Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Review: THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOYS by Denise Hunter

What it's about (condensed from publisher Thomas Nelson's description):
Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek's premier horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. 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, 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 trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.
Why you should read it: Jane Austen fans will appreciate the subtle yet delightful Austen vibe that flavors this contemporary cowboy romance — and not just becausePride & Prejudice is protagonist Annie's favorite book.
Dylan is a tad bit Knightley (from Austen's Emma) and a smidge Darcy (P&P) with just enough Wickham (P&P) to make him interesting. Dylan is a flirt and a friend, but when he finally proclaims his feelings, he does so most ardently. *wink*
Annie's distrust of cowboys, her desire to protect her possibly straying younger sister, and her dealings with a suitor who, while not entirely without merit, leaves a bit of a "Lady Catherine de Bourgh meets Mr. Elton" taste in your mouth, is all very Jane. And I'd be remiss if I didn't give a little shout-out to the eccentric and wise Miss Lucy who, along with her dolls, makes a few cameo appearances to remind series fans that this dotty old lady's inherent goodness is tempered with an equal share of the ridiculous.
The Trouble with Cowboys is a fast, fun and touching read with the added draw of a first kiss that made my Top 5 Most Memorable (Fictional) Kisses of 2012 and I recently gave it as a gift to a friend in need of a fun romance read... and couldn't help but mention that kiss. So saddle up, ladies: We have a winner!
(Other than a few minor changes, the above first appeared at USA Today's romance fiction blog, Happy Ever After.)


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