Title: Kissed By a Cowboy
Series: Four Hearts Ranch, #3
Author: Debra Clopton
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christian Fiction
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.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
First off, I have to admit that I had no idea this was a Christian Fiction romance the entire time I read Kissed By a Cowboy. I honestly thought it was just a contemporary romance. It wasn’t until I went to add the genre and looked at Goodreads that I became aware of that fact. (This explains the no sex! Haha!) There were a couple references to God, but nothing that really stood out or made me think it would have been Christian Fiction. I found it to be a cute and funny contemporary romance. There was even a little mystery and suspense.
Cassidy and Jarrod’s push-pull relationship was really humorous. I found myself laughing several times. I loved the tension between them and the way they wanted to help each other. I also loved their friends and family.
There were a couple of things that hampered my enjoyment of Kissed By A Cowboy, though. It was such a slow-burn romance that I never really got to see Jarrod and Cassidy as a couple. I got a little bored toward the end waiting for Cassidy to come to her senses. I would have liked to have seen how their actual relationship progressed. I don’t really want to give anything away, but I was a little surprised at how quickly things came together for them in the end — especially with 300+ pages of Cassidy fighting her feelings. It wasn’t really believable to me, but I guess that’s the magic of storytelling. 😉
I also found the side romance of Pebble and Rand distracting. I could understand why the author included it for the newspaper story, but it wasn’t interesting enough of a story for me to care about it.
So while I enjoyed Kissed By a Cowboy, I just wanted a little more from it. I would still recommend it to contemporary romance and Christian romance readers who like a sweet love story with a little mystery added in.
**I received a copy of Kissed By a Cowboy from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.