Counting on a Cowboy by Debra Clopton | Blog Tour and Love at the Reins Giveaway

A new tale of romance, family, and taking risks—don’t miss Debra Clopton’s Counting on a Cowboy! After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

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{More about Counting on a Cowboy}

Counting on a Cowboy (Thomas Nelson, August 2015)

After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk.

Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the cozy town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby . . . if she’s brave enough to reach out and take it by the reins.

Bo Monahan isn’t interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become—or the women who might be looking at him like he’s their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn’t looking for serious romantic commitments. But when the infant son he never knew about shows up at his doorstep, his world is turned upside down.

This confirmed bachelor might not think he needs a wife, but he sure needs help. Even Abby can see that, and despite her best efforts to keep her distance, she can’t help but be drawn to this new father-son duo. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

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{More About Debra Clopton}

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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“Clopton’s second installment in the Four of Hearts Ranch series doesn’t disappoint. The writing draws you in and makes you feel as if you are living in Wishing Springs.” —RT Book Reviews

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    In this book we take a closer look at Bo and learn about him. We also meet Abby who is looking to get away from her conscience and an accident that she blames herself for. Can she get over her past so that she has a future? Can Bo overcome the present that gets thrust on him? Such a great book!

    I have to say that Grandpa has been and probably always will be the highlight of these books to me! I work in a nursing home with residents just like Grandpa and I love seeing them get some recognition. Caring for someone like this takes a vast amount of patience and love and the Monahan brothers possess this!

    I hope you’ll take the time to read not only this book but the others in the series as well. They’re great reads. They read quickly and keep you entertained as it goes along.

    Written by For Him and My Family on September 14, 2015
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    I really enjoyed the first book in the series and I have to admit that I enjoyed this one just as much. Abby blames herself when she loses her husband and baby as a result she punishes herself by not allowing herself to get close to anyone. Bo has also made mistakes and ends up with a little boy he is responsible for. Abby shows an incredible amount of courage and strength. I find it refreshing to see a family that loves one another, teases each another, and respects all the family members especially the grandfather. This one has grandpa involved in the storyline more since Bo lives with him. Debra does a great job describing his mental health issue (Alzheimers) and the brothers struggle with it.

    Written by Frugal Shopping and More on September 13, 2015
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  • After reading, reviewing, and loving Book 1 of this series I was really looking forward to reading this one. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed in the book, but I did like the first book better than the second.That being said, Clopton knows how to make a town and it’s people come to life. My favourite characters are probably Pops and Pebble, but the author does a great job of getting you to be invested in all of them.

    I was, however, disappointed in how some of the topics were handled, particularly since this is a Christian novel. I thought the themes of sin and forgiveness could’ve been fleshed out a lot more and that it was missing some solid doctrine. When topics like that are brought up but then not dealt with from a Christian standpoint, it makes you wonder what the point is.

    Written by TammyIsBlessed on September 10, 2015
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    Even though I did enjoy the story, a young lady showing up in a small town, meeting a guy that has sworn off ladies, and all of a sudden were thrown together and everything else that happened within a few weeks just wasn’t as believable as I would have liked. But then, that’s just me! All in all, I enjoyed the Monahan family again, and looking forward to reading book three! And by the way, Pops is just the sweetest old man, just adorable!

    Written by Splashes of Joy on September 8, 2015
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    The conclusion was satisfying and fit the book. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next book in the series.

    Written by A Book Lover on September 8, 2015
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    Counting on a Cowboy is another sweet read. Though the description says Bo is a confirmed bachelor, he spends most of the trying to catch Abby’s attention. And since we know that he is not typically a love’em and leave’em type of guy, it’s obvious that he’s after her for the right reasons.

    While I liked Bo just as much as Tru, I did not relate as much to Abby as I had Maggie in the previous book. Rather than feel bad for her, I wanted to shake her whenever she lit into Rand. Even though he was a drunk, and she had lost a lot to a drunk, I still felt that there had been some leaps in logic that carried her to the place where she treated him the way she did. In the end, I felt like Pebble (a secondary character) had made more of a change in her outlook on life than Abby had.

    That said, I adored Bo and Levi and seriously look forward to the next book (which I hope is about Jarrod). I can’t wait to see what emotional upheaval comes with his relationship.

    Written by Backing Books on September 8, 2015


    Most books about cowboys are set in a different time period. I figured that would be the case with Counting On A Cowboy. On the contrary Counting On A Cowboy is set in modern times. Abby Knightly has a past. One that has traumatized her and haunts her every day.

    Written by Adventures In Frugal Land on September 8, 2015


    This was an easy read and I was able to get through it fairly quickly. I was not crazy about the character of Bo, but I liked Abby pretty well. This book had good secondary characters. It was a quick read with a decent plot and okay characters,was it one of the better books I have read? No, but of you are looking for a frothy read this book delivers. I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on September 8, 2015


    I really enjoyed book one, but book two was kind of a let down for me. Book two started off very similar to book one and that was discouraging. Bo was funny and a cut-up in the first book and not so much in this one, almost as if he were two different people.

    The fact that everyone was o.k. with Bo’s indiscretion bothered me. Sure he knew better, and knew that he’d done wrong, but that obviously didn’t mean anything.

    Abby, however, made this book enjoyable for me. I can’t imagine going through what she did yet, after some time, she kept going. Abby was always willing to help others and was a true nurturer.

    I also like Pebble. I like how she has strong standards and sticks to them.

    Written by Dixie n Dottie on September 7, 2015
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    I was hooked on this series ever since I read the first book a few months ago. I was really looking forward to reading this one and kept my eye out waiting for this one to be released. I loved all the characters in the previous book and just knew this whole serious would be a fun read. I’m so glad I wasn’t disappointed… not like I even thought I might would be. With Debra Clopton, I’ve decided that’s near impossible!

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on September 7, 2015
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    Great characters and a fun, page turning read is what I found within the pages of Counting on a Cowboy. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions with this story, but there were some poignant moments as well. While Ms. Clopton deals with a few tough issues, with the issue of Alzheimer’s really being one that I could relate to, thing is she knows just when to provide a bit of humor to lighten the story.

    Written by WV Stitcher on September 7, 2015
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  • Great, easy to read story. I was captivated from the beginning, and found it hard to put down. Be aware that it does talk about some issues which are emotionally hard to deal with.My years living in Montana give me an appreciation for cowboys/farmers/ranchers, and even small town living. Be sure to check this one out.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on September 7, 2015
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    Heartfelt, realistic, and a good, clean romance is what is offered in Ms. Clopton’s second book of her Four of Hearts Ranch series. If you enjoy reading about cowboys and romance, then this is the book for you!

    Written by Misadventures of the Dynamic Uno on September 7, 2015
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    A delightful read overall. Romance is a major theme, yet there’s a depth that makes it more than just a romance – thanks to the inclusion of lifestyle issues like Alzheimer’s, alcoholism, guilt, loss, and commitment. The story’s strength is the Monahan family, especially their love for Pops, who has Alzheimer’s. However, I didn’t see much spiritual content, which disappointed me. Still a good clean romance, though, and I look forward to more in this series.

    Written by The Power of Words on September 7, 2015
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    Counting on a Cowboy by Debra Clopton is a cute romance story with so much more depth to it then an ordinary story of wit and love! Great characters worked together to weave an excellent story and I can’t wait for book 3!

    Written by Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm on September 7, 2015


    I really enjoyed this book. Abby was so broken when she came to Wishing Springs. Bo was just what she needed to help heal her heart. Little Levi was also the balm that her soul needed to heal. I loved watching these two fall for each other. Even though they fought it, I just knew they would not be able to resist.
    In addition to Bo and Abby’s story, we get to check in with the colorful and energetic people in the town. I am looking forward to seeing how the relationship between Pebble and Rand develops. I am holding out hope for them! This is a wonderful series and one I highly recommend!

    Written by From the TBR Pile on September 6, 2015
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    Debra Clopton has succeeded in telling the fun tale of the second Monahan brother in book two of her ‘A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance’ series. It is sure to delight and cause readers to turn pages until the happily-ever-after ending. I give this book a 4.5 out of 5.

    Written by Digging For Pearls on September 5, 2015
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    Overall, the story isn’t about a romance, but about a woman who walked through a difficult storm in her life and how God can take all of her shattered pieces and make her whole again. If you’re going through a difficult season or know someone who is, even a fiction book can give HOPE! This book gives the message of HOPE and God is never to FAR from our reach!

    Written by Running Through The Storms on September 4, 2015
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    In this book, Abby comes to the small town of Wishing Springs just to get away from her life and her sad memories. But from the time she comes into town, it’s just one thing after another, and the situations she gets herself into keep involving bachelor Bo Monahan. Bo is suspicious of every lady because his town has recently become a romantic destination. Throughout the book, as Bo and Abby keep getting thrown together, they find out they have feelings for each other. The trick is for Bo to realize he is tired of bachelor life and for Abby to move past her issues from the past.

    I enjoyed this book more than the first one, actually. I like Clopton’s easy reading style and I recommend this book for those who enjoy this genre.

    Written by The Talbert Report on September 4, 2015
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    The characters are realistically and well described, each a bit quirky. I easily identified with Abby and felt her every hurt, challenges and joys. Very typical everyday situations were described with details that had me laughing but also feeling empathy towards a helpless cowboy.
    The plot moves quickly with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader engrossed. I was indeed sorry when the story came to an end.

    Written by Quiet Quilter on September 4, 2015


    While this book was good, it seemed a bit unrealistic.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on September 3, 2015
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    This novel is full of laughter, tears, sweet friendships and frustrating moments. Clopton’s characters are thick like flesh and blood people. Her dialogue is believable. Her circumstances are engaging and plausible, not feeling manipulated or forced. The inner monologues of the characters are insightful.

    Written by WORD Up! on September 3, 2015
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    Loved this book, love Clopton’s writing and loved all the characters! A big win just like Betting on Hope was. In fact I’m really looking forward to the next book! You can totally read this book indepenedantly but I’m sure you will want to read the first book too! So it is up to you if chronological order bothers you. This book will give you just enough back story so that you won’t be lost and can just jump right in!

    Written by A Rup Life on September 3, 2015
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    Counting on a Cowboy is an easy read and a very sweet story. Abby comes to Wishing Springs reeling from pain and tragedy; hoping to start over and make a new life for herself. I loved how Clopton revealed Abby’s story piece by piece throughout the novel. It made the story interesting and I wanted to keep reading.

    Written by Simple Harvest Reads on September 2, 2015
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    Debra Clopton weaves an intricate story line around 2 complete strangers who are both undergoing life changing events, that ultimately bring them both together. A change up of the usual Cinderella Story, Counting on a Cowboy is a good, clean romance you can cuddle up to and enjoy anytime! I found it refreshing to read a romance novel that was not overloaded with graphic sexual references and foul language. I have never understood the need for such material in a book, and this book proves you can have a really good book with out all of that garbage.

    Written by The Open Window: An Autism Blog on September 2, 2015


    I really enjoyed this next installment in the Four Hearts Ranch series. I generally don’t gravtite towards contemporary fiction UNLESS it’s by one of my favorite authors like Debra Clopton.
    Abby and Bo are imperfect characters who help each other out in a pinch.
    Enjoyed the storyline and looking forward to more.

    Written by Homemaking Organized on September 2, 2015


    To be honest I branched out when I signed up to review Counting on a Cowboy. After so many of my typical dark fantasy books I wanted something more light hearted. While the characters in this book face some serious issues, Debra does a wonderful job keeping the overall mood lifted even in the face of sadness. That is not to say that there are not a few tear-jerker moments.

    The story mainly jumps between Abby and Bo in third person. They are both such strong characters I fell in love with them. Abby is trying to overcome a tragic loss and moves to Wishing Springs, Texas for a fresh start. I felt so much for Abby and cheered her on. Abby meets Bo Monahan, a southern cowboy. Bo is my favorite character, he is very well written. Debra did a wonderful job conveying his gentlemanly southern cow

    Written by Katie on September 1, 2015
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    Contemporary romances aren’t necessarily my go to reads when I want to escape in a book. You might say I’m a bit of a historical romance junkie. Books like Counting on a Cowboy, however, are winning me over to fictional worlds set in the here and now. Clopton always impresses me with her sweet romances, and while I thought the first book in the Four of Hearts Ranch series was good, Counting on a Cowboy is a gem!

    Written by Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot on September 1, 2015
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    What I liked most about the book was the characters had lifelike issues to face, to struggle with and choices to make for the path they were going to travel. The characters are examples of what human nature looks like as well as how faith can play an important part of life. The author crafts these characters as if they are so real that readers can identify with their triumphs or failures. Monahan’s ranch is being pulled out of debt by the hardworking adult sons while they care for their grandfather who has Alzheimer’s. Through each son’s special gift they are able to keep the ranch making money to pay off the gambling debts their father had by using the ranch as collateral.

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on September 1, 2015
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    Counting on a Cowboy is an emotional novel with appealing characters and an enjoyable storyline. The romance between Abby and Bo is slow growing but it is builds at realistic pace considering Abby’s past. The secondary cast of characters is quite colorful and entertaining, but they also play an important role in the developing storyline. This latest addition to Debra Clopton’s Four of Heart Ranch series is an absolutely heartfelt romance that fans of contemporary Christian fiction are sure to enjoy.

    Written by Book Reviews & More by Kathy on September 1, 2015
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  • Counting on a Cowboy was a good follow-up to the first book in this series, Betting on Hope. It was full of family, fun and diverse friendships, small-town charm, humorous moments, a precious baby, and a sweet and sultry romance between a city girl who wants to grow small-town roots and a cowboy with forever love on his mind.If you enjoy inspirational romance then I’d recommend Countin on a Cowboy. I’m looking forward to reading Jarrod’s story next in Kissed by a Cowboy, to be released in February.

    Written by Wishful Endings on September 1, 2015
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    Counting on a Cowboy is such a fun and sweet read; Debra has done an excellent job with this book of hers! I loved the storyline, the setting and the characters and thrown all together creates an irresistible book! Abby is trying to start her life over and she thinks that the best way to do this is with a move. What I love about this book is the realness of the characters as Abby was faced with choices and she was not 100% sold on her choices and not positive that they were the right thing for her to be doing.

    Written by Moments on August 31, 2015
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    Romances aren’t exactly unpredictable, but while you might be able to see the end of Abby’s story, nobody could predict the twists and turns she and Bo meet along the way. It’s those unexpected events that make this such a memorable story and that prove Clopton’s skill as a writer. I love the way that she wrapped up each thread. The realistic way that she described Abby’s emotions as she healed from the loss of her husband made the story incredibly vivid. While I cannot relate personally, Clopton made me ache alongside Abby and rejoice at her healing. Counting on a Cowboy is an extremely well-written story and even better than the previous one; I can only expect greatness from the final book in the series.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on August 30, 2015 


    Returning to Wishing Springs and the Four of Hearts Ranch, Debra Clopton gives Bo Monahan, a cowboy with no plans to settle down with a wife or children soon, a chance at romance in Counting on a Cowboy – with a woman who swore never to love again. This novel offers a wonderful follow-up romance to Betting on Hope with equally great characters determined to confront their pasts and the heartwarming development of a relationship. Fans of the Four of Hearts Ranch series will not be disappointed with Counting on a Cowboy.

    Written by Book by Book on August 30, 2015
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    If you love cowboy romances, southern fiction, or are a fan of Debra Clopton, then you might love COUNTING ON A COWBOY. It is set deep in the heart of Texas, with cowboys, small town appeal, and real quirkiness of some of the secondary characters who were introduced in the first book.

    I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series. Ms. Clopton’s cowboy romances are usually fun and quirky, books that hold my attention all the way through.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on August 30, 2015
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    Debra Clopton has penned another funny but heart warming cowboy story in Counting on a Cowboy! I love how her stories come together with characters that may not be perfect but are trying to do their best. My personal favorite is the first one but I found this one to be right on par.

    Written by Giveaway Lady on August 29, 2015
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    Take a trio of cowboy brothers, an adorable baby, a sweet if slightly addled grandfather and a town full of lovable characters… and then throw in a young widow still recovering from the tragic accident that haunts her. The result? A truly entertaining read that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions. Counting on a Cowboy provides all the best things about a romance novel – flirting, dimples, growly kisses, laughter, and friendship. Not to mention the sweetheart of a baby who shows up on the front porch. If you like westerns and books about a small town, this will quickly become one of your favorites! If you like books that show a lot of character growth and healing, this is also a wonderful pick for you!

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on August 28, 2015
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    Bo doesn’t want to be tied down, and Abby isn’t ready to let go of the pain and loss she’s been through. Sometimes, though, life dishes up circumstances that require us to go beyond…

    Wishing Springs is a welcoming little town. The residents have their quirks, but they also genuinely care about one another. They greet Abby with open arms when she desperately needs just that…

    Written by Fiction, Faith, and Fun on August 28, 2015
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    I read the first “Four of Hearts Ranch Romance” book earlier this year and absolutely loved it! This second book was definitely just as good! They don’t have to be read in order, but since all the family members are mentioned in both books, the character development will make more sense if you do. I love Bo and Abby’s personalities and how they worked together to take care of others. They were both very caring and selfless. The author did very well depicting Abby’s inner turmoil and emotional pain from her past.

    Written by EmpowerMoms on August 28, 2015
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    Counting on a Cowboy is the story of Abby and Bo. Abby moves to a small town after tragically losing her husband and baby. By chance, she meets Bo, a cowboy who lives with his brother and aging grandfather. Just as they meet and get aquainted, Bo discovers that he has a one year old son — who arrives unexpectedly on his doorstep.

    This novel explores how two broken people find strength within themselves and through a relationship in order to heal and move forward with their lives.

    The love story was so winning. Abby and Bo are very warm, sympathetic characters, and I found myself rooting for them. I love the way their relationship unfolded slowly in the book.

    Written by View from the Birdhouse on August 28, 2015
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    Since the day I met the Monahan brothers in Betting on Hope, I have been eagerly awaiting this next installment in the Four of Hearts Ranch series. I was excited to read more from this town and this family, and I was not disappointed.

    As we get to know Bo, we realize that he is a hard-working and kind-hearted cowboy, much like his brothers. We get to see a little of his giving personality come out when he meets Abby, but when his son appears in this story we really get a true sense of who Bo is.

    Written by Ting’s Mom Books on August 27, 2015
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    Abby isn’t interested in a relationship. That’s okay with Bo. Neither is he. Abby relocated to Wishing Springs, Texas after following an advice columnist’s bet with a cowboy.

    Abby has an accident on her way into town and is rescued by Bo and his brother. Since his steer was the cause of the accident Bo just wants to get her settled at the Sweet Dreams Motel and get her car repaired. Then she’s out of his life.

    Sounds good, doesn’t it? We know it’s not going to be that simple.

    Thank you, Ms Clopton, for giving us this cowboy love story. I’m looking forward to Tru’s story.

    Written by sunny island breezes on August 27, 2015
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    Everyone has a story. Abby is running from the past, hoping to start a fresh new life, forgetting her painful past. Bo Monahan doesn’t realize how tangled his story is going to be, when he meets Abby for the first time. This book kept me turning pages till the very end. I enjoyed the story, and probably as other readers did, found myself frustrated with Abby and Bo both. My favorite side character in this story is Jarrod, the older brother. It might be because that is my son’s name but I am interested in seeing his story and what love will do to that strong, silent fireman/cowboy. My heart broke as every day Pops experienced the painful memory loss of Alzheimers. Debra Clopton took these characters who make you wonder how they fit together and turned it into a story that made you care.

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on August 27, 2015
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    Having already fallen in love with the small town of Wishing Springs, TX, and the unique personalities of each of its residents this book felt familiar and sometimes that’s good to read something that takes you back to a place you know even if it’s only a place you know within your imagination. I honestly thought the aspect with Bo unexpectedly becoming a single dad would be my least favorite part of the story but it turns out I was wrong. Little Levi tugged at my heart strings right along with Bo and Abby.

    Written by Cows and Lasers and Everything in Between on August 26, 2015
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    Counting on a Cowboy is book two in the Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series. Debra Clopton is one of my all time favorite authors. I’ve read almost every book she has wrote, and I can say that this book doesn’t lack one bit. I enjoyed every bit of this book, all they way down to the nitty-gritty. I can’t wait till Kissed by a Cowboy comes out in February of 2016.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on August 26, 2015
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  • This was an enjoyable story with a good dose of fun while also dealing with some serious issues. There were some nice romantic moments and also some humorous ones. I loved Bo! It was admirable to see how he took responsibility for the baby even when he wasn’t sure he was his. He seemed to really grow up as the story progressed.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on August 25, 2015


    There are so many “tug at the heartstrings” moments in Bo and Abby’s story. Abby is a woman who has experienced crushing loss. She is doing her best to climb out of it, but is weighted down with guilt. I thought that her reactions were just so realistic. From the way she sees herself to the way she deals with her landlord, Rand, it is clear that Abby is a wounded soul. I loved reading about her and watching her slowly come to life again.

    Bo was also a great main character. As a strong male lead, he needed something to knock him to his knees. The author found the perfect thing…a baby that Bo didn’t know existed. I believe that the author handled this aspect very tastefully and I really enjoyed watching the change that occurred in Bo.

    Written by Britt Reads Fiction on August 25, 2015
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    Counting on a Cowboy by Debra Clopton was a super sweet love story. I think these two characters are my favorite so far in this series because they seem the most relatable to me.

    Written by The World As I See It on August 24, 2015
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    Unfortunately, this was not one of my favorite books. It felt like it was lacking….something. I can’t put my finger on it. The characters and the story line were just ok, to me. The redeeming quality in the book, in my opinion, was the character developement, especially in Abby. I guess her struggle to put the past behind her and move on is one I can definitely relate to, having lost everything I’ve held dear once, too. The author’s focus on putting the past behind you and moving forward was well written into the story. Both characters had a lot to overcome. Overall, while this wasn’t one of my favorite books, someone else might enjoy it. It just wasn’t for me.

    Written by Faith * Love * Books on August 24, 2015
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    I want to say ‘Best Romantic Comedy Ever’ but as I think back on this story I realize there are a lot of really intensely emotional issues that various characters are struggling to deal with. So there’s definitely gritty realism delivered in an honest, and sometimes heart wrenching, way but I still start grinning when I think about Counting on a Cowboy. I guess the humorous bits that shine through the drama really made an impact on me.

    Written by Best Reads on August 24, 2015
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    Counting on a Cowboy is both fun and poignant. The perfect follow-up to the previous Betting on Hope, it not only included a brand new romance between Monahan brother Bo and Abby Knightly, but the continuing story lines involving side characters add even more interest.

    After visiting and falling in love with Wishing Springs, Texas with Hope in the first book, it is no wonder that Abby chose the cozy little town as a place to start over. Still grieving over major loss in her life, Abby has no desire to even think about another man but when Bo finds himself with a challenge he cannot handle alone, Abby’s resistance is poor.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on August 23, 2015
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    Don’t you just enjoy the name of the town, Wishing Springs, Texas? I think that name just sets up the whole theme of this book. Abby is still mourning in her widowhood though her friends feel she should re-marry. That is why she comes to town, to escape their well-meaning wishes. It is an accident that Bo is in the middle of the road at night and that he causes Abby’s accident. Now he takes her around until the car is fixed. In the meantime Bo is an unexpected parent and he needs Abby to help him. That is when the sparks start to fly. Abby and Bo are a lot of fun. How do you deal with someone’s pain and then another’s need? Ms. Clopton does a great job of answering those questions without being preachy. Bo and Abby are wonderfully crafted characters that we draw very close to and root for.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on August 22, 2015
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    Easy to read and absorb. In all, I love it, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too. What not to love? It has depth, humor, eye candy (just visualize the description in the book), a little adventure and romance. There’s just something about cowboys!

    Written by Just Commonly on August 22, 2015
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    Abby and Bo both had a lot of “baggage” from their past. Abby was a grieving young widow who lost her husband and unborn child due to a drunken driver. Not only was she mourning, but she was filled with guilt and regret over her actions prior to the accident. Bo, meanwhile, was struggling with running a ranch with his brothers that had been almost lost due to their late father’s gambling, caring for their grandfather in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and then discovering that he’s the father of a baby boy whose mother passed away. This wasn’t a “love heals all” fantasy novel; the characters had to work through their feelings before they could even begin to allow themselves to fall in love again. Bo was a kind and hunky man who will leave a lot of women wishing to find their own cowboy!

    Written by Susan Heim on Writing on August 21, 2015
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    Oh how I love a good Cowboy!
    And this one was great! Debra Clopton hits it out of the arena with Counting on a Cowboy!
    A Novel based on God’s redeeming power of forgiveness and Grace. A good old fashioned love story and just a really great book.
    G0 check out Debra Clopton’s Counting on a Cowboy today.

    Written by Memawsstuff on August 21, 2015
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    This romance revolves around the troubled thoughts of Bo and Abby. I didn’t feel it was as good as the first in the series. I really didn’t like Bo much. He had slept with a previous girlfriend and when a one year old son shows up, the possible discussion of sin and repentance is ignored. I was disappointed that no one seemed to think his past behavior had been wrong. I would have liked a romance based more on admired character traits rather than just physical attraction. On the positive side, there are good lessons about the evils of alcoholism and the need for forgiveness.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on August 20, 2015
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    Overall, this was great read, engaging and fast paced, it was a hard one to put down, I got so immersed in the story and the community, I can’t wait to go back soon! There was great dialogue and I loved how both Abby and Bo learned how the mistakes of the past don’t define them today. What a great read!

    Written by Labor Not in Vain on August 20, 2015
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    This is such a wonderful heartwarming story because it deals with loss on a different level. It shows us that no matter what we are all facing in our life we can make it through it when we rely on God’s promises found in the Bible. We just need to learn to lean on Him and one day before we know it, will we arrive on the other side in our own timing and with His! This one is worth 4.5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait for the final novel in this series Kissed By A Cowboy which is slated for release in February of 2016. I will be sad to see it end for the Monahan family!

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on August 19, 2015
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    Nothing slow about this book.

    I have loved this series A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance so far, Betting on Hope was fantastic as was Counting on a Cowboy. I never put the book down until the very last page and I was sad to see it end to say the least.

    Such well rounded characters and the storyline was superb.

    There was nothing left to the imagination very well written descriptions of every detail. You could see it all playing out on each page.

    I gave this book 5 stars and I can not wait for book three in this series Kissed by a Cowboy. It comes out next year, I know way to long to have to wait.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on August 19, 2015


    Counting on a Cowboy is book 2 in A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series. Wow, what a fabulous romance! There is such a strong chemistry in this story and a wonderful story line! I was drawn in from the very start! This book will not only have you laughing, crying and mad at times.

    Written by cherylbbookblog on August 18, 2015
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    I don’t know about you but I love cowboys! In fact, I married one! When I saw the latest from Debra Clopton Counting on a Cowboy, I classified it as a must read ASAP!

    I did have a hard time getting into this book and I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t read the first book and missed much of the backstory and foundation of the characters or if it was something else. Either way, I did eventually get into it and grew fond of Abby and Bo’s love story.

    I related to Abby and her tragic past as I’m currently experiencing grief with the loss of my father. That connected me to her as a character because I think grief is only something you understand once you’ve experienced it.

    When Abby meets Bo in his hometown there is attraction yet conflict. I find this to be a little bit predictable since it usually is the case in love stories these days. It didn’t take away from their story much but I might have rolled my eyes a few times in certain situations.

    While Counting on a Cowboy isn’t the first in this series, I probably will continue on with it because I enjoyed it enough to want to read more!

    Written by The IE Mommy on August 18, 2015
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    I thought this was a nice clean romance that makes for a good book to take to the beach or to cuddle up with on a rainy day. This book was just an enjoyable as the first book in the series. It was kind of neat that the letters that Maggie writes in her column and has exchanged with Abby is what drew her to this town when she need a new place to go to start over. Wishing Springs is such a quaint little town I can understand why Abby was drawn there.It was nice to watch the romance grow between Abby and Bo. I can’t imagine how Bo must have felt finding out he had a son he did not know about and then to have to figure out how to raise him. He had so much on his plate between taking care of his ailing father and now a baby. The way the two of these characters played off each other was nice. I liked that there was just enough drama in the book that it made you wonder what next. This book is the second book in the series and although you can read it on its own and be just fine you will end up wanting to go back and read the first book.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on August 18, 2015
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    I have to always say that I love cowboys. Counting on a Cowboy by Debra Clopton is a fantastic story of love and starting over. Abby Knightly just wants to be left alone. Will she be able to find love again after all she has had to endure ?

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &,Sissy, Too!on August 17, 2015
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  • Readers are invited back to A Four of Hearts ranch, this time focusing on Bo Monahan. Those who read the first book will be thrilled to see how life in Wishing Springs, Texas, since many of the characters from the first story have on going stories.
    I like Bo and Abby, perhaps even more than Tru and Maggie, though they were lovely characters too. Debra Clopton does a fantastic job at balancing humor and loss, unexpected blessings and learning to forgive. This is a great, chick lit style read!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on July 19, 2015

  • Paula Adams says:

    Always enjoy your stories.

  • Shelly K says:

    I love cowboys! I have enjoyed reading your books. Hope I win this prize. Thank you.