s.
The author depicts the heartache of being caretakers quite accurately and compassionately.  Each of the main characters has their own personality, gifts, heartaches and hobbies.  I loved how they pulled together to save what their Pops worked so hard to establish for future family members.  There is some humor in the pages and readers will get lost in their imaginations when they read about the Monahan’s in Wishing Springs, Texas!

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