Milestone reached! At 11:34 pm, last night, I finished reading a Love Inspired book. Though I’ve seen this Harlequin line in stores and on the internet, I’ve never read one. And let me tell you, I’ve been missing out! Claiming Her Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe has captivating characters, witty banter, and a charming romance!
Here’s the blurb:
Attorney Jackson Harris regularly goes toe-to-toe with the world’s toughest lawyers—but none of them compare to Lucy Maxwell. The feisty director of Oklahoma’s Big Heart Ranch for orphans is as stubborn as she is pretty. But Jack must stay focused; he’s only there to evaluate the ranch’s funding. Falling for Lucy and the sweet children she protects is out of the question. Though Lucy is determined to keep the ranch, she’s not about to give control to a city slicker—even a devastatingly good-looking one. But as they bump heads, Jack and Lucy gradually nudge open their hearts. Could a temporary cowboy become a permanent part of Lucy’s life?
First off, this story is set in Oklahoma, very close to the area where I’ve lived. The author totally nailed the feel of Okie summers from the humid air to the capricious weather. As for the characters, I was immediately drawn to Lucy Maxwell. Her heart for others—especially emotionally-wounded children—endeared her to me from page one. It was fun to read the adorable- sometimes hilarious – interactions between Lucy and Jackson. (Especially the several times the country girl put the city boy in his place. 😉 ) But Jackson’s good humor and ready-to-help attitude made him a complement to the ranch and to Lucy’s cautious heart.
What I loved most about this story, besides the enamoring romance, is the spiritual premise. Both the main characters struggle with issues from their past which color their take on the future. I adore stories which reveal God’s overwhelming love in the form of second chances.
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*I received this story through a giveaway from the author. A review was not required. All opinions are my own.