Title: The Trouble With Cowboys
Series: A Big Sky Romance
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: October 2, 2012
Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Trying to put her kid sister through college and providing for her young nephew makes money tight and when Annie’s column is cancelled she’s left reeling. Until she’s told that she’s been given first shot at a new lovelorn column, a column that she can’t afford to turn down. There’s just one problem, she knows nothing about love having never been in it.
Dylan Taylor is a cowboy with a reputation of a smooth-talking heartbreaker, but just because you have a reputation doesn’t mean it’s true. All Dylan wants is for his ailing horse to get better and the turn the head of the most stubborn woman in town, Annie Wilkerson. Even if it means he has to help with her lovelorn column, help he’s totally unqualified to give, in exchange for her to work with his horse, Braveheart. And if he tries to prove that not all cowboys are bad in the mean time, oh well.
The more time they spend together the more their attraction grows. Annie is reluctant to get involved with a cowboy after what happened to he family, not to mention she has a secret that might ruin everything. Dylan wants a relationship but is hesitant to risk heartbreak again. Their love seems impossible, but with love and cowboys anything is possible.
Will Annie be willing to put her past and prejudice behind her for love or will she live the rest of her life with regret over what could’ve been? Will Dylan put his heart on the line to who could quite possibly be the one for him or will he be too scared to take the plunge? Will Annie’s secret ruin them or will it bring them closer together?
I haven’t read the other two books in this series yet, so I didn’t really have an idea of what to expect but I did know that I didn’t really expect it to be great. This book surprised me. Instead of being your average romance with an average ending, it was an average romance with a twist and great ending. I actually really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would.
The romance is typical but it has a bit more of steam than a usual Christian romance. It was enough to engage you but not too much to offend and it was amazing. I loved the setting for romance that the author set and I absolutely loved how she used the, somewhat cliche and cheesy, scene of the water fight. Thanks to romance movies that a part of every girls dreams now and I loved how she incorporated that. This romance was definitely a unique one.
The storyline was sweet as well. I loved how Annie refuses to even consider cowboys because she thinks they’re trouble and that Dylan was determined to win her over and show her that not all cowboys are bad. The story progressed really well and wasn’t boring at all. The author even added a few twists into the story that kept you on your toes. This story is so well written it’s hard to find fault with it at all.
If the rest of the series is as good as this one, them this series is one that can truly be enjoyed and left feeling lighter. It definitely raises your spirits and leaves you feeling like you got what you paid for. After this book, I fully intend to go back and read the other two books in this series and I recommend you do too, if you haven’t already.
This author captured my heart with this book and has proven herself to be a fantastic storyteller. She’s an author I would recommend to any romance lover, not just for the romance but for the incredible story. I fully intend to read more by her and I highly recommend her to anyone, new readers or new readers to her. If you haven’t read a book by her yet, do so as soon as possible.
Overall, a great book that will keep you entertained for the entire thing. I highly recommend this to romance lovers and possibly those who like a good story. Though not best for young readers, this book is perfect for teens and adults alike. I give this book a four out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*