Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review of "The Trouble with Cowboys" by Denise Hunter

Rating: 4 Stars
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Summary from Thomas Nelson: 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.

Review: Denise concludes her Big Sky Romance series on a strong note.  The Trouble with Cowboys is my favorite book of the series with two likable main characters and appearances by characters from the past two novels.  This is the perfect weekend read, providing an escape to the wild and beautiful American West.   Hunter captures the small town charm that is very much alive in Western towns and paints a vivid scene of the mountainous, big-sky landscape.  It is refreshing to read a novel set in the modern-day west with characters facing contemporary issues. 

The plot of The Trouble with Cowboys reads like a movie.  It is steady, entertaining, and quite addictive; qualities which make up for the relative predictability of the novel.  Annie's strong aversion to cowboys, especially quintessential flirt, Dylan Taylor, creates some humorous scenes and interactions. Her confusion over Dylan's flirtation and character is completely understandable and adds interest to their growing relationship. 

On the outside, Dylan is a cocky, non-committal cowboy who is only interested in romantic dalliances. His character could easily be irritating, but Hunter softens Dylan's edges by providing insight into his feelings and motives. Early on, Hunter has the reader hoping for a relationship to blossom between Annie and Dylan.  There are plenty of obstacles standing in the way of a budding romance, which add interest and tension to the plot. 

Such a quick read could easily lack depth, but Hunter provides just enough conflict to make this a meaningful read.  Both Dylan and Annie carry past baggage that is revealed throughout the novel, and they face their share of current challenges as well.  Annie in particular struggles with her younger sister, Sierra, whose story takes a turn at the end of the novel.  Sierra is an interesting secondary character, who would have been a great focus for another novel. 

The Trouble with Cowboys presents no trouble for readers.  Denise Hunter incorporates themes of letting go of fear and having faith into a novel that will appeal to a wide range of readers.  

I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Thomas Nelson.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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