I’ll admit that I was a little anxious before reading Kissed by a Cowboy, the third book in the Four of Hearts Romance series. The first one [Betting on Hope] was so good; but the second [Counting on a Cowboy] was a little disappointing. I’m happy to report that this third book is back to the normal level of fun reading that I’ve come to expect from Debra Clopton.
In this story it is the heroine that doesn’t want to get married. Cassidy is bound and determined to re-open her aunt’s strawberry farm and orchard, and start a new B&B. First she has to clean out the barn packed full of the things rummage sales are made of and re-do rooms plastered with decades old wallpaper. She is dealing with her aunt’s leftover physical baggage as well as her own leftover emotional baggage from a bad marriage and car accident.
Cassidy gains confidence in herself and her abilities while fighting to not fall in love with the hero. I could connect with her because I know all too well that feeling of wanting to do things by myself and be independent.
The hero is a true cowboy that spends all day riding his range and all night watching for rustlers. Jarrod is sure from the beginning that he wants Cassidy in his life. Take note that I don’t see any flaws in his character; he is a true chick lit hero. He always arrives just in the nick of time to save the day. He just has to help the heroine get over the big mistake he made in the past plus the current hurt in her life.
There are some laughs, thoughtful times, a hint of sadness, and even a bit of action. The viewpoint switches between the hero and heroine, with a little seen from the eyes of the ladies in the hair salon. There’s very little religious talk; but it is a clean story.
I was glad to read a little more about the main characters from the first 2 books, and I’m glad that the author wrapped up the subplot of Rand and Pebbles. The supporting character are a lot of fun, and so are the animals included in this book.
Here is some backcover copy:
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.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Thomas Nelson. This book was sent to me through Litfuse Publicity for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.