Friday, March 27, 2020

"The Cactus Creek Challenge" by Erica Vetsch


About this book:

  Anything he can do, I can do better.
  At least that was what Cassie Bucknell thought before she pinned on Ben Wilder’s badge and took to patrolling the streets of Cactus Creek, Texas. Cassie has been in love with Ben since primer school, but Ben treats her like a little sister. When they are picked to swap jobs for a month as part of the annual Cactus Creek Challenge in their Texas hometown, the schoolhouse is thrown into an uproar, the jail becomes a temporary bank vault, and Cassie and Ben square off in a battle of wills that becomes a battle for their hearts.”


Series: No.


Spiritual Content- Scriptures are quoted; Prayers; Church going, sermons, & hymns; Mentions of God & His will; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, services, Bibles, & hymnals; A couple mentions of someone in the Bible;
             *Note: A couple boys are called the limbs of Satan because of their pranks; A mention of speaking about the devil.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘dumb’s, four forms of ‘sissy’, eight forms of ‘idiot’, and eight ‘stupid’s; Eye rolling; Fighting, Blood, & Injuries (up to semi-detailed); A kidnapping & shooting/killing the kidnapper (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of outlaws/gangs/thieves, arrests, assaults, prisoners, & jails; Mentions of Jenny’s late husband being physically abusive to her & verbally abusive to their daughter; Mentions of a kidnapping, ransom, & a corpse; Mentions of fighting, fights, & blood (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of threats of harming (including a kidnapper telling a child that he should have cut her throat and slapping her); Mentions of pranks, explosions, fires, & TNT; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, drunks (including Jenny’s ex who was a very mean drunk), & saloons; A few mentions of a fire & injuries; A few mentions of robberies; A few mentions of cigars & smoking; A few mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of gossip; A few mentions of hunting & killing a mountain lion that killed calves; A couple mentions of gambling; A couple mentions of liars & lying; A couple mentions of hatred; A couple mentions of animal poo; A mention of a horse going to the glue factory; A mention of a wanting to give someone a spanking.


Sexual Content- two barely-above-not-detailed forehead kisses, two barely-above-not-detailed kisses, a semi-detailed kiss, a boarder-line semi-detailed // detailed kiss, and a detailed kiss; Remembering a kiss (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to kiss/be kissed (up to semi-detailed); Touches, Embraces, & Smelling (including when one of our main girls’ sits on a man’s lap, up to semi-detailed); Wanting to touch/be touched (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Remembering nearness & touches (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of crushes, blushes, & winks; Mentions of love letters; A few mentions of reputations; A few mentions of handsome men; A couple mentions of a drunk mistaking Cassie for a sporting woman and trying to proposition her; A couple mentions of jealousy; Love, falling in love, & the emotions (x2 couples);
             *Note: Mentions of a horse giving birth (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of butting in/out of someone’s business; A couple mentions of kicking a man in his private area (one young boy calls it the “goolies”) when in trouble; A young boy mentions his “manly bits”.

-Cassie Bucknell, age 19
-Ben Wilder, age 24
                                P.O.V. switches between them, Jenny, & Carl
                                            Set in 1888
                                                        316 pages

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My personal Rating-

While the plot of this book is fun (albeit unrealistic, of course), I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ben’s attitude towards Cassie for the majority of the book. I wouldn’t quite call it belittling, but he did talk negatively about her lessons and her being a sheriff for the month. He later felt bad about such comments, but never really apologized. All while Cassie has a major crush on him. Their bickering didn’t feel like they really liked each other most of the times, so I found it hard to believe they could work it out. Jenny & Carl weren’t the best couple either, but not the worse I’ve read. I’m not really one for reading two love lines in one book, personally. Others may enjoy this book more, but I don’t think it’s for me anymore.


See y’all on Friday with a new review!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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