A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance
February 2016/320 pages/$12.99
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Debra Clopton continues her Four of Hearts Ranch series with this third novel. This is my first introduction to this series but it worked well as a stand-alone. While it is an enjoyable read, it does tend to be a bit predictable and stereotypical in terms of the backdrop: a cattle ranch in Texas and mysterious rustlers, a small-town with gossipy women who dissect everyone's relationships, and the typical romantic tension. Cassidy's emotional scars were understandable but she does seem to vascillate between two extremes: becoming overly offended at simple neighborly gestures that Jarrod makes and then practically falling into his arms on other occasions. But there are many heart-warming and humorous moments, as well. if you are looking for a lighthearted, clean romance, free of questionable language and other inappropriate issues, this fits the bill.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from the TNZ Fiction Guild. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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