A Cowboy’s Dare, by Lucy Thompson


Tyrone woke up with a headache—and a wife. And he’s never been so scared in his life.

Mayor’s daughter Jane Montgomery has always wanted to be more than a social ornament, and now that her father has given her a three-month deadline to find a suitable husband, she’s desperate. Desperate enough to run away from her pampered life of ribbons and bows to pursue her dream of becoming a mechanical engineer.

But right before her planned escape, she’s the victim of a matchmaking prank involving spiked punch and a certain local rancher.

Ever since he failed to stop his mother from going mad, Tyrone Harding — local daredevil rancher who runs hunting expeditions under the banner of “Female-Free Adventures” — has shied away from females, feelings, and anything inhibiting his freedom. Wanting to avoid his family’s questions and his own feelings for Jane, he proposes they fake being in love until she leaves for college, thereby freeing them both.

Their playacting doesn’t fool Tyrone’s brother who challenges him to prove he truly loves Jane. Never one to back down, he accepts the dare: do something loving for her every day — and to record it in a special Cowboy’s Dare book.

What I liked:

I liked the interaction between Tyron and Jane. They are an adorable couple, with their back and forth banter. There are action and plenty of humor throughout the book. In all, part of the reason A Cowboy’s Dare is such a great read is that it keeps you entertained. I stayed up until an indecent hour reading and then finished as soon as I woke up the next morning.

What I did not like:

Honestly, I could not think of anything I disliked about this book. The pace keeps you reading, characters are likable and relatable, the writing is good, and the historical details really add color to the entire work.

Why you should read this book:

You should read A Cowboy’s Dare because it is a fantastic story about forgiveness, acceptance, and how God’s love and mercy provide for our weaknesses. It is also a delightful read that will keep you turning pages and, if you are like me, waiting on pins and needles for the next in the series.

About the author:

Lucy Thompson is a stay-at-home mum to five precocious children and wife to the ultra-handy Dave by day and a snoop by night, stalking interesting characters through historical settings, and writing about their exploits.

She enjoys meeting new people from all over the world and learning about the craft of writing. When she can be separated from her laptop, Lucy is a professional time waster on Facebook (really!), a slave to the towering stack of books on her bedside table, and a bottler, preserving fruit the old fashioned way so she can swap recipes and tips with her characters.

Lucy’s home is in central Queensland, Australia where she does not ride a kangaroo to the shops, mainly because her children won’t fit. 😉

Represented by the fabulous Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Lucy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America.

Find Lucy here:

Lucy Thompson: Writer of Words, Worth and Wit


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To read the first book in Lucy’s Harding Family Series, Mail Order Surprise, follow the link


No Way Up, by Mary Connealy

No way up

The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg–and possibly his life–Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch’s will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance’s three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don’t live and work at the home for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative.

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set–and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future–and a desired future with Sadie–locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all. Continue reading “No Way Up, by Mary Connealy”