"If Dylan had a heart, she was sure it was unwoundable. Made of something springy and elastic that sent oncoming darts bouncing off. Typical cowboy.
She skimmed the menu, unseeing. "That seat's taken."
"Your sister joining you?"
Like she couldn't possibly have a date? "What's that supposed to mean?"
His hands went up in surrender. "I was hoping to join you."
"I have a date."
His head tipped back slowly, his eyes never leaving hers. "Ah...who's the lucky guy?"
"What do you want Dylan?"
He tilted the chair onto its back legs, and she found herself wishing it would fall. But that kind of thing never happened to men like Dylan.
"I have a proposition," he said, his eyes roaming her face.
Her cheeks grew warm and she hated that. Cursed Irish blood and fair skin. She swore he said things like that on purpose. She focused on the menu. On the photo of barbecue ribs that were actually better than they looked.
"In all seriousness," he said, his voice dropping the teasing tone, "I got a horse that needs help. Wondered if you'd drop by next week and take a look at him. It's my best horse - Braveheart. He's got moon blindness. The vet thinks I ought to put him down." (pg 2-3).
And that is the trouble with cowboys, they rope you in with their kind words, endearing tone and sad puppy dog eyes and before you know it, you're bound up in emotion and put your heart on the line for love. Then they leave you just as fast as they come. At least that was the pattern that Annie Wilkerson had seen in both her own father and the man who left her sister pregnant, both of them cowboys. Now if Annie, can find a way to stay away from smooth talking Dylan, she might be safe but she had a heart for horses and agreed to work with Braveheart on her terms and not Dylans. Too bad her heart didn't understand the plan first.
In the latest novel from The Big Sky Romance series from Denise Hunter, The Trouble With Cowboys takes the reader into a very complicated situation in which both Annie and Dylan have difficulties dealing with their personal past hurts that keep them from seeing the reality of the true person in front of them. They have both vowed to make a commitment to keep from falling in love, Annie vows to swear off all cowboys and Dylan agrees never to get too serious with any one woman to avoid the pain of falling in love again. What they both will find is that God often has different plans in mind and it's only through His timing, that true healing can take place, no matter how hard we may try to dig our heels in.
I received The Trouble With Cowboys by Denise Hunter, compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review. I've had the complete delight to read all three books in the Big Sky Romance series and if you're a Christian Western Romantic at heart with a love for cowboys and the romance, then this series is geared to capture your heart! I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and hope Denise might be inspired to write just one more in this series. The Trouble with Cowboys even blends a portion of the novel Smitten in this one, which she co-authored with many other talented Christian writers. This is also what I would define as a contemporary western because it's based in the present not the historical old west. This has found a home in my personal library and one that I will enjoy time and time again.
Annie Wilkerson is head of her household but she is single, she hovers over her sister Sierra and her nephew Ryder like a mother hen. Yes she is always pecking at Sierra for not taking responsibility for herself and her five year old son Ryder. Sierra only has one more semester of college and Annie is determined that her sister finish college and get her degree. As things stand now Sierra can't seem to keep a job so it is on Annie's shoulders to support her sister and nephew. Annie worries that Sierra is too much like their mother chasing after cowboys. In her opinion the trouble with cowboys is they are not responsible or faithful and she wants nothing to do with them. Her father was one of those cowboys and he walked out on them when they were little.
Annie is a very well sought after horse trainer specializing in abused horses or horses with some kind of disability. Against her better judgement she took on a job of working with a horse that was going blind and the horse was having a difficult time adjusting to the loss of sight. The only problem is she can't stand Dylan Taylor the owner of the horse, Dylan is the apedemy of the cowboys she tries so hard to avoid. He is handsome smooth flirtatious and no doubt a Casanova. But they might be able to work something out. Since her grandfather passed away she has taken over as a column writer for a small newspaper he was writing for about horse. Now the newspaper wants her to switch her subject to the love-forlorn. She would no longer be writing about horses plus she knows nothing about the love-forlorn but Dylan most definitely does. So they have agreed he would help her with her column and she would take on the training of his horse Braveheart.
But has she misjudged Dylan? Was seeing him like the character Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. He seemed to be caring and had some pretty good advice. He was also very keen and sympathetic to her moods when she would have a falling out with her sister over something which was more often than not.
The problem of judging people and there situation is a common mistake we all make at one time or another.
This book was a great of example of the verse Luke 6:37-38 which the author quotes several times throughout the book.
37 "Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven: 38Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete with it shall be measured to you again. "
The author stated she wrote the book thinking of her son as he was attending college and the trials and tribulations thereof. Even though all of the major characters attended church, read the bible and prayed to God, they failed to let go and let God. I found the book real to life, inspiring and romantic. Leaving me with feeling happy and content with the ending not just this book but the series.
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing/Litfuse Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
This is one of those books that is just plain hard to put down. From the first page I was hooked and read through it in one sitting (even if I did stay up until 3 in the morning). My heart was touched by the characters. Whether they made me angry, happy, or brought on tears, I could totally relate to what they were going through. I totally enjoyed every moment of this book, and will forever remember some of the catchy comments made by the characters.
I loved this book! It was the first of Denise Hunter's books that I had read and I can't wait to read more. The tidbits that she shared from the previous books in the series made me want to read them so I could hear the full story, and with her believable and well written story line, I imagine that every book she writes is well worth reading.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Trouble with Cowboys?--they leave. This is Annie Wilkerson's belief, and she is determined not to fall for one. The only problem is, a cowboy named Dylan, is slowly working his way into her heart.
Annie Wilkerson, carries a lot on her shoulders. She and her sister were abandoned by their father when they were young, and after their mother passes away, their grandfather takes care of them.
Now it is just Annie, her sister Sierra, and Sierra's son Ryder.
In order to keep their heads above water, Annie works two jobs. One is as a horse trainer, the other as a columnist for a magazine. She had been writing about horse care, but the readership was dropping. As a result, her supervisor decided that she should try her hand at a lovelorn column.
Annie doesn't feel that she is qualified to help the people seeking answers. So she strikes up a deal with Dylan Taylor, she'll work with his horse, Braveheart, as he adjusts to going blind, and he'll help her with writing her new column. Simple enough, right? Well...not so much.
The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter is the first book I have read in this series (and this author). I wondered if not reading the first two books would be a hindrance in enjoying the story. It wasn't. I highly recommend this author, she writes in a way that sets vivid scenes, create believable characters, and draws the reader into the story. I look forward to reading more of her books.
**The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
The third and final installment of The Big Sky Romance series, "The Trouble With Cowboys" by Denise Hunter, doesn't disappoint. While some authors are devoted to pumping out books like a bubble gum factory, Denise has a way of writing characters that leave an imprint on your heart that you won't forget. You don't mind that you have to wait for months in between novels because you always know what you're going to get in return: consistent storylines with memorable characters and a lesson that will help grow your faith.
Forced to grow up too fast, Annie Wilkerson makes a promise to her dying grandfather and takes on the responsibility of caring for her unruly teenage sister. Determined to put her sister through college, Annie is a horse trainer by day and moonlights as the writer for a column solely devoted to imparting her wisdom as a trainer. However, as the world becomes more and more attached that wonderful invention called the `internet' (thanks, Al Gore...) she learns from her editor that her column is being replaced by a topic that you can never have enough answers for: love, and they want Annie to write it. Wholly unqualified to write a column for the local lovelorn, Annie seeks the advice of all-knowing and confident Dylan Taylor. After all, he's romanced just about every woman in Moose Creek... he has to know SOMETHING about love, right?
The budding friendship and firecracker chemistry that existed between Annie and Dylan will keep you turning the pages until the very last one. Some of the one-liners that Dylan would throw at Annie even had me rolling my eyes at times, but Annie was just the girl to put him in his place. While I LOVED this story, I am so disappointed that I won't be returning to Moose Creek, Montana any time soon. (But that's why I keep the books I love - to revisit!) Since we had the pleasure of a visit from Sawyer Smitten in this novel, perhaps we'll get to read about Moose Creek's best-loved residents in another story in the future. (Fingers crossed!)
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of "The Trouble With Cowboys" from the author in exchange for my honest opinion and review (thanks for signing it, Denise!). A positive review was not required, only an honest one. I am so honored that she chose to bless me with an advanced copy. I can only hope that I have returned the favor of the blessing with my review.