Falling for the Cowgirl

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Today I’m featuring

Falling for the Cowgirl by Jody Hedlund.

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.

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?

From Goodreads

Author Information

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

First Line

[Graphic Text]: South Park, Colorado Territory, June 1869 ~ Ivy McQuaid was gonna win the roping contest.

My Review

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.

Falling for the Cowgirl is book four in Jody Hedlund’s historical romance series, Colorado Cowboys.

We met Ivy and Jericho in past books, first as children. Now they’re grown up and facing adult problems. Ivy wants her independence. Jericho wants to keep her safe. The sparing between the two is a symptom of their feelings for one another. Of course those tightly held feelings cannot be held back for long.

Jericho is hunting a bad guy and needs to keep his distance from Ivy, but can’t manage the feat. Ivy wants Jericho to like her and yet is hurt because it seems Jericho is ignoring her. While it sounds like there would be a lot of angst in this story, there isn’t. They let out their feelings, creating bigger and bigger messes.

Some of those messes raise the heat level in this story to the border of uncomfortable for me, however the author stays within a Christian worldview and instead of ignoring the passion developing between the characters, confronts it head on. That is one of the reasons I liked this book. It doesn’t gloss over those challenges, which many people battle, and instead shows how the characters wrestle with feelings of love and lust and passion.

If you enjoy historical romance that wrestles with deep, real emotions, then definitely grab a copy of Falling for the Cowgirl. You don’t have to read the books before it in the series, but if you do, you’ll get an early glimpse of Ivy, Jericho, and the whole McQuaid clan.

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12 thoughts on “Falling for the Cowgirl

  1. I just started Falling for the Cowgirl!

    My first line this week comes from a breathtaking book The Lost Melody by Joanna Politano.
    One day in late May of the year 1886, I found myself imprisoned in the Hurstwell Pauper Lunatic Asylum. This was unconscionable—- I had never been a pauper.

  2. I am currently reading The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews. I am loving it!
    “Later that morning, after a brief stop at Doctors’ Commons, Jasper bounded up the steps of the Wychwood townhouse in Belgrave Square.”
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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