The Trouble With Cowboys by Denise Hunter

Thomas Nelson, October 2, 2012

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 canceled, 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.

I’ve been waiting for ages for the latest Denise Hunter book to be released and then have to wait for it to arrive on our Aussie shores – it’s been a while and I’ve been needing my Denise Hunter romance fix all year. I got it with the final installment of the Big Sky Romance Series.

So the trouble for Annie is that Dylan’s a cowboy and for Annie that’s a big fat no-no. Trouble is they have chemistry and Dylan won’t stop flirting with her and Annie likes it – it just takes her forever to figure it out and then admit it!

The romantic tension between these two characters is great; their chemistry just bounces off the walls. I kinda fell in love with Dylan’s dimpled grin myself for a little while. Watching him fall for Annie without realizing it was a real treat too. Watching Annie struggle with her attraction was kind of fascinating – she knew what he was (a cowboy) but not WHO he was and her conflicting emotions was really well played out.

My only qualm with the book is the circumstances ultimately keeping them from finding true happiness was not as compelling as I would have liked. In short the problem was not big enough or impossible enough to overcome. They did overcome it – this is a romance people – and I’m glad they did; it just wasn’t as hard as I thought it should be! Don’t worry though, I was rooting for them all the same. Who couldn’t have after meeting Dylan?

I’m sad to see the end of this series as I really enjoyed Montana and Moose Creek and the people I met there.

It’ll be a long wait for Ms. Hunter’s next book that’s for sure!