Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter


Welcome to the blog tour for Denise Hunter’s latest release, The Trouble with Cowboys. The author is hosting a Facebook party tonight! Don’t miss it! (See below for more information.)

Here’s the summary:

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.

And now, my review: 

I’ve enjoyed all of the cowboy novels in the Big Sky Romance series. Denise’s books have that certain element that keeps me coming back for more and enjoying every minute. She has a way with romance. These characters were sparking off each other from the beginning, sharing great chemistry.

The hero is afraid. Denise used symbolism in the story by giving the hero a skittish horse the heroine must come help. The heroine herself needs help writing articles to the lovelorn who write in for advice. That forces these two together to get along and be successful. Her career depends on it. His horse’s health depends on it. 

I loved the hero’s way with babies. Instead of being incapable and clueless, this cowboy knows exactly how to help with his nephew. 

Denise’s use of letters at the beginning of the chapters was a great reflection of the story’s elements—complete with a bit of humor and some insight. Loved that!

Her prose deserved a few highlights in my Kindle as I read. Check this out:

Besides, getting him to pay up last time had been like collecting pollen from the wind.

And: 

He extended his hand… Then his hand closed over hers and she felt the same shiver run through her as last time, and no matter what she told herself, she knew she’d just signed up for all kinds of trouble.

And:

His eyes softened and the world whittled down to the two of them. His smile was a table set for two, complete with flickering candles.

Over all, a great read. Sad to see this series end, but always looking forward to Denise’s next book! 

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Denise Hunter’s “The Trouble with Cowboys” Facebook Party & Kindle Fire Giveaway
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! 

TONIGHT, 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!

Click here to RSVP and then come back tonight … and bring your friends! 

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