To Tame a Cowboy

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Welcome to First Line Friday!
Today I’m featuring

To Tame a Cowboy by Jody Hedlund.

Brody McQuaid is a broken man, and he knows it. While his body survived the war, his soul did not. Besides loving his little niece, his only other sense of purpose comes from saving the wild horses that roam South Park. Ranchers in the area have taken to killing the horses, which are competing with their cattle to feed on the open grass.

Savannah Marshall is a veterinarian on her family’s Colorado ranch. She longs to keep her father happy following the tragic death of her older brother, including marrying a man of his choosing. But days before her wedding, she gets cold feet and disappears to South Park. As she learns more about the destruction of the horses, she joins Brody in an attempt to save the wild creatures. But when Savannah’s family and the resentments of the area cattlemen catch up with them both, Brody and Savannah will have to tame their fears if they’ve any hope to let love run free.

From Goodreads

Author Information

Discover more information about Jody Hedlund at: jodyhedlund.com.

First Line

[Graphic Text]: Front Range, Colorado Territory, May 1867 ~ Savannah Marshall’s heart pulled taut like a rope in a tug-of-war.

My Review

To Tame a Cowboy is the third book in Jody Hedlund’s historical romance series Colorado Cowboys. This one follows the third McQuaid brother as he finds healing after being a POW in the Civil War.

Savannah Marshall is supposed to marry the man of her parents’ choosing, but she gets cold feet the day before the wedding. She runs away to decide whether she can eventually go through with it, especially since it would mean giving up the veterinary services she loves so much. When she runs into Brody, she discovers she has a healing touch for humans as well.

This is an emotional story and I could identify so much with both characters. I will add a trigger warning for anyone suffering from PTSD since Brody does as well, but watching him battle through the healing process made me root for him to get a happily ever after. The heat level is not as high as the previous book, but it also doesn’t shy away from the topic.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. It’s one I’d like to read again now that I know how the story turns out. In fact, I can definitely see re-reading the entire series all together once the last book has released. The McQuaids are a wonderful family and I can’t wait for Ivy’s story.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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6 thoughts on “To Tame a Cowboy

  1. My first line this week is from When The Meadow Blooms by Ann Gabhart:
    February 27, 1925
    “You will never be completely well. Tuberculosis leaves it’s mark on your lungs.”

  2. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Potiphar’s Wife by Mesu Andrews.
    “Potiphar escaped his chamber with the relief of a prisoner on the run.”
    I hope you have an excellent weekend filled with fun reading time. 😀❤📚

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