Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Trouble With Cowboys by Denise Hunter

From The Back of the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

Denise Hunter's "Big Sky Romance" series has been a treat, and her final novel is the perfect ending.  Dylan Taylor comes across as an over-confident rogue, but look deeper and you'll find his broken and damaged heart.  Watch him with his horses and you know the man is hiding something that makes him vulnerable.

Annie Wilkerson is a passionate soul, but holds control so tightly she doesn't even recognize her own passion.  Horses, she'll trust...even the most damaged beasts.  But people?  Not so much...and men?  Um, unless boring, staid and predictable...never.

Until Dylan needs her help with his wounded horse...then everything gets flipped on its head, and the fun begins.  Denise Hunter writes with passion, but also with heart, humor and a deep faith message.  Her characters are wonderfully flawed and fully human and her stories are entertaining and engaging.

I was disappointed by only one thing: this is the final story from Big Sky Country.  I was just settling in for a long stay.  But what a way to end a series, with the most compassionate heroine and vulnerable hero of the series.

I received an electronic galley via NetGalley from Thomas Nelson and from LitFuse Media in exchange for my honest review.  "The Trouble With Cowboys" is recommended...perfect fall reading!

Happy Reading!



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