Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter

cover of Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter shows a man and a woman near a fence in a hay fieldThe Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter. Thomas Nelson, 2012. 304p. (9781595548030) Series: A Big Sky Romance, #3.

This is the third book in the series and I have not read book one, A Cowboy's Touch. Book two, The Accidental Bride, was just alright so I didn't have high hopes for book three. But I was pleasantly surprised.

Back cover/Goodreads summary:

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.

My review:

old barn with Montana's misty rolling hills and mountains behind
From Denise Hunter's Pinterest page
It might help to read books one and two first as that would give you the back stories of a few characters. But it isn't extremely necessary. If you are able to read either of the first two books then read book one. According to another reviewer Dylan Taylor is introduced in book one and she’s thrilled that he gets his own story.

Dylan is a fun character. At first he appears to be a big flirt who can smile at any lady and get a date with her, but along with Annie the reader slowly starts to realize that there’s more to him than he lets on.  

Annie is independent, proud, fiercely loves her sister and nephew, and distrusts cowboys. Yet for some reason she feels desperate enough to ask a cowboy for help in answering magazine readers’ relationship questions.

Both Annie and Dylan need to learn to trust God and overcome fears based on past experiences. Annie is also a very protective (and bossy) older sister who needs to stop worrying and controlling, and trust that God knows best.

There are a number of kisses in this book – some just pecks on the cheek or a quick, unromantic thanks-for-a-great-date-goodnight kiss. But some are long, soul stirring, go-weak-at-the-knees kisses. I don’t have anything against kisses, and I think the author did a great job with the kissing scenes.

a man and a woman wearing cowboy boots standing close, only the legs can be seen
From Denise Hunter's Pinterest page
(minor spoiler alert, except you should have guessed the ending)
What I didn’t appreciate was that some of those passionate kisses where between non-dating people who then take months to get engaged. Don’t start kissing like that if you’re not dating and don’t be kissing like that if it’s going to be many months before you’re even close to a wedding. That’s my opinion at least.

I did like how Annie thought about one of the chemicals in the brain that gets activated during a soul stirring kiss. Made me think of Dannah Gresh’s book What Are You Waiting For?: The One Thing No One Ever Tells You About Sex. A great book by the way that every teen and college student (especially girls) should read.

Back to Trouble with Cowboys, if you like light Christian, contemporary romance, then you would probably enjoy this book.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission.

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  1. Hey Rina girl, LOVED your review! The title of this book really stands out, sounds like a fun read :) So glad you commented on the kissing parts and I agree with you completely. Just because the characters have chemistry doesn't mean they should lose control of themselves.
    I also enjoyed how you made a brief reference to Dannah Gresh's book, good job there :)
    Your new rating system is a nice touch, thanks for always being unique and honest with your reviews!
    Blessings girl!

    1. Hi Kara! Thanks so much! Have you read Dannah's book? It's great. I loaned out my copy and never got it back. So someone (can't remember who) must really have enjoyed it.
      Glad you like the rating system. My housemates helped me come up with something fun for each rating. :-)


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