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{November 26, 2012}   Book Inteview for Lasso Me a Mom

I was recently asked for an interview on my book, Lasso Me a Mom, and here is the result. I hope you all enjoy it 🙂 https://bookreviewtalk.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/book-review-talk-with-author-stephanie-jackson/

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Title: Lasso Me a Mom – A Bluebonnet Novel

Author: Stephanie Jackson (me)

Summary: Nikki Turner has it all: she’s an honor student, has a popular boyfriend and is a star dancer. However; never is there a time that a smile crosses her face. With a constant frown and a sharp tongue, she doesn’t let anyone get a rise out of her, especially her teacher Cassie McGregor.

When it is revealed that Nikki is homeless and in the foster care system, Cassie, who is a certified foster-mother, is chosen to be her temporary guardian, an agreement they both object from the start. As their animosity begins to deplete, Nikki and Cassie realize that what they’ve always wanted just might bring them closer.

Link:   http://tinyurl.com/9zmegrr

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Summary: Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.

Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.

The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.

When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.

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Review: I fell in love with Denise Hunter’s writing when I received The Convenient Groom and Sweetwater Gap from my Grandmother. Her story telling is mesmerizing, and I can’t help but fall in love with every lead male character in every single on of her books. The Trouble With Cowboys is the third and final book in her Big Sky Romance series. It focuses on Annie Wilkerson and Dylan Tyler.

To be honest, I would have preferred this book as a standalone book instead of an end of a series book. Yes, I understand that each book references different characters in Moose Creek, I however was kind of disappointed at how she finished things with the Ryans and the McCoys. Wade and Abigail Ryan have a new son add to their family and there is a brief mention of Maddy possibly having a boyfriend. Other than that, they really weren’t mentioned. I was expecting a little more on Maddy and her “boyfriend” because she and Dylan are so close.

Shay and Travis McCoy have a newborn son. Their other child Olivia is only mentioned about once in passing when she is hanging out with Maddy at the Chuckwagon. I didn’t have much of a problem with her story line being finished because hers was more rolled up in with her mothers.

Although overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was predictable at times but the pacing was spot on. Annie is a character that is very relatable. She is that one person in our lives who must give their two cents on everything, even though we know they are trying to help. She has control freak qualities as well but we can’t help but love her. Dylan, on the other hand is so hurt by a past love that he distances himself from many woman. Although he loves to flirt (what guy doesn’t) he makes it perfectly clear that his reputation precedes him and he’s really the loving guy he tries to explain to Annie time and time again.

You can either read this book by itself for pick up its two predecessors: A Cowboys Touch and The Accidental Bride



{September 17, 2012}   Book Review: The Short Straw Bride

Okay, so  I just finished The Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer. I was hooked instantly. The plot of the book sounded like something Denise Hunter would write so I was compelled to pick up the book.

I was a little weary after I found out it was a historical fiction book but I enjoyed it. The characters were so real and easy to relate to. Meredith’s fire and spark was great. Travis was so charming that i fell for him right away, even though he’s a fictional character.

I thought the take on a bridal plot was new and refreshing. I’ve read a lot of books recently about marriages and family and this one is easily in my top favorites. I recommend it to everyone here. You may want to clear a lot of time in your day to read this book because once you start it’ll be hard to stop. 🙂



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