Saturday, March 4, 2023

FALLING FOR THE COWGIRL by Jody Hedlund, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

Colorado Cowboys #4
See Reviews for Colorado Cowboys #5 The Last Chance Cowboy

"Jericho might like town, where he won't be tempted to butt into other people's business."

"Actually I like butting into other people's business, especially when they're involved in deception."

Well now . . . it's game on! Jericho Bliss and Ivy McQuaid have a history of conversational sparring, sometimes friendly, sometimes . . . not. Little did Jericho know he had broken Ivy's young heart when he left Colorado years prior and Ivy has no inkling why he has suddenly re-appeared, but it had not taken the big, handsome, stubborn cowboy very long to see through her disguise. He had to keep her secret! He just had to!

Jericho Bliss took a risk coming back to South Park, Colorado. His friends have no clue that he is on official business as an undercover Pinkerton agent, hunting a dangerous war criminal whose trail led him to this very spot. Ivy had always been a handful, but as a full grown gorgeous woman, she spelled danger (in all caps) to his assignment. He will not compromise her safety; plus, those brothers of hers would kill him if he did.

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord .. . Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand."
What a romantic, borderline passionate, western this turned out to be! Ivy and Jericho might have taken the rockiest road possible towards happily -ever-after, (it sure was an entertaining one) but who would have thought that Jericho's roping skills would be just what he needed?!

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:

Years ago, he shattered her heart. Now she must trust him with her life.

As the only girl in her family, and with four older brothers, Ivy McQuaid can rope and ride with the roughest of ranchers. She's ready to have what she's always longed for--a home of her own. She's set her heart on a parcel of land south of Fairplay and is saving for it with her winnings from the cowhand competitions she sneaks into--but her dream is put in jeopardy when the man she once loved reappears in her life.

After two years away, Jericho Bliss is back in South Park as an undercover Pinkerton agent searching for a war criminal. He has no intention of involving a woman in the dangerous life he leads, but one look at Ivy is all it takes for him to question the path he's set out for himself.

Even though Jericho tries to resist his longtime attraction to the beautiful and vivacious Ivy, he finds himself falling hard and fast for her. In the process, his worst fear comes true--he puts her smack-dab in the middle of danger. With Ivy's life in the balance, will Jericho give her up once again, or will he find a way back to her, this time forever?

Bethany House Publishing, October, 2022
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