Austin (New Horizon Ranch Book 8) by Debra Clopton (review by Cathy)


About the book:

Cowgirls don’t cry—they just move on.

Cowgirl Jolene Bartee has just taken a job at the New Horizon Ranch helping break wild horses and is looking for a fresh start. Almost immediately she’s pulled over by the law…a very hot and hunky sheriff who has her hackles up and her heart thumping. But if there is one thing she knows, it’s that Bartee’s and the law don’t mix.

Sheriff Deputy Austin Drake is working overtime helping support his recently widowed sister and niece. Tired and lonesome he’s decided he’s losing his mind if a sassy mouthed, rumpled cowgirl with a chip on her shoulder can get his blood rushing and his heart pumping.

But, chemistry can’t be denied and everyone around them is noticing, including the town matchmakers. Like fire and ice these two ignite as their hearts melt and love blooms in the midst of obstacles. Let down by too many men in her past can Jolene trust her heart to Austin?

Or is it time to move on…

Not if Austin can help it. He’s out to win Jolene’s heart and prove he’s not like the others and he’s the man to make her dreams come true.

My review:

Jolene and Austin’s first meeting is inauspicious to say the least.  She’s new in town, she’s tired and she’s looking for the New Horizon Ranch where she’ll be working. Not to mention that she’s in no mood to deal with local law enforcement, especially since she’s done nothing wrong.  Of course Austin is just doing his job and after a rather comical exchange and directions to the ranch, Jolene is on her way to start a new life in a new town.

I really liked Austin for his kindness.  The close, loving relationship he has with his widowed sister and her young daughter is wonderfully written.  Jolene is spunky which she needs to be since she’s known for breaking wild horses. She hasn’t had too much of a family life which made her vulnerable.  Of course Austin and Jolene find themselves together more often than she would like which leads to rather witty dialogue between them.

I really liked all of the characters, especially the Matchmaking Posse as they are sweet and genuinely caring ladies.

This is a short and enjoyable story that’s written with warmth and humor.  I’m looking forward to reading more of this series.

I received a copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion, which I have given.

About Debra Clopton

Debra Clopton

Award-winning, Bestselling author Debra Clopton has sold over 2.5 million books and her holiday story, OPERATION: MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS has been optioned for an ABC Family Movie. Debra is known for her snappy dialogue, cowboy heroes and spunky heroines set in Texas. Her awards include: The Book Sellers Best, Romantic Times Magazine’s Book of the Year. She’s also a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist, and a triple finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award.

A sixth generation Texan, Debra lives on a ranch in central Texas with her husband Chuck. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She is the author of the much loved Mule Hollow Matchmakers series where you never know what the Matchmaking “Posse” is going to do next! She’s written for Harlequin Love Inspired and Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Christian and DCP Publishing. She is currently working on her 38th novel surrounded by cows, dogs and even renegade donkey herds that keep her writing authentic and often find their way into her stories.

She loves helping people smile with her fun, fast paced stories.

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