Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Review: The Trouble With Cowboys by Denise Hunter

Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.
Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.
Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.
Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.
The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.
When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.
Annie has taken on so much responsibility and it started so early in her life.  She works hard to be everything she believes her mother was not.  I think Annie is a good example of how easy it is to judge people based on past hurts.  She was trying to protect herself from something she thought would hurt her based on past experience.  And, as is usually the case, the more we know people, the more we understand and the less we judge.  It was nice to see Annie come full circle.  It sure took her long enough.  She sure has more will power than I would have if faced with a handsome, dimple faced cowboy.  :)
I love this Big Sky Romance series.  The Trouble with Cowboys was exactly what I was hoping it would be.  A clean, easy reading romance with a handsome cowboy.  It was the perfect fit for the clean romance mood I was in.  A happy distraction with a happy ending.
This is a Christian fiction book, but it is light on the religion.


  1. There is definitely something about a cowboy/western romance that is appealing. Maybe because I live in the best and I understand the open spaces and the big sky.... Regardless, I think this sounds like a great book.

    Thanks for the review

  2. I didn't get into western/cowboy romances until about a year (or so) ago. (Funny since I live in OK.) Now they seem more popular than ever! I love how these stories mix real life problems with a foreign feeling scenery- even though I have grown up in such a place, the books still manage to give something extra to the areas and lifestyle.
    I'm not sure if I've read Denise Hunter, but this book really sounds good. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  3. You had me at cowboy! This sounds like a really sweet story.


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