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.
Denise Hunter is one of my go-to authors for contemporary romance. Her Big Sky Romance series has been a lot of fun to read, and The Trouble with Cowboys is no exception. Annie Wilkerson is just trying to keep it all together, and that means staying as far away as possible from cowboys. She learned from watching the string her mother kept around that cowboys bring a load of hurt with them. Besides she's too busy trying to control...er help...her sister pull her life together. Too bad Dylan Taylor's horse needs her.
I enjoyed returning to big sky country with these characters. And I found myself relating all too well to Annie's need to control life. I also needed the reminder that it's when we let go that life really happens.
This is a great read for those who love contemporary romance with great characters who you will hate leaving when you reach the end.
The Trouble with Cowboys, by Denise Hunter, is the third book in the Big Sky Romance series. Just like the previous two books in the series, A Cowboy's Touch and The Accidental Bride, this story brings the residents of Moose Creek to life in a way that makes the reader feel as though he's known them all his life.
In this book, Annie Wilkerson is struggling to keep control of her life.
She trains horses, writes a column for the newspaper part-time, dates the town banker, provides for her younger sister's college education, and helps raise her nephew. But when things start to fall apart, she has nowhere to go but God and Dylan Taylor, a cowboy that she doesn't trustâ€”just because he is a cowboy. Her horse training advice column gets cancelled and her only option is to take over the love advice column. But she has no experience, so she enlists Dylan's help. Little does she know that he doesn't have much experience either. With her column in jeopardy, her sister rebelling against Annie's plans, and her traitorous heart responding to Dylan, she soon finds herself in real trouble.
I enjoyed this book. It is a quick read and holds the reader's attention until the very end!
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
I had forgotten how much I loved Denise Hunter's writing until I read this book. When I finish a book that was written by her, I always close it and think how much fun that books was to read and there's no way she'll top this particular book. So it's definitely not a shock to me that I closed this book thinking there's no way in the world that her new series will be better than this one. However, I'm sure she'll once again prove me wrong!
Hunter's books are written so well and are light, fun reads. She incorporates romance into this story, but adds her own touch of humor. I was a little frustrated when Annie wouldn't let her guard down for what seemed like forever, but it resolved itself in a perfect way. I could see myself in Annie because I think firstborns tend to think they need to "help" their sibling make choices. It was a good reminder for me to let go and trust and pray. Dylan has always been perfect in my eyes and am so glad he finally found the perfect girl for himself.
Sprinkled throughout, you get a little update of some of the characters in the previous two books, as well as you get to learn a little bit more about Luke and Sierra. If this was the first book in the series that you would have read by her, you wouldn't have felt lost at all when the characters were mentioned. It was just quick little mentions with the main focus on Annie and Dylan and a side focus on Sierra and Luke.
I saw that her new series comes out in 2013....I'm thinking they need to bump that date up a bit! Perhaps I'll have to hunt down some of her older books to read because I'm going to miss her stories.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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."