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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cowboy Trouble by Joanne Kennedy

Cowboy Trouble by Joanne Kennedy
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (383 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Fleeing her latest love life disaster, big city journalist Libby Brown's transition to rural living isn't going exactly as planned. Her childhood dream has always been to own a chicken farm—but without the constant help of her charming, sexy, cowboy neighbor; she'd never have made it through her first Wyoming season.

Handsome rancher Luke Rawlins is impressed by this sassy, independent city girl. But he yearns to do more than help Libby out with her ranch…he's ready for love, and he wants to go the distance. When the two get embroiled in their tiny town's one and only crime story, Libby discovers that their sizzling hot attraction is going to complicate her life in every way possible…

Sometimes running away from your troubles is the worst thing you can do, but it brings the greatest rewards. What happens when you have more than one man interested in helping you find your happily ever after and you can’t choose? Now throw in a crazy or two for flavoring. You have one heck of a problem. Sound interesting? Then you need to read Cowboy Trouble.

I love a good cowboy story. There’s nothing better than a man chiseled by countless hours working in the fields or with his horses. This story doesn’t disappoint. There’s also a whodunit quality that pulls you further in. The characters are independent and fun. You want to see them succeed.

Yes, there are times when Luke, the hero, comes across a bit wimpy, but you see it’s because he’s not perfect. He redeems himself through the story and grows as a man. Plus, he’s handsome to boot. I like that his MO is to keep Libby safe. What girl doesn’t at least want to know she’s being protected? But he’s a handsome cowboy you want to run your hands over. Each time he’s with Libby, you feel his tenderness and know he’s totally in love with her—even when he’s not totally sure of it.

Libby, for all her effrontery and crazy dogs and chickens, really wants to be loved. Yes, she knows there’s been a crime committed, but really, she wants to escape the crap her ex put her through and find that one man who will treat her with dignity. She’s sassy, but tentative and ready to take on life on her own. You can’t find many heroines who are willing to deal with overly angry chickens.

And the baddie! It takes some time to discern who the antagonist is, but it’s totally worth the wait. Many times, the baddie shows up right away and you can’t help but hate him. In this case, he’s smooth. You almost find yourself liking the guy. He gave the story a new depth and drew you in wanting to see what he’d do next.

If you want a fun story with a mix of rolling in the hay and murder, then you need to read Cowboy Trouble. This is a book you won’t want to miss.