Thursday, 12 January 2017

Book Review: A Cowboy's Dare - by Lucy Thompson

Review by Andrea Grigg

It’s 1881, and Jane Montgomery of Halls Pass, Colorado, is a forward-thinking woman. Stifled by society’s conventions and attitudes toward women, and her parents’ expectations, Jane believes she was born for more. Born to learn about mechanical engineering, in fact.

But fate (or is it God?) seems to have other ideas. After attending a dance at the town hall, Jane wakes up on a sofa in Reverend Andrew’s parlour, in the arms of Tyrone Harding, a man she has known all her life, one who always rubs her up the wrong way, even if though he sometimes makes her heart beat faster.

Tyrone is just as appalled as Jane to discover they are married, something neither of them remember happening as a result of drinking too much punch, spiked by Tyrone’s meddling younger sister. (This was a bit of a stumbling block for me. If they were drunk enough not to remember anything - and there was a lot to remember, as described later in the story - then surely they would’ve been incredibly ill the next morning, rather than just have a pesky headache?) But, no matter how it happened, married they are, and to Tyrone’s horror because ‘females are nothing but trouble’, Jane is now his responsibility.

What follows is a lively, engaging story about two people whose most prized possession - their freedom - has been taken away. Jane’s plans to escape the confines of her life have been ruined, as has Tyrone’s resolve to live his life without a female in it.

As Tyrone and Jane negotiate their way around their relationship they encounter emotions neither of them expect or understand. At times, I found their attitudes toward one another a little too up and down and a tad confusing, but the banter between them was really well done and there were many laugh-out-loud moments at the way they unsettled each other. There were many poignant moments too, as the characters’ emotional wounds were poked and prodded until they were made to address them with the kind of honesty that left them open and vulnerable to one another, an honesty that tested and refined their true feelings.  

The concept of the dare referred to in the title was a clever one, and I loved the inevitable consequences. Historical romance is not my first choice in the romance genre, but I’d read Lucy’s first book, Mail Order Surprise, and I figured I’d be in for a treat. I wasn’t wrong.  

Andrea Grigg lives on the Gold Coast, Queensland, and is a writer of two contemporary Christian romance novels, ‘A Simple Mistake’ and ‘Too Pretty’. Her Christmas novella, 'All is Bright', was released  in a boxset along with five other authors, entitled, 'An Aussie Summer Christmas', and is now available as a single title. You can find her books here. She would love to connect with you via FacebookTwitter, or email: andreagrigg@live.com



8 comments:

  1. Sounds like another book to add to my to-read pile *sigh*.

    I love the cover, and I'm a fan of witty historical romances, so this sounds like something I'll enjoy. Thanks for the review, Andrea.

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    1. Yep, add it to the pile. Somewhere near the top ;)

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  2. Great review! Thank you, Andrea. Their punch was laced with Scopolamine (more commonly known for its date rape properties). It was readily available without prescription back then and makes people incredibly susceptible to suggestion as well as have no memory of what happened.
    Thank you for the gift of your time and your review. Much appreciated! ��☺

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    1. Hey Lucy - thanks for the explanation :) It was an absolute pleasure to review your story!

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    2. Lucy, that makes sense. We think of date rape drugs in a contemporary context and it's interesting to learn that it wasn't only alcohol that could be used to spike the punch.

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  3. Firstly, congratulations to Lucy on another release. Andrea, another great review. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    1. Thanks Ian. A Cowboy's Dare is a great read!

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  4. Andrea, great review! I'm looking forward to reading Lucy's book :)

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