Friday, March 27, 2015

Betting on Hope- Debra Clopton

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Description: A bet gone wrong. A small town's meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it's beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie's bosses know this is the opportunity she's been looking for to launch her career--and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.

Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he'd like, but he knows it's the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru's fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do--for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart's desires.

My Thoughts: Normally I don't care for contemporary novels, as they seem too farfetched or else too much like real life to be interesting. Betting on Hope falls in that perfect place in the middle. As a columnist and a rodeo star, the hero and heroine fall far enough outside the realm "normal" to be interesting, and are yet not so far gone from reality as to be unbelievable. They have great voices and I loved to read through their struggles and watch as they worked through them.

At points there were things I didn't care for. The towns people of Wishing Springs, for instance, seemed a bit stereotypical (though it seems many other reviewers loved them). It seemed a little like the only thing most of them cared about was Tru's love life. I also wish that Maggie could have told Tru about her past without a certain someone showing up and forcing her to. Yet I loved how he was able to support her with her relationship with Jenna.

Clopton does an amazing job of making the characters feel like you next door neighbor. I'm excited to see what happens to Bo in the next Wishing Springs book. Hopefully the story will be just as sweet.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for honest review.

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