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Cowboy Bodyguard

(Gold Country Cowboys #3)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  66 reviews
She must protect a baby…

With her secret husband’s help

In this Gold Country Cowboys novel, Jack Thorn gets a surprise call from the woman he married in secret years ago. Shannon Livingston needs his protection for herself and the baby she’s hiding from a biker gang targeting the mother. Now Jack must help Shannon, even if shielding her means pretending to be a true husband
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Love Inspired Suspense LP
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I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this series, and this installment didn’t even last an entire day out of the box before I had it read. I loved the angle of having a married couple for the stars and for her to call her long-estranged husband when she finds herself in a dangerous situation. Rival biker gangs keep after the girl Shannon is trying to help escape into a better life along with the girl’s small baby.

This is romantic suspense exactly as I like it—well-written, squeaky clean, and the roman
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Looking for almost non-stop action and danger in a romantic suspense story? Cowboy Bodyguard would be an excellent choice for your next read! These characters are continually in harm’s way throughout the entire book!

Cowboy Bodyguard is part of a series. However, it can be read as a stand alone novel even though characters from the first two books do appear in this story. I really enjoyed getting to catch up with the main characters from book one to see what was going on in their lives.

I thought
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I probably say this in every review I write of a Dana Mentink book but it just amazes me that a dog-loving, elementary school teacher with a great sense of humor can write such great suspense stories. But Dana does just that. Each book of hers I read just wows me with the characters, descriptions, and storylines.

Jack's story had me hooked from the very beginning. I sat down to read just a few chapters and soon realized I had read over half the book. And if it wasn't for work the next morning I
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
To be honest, this book had me at the title. I mean, hello? Cowboy + Bodyguard?? Yes please! And then when I realized it was Jack’s story? Yep. That sealed the deal.

I’m really loving this Gold Country Cowboy series by Dana Mentink – and not just for the cowboys! She’s created a family of compelling characters that feel like friends, so you’re even more invested in the story’s outcome than you would be already. The Thorn brothers and their parents are the kind of cowboys you definitely want on yo
Suzie Waltner
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just can’t get enough of this Thorn family! Throw in a secret marriage and a baby, and there was no way I was going to miss the latest installment in Dana Mentink’s Gold Country Cowboys series.

With a group of bikers intent on finding a woman and baby that “belong” to them, Shannon Livingston has nowhere to turn. Nowhere, that is, except her husband—a man she has had little contact within the past seven years.

A plethora of high-stakes situations keep this story speeding by, and then there’s Jac
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ms. Mentink promised us a bumpy ride in COWBOY BODYGUARD and that is what is delivered. Imagine working as an Emergency Room nurse when a biker is brought in... and he isn't one of the many good bikers... No. He's part of the 1%, part of a very dangerous gang that'd rather kill you than look at you. Not only that, but injured biker's girlfriend is accused of pushing him down the stairs, causing this accident -- and the biker's want to retaliate by kidnapping her newborn baby and killing her. She ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Now that blood had been spilled, he understood it wouldn't end until one of them was on the ground."

Dana Mentink's series about the Gold Country Cowboys is quite good and this one just may be her best suspense novel yet! I loved every minute. The action never lets up, except for very brief periods. She tells a quite compelling tale and one that her loyal readers are sure to enjoy. And anyone who has never read her books.

Jack Thorn gets a surprise call from Shannon Livingston, the wife he marrie
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The newest Gold Country Cowboy series by Dana Mentink had my heart beating fast throughout the entire story! Between rival biker gangs and the potential threat of an all out turf war between them, it was constant knife edge tension. She seriously had me under my blankets, sucking my thumb & calling out for my! Wickedly scary stuff, but it's this kind of suspense that keeps me coming back for more. I've enjoyed each installment in this series and getting to know the Thorn family m ...more
Chautona Havig
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
5 Reasons to Hire This Guy Next Time You Need a Bodyguard
Let’s start with our cowboy’s name. Jack. Best cowboy name ever in my book. She got points for that right off the back. My family, on the other hand, is probably sick of me singing the ballad about “Cowboy Jack.” Tuff.

But I promised five reasons to hire Jack, and well, my mom taught me to keep my word. And considering I requested a review copy, I kind of need to keep my word on that, too. So here goes:

First: Genuine, selfless love for peop
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Totally great book. Edge of your seat action. Very well written and clean. Cowboys.....what a breed of man. Story line is excellent. Highly recommend. I received an advance reader copy from the author. Opinions are my own.
Cowboy Bodyguard by:Dana Mentink
Format: Kindle
Genre: Suspense, Love Inspired
Timeframe: Current day
Location: Central California somewhere
Shannon Livingstone: L.A. Doctor who wants to protect a teenager and her baby
Jack Thorn: Cowboy, Shannon’s husband she hasn’t seen in seven years
Dina: Teenager with a baby, accused of pushing her boyfriend
Annabell: Four-month old Shannon wants to protect
Two rival biker gangs

Shannon is a doctor in L.A. Her ER patient is a member of a dangerous bike ga
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Move over all you swoon worthy characters, there is a new cowboy in town! If ever there was a man to be secretly married to, it would be Jack Thorn. My goodness this is a cowboy that will be in your mind for awhile. Not only is he a good guy, but he's fiercely protective and loyal. And let's face it. nothing melts my heart more than a man who is god with a baby! This book is so much more than a swoon filled love story though.

First of all, this book kept me on my toes. I was so anxious and nervou
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed getting to revisit the Thorn family again and this time we get Jack’s and his estranged wife, Shannon’s, story. This pretty much heats up right from the beginning pages and doesn’t stop until the final ones. Shannon, an emergency room doctor, is out of her depth when one night she stands up to a motorcycle gang when one of its brothers is seriously injured. They are planning on taking their blame out on the member’s girlfriend who also is the mother of the member’s small child. Shannon ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Phew! Talk about setting a reader up for lots of romantical angst! Married, but not really. Jack wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to Shannon even though he tries to steel himself against further hurt. And Shannon's just plain discombobulated. She was sure the marriage was over before it had a chance to begin and she's fine with that -- except Jack's the first person she thinks to call when her life is in danger. And she's not surprised when he drops everything and comes running so wha ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dana Mentink’s third book in her Gold Country Cowboys series, Cowboy Bodyguard, is another winner.

This time Jack Thorn and the rest of the Thorn family are embroiled in protecting Jack’s estranged wife, Shannon, and an infant she is caring for from being kidnapped by members of two rival motorcycle gangs—the Tide and the Aces.

The town of Gold Bar becomes the battleground for the war between the Thorns, the Tide, and the Aces. Jack and Shannon battle their personal war at the same time.

Cowboy Bod
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cowboy Bodyguard ( Gold Country Cowboys #3 )
By: Dana Mentink
Cowboy Bodyguard Is book three in Gold Country Cowboys Series. The author had me hooked from the start. Cowboy Bodyguard might just be Ms. Mentink’s best yet. Cowboy stories are one of my favorite, I love them. You take cowboys and biker gangs and you are on the edge of your seat trying to read faster to see what is going to happen next. Cowboy Jack and Shannon, who he married in secret seven years ago are trying to save a mother and he
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"CowBoy Bodyguard" by Dana Mentink is the third book in the (Gold Country Cowboys) series. I think it is my favorite of the third.

This book is full of suspense and kept me reading till the end. It is a story about family and loyalty, faith, love, trust and God's love.

You don't have to read the other books to enjoy this story but I recommend reading them in order just to get the full story because Jack and Shannon's story started before this.

This story has a baby that needs to be saved along with
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This romantic suspense is action packed. The suspense centers around California biker gangs. The danger they create is portrayed well. Some of the characters are from previous novels in the series but this was my introduction to them. Mentink portrays them well. I admired Shannon and her drive to complete her medical training. But sometimes such drive becomes an obstacle to love. Her compassion for the infant and mother in need was wonderful. Jack and the entire Thorn family were so caring and p ...more
Carole Jarvis
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

How to resist such a great cover! Although a cover alone does not make the story, the reading experience is also great. Cowboy, secret marriage, and baby … now that’s a winning formula with me! Fans of romantic suspense, and especially this series, will be thrilled with Jack’s story. The suspense and action hit pretty steadily, so it’s best to have plenty of reading time before beginning.

I’ll be honest and say that it was Dana’s sweet, funny
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-be-read
Biker gangs and a family of cowboys come up against each other over a young woman and her baby, one attempting to protect the child and her mother, and the other out to hurt them. Relationships are strained and danger mounts as Shannon Livingston inserts herself back into Jack Thorn's life. Willing to risk his own life to protect her and those she has brought into his life, Jack uses every power he has to keep his family and friends safe. There is endless action with suspense around every curve. ...more
Renee Sturgill
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better with each new story. I can't just read some and put it down. When I pick up a story written by Mrs. Mentink, it's always a page turner with action packed suspense and sweet, clean romance. I can't wait to read Keegan's story!
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Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOO HOO! I LOVED IT! I've loved Jack pretty much from the beginning of this series and I was SO happy to read his story! And what a story it is! The pace is SO fast in this one! I found myself figuratively on the edge of my seat the whole time, and had to find just the right places to force myself to put it down so I could, you know.......sleep! ;D Needless to say I DEVOURED this book! Dana has once again come up with a completely unique plot and while there are many scenes I enjoyed there's thi ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Wow, this story packs a punch of love and suspense into its small pages. I couldn’t put the story down and finished it within hours. Shannon and jack have a huge past that could make a reader wonder what their future will be? Bring in the rival gangs in to Gold Bar and have a baby that is wanted by everyone, you have a great book. I think one point that I always love about the way this author writes, is she has the ability to create smart, witty characters that will have you smiling by the end o
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cowboy Bodyguard is the third book in the Gold Country Cowboys series. I have been looking forward to this story because it centers around Jack Thorn, the brother I have been interested in getting to know better. Ms. Mentink has outdone herself this time in the action category. When you have two rival gangs and throw some cowboys in the mix, you are destined for a roller coaster ride of a story. When you add in a secret marriage, a mother on the run, a baby that needs protection, being in suspen ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I see Dana Mentink’s name on a book, it moves to the top of my TBR. She draws me in to her stories right from the first page. There’s always a lot of action that keeps you quickly turning the pages. She is definitely a “one more chapter” kind of author!!

This is the third book of a four book series. This story features Jack, one of the four Thorn brothers. It easily stands well on its own. I have been waiting for this story ever since I finished Owen’s story. Now I am (im)patiently waiting
Jo-Ann Elizabeth Toth
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dana knocked this book out of the park. It starts of with a surprise. Shannon and Jack's story is a great read. Its filled with action and surprise at every corner. It also shows a love being rebuilt from the ashes. It shows how a young girl always felt unloved by her father and needed to find it in herself and God. Its a beautiful story that will have you turning the pages from start to finish. For you will get to see Shannon find herself as the pages turn as well. I love this author for she wr ...more
Jeanette Fallon
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting book with twists and turns. I never can resist a western romance!!!

I got so frustrated that real communication between the main characters was lacking. Jack assumes Shannon means this. Shannon assumes Jack means this. Shannon...Jack sit down and iron out the problem!!! Not always easy in real life let alone in a book.

I was hoping by the end of the book the issues were addressed and open communication occurred. Shannon was warm, hardworking and went beyond the call of duty. Jack wa
Deana Dick
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story starts with danger and continues throughout the story. Working in an emergency room can be dangerous as Shannon finds out. She knows the news she is about to deliver will not be pleasant but she is determined to not let the Scarlet Tide motorcycle group intimidate her. I felt so bad for the young woman Dina. It looks like she is being blamed for the accident.

I thought Dina was brave to escape from the Scarlet Tide with her baby. She must rely on Shannon to help her get to safety befor
MaryAnn Bell
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this Gold Country Cowboys novel, Jack Thorn gets a surprise call from the woman he married in secret years ago. Shannon Livingston needs his protection for herself and the baby she’s hiding from a biker gang targeting the mother. Now Jack must help Shannon, even if shielding her means pretending to be a true husband to the only woman he’s ever loved.

My Thoughts: It's difficult enough being an ER doctor, but when your patient happens to be part of the most notorious biker gangs, you have to ha
Glenda Parker
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Cowboy Bodyguard. This is the third book in the Gold Country Cowboys Series. I really enjoy Dana's books. This is an awesome series and I know you are going to love it. The book is well written, action packed, and full of adventure. Faith is interwoven throughout the whole story much like a fine tapestry. This is an awesome read!

Doctor Shannon Livingston is working in the ER when she receives a patient that has fallen down a flight of stairs. The
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Dana Mentink enjoys writing in many different capacities. She currently writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House Publishers.

Dana is the recipient of a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, two ACFW Carol Awards as well as a Holt Medallion.

Dana loves feedback from her readers. Contact her via her website at

Other books in the series

Gold Country Cowboys (4 books)
  • Cowboy Christmas Guardian (Gold Country Cowboys #1)
  • Treacherous Trails (Gold Country Cowboys #2)
  • Lost Christmas Memories (Gold Country Cowboys #4)
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