About the BookTitle: Cowboy Bodyguard
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Western, Mystery
Release Date: July 3, 2018
In this Gold Country Cowboys novel, Jack Thorn gets a surprise call from the woman he married in secret years ago.
Shannon Livingston needs his protection for herself and the baby she’s hiding from a biker gang targeting the mother. Now Jack must help Shannon, even if shielding her means pretending to be a true husband to the only woman he’s ever loved.
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My thoughts ...How to resist such a great cover! Although a cover alone does not make the story, the reading experience is also great. Cowboy, secret marriage, and baby … now that’s a winning formula with me! Fans of romantic suspense, and especially this series, will be thrilled with Jack’s story. The suspense and action hit pretty steadily, so it’s best to have plenty of reading time before beginning.
I’ll be honest and say that it was Dana’s sweet, funny contemporary romances that first drew me to her writing, and I long for more of that style from her. The “Love Unleashed” series is one of my all-time favorites. However, that same writing quality and character depth also shines through in her suspense stories. Cowboy Bodyguard is third in the series and can stand alone, but it was great to see previous characters.
Now I’m not prone to swooning over a character, but Jack is downright appealing – protective, self-sacrificing, willing to share his faith, and in love with his baby girl. Shannon wasn’t my favorite person in the beginning, but the best stories are about change, and that is clearly seen as she learns an important lesson that speaks to all of us – that it’s only when we face the past that we can fully move on.
Cowboy Bodyguard is filled with tension, danger, and fast-moving action – so much so that I wished for a little breathing space so I could get to know the characters better. Still, a great read overall and I’m eager to read the next Thorn brother’s story.
I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Guest Post from Dana MentinkI’ve spent a bit of time in emergency rooms lately. Not to complain, mind you. The asthma related treatments worked like a charm and we were blessed by good care, so I am not grateful. There’s a bonus, too. The emergency room is a great place for people watching! Hour upon hour I spent surveying patients, relatives, nurses and doctors. I came away pondering what it must be like to work in the strange bustle that is an emergency room. That’s where character Shannon Livingston was born.
The E.R doc and nurses must be brilliant problem solvers with nerves of steel because they never know what will roll through their doors. Since they are not responsible for follow up care, they have only a short term relationship with their patients. But what would happen, my fictional mind wanted to know, if one emergency room treatment ensnared Shannon in a “run for your life” scenario? And what if her incredible life saving skills weren’t nearly enough to save her own life, or the baby she’s suddenly become responsible for? Ah me! The perfect scenario for a suspense novel, no? I hope you enjoy Cowboy Bodyguard. I can promise it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
About the Author
Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.
You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)
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