Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Book Review & Giveaway ~ The Trouble With Cowboys by Denise Hunter 5/5!

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Title:  "The Trouble With Cowboys"
Series:  Big Sky Romance Book 3
Author:  Denise Hunter
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Publication Date:  10/2/2012
Pages:  304
Buy From Amazon:  HERE

Book Description:

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.
My Overall Feeling of the Book:

This was such a great read!  I loved the characters, the plot, the setting and how well this book ended the Big Sky Romance series.

There is a strong storyline of faith and God which I enjoyed.  Too many times, I read what is considered Christian/Inspirational fiction that barely mentions God, prayer or going to Church.  Denise Hunter boldy proclaims through her writing the importance of our walk with Christ.

I enjoyed the theme throughout the book that God can ease our past hurts so that we can once again find the joy that He has planned for us.

Oh, and Denise also threw in a bit of Jane Austen!

My Favorite Character:

Other than the main characters, I have to mention Miss Lucy.  She made an appearance in each of the books of this series as a role model and mentor.  She's also a bit of her rocker!  She owns a doll shop and talks to and about her dolls as if they are living and insists others do too!  But her wisdom is amazing.

My Favorite Scene:

My favorite scene is when Annie is roped into helping Dylan wash his mud-caked truck.  It became an all-out water battle which may or may not have lead to other things :)

My Favorite Sentence/Paragraph:

A quick spray of water hit the top of her head.

"Hey!"  She looked thorugh the windows at Dylan's smirk.

He hiked a brow as another spray arced over the cab.

"You better watch yourself, buster."

His smile widened.  "Or else...?"

"I have a bucket over here, and I'm not afraid to use it."

Another spray of water hit the top of her head.  She sucked in a breath at his nerve, wiping the drizzle from her face.

Page 152  (the best part comes next.... :)

It Would Have Been Better If:

I really can't think of anything about this book that I'd change.  Sierra's attitude got on my nerves throughout the book but that really only added to my admiration of Annie's patience.

I Would Recommend This Book To:

Older sisters, aunts, horse lovers, girls with trucks, journalists, small-town dwellers, Jane Austen fans, all Denise Hunter fans.



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Now, for the giveaway!

To enter for a chance to win my review copy of this book:

*Mandatory-  Please leave a comment telling me the last time you were in a water battle.  Come on!  It'll be fun :)

*Extra-  Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me you do :)

The giveaway will run until October 2, 2012 at 11:59pm.  The winner will be announced on October 3rd.


On to the next book,


  1. I would like to thank you so much for a fantastic book giveaway, that i would love to have the oportunity of reading and reviewing. I adore Jane Austen and romantic fiction, especially when there are horses and heroines involved.
    The last time i was in a water fight was during the summer when it was boiling hot, whilst i was on the yard bathing a horse. I also ended up having a bath along with many other riders and stable hands that day! It was a lot of fun, until i was dunked into the water trough! x
    Thank you so much.

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  2. I guess it has been a while since I really got into a good water battle. It was probably withh my college roommates. The water was fun, but since the flour came out afterwards, cleanup wasn't very fun!
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  3. It's been awhile since we had a water battle. It was when my boys were young and they are both in their early 20's now. We had water balloons, squirt guns and empty dish detergent bottles. So much for so little expense.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book Colletta.

  4. Thanks for hosting me and for the great review, Colletta! So glad you enjoyed it. (The water fight scene was my fav too.)

  5. The last tie I was in a water battle was in the mid nineteen nineties.
    We had some of my teen daughters friends over/ It was a hot Las Vegas and my daughter went out to get a younger sibling for me and a friend spayed her with the hose. She came in the house and we got pitchers of water and tried to chase them down to retaliate.
    Thanks for the

  6. I was in a water battle with my nephew this past summer. It was a day that was in the 100s so the water felt good, it made for a fun memory.

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  7. I´m an older sister, a horse lover, a small-town dweller and a big Jane Austen fan. Sounds like my kind of book!

    I´m new to your blog, still browsing around.

    The last time I was in a water battle was way too long ago. Must have been at one of my or my lil sisters b-day party in my grannies backyard.

    Looking forward to coming here more often. :)

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  8. I just had a water battle this hot summer!! My husband and I are like big kids and we bought squirt guns to play with our niece. We broke them out early and chased each other around--although I am pregnant so I wasn't very quick moving!! We love acting silly! You have to enjoy things like that even if you're in your 30's!

  9. My family gets a little carried away sometimes while washing the car or watering the flowers outside. Good fun on a hot day. :)
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  11. It's been a couple years. My cousin and I love to take the water hose out, and spray each other during the Summer. We had a pool a few years ago, and would take turns grabbing the hose at random times to blast water into each other's faces.

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