Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Book Review+Tour: The Trouble with Cowboys

Only one pair of boots-and the cowboy wearing them-can get Annie out of the mess she's in. 

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 cancelled, 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.

There was nothing really wrong with this novel, Dylan was quite charming and I emphasized with Annie quite a bit, but the novel never came together for me.  This is a Christian Romance, so there is quite a bit of talk about God helping folk find their way and 'Lord please tell me what I should do'.  This isn't ordinarily a problem for me, but because I couldn't engage in the novel every single time Annie pleaded with God to show her the right path it grated on my nerves.

Honestly, Annie was an independent, self-sufficient and intelligent woman.  Despite the setbacks that keep hurtling her way she is on the right path all on her own.  Mind she's stubborn and unduly judgmental at times, but by in large it always comes from a caring place.  Well except in the case of cowboys.  That comes from a mother who really sucked at making the right decisions and Annie assuming that meant bad decision making was genetic.

Dylan for his part...I understood his jumble of emotional problems much better.  His past love really did a number on him.  He however recognizes his difficulties and shows marked progress throughout the story in working through his problems and coming to terms with them.  I appreciated that Hunter didn't shrink away from showing that Dylan was possibly even more vulnerable then Annie.  Whereas Annie's problems stem from assumptions and presumptions, Dylan had pretty conclusive proof that you can be screwed over by someone claiming to love you.

However in the end I just could not care enough.  Sierra was harebrained--I don't think Hunter spent enough time showing that she was a responsible a parent as Annie or she kept saying.  She definitely didn't come off as a responsible person.  A lot of her problem seemed to be as much as she wanted Annie to give her space to be independent she made decisions based on her own interests and expected Annie to clean up the mess.  The other secondary characters were all pretty much staples of small town romances--wise older woman, sassy friends, sympathetic recently married friends.  Part of this may be because this is the third book in an ongoing series for Hunter, but for a newcomer like me they fell flat.

 Blog Tour Information

To celebrate the release of The Trouble with Cowboys Denise is hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. She'll connect with readers and give away some amazing prizes - including a Kindle Fire! 

Save the Date for October 11th!

Grab your copy of Denise Hunter's latest book and join her for an Author Chat Party on October 11th at 8:00 PM EST (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 MST, & 5:00 PST)! Haven't read The Trouble with Cowboys yet? That's okay, don't let that stop you from coming to the party! (You may win a copy!)

During the evening she’ll be sharing the story behind the book, posting discussion questions, testing your trivia skills, and of course, there will be plenty of chatting and fun giveaways – books, gift certificates and – a Kindle Fire! She’ll also be giving you a sneak peek of her next book too!

RSVP today and then come back on the 11th … and bring your friends!

Blog Tour Information Page
Denise Hunter's Webpage