Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: Cowboy Bodyguard by Dana Mentink

About the Book

Title: 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.


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 Mentink

I’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 Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. 

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, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a Mentink Bundle that includes a horse tote book bag, a three book collection, and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Click the image above or the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

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  1. Thank you for this giveaway and the book description. It's always great getting to hear about a new book we didn't previously know about. Lots of readers in my family.

  2. I am a new fan of Dana's and I really enjoy her work. I look forward to reading this. (

  3. I really liked the synopsis of "Cowboy Bodyguard". I like reading about cowboys and life in the West. Looking forward to reading the book.

  4. Lovely review for this beautiful cover book.

  5. This sounds like a good story!

  6. Great review. Thank you for sharing. Blessings

  7. It's always a great day when we find great books to read. Congrats on the tour and thanks so much for the opportunity to win and another great post.

  8. Who can resist a cowboy? It sounds like a great read. :)

  9. The first book in this series was my first experience reading Dana's suspense. I really enjoyed it so am expecting great things from Cowboy Bodyguard.