Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"The Trouble With Cowboys" Book Review {Giveaway}

*I love giving away books, so don't miss my giveaway for a copy of Dee Henderson's Full Disclosure while you are here!*

If you have never been to small town Montana, you will want to visit via Denise Hunter's Big Sky Romance trilogy. Before you finish The Trouble With Cowboys, you will feel at home enough to kick off your boots and stay awhile!

About the book:

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. 

My thoughts:
Since I grew up in small town Montana (complete with cowboys), this entire series was like going home for a visit. Before I had even gotten through the first chapter of The Trouble With Cowboys, I could picture myself in the town of Moose Creek, maybe even having a 'coke' at the Chuckwagon. Denise Hunter has an amazingly descriptive imagination and, between the setting and the dialogue, you can get lost in her stories. 

I *may* have a slight issue with control, so I could really relate to Annie and her need to take care of everyone and everything. I loved Dylan and his Texas drawl and cowboy ways. Fun - yet real - characters make this book super enjoyable to read. I even caught myself laughing out loud a few times. However, don't be fooled by the cute story and flirting cowboy, woven throughout it is a great message of surrender and letting go. As a bonus, I especially enjoyed the snippets of Annie's columns at the beginning of each chapter. Such a great little detail that really added to the book for me. 

Note: While this is a stand alone novel, I highly recommend the first two books in the Big Sky Romance series - A Cowboy's Touch and The Accidental Bride. 

About the author:
Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

Find out more about Denise (and read the first chapter!) at http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/. 

The giveaway and fine print: 
The winner will be receive a copy of Denise Hunter's The Trouble With Cowboys via media mail. 

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to give a positive review. 

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  1. Definitely looks interesting. Would love to win a copy.


  2. Would reading it make me miss Montana even more?

  3. I always love Denise Hunter's books. I have already read the other two books in the series and they are GREAT!

  4. Love your *may* have a problem with control comment! As a fellow mom of 6 kids...gotta have some control just to survive the chaos! Really enjoy Denise's books and this one's on my TBR list! Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  5. I want to win!!!

    I'm sure you're not surprised by this:)

  6. I read a Cowboy's Touch, would love to read another by Denise! Thanks for the review and giveaway. Also, thanks for the free book notices on FB!


  7. I would love to read this book! This is on my TBR list!! Thanks so much!


  8. The book sounds good.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    And boy was I glad to read this :I love giving away books

    *Smiling* God bless you!

  9. Thanks for the chance to win! : )

  10. I love Denise Hunter's books! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  11. Thanks for the giveaway!

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