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Review 1 for The Trouble with Cowboys - eBook
Nice lighthearted reading
Date:April 8, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. It was a relaxing lighthearted read. It has some good humor, I always say it is a good book if it can make me laugh out loud in the first few chapters. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author!
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Review 2 for The Trouble with Cowboys - eBook
So so good
Date:January 23, 2013
I know i have found a great book when i can feel the tension between the characters as if I am going through it myself. hunter develops her main characters, Annie and Dylan, as well as her supporting characters, Sierra, Ryder, Aunt Lucy, etc. so well that it is easy to put yourself in their shoes and know why they are making the decisions they are making- good or bad.
Another aspect of Hunter's writing is that i feel that these characters could be my neighbors. Take them out of Montana and put them in Minnesota, and they would be! There is no piety, no overly perfect people. I like that. It is always best when the author presents her characters as "real" people. Annie's and Dylan's flaws actually endear them more to the reader than if they did not have hang-ups that hinder a relationship. You get the feeling that, even with happily ever after, there will still be fireworks and challenges that they will overcome together, knowing God is on their side. Hunter, as an author, does a fantastic job of presenting the Gospel without making it preachy. As a reader, i like that. I don't need to be reminded with overtness that this is a story, essentially, about God working his healing in people's hearts by having it shoved down my throat. I can't wait to read the first two books in the series now, and I don't feel like anything has been spoiled for me!
I have come to the conclusion that I want to live in Moose Creek. It sounds like such a wonderful town, with such lively characters!
The characters were well written and I thought that the characters had great interactions, that were fun, and full of romantic tension!
The book was a fantastic, I read it in about a day in almost one sitting, I did not want to put this book down!
I have never read the first two in the series, but now I know that I have to get my hands on them soon! This book operated well as a stand alone, but I can see where there were little details that fans of the former books would appreciate more than someone picking up this series for the first time.
Overall, I loved this book and can't wait to read the others in the series. I adored Moose Creek, and as I said before, I would love to love there! For me this book pretty much had it all, likable characters, cowboys, great interaction between the characters, fast paced, engaging, and great romantic tension! I highly recommend!
I received this book from the publisher through Litfuse in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Annie Wilkerson is a talented young woman – when it comes to horses. When it comes to people, well, she has problems. She doesn't trust cowboys (her mother went through a number of them) and she is surrounded by them. She brings in some extra money by writing a column about horses, a column her grandfather used to write. She needs the money because she is helping her younger sister, Sierra, through college and providing for Sierra's son. When the horse column is canceled, Annie desperately agrees to write a “Dear Annie” love column. In return for working with the horse of the town flirt, he agrees to help her with her advice column. Only he has as many problems with love as she does. The result is disaster.
This is a romance, pure and simple. The plot is very shallow. Girl meets boy. Girl and boy both experience tingling. Girl and boy have so many issues it seems as if they will never get together. You know the rest. The one theme that comes through in the novel is control. Annie wants control. She wants to control her life and her sister's life. It is not until she relinquishes control to God that He can work things out. There is a Reading Group Guide included at the end of the book.
If you like a simple Christian romance set in Moose Creek, Montana, this is for you. If you want complex issues the characters must grapple with, you won't find them here. This is the last in The Big Sky series. Even if you have not read the earlier ones, you can still enjoy this one.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
"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.
Luke 6:37 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.
Disclosure 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.
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 trust—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.”
The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter was just as delightful as I had hoped it would be. After reading the first two books in the series, I've been looking forward to this final visit to Moose Creek. Annie and Dylan each have some serious reservations about falling in love. Fiercely independent, they are determined to get through life on their own. Annie needs help with writing an advice column for the lovelorn, she realizes Dylan is her best shot for success. Dylan isn't inclined to help with the column, but he's willing to do anything if Annie will help him with his beloved horse.
This series has been a lot of fun to read! I've enjoyed every trip to Moose Creek, and this was no exception. Annie and Dylan were great leading characters! I found myself liking them right off the bat, but the struggles they faced and the flaws they dealt with made for a great story. At times, Annie's distaste for cowboys was a little over-done, but it didn't really affect my overall love for the book. I also liked how the characters from the previous books played important roles in this story too. And of course the dynamics between Annie and her sister made for a great "secondary" story line. Love all the family drama!
It wasn't long before I got completely wrapped up in this sweet, funny, romantic story and found myself reading WAY past my bedtime! If you haven't read Denise Hunter before, she's an author not to be missed! [4.5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I was talking with a friend about this novel and I realized just how much I really enjoyed this last book in the Moose Creek series. It has such a fun quality to the story, but holding onto that mature (note: not edgy) texture I’ve come to expect from the author’s talented pen.
This last book set in Moose Creek, Montana might be my favorite of the three. Maybe it was the characters. Maybe it was the dialogue. Maybe it was because it felt like a forbidden romance that was thriving to succeed anyway. Whatever it was, I thought this book was more than worth the hours I spent reading it.
Dylan is a bad boy hero after my own heart. Now in real life, I’ll take the man who’s livin’ the straight and narrow, but in fiction, give me the bad boy any day. Hmm, saying something more about me then maybe I want to admit? ;-)
Annie is a sweet heroine, but she has her spunk and spark. Nothing is easy for this girl and I had to respect her need to provide and protect those she loved. But watching her release those worries and fears was one of the best places in the book.
Truly, a blissful romance. I’m sorry to see the series come to an end, but ever so eager for news on the next tale sure to give my heart a sigh.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through Litfuse for my copy to review.
I first off want to thank booksneeze for giving me a chance to read this book, I was excited to read this book from the moment it came out.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a romance book about a girl who was dating this one guy and thought he was the one but realized in the end she was in love with somebody else. And in this book this one girl Annie was also trying to keep her, her sister and her sister's son safe and happy and help keep the family together. I managed to read this book in 3 days because I got so into it and I wanted to keep on reading. I would definately reccomend this book to anyone, including my friends.
I liked the characters and the background of cowboys and horses. I lately enjoy reading outdoor magazines about deer, elk,etc and horses. I just like reading and learning about new things because thats how you grow as a person and should be open to almost anything.
I also wanted to add that for a christian book I really have no complaints, nothing offended me or anything.A
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Ever since her father abandoned her at age five, Annie Wilkerson has known that cowboys are fickle. Unfaithful, unreliable, and flighty. Her father, her mother's four following husbands, and her nephew's daddy all left their women high and dry. It's a proven fact. Cowboys are trouble with a capital T. From day one, she made a vow to never, ever trust a cowboy again. Her unwavering conviction has kept her safe . . . until now. Now Annie is trying to get her little sister Sierra through college and provide for the Sierra's boy, who she had at age sixteen. Money is tight, but Annie does the best she can by training horses and writing an equine column for Montana Living. She refuses to have anything to do with the fickle Dylan Taylor— and not just because he's a flirtatious, womanizing cowboy— when he requests that she work with his ailing horse, Braveheart. But when her column is canceled, she is given the chance to write a lovelorn column, which she can't afford to turn down. There's only one problem. ... Annie's never been in love. Reluctantly, she strikes a deal with Dylan. If he aides her in answering the readers' letters, then she will work with Braveheart. Forced to be with Dylan, Annie begins to see a side she never knew existed in this smooth-talking cowboy, and she begins to wonder if she has misjudged him all along. But she won't be swayed. No cowboy can be trusted. Her life begins to spin out of control with a possible-proposal from a man she is beginning to realize she doesn't love, her sister's antics, and the homecoming of her nephew's father. Only God and His cowboy can save her now. And she'll soon realize that no trouble is to great for God...even those that come in boots.
Annie always had to have control. Over her job, her sister, her love-life...even her relationship with God. Sometimes things just don't work out the way we want them. Actually, they rarely do. But Annie still fought for control even when it was impossible because if things weren't in her hands she didn't feel safe. That's what happens when you grow up without your real daddy and the four other fathers after him all left your mother within months. It was impossible to see God in any area of her life, impossible to trust him when so many things went wrong. I enjoyed her because of her unwavering convictions (some of them), determination, love for family, and her passion for the truth. Dylan could never trust his heart with anyone that wasn't female after an unexpected barrier in his relationship with his past girlfriend/fiance. Whenever he gets close to the someone from the opposite sex, he quickly turns the heels of his boots and heads the other direction. He developes a crush on Annie, but when it starts to become more he knows he can't trust his heart, or hers, anymore. I loved him because of his care-free personality, his love for friends, and his vulnerable side that no one saw behind his flirtatious facade. This was a very engaging book with very enjoyable characters. Personally, I'm not a huge fan for romance novels, so that is probably the only reason I fail to give this five stars. But it was an amazing book nevertheless with whimsical moments, endearing characters, and interesting plots. The message of this book is about trusting God always and knowing when to trust humans again, both of which are hard to do. It also deals with stereotypes and how you can't judge a person by their cover. The only trouble with Cowboys was this book mentioned people sleeping around and pregnancies out of marriage a lot. Besides that, The Trouble with Cowboys was a hilarious, entertaining read and I recommend it to anyone above the age of fourteen who loves a good romance with spunky, troublesome characters.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Book 3 of the Big Sky Romance series by Denise Hunter is finally available! Thomas Nelson sent me a free copy of The Trouble with Cowboys to review. And Denise Hunter didn't disappoint! This novel continues with life in Moose Creek, Montana. It centers around horse trainer Annie Wilkerson. She is the guardian for her younger sister Sierra, who is trying to go through college and raise her young son at the same time. Both girls remember what kind of cowboys their mother married, and are positive that all cowboys are alike. When Annie's horse training column for a local magazine is cancelled, she is offered a chance at writing a lovelorn column. Annie needs the money so she agrees even though she has never been in love. Dylan Taylor is a confident cowboy that seems to flirt with all the girls. He has a horse that needs special attention and he feels Annie is the only person who can help. In exchange, he will help Annie with her advice column on love. Neither knows what to think when chemistry sizzles every time they are together. Annie has always tried to be in control of her life and her sister's. She is quick to judge and forgets to trust God with the future. Dylan is vulnerable and unsure if he should show the real "Dylan" to Annie. Again, what a wonderful story! Denise Hunter has a way of making you think you are right in town with all these characters. I love the interaction between characters...it is so real! This is an excellent novel. I couldn't put it down!