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The Cowboy and the Kid

(Code of the West #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,204 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Having a father is a big responsibility.
And finding him a wife is a challenge eight-year-old Becky Jones takes seriously. Ex-rodeo cowboy Taggart Jones is adamant. No marriage. Been there. Done that.

Not even if Becky's dream candidate is her beautiful, blonde teacher, Felicity Albright, who knows about barrettes, patching up scrapes, and hates carrots as much as his dau
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published January 26th 2017 by Tule Publishing (first published June 1st 1996)
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Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Being an only parent Taggart Jones gave up his career as a bull rider to be there for his daughter Becky. Now at eight years old Becky is determined that her father needs a lady in his life but she's decided that it needs to be someone she approves of and wants to be with too.

Becky and her best friend come up with a plan to get Taggart to meet Becky's pretty new teacher, Felicity Albright. Becky stops doing her homework, she wears spurs to school and she and her friend follow Felicity around to
This is a delightfully different story with a precocious eight year old, Becky, deciding to act as matchmaker for her father, Taggart Jones, and the lady she thinks would be a great mother for her - her school teacher, Felicity Albright. Taggart was a rodeo star and became a single father after his wife decided it just wasn’t the life she wanted. Taggart was determined he would bring up his daughter and even took her on the tours with him until she was old enough to start school. A serious road ...more
An adorable matchmaker kid, her bull rider father and her third grade teacher

Taggart was in the same accident that brought Noah and Tess together (Cowboys Don’t Stay). Fearing his daughter might become an orphan, he gives up the rodeos and opens a bull riding school with Noah in Elmer.
His daughter’s mom and former wife Julie is out of the picture for a long time, having abandoned father and daughter and never come back.
Feeling that her father is lonely, Beck asks the help of her best friend Suza
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Bull rider Taggart has been bringing up his daughter since her mother ran out on them. Now 8-year-old Becky has decided she needs a mother and her dad needs a wife. Her new teacher, Felicity, is the woman she has decided fits the bill perfectly - now all she needed to do was bring them together. The story that follows is a bit of a stretch but nevertheless a sweet read. I didn’t really bond with any of the characters. But enjoyed the resolution and the journey to that point.
Margaret Sholders
I like to read good cowboy stories. Most follow the same line. This time Anne took me in a total way that I wouldn't think of. Taggert and his friend Noah retired from rodeos. Now Taggert teaches bull riding and Noah teaches bronc riding. Taggert is divorced and has a 7 year old girl to raise. Becky sees that her Dad is lonely and goes on a mission to get him a wife. Big Spoiler. She brings her friend Susannah to help. They put their sights on their new teacher. Felicity is a widow and when she ...more
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Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This heartwarming story has a unique touch as part of it is told by Becky Jones's point of view. The kid has a lot to say, she is wild and free, yet respectful and loyal. She knows what she wants and her friend is teaching her how to get it. The shenanigans are on and her father of her teacher have no mercy as they try to find out what it is that they themselves want from each other.
Taggart Jones is not only a world champion bull rider, he is an excellent dad who has a warm, loving relationship
Dee/ bookworm
Cute book, but not a lot of character depth.
Jeannie Zelos
The Cowboy and the Kid, The Tanner Brother - Book 4,  Anne McAllister

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:   Romance, General Fiction

I’d not read any of Anne’s novels and as she’s got so many I was really, really hoping to like this. Nothings like finding a new-to-you author with loads of lovely novels you haven’t read ;-)
Sadly though this was just an OK read for me, a sweet story but one that didn’t really do much for me.

Its a small town romance, and I like those but I do need some dra
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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Best friends Becky and Susannah were stalking their prey with stealth, intensity… and giggles.

Becky was, quite frankly, exhausted taking care of her dad. She needed a mom to ride herd on her dad. She loved him to pieces, but he needed a wife. And Becky had the perfect choice all picked out – her teacher, Felicity. After all anyone who knows that carrots are the most disgusting thing in the world just has to become her mom… really.

Taggart’s done the marriage thing, got
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved the beginning of this book. It hooked me right away. Eight-year-old Becky had been looking after her father all her life and now thinks he needs a wife. So she put together a plan to find him one. The things she does to put him together with the woman she’s chosen are cute. They make perfect sense to an 8-year-old but not appreciated by an adult like her father.

Becky was adorable. And her dad, Taggart, was terrific with her. He had raised her alone after his wife left them when Becky was
Char (1RadReader59)
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is a sure fire for sure. That the minute you tell yourself over and over again, “I’m not going to ever…,” you end up doing just that. Just ask poor old Taggart Jones.
A single, thirty-two-year-old, father of an eight-year old daughter. Who by the way he has been raising her since his ex-left them which Becky was two months old. Then, he started taking her down the road, as they say, with him and his best friend, Noah Tanner. The two guys were a tag team when it came to her. Two years ago, it
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Entertaining story with some comedic moments. Eight year old Becky has noticed a change in her ex Bull Rider father, Taggart and decided that what he needs is a wife. However there are very few single women in Elmer, Montana and those that are she wouldn't want as a mother, so she decides to pray and lo and behold, there is a new teacher at school! With the help of her best friend Susannah, Becky puts in play an elaborate plan for her father and new teacher to meet. Felicity lost the love of her ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Cowboy and the Kid by Anne McAllister is book number four in the Tanner Brothers series. This is ex-rodeo cowboy Taggart Jones and school teacher Felicity Albright's story.

Taggart's wife left him to raise their daughter alone. He has sworn off of marriage. But, his daughter Becky has other ideas. This is where Felicity, Becky's teacher, comes in. Felicity's husband was killed in an accident. When Felicity's Uncle Fred died he left her his house in Elmer, Montana. Felicity thought this was th
Angela Simmons
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
So, this was one those ‘just for fun’ reads. I wasn’t sure what to expect when the review invite arrived but the fact it featured a short about Charlie Hunnam had me saying ‘yes, please!’. Seriously, the guy is just yummy and I’ll take him anyway I can get him!

The just of this one is that the stories are told in second person and each one features ‘you’ and a different celebrity. I didn’t read all the stories, Norman Reedus, Matt Damon, and Tom Hardy just don’t thrill my soul. Winter’s Kiss (fe
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Occasionally quite amusing romance between two very different people who have not finished with their past and are not ready or willing to invest into a new relationship - were it not for the daughter of Taggart having ideas of her own, and the determination to see them happen.
Very likeable and realistic characters with self-doubts and burdens of their past, a good and interesting plot, but for me the narration style did just not connect. Simple language and structure when the story was told fro
Linda Walters
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
To begin with I liked how the story started out from Becky's point of view of how hard is was to take care of her father. That made me smile.. a lot! She was one cute, determined, creative little girl. Very creative when it came to trying to get her father and her teacher together.

Felicity might be beautiful and at times fragile looking but she was far from that. She had gumption when she believed in something or someone. Something that Taggart began to admire even as he was scared spit-less by
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is fun, heartwarming and sweet story of a little girl wanting a mom and a woman to make her dad happy. Taggert is an ex-championship bull rider turned bull riding teacher and single father to six year old. Becky, Taggert's daughter, and her best friend Susannah decide to play matchmaker for her dad with her teacher Felicity. Taggert doesn't want to be set up because he's been hurt in the past and doesn't want to open his heart again. Felicity is a strong woman who holds her own and is bound ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun story.
Felicity is the new teacher in town, and a widow. Taggart is a divorced single dad and a former bull rider who is afraid of loving again. And Becky is Taggart's meddling daughter who, with the help of her friend Susannah, is trying to pick a new mother for herself, no matter what her father wants.
I loved all of the characters in this book. Becky and Susannah really were quite methodical in their attempts to push Felicity and Taggart together. But I think even without the med
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Becky is eight years old and a little bit too wise for her years, of course, maybe it's her friend, Susannah that is so knowledgeable. They both talk like they are much older than they are. Their scheme though was adorable. Once Becky decided to find a wife for her dad, the fun was on. I loved all the things the girls did to achieve their goal. Taggart, Becky's dad fought just too much against his feelings. Felicity, the new school teacher ha
Anna Erishkigal
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Becky wore her spurs to school..."

This was a cute, clean read, different from the usual flavor of category romance because we start out the story in the head of a third character, the daughter (Becky) who wants to find a new wife for her gun-shy father, who'd gotten burned. The little girl is adorable; her taciturn, bull-rider father (Taggert) worships the ground she walks on; and her California-transplant, recently-widowed teacher (Felicity) is warm, sensible, and Becky senses, a perfect futur
Florence Fales
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good.

This story follows Felicity. She loses her husband. Then she inherited a ranch in Montana. She gets hired as a teacher in the local school. Becky is one of her students.
Becky decides to play matchmaker for her dad Taggert. Both Felicity and Taggert fifth their feelings each because of their respective marriages. They decide to go on a date. They end up slipping into a ditch and are trapped inside the cab of the truck all night.
Felicity makes a deal with one of the parents of a student.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you watched Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap and loved that movie then you're in for a treat. The Cowboy And The Kid is a truly delightful take on that theme. I've laughed myself silly through the pages of this story!
Eight year old Becky is just priceless in her efforts to match Taggart, her father, with Felicity, her teacher. Taggart isn't keen on a relationship after the disaster of his marriage and Felicity has also avoided one as she's been mourning her dead husband. While Taggart and Fel
Pam Couch
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Watch out for feisty 7 & 8 year old girls!

A delightful entertaining story of two daughters who cook up a scheme to find a wife for single father, Taggert. Pickings are slim in their small town, until new teacher, Ms Albright arrives. The story however has its complications with Taggert's vow to never marry again after his wife deserted and divorced him; and Felicity's husband died 2 years ago. However the chemistry between them is off the charts even without the girls' matchmaking attempts!
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a short novella that is book four in an ongoing Tanner Brother’s series, but it can be read as a standalone. In it Ms. McAllister treats her readers to a cast of characters that are so life like you almost expect to see them at the local diner. She has a way of making them very real especially when it comes to portraying their emotions. This is a nice quick read that will have you smiling and laughing at two little girls the entire way through.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just as good the second time

I read this when it first came out in paperback, but didn't realize that when I picked it up again. It was just as good the second time. It missed five stars because of its simplicity. However, there were several laugh-aloud places, the characters were fresh, and there was quite a bit of interesting philosophy tucked in. As a teacher, I particularly appreciated her discussion of different learning styles. Well worth the read.
Pauline Frost
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great quick read easy to follow along. This one about Taggart and his daughter Becky and the life they have lived is a great adventure. Taggart and his rodeo circuit traveling partner Noah end up retiring together and become business partners so Taggart could be closer to his daughter all the time. Then Felicity steps into the picture when she moves to Elmer to teach. A well written perfectly paced story pulling you in from the start.
Lisa Ezzell
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Truly excellent

In every way. A western love story set in Montana between a teacher and an ex Rodeo cowboy. It couldn’t get any more romantic for my tastes. Throw in an errant snow storm, the prerequisite hardheadedness from EVERYONE and this is a great little story worthy of all 5 stars.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Becky is looking for a wife for her dad but Taggart is not buying it. Her best candidate is her teacher, Felicity. Enjoyed the small town environment and like this author's characters. Good story to kick back and enjoy .
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Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Another great story. Taggert wasn't a Tanner but was best friends & business partners with one. He was raising his little girl alone after his ex left & he had to stop competing. Becky decided she needed a mom, and she was going to fix her widowed teacher up with him.
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Anne McAllister has written nearly 70 romance novels for Tule Publishing and Harlequin Books.

She has won two RITA awards from the Romance Writers of America — for COWBOY PRIDE and THE STARDUST COWBOY — and has had nine other books which were RITA finalists.

Her books have also been finalists for the National Readers’ Choice Award. She was named Midwest Fiction Writers “Writer of the Year” and also

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