ABOUT THE BOOK
THE YES DARE: A Pies, Books & Jesus Club Novel by
Genre: Romance / Clean Romance
Date of Publication: July 15, 2021
Number of Pages: 246 pages
Have you ever wished for a second chance to fix something you’ve messed up or for the courage to say yes to something that just may change your life? Sometimes saying yes to the last thing you want can mean saying yes to exactly what you need.
Ryan “The Rocket” Sutton’s winning streak is legendary makes him the undisputed best quarterback in the NFL. However, thanks to one dumb mistake, he’s a failure as a husband to Coco, the only woman he’s ever loved. When a judge’s mistake in divorce paperwork means Coco is still his wife, Ryan makes up his mind to fix what he ruined. Ryan’s game plan doesn’t count on an internationally famous movie director’s camera crew following him as he competes for Coco’s love.
After spending most of her adult life as a football wife and mother to twin sons, fashionista Coco Sutton is learning how to be single and fabulous. Emphasis on Fabulous. The sports trophies, memorabilia, and heavy masculine wood furniture in the home she used to share with Ryan have been banished to the attic, and her home is now a cozy haven of plush candle-scented comfort. She’s got big plans that include owning a boutique or maybe an art gallery, but she never planned to take on the biggest challenge of her life: staying single. Then her best friend gives her a copy of a book called The Yes Dare, and all her plans are turned upside down.
From a Hollywood movie to the local spring event formerly known as the Cow Chip Toss Festival and a country crooner with a crush on Coco, will Ryan dodge the obstacles to win back the only woman he ever loved?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Publishers Weekly bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee and bestselling author of more than one hundred books with over two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she is a member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, Texas A&M Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M Women Former Students (Aggie Women), Texas Historical Society, Sisters in Crime, Faith Hope and Love Christian Writers, and American Christian Fiction Writers. She would also be a member of the Daughters of the American Republic, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a few others if she would just remember to fill out the paperwork that Great Aunt Mary Beth has sent her more than once.
Kathleen and her hero in combat boots husband have their own surprise love story that unfolded on social media a few years back. They make their home just north of Houston, Texas, and are the parents, grandparents, and in-laws of a blended family of Texans, Okies, and a trio of adorable Londoners.
In a word stupendous!
This is my first foray into the Pies, Books & Jesus Club series (honestly not sure how I missed reading the first two!) and I LOVED it. Kathleen Y’Barbo has such a way of displaying each character’s personality that it makes you feel like they are your best friend.
Coco and Ryan are the main characters in this book and the things they go through… I laughed and smiled so much at their sass (mostly Coco’s), their “fights,” and their deep love for each other; even when they do not always want to admit it. They have such strong feelings and opinions, and their southern Texian spirit comes across loud and proud and I enjoyed how Kathleen Y’Barbo had them live out their faith. I have not read very many books that have seamlessly expressed the couple’s faith with their everyday lives the way The Yes Dare does.
I also realized while reading this book how indispensable the secondary characters become. They are just there and then you realize, hey, I want to know their story! Which some do have their stories in previous books (hello next Amazon order). They really helped to reinforce the community Kathleen Y’Barbo created in this series.
The only question I have is, where can I get this Yes Dare book?
Overall, I LOVED this story. The trials the couple went through were touching and believable, I loved their deep, deep, love for each other that shines through even when they are together. And the faith aspect of the book, while not being in your face, was still a beautiful integration of how faith should be lived out in our everyday lives. 5 Stars.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
One of my favorite quotes:
“The last thing Mike Keaton wanted was for anyone to find out his tough-as-nails NFL football team was named after a flower. Even if it was the revered state flower of Texas.”
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Full PB&J Club series
Autographed copy of The Yes Dare
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