A Cowboy’s Dare, by Lucy Thompson

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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:

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

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Be the First to be Kind

 Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesian 4:32

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From the 1828 edition of American Dictionary of the English Langue by Noah Webster.

KIND, adjective

  1. Disposed to do good to others, and to make them happy by granting their requests, supplying their wants or assisting them in distress; having tenderness or goodness of nature; benevolent; benignant.

God is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil. Luke 6:35.

Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted. Ephesians 4:32.

  1. Proceeding from tenderness or goodness of heart; benevolent; as a kind act; a kind return of favors.

What it takes to be kind:

Kindness comes easily to me, yet I still struggle to exhibit this characteristic in my life. Why? Because showing kindness means making one’s self vulnerable to criticism and/or rejection. Allow me to explain. Two things you need to know about me before we explore this topic any further. One, I am an introvert. In class, as a child, I never raised my hand. “Who cares if I know the answer? Once everyone stares at me, I’ll forget it.” (Can any of you relate?) The second thing you ought to know is, Continue reading “Be the First to be Kind”