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.
The last installment in the Big Sky Romance series, The Trouble With Cowboys is about the drastic lengths wounded hearts go to to avoid repeat heartbreak. Annie and Dylan have erected walls around their hearts because they can not risk loving again. Annie’s protects herself with her judgemental notions that cowboys will just as soon leave you as they will love you and Dylan’s (PG rated) philandering reinforces all of her prejudices. Dylan never settles on one girl long enough to get anything involved beyond his smooth as molasses words and frisky thoughts. To complicate matters, Sierra, Annie’s younger flighty sister, selfishly takes advantage of her sister’s vow to care for her while simultaneously defying her for that very reason.
Several plot elements seemed implausible and too coincidental. Even though Annie and Dylan’s excuse to be together is her lovelorn column, much of their discussion of the letters is skimmed over which blocks readers from more insight into their budding relationship. Dylan was not particularly insightful in the letter solutions and the response excerpts were fairly generic, not serving much purpose aside from foreshadowing what readers already know what was to come. The chemistry between Annie and Dylan is combustible and their few vulnerable moments will draw readers with the tenderness and care they have for each other.
While not my favourite of this series, The Trouble With Cowboys is a satisfying conclusion that Denise Hunter and modern western fans will find an enjoyable read.