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 ~
Denise Hunter definitely knows how to make hearts swoon!!! All you need to do is read the first page to know you have found a romance novel unable to be put down. Annie is unconsciously falling in love with Dylan and his affectionate but oh so innocent flirtations however, consciously irritate her to the core. The romantic tension between these two characters is electrifying. Watching Dylan’s charming cowboy personality also fall for Annie without realizing it definitely increased the heat. And the tender kisses are unforgettable.
The intimacy, vulnerability and hurdles on both sides however humanizes the fairytale. Sierra, Annie’s sister, proved most challenging and although she irritated me on several occasions, she really built to the story line and Annie’s protective and loving character. Dylan’s ‘lady’s man’ façade humbled him when the truth was revealed and Annie saw the real Dylan- not the typical drifting cowboy image she associated him with.
“The trouble with Cowboys” is the perfect finale of her A Big Sky Romance series. Yes, I will most definitely miss the spunk and spice of these characters. However I’m sure Hunter will carry it onto her next series- Chapel Springs Romance and novel Barefoot Summer. For those of you who haven’t read any of her works and love romance, you are definitely missing out. She is an author that can’t be missed.