Monday, October 1, 2012

A Writer's Review of “The Trouble With Cowboys" by Denise Hunter

{My Review}

Well, I read The Trouble with Cowboys in less than two days. Actually, it was more like I devoured it. And I knew it would end up with my doing so. Denise Hunters writing always does that to me. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will be ALL IN once I start one of her books. 

The Trouble with Cowboys is the third book in her latest series called Big Sky Romance. Ive had the fortune to read and review each of these books as theyve come out in the last year or so. Im not one to necessarily pick up a contemporary romance in the first placeas historical romance is more my addictionso its something to say that Denise Hunters stellar writing and story-telling makes me turn from the norm time and time again. 

The Trouble with Cowboys was a ride and a half. I adored the main characters, the minor characters and their subplots. I loved how everything is so intricately related, and how the reader is able to draw some important conclusions along the way from the strategically placed hints throughout the book. But holy cow, it doesnt matter what or how many conclusions you might gather as you read, your jaw is still dropped when you discover the truth. And that is why I LOVE Denise Hunters books! 

Life is messy, and she has a way of taking the messy lives of her characters, revealing Gods truth to them, pointing them in the right direction and then giving them the deepest desires and dreams of their heartsthe ones they didnt think theyd ever deserve.

I was given a paperback copy of this book by Thomas Nelson in order to read and give my honest review. I give Denise Hunter’s The Trouble with Cowboys 5 Stars. 

{About 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. 


{Meet Denise Hunter}

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 at 



Sheri Salatin said...

Loved this book too! I have loved every single one of Denise Hunter's books. If I had to choose a favorite, I honestly don't think that I could. Great review, Dawn. :)

Dawn Crandall said...

Thanks, Sherri! I think I feel the same way. And every time I find myself effortlessly drawn into one of her flashbacks I remember you telling me about her. I'm so glad I took your advice and read "outside my genre"--I'm officially hooked on Denise's books now. :)

Susan said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Denise Hunter! This is on my Kindle ready to be read:)