STORY | Annie Wilkerson has never been in love. She knows this, and it makes her somewhat desperate. She’s just desperate enough to ask ladies’ man, Dylan Taylor to help her write the column she must write. Annie’s small business training horses is successful but in the small town of Moose Creek, supporting her job-challenged sister and Sierra’s young son, Ryder, means Annie needs two jobs; and she desperately needs the money this column will bring.
The trouble with Annie is, she doesn’t like cowboys – they always leave in the end, which is why she is so reluctant to give in to the feelings she has developed for the roguish Dylan. What’s a girl to do?
The Trouble with Cowboys, Denise Hunter | Book Review
REVIEW | Thanks to the reviews of friends – plus my mother, I have wanted to read a Hunter novel for a long while now. I own about six but until the opportunity to review this came alone, I had not dove into her romantic-comedy books. By the end of this novel, my only thought is: Why did I wait so long?
‘Cowboys’ is a tender, romantic story that canters on Christianity instead of trashy plot devices that have no business invading otherwise fun stories. Lest you think this review is all about gushing about the sweet romance of Annie and Dylan, I do have a complaint or two with a few of the “conflict” aspects about Annie and her feelings for Dylan. Some are a bit of a stereotype; which I don’t hold against anyone since I love a good rom-com, and some don’t feel authentic for the character.
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Throughout the novel, I’m loyal to Annie’s assumption that Dylan is a rogue she cannot trust her heart with. Lending credibility to this is how he flirts his way through Saturday nights on the town, which I don’t respect. That being said, I don’t doubt for a second that he falls hard for the no-nonsense Annie. Their relationship is sweet and there’s something about it that often lacks from its counterpart Christian novels.
The second minor (miniscule) thing that I picked up in the prose is the author’s tendency to begin a new “section” or chapter of the book with the character’s names. I don’t know why I caught it because it really shouldn’t – and doesn’t, disrupt the natural flow of the story. From the cute cover art (though it doesn’t jive with my idea of the couple) to everything in-between, by the time I read the final page, I had fallen in love with Annie and Dylan’s story in addition to Annie’s kid sister, Sierra. From the opening sentences to the last, this one is a keeper.
To wrap up this review, what more can be said but this: The Trouble with Cowboys may be my first foray into Denise’s writing but it won’t be my last. Already I am anxious for her newest series to be on store shelves. Until then, read this charming romantic comedy about first impressions, a trope that is, quite possibly, a small nod to the classic, Pride and Prejudice.‘The Trouble with Cowboys’: A Darcy and Elizabeth Love Story. A review of the Denise Hunter novel. #FWArchives #FindingWonderlandBlog #BookReviews #ContemporaryFiction Click To Tweet
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