The Trouble with Cowboys

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.

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  • Ruth Curcuru says:

    … there isn’t much about this book I didn’t like.Also on

  • The Trouble with Cowboys is a great love story that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to modern day western romance fans. Denise Hunter’s Big Sky Romance series has been one of my favorite contemporary romance series’ and I’m sad to see it go but The Trouble with Cowboys is a fitting end. Each book can be read as a stand alone but the entire series is worth a try!

  • 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.

  • This is a great story of forgiveness, trust, second chances and finding love. Annie has issues from her past that she must face and deal with as does her sister Sierra, especially when Luke arrives in town. Dylan has a reputation; however this is just an act and cover as he has loved once and had his heart broken. Miss Lucy plays an important role in this book again as she has in the other two books as well as other past characters playing minor roles. This is a book that was hard to put down when I started reading as I fell in love with the characters and the storyline drew me right in! I also love the cover, such a beautiful fall scene!

  • I loved the reference to “Smitten”, Sawyer’s Smitten Concert!! Another great book! Don’t miss the sweet conclusion to this great series. Also gift yourself with the other two books in this series. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Denise has a way with words she makes me wish that I was on a ranch some where relaxing. This is another one of her fun reads. I have every book that she has wrote to date and let me tell you she is a one of a kind writer.
    How would you like to get away, wind in your hair, riding a horse while the perfect cowboy swept you off your feet? Well you can do just that in Denise’s newest book The Trouble with Cowboys. I fell in Love with Dylan and I hated to see this book end. I read a book a day, but after reading this one I just could not get my mind off of Dylan and Annie, to read another book for a few days! LET GO AND LET GOD, is what Denise is telling you in this book!
    Very sad to see the Big Sky Romance series end. This is a wonderful 5 star read.

  • What I enjoy most about Hunter’s writing is the chemistry she is able to produce between her romantic leads. As I read (or rather devoured) this book, I ached for Annie and Dylan to get together, yet I also enjoyed their banter back and forth.

  • WV Stitcher says:

    I really loved the town of Moose Creek and found “The Trouble With Cowboys” a delightful inspirational romantic read.Sometimes christian romance can come off a bit strong, but Denise Hunter really strikes a great balance with her writing. She provides a sweet romance that also weaves in a nice wholesome feeling to her stories, while also giving a few laughs.

  • I have a book to tell you about today called The Trouble With Cowboys written by Denise Hunter. It is a feel good love story that you can’t go wrong with. Who hasn’t ever fantastized about a boyfriend who is a cowboy? It is that yes mam & his manners

  • The Trouble with Cowboys is a great love story that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to modern day western romance fans.

  • I love Denise’s writing and her quirky story premises; they always make me smile.

    The story itself was fast-paced, believable, and a had a tension filled romance that did indeed carry through to the very last page. Even a couple of twists and turns accompanied our characters throughout their journey to eventually finding the truth in their hearts and minds. Ah, the road to amore…..

  • Once I started reading this book I couldn’t stop until I finished reading it. I spent the whole book wondering how things were going to turn out. There are also parts of the book that totally shocked me and I never would have guessed the ending.

  • This is a romance but takes a refreshing approach of a romance based not on lust but on friendship. This is a Christian romance so God has a presence in the relationship but it’s not a hitting over your head with the Bible presence but more subtle. I found the whole approach taken in the book as a nice change of pace from your run of the mill romance.
    I recommend this book if you like Christian romance books but are looking for a slight different take.

  • Between the struggling sweet romance between Dylan & Annie, & the warm, loving setting of Moose Creek, add in the wonderful characters we’ve met along the way, I found my self really wanting to go get in on the special warmness and fun of family.

  • Watching both Dylan and Annie let go of their fears was painful at times because we all can relate to the pain of a broken heart or the threat of a broken heart and what it’s like to move past that. As they both let their guard down it becomes obvious that what each thought they knew about the other was entirely untrue. Annie does her best to avoid falling for a cowboy and tries to ignore the chemistry between them. She even goes so far as to date another man who has probably never even owned a pair of cowboy boots!

  • This is another book that won’t leave you dry-eyed. Have those tissues handy.

    Annie is a mess, and it seems that her sister is also. Their mother’s warning about the trouble with cowboys has been ruling the two sisters; lives much too long.

  • Denise writes very humorously and many times I was laughing out loud but she also has the emotional side to where you cheer the characters on and get mad at them too.

  • Annie and Dylan were great leading characters! I found myself liking them right off the bat but the struggles they faced and the flaws they dealt with made for a great story. If you haven’t read Denise Hunter before, she’s an author not to be missed!

  • I have never made it any secret that I am such a fan of Denise Hunter and this book did NOT disappoint.
    I was super excited to be able to read it early and actually finished it in one day in one sitting.

    I love how descriptive Denise’s books are and how quickly you get drawn into the story and the lives of her characters.

  • Hunter’s books are written so well and are light, fun reads. She incorporates romance into this story, but adds her own touch of humor.

  • Besides all of that, the characters in this book have fun. They ride horses. They pretend their lives are Jane Austen novels and they mentally shop for Batman capes and have water battles. They cry, but they laugh. This book is just plain enjoyab

  • What a fabulous read! Denise Hunter does it again (wow, the woman can write cowboys!) LOVE her stories and this one doesn’t disappoint. A fabulous tale of romance, pain, healing, redemption, love…and cowboys. I mean really, how does it get better?

  • Life is messy, and Denise Hunter has a way of taking the messy lives of her characters, revealing God’s truth to them, pointing them in the right direction and then giving them the deepest desires and dreams of their hearts—the one’s they didn’t think they’d ever deserve.

  • A great story. The mother the two characters try to stay away from each other, the more they are drawn to one another. The banter at times is funny and others you can see and feel the love on their shoulders they try to hold back. A nice love story you will not want to put down

  • snidbits says:

    I’ve read the other books in her Big Sky Romance series and this one did not disappoint!…The Trouble with Cowboys is a light, finish-in-a-weekend read that pulls you in and leaves you with a smile on your face.

  • I patiently waited until I had read all the books in front of “The Trouble With Cowboys” that I had committed to review, difficult as that was but my patience was rewarded. I can truthfully say that the book did not disappoint. With familiar characters from the earlier Big Sky Romance novels and the small town setting of Moose Creek, Montana, I immediately felt right at home. I was quickly drawn into the story of Annie and Dylan and couldn’t wait to find out how their story would end yet at the same time hated to see the last page. The book has just the right blend of drama, action, humor, and romantic tension and some surprises along the way don’t hurt a thing. I loved the give and take between the characters and their honesty. I also enjoyed seeing how things were going with Shay and Travis and Abigail and Wade. Plus the cowboys!

  • Buzz4Mommies says:

    I love a good Christian romance and The Trouble with Cowboys has it. The tension between Annie and Dylan can be felt the moment you read about them, just they don’t now it yet. It was fun watching them try to ignore it!…

  • Cara Putman says:

    I enjoyed returning to big sky country with these characters. And I found myself relating all too well to Annie’s need to control life. I also needed the reminder that it’s when we let go that life really happens. A great read!

  • Jami's Words says:

    It isn’t very often that I see a cowboy story pulled off really well. Denise Hunter does a nice job of using appropriate slang at just the right times without seeming overpowering. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the characters!

  • This book was pure delight.The main characters are truly charming and I found myself grinning from ear to ear through most of the book…oh and drooling on the pages just imagining having a moment with this charming, winking, flirting, dimpled cowboy

  • If you have never been to small town Montana, you will want to visit via Denise Hunter’s Big Sky Romance trilogy. Before you finish The Trouble With Cowboys, you will feel at home enough to kick off your boots and stay awhile!

  • The characters were well written and I thought that the characters had great interactions, that were fun, and full of romantic tension!

    The book was a fantastic, I read it in about a day in almost one sitting, I did not want to put this book down!

  • I absolutely loved The Trouble with Cowboys! Not only was it a well-written love story featuring a cowboy and a “damsel in distress” but it was a book based on God, faith, and the promise that God has very special plans for our lives!

  • There were moments I wanted to shout at Annie, to tell her to let her sister grow up instead of being a mother hen to her. There were moments I wanted to whisper in Annie’s ear and tell her that it was ok to trust..of course I couldn’t! Loved it!

  • The Trouble with Cowboys is the best book of the trilogy as it has great descriptions, snappy dialogue, and likeable characters.

  • This book drew me in with its Autumn cover~ but after I read the first page I could not put it down. Annie captures your heart from the first line. She has had a rough road to hoe but has a cheerful and positive outlook on life.

  • ‘Cowboys’ may be my first foray into Denise’s writing but I am convinced 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 being mistaken.

  • Denise Hunter’s The Trouble with Cowboys (Thomas Nelson, 2012) is a can’t put it down read. The premise of the couple getting to know each other as they work on dispensing relationship advice is really fun and creative.

  • This is one of those books that is just plain hard to put down. From the first page I was hooked and read through it in one sitting (even if I did have to stay up until 3am). My heart was truly touched by the clever and realistic characters.

  • Laura Hilton says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait until Ms. Hunter’s next book comes out. A great read.

  • As the third installment of the Big Sky Romance Series, Denise Hunter has done it again. Not only has she created a brand new story but she brings back some of our favorite characters. Hunter does an amazing job of drawing you into the characters.

  • . . .another boot-stompin’ good read. Though a relatively light read with much to enjoy, Hunter deftly weaves messages about faith and judging others throughout. I’m a city girl through and through, but I enjoyed “hanging out” at the ranch!

  • The author stated she wrote the book thinking of her son as he was attending college and the trials and tribulations thereof. Even though all of the major characters attended church, read the bible and prayed to God, they failed to let go and let God. I found the book real to life, inspiring and romantic. Leaving me with feeling happy and content with the ending not just this book but the series.

  • Crazed Mind says:

    Denise has done a great job of taking me away from here and dropping me off there. Isn’t that why we love to read? So that we can pop into another world for awhile.

  • I truly enjoyed reading this book & I loved getting lost in an easy romance. I really appreciated that Denise didn’t stick to just the romance between Annie & Dylan, she added a few side stories at the same time with the sister & other characters.

  • What’s better than a book about a handsome cowboy? A book with a handsome cowboy getting to know a control freak woman while they work together to dispense love advice to the lovelorn.

  • Cindy Loven says:

    True to Denise Hunter style, this book will not disappoint! You will enjoy following the story as Annie learns who she is and who she cannot be. She cannot be her sister’s keeper. A great book!

  • Denise Hunter is a master of small-town inspirational romances. She just gets it, if you ask me. This book, for example, makes me want to meet real cowboys (and girls)and go horseback riding.

  • You will laugh at Ryder who is too cute for words, and at Annie herself. While I haven’t read all three of the books in the Big Sky series, I wasn’t lost at all!

  • This has with “teeth” because it’s not simply boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, couple ride off into the sunset. Instead, it’s a story about two folks who have to face down their fears and past mistakes – in order to move forward with the future.

  • I really enjoyed this book. It was quite predictable, but there were a couple twists in it. The main character starts writing a lovelorn column and at the beginning of each of the short chapters there was a little tidbit from her “column”. The characters were really relatable and lovable. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a sweet, romantic easy read with great characters and a dream setting.

  • The Trouble with Cowboys is a delightful novel with realistic characters and a heartwarming romance. It is a well-written story with a few unexpected twists and turns. Fans of Big Sky Romance series will be delighted with this final installment of the trilogy.

  • Denise Hunter is my favorite author for a sweet love story. Her books exude an innocence that (from my reading journey) no other author can lay claim to. The Trouble with Cowboys is no exception.

  • I’ve had the complete delight to read all three books in the Big Sky Romance series and if you’re a Christian Western Romantic at heart with a love for cowboys and the romance, then this series is geared to capture your heart! Hoping for just another

  • More of Him says:

    I liked the faith in God that we see in both Dylan and Annie but how they struggle to still handle certain things without Him. I also liked the sweet romance we see between them throughout, even when she’s running away from him.
    All in all, this was a very good book. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it if you enjoy a good romance novel.

  • A fun, feel good read, this was one of those can’t put down books! I found myself grabbing it at every opportunity. And I didn’t try to peek to the end!

  • The Trouble with Cowboys is a romance story that resonated with me. Not only was it a lot of fun being plopped into Moose Creek with its country charm – and witnessing the charm of a certain cowboy as he played the the part of a gentleman, while still being a bit (?!) of a flirt – but it was also wonderful to encounter a depth to the story that hits strong at the end.

  • A cowboy, a horse going blind and a family in a bit of a crisis, add them all together and you have a recipe for a great story plus this is a Western, a contemporary Western i grant you but any Western is better than no Western. Annie is running the

  • The Trouble with Cowboys has such a fun quality to the story, but holding onto that mature (note: not edgy) texture I’ve come to expect from the author’s talented pen.

  • ‘The Trouble with Cowboys’ written by well known romanticist Denis Hunter and part of the ‘Big Sky Romance’ series will provide readers with just the sort of entertainment they might look for on a Autumnal afternoon! There is no doubt Denise Hunter gives her audience what she promised: an enjoyable alternative to the humdrum of everyday life.
    I had the opportunity to read another of her novels (on a long layover in a faraway airport with little amenities!) called ‘The Convenient Groom’ and I will tell you she had me in stitches! Be sure to check her other titles!

  • The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter is the first book I have read in this series (and this author). I wondered if not reading the first two books would be a hindrance in enjoying the story. It wasn’t. I highly recommend this author, she writes in a way that sets vivid scenes, create believable characters, and draws the reader into the story. I look forward to reading more of her books.

  • Frugal Plus says:

    Mutually attracted to each other, can Annie trust enough to let her heart be taken by him? Both of them have unresolved emotional baggage, and this leads to a wonderful romantic adventure.

  • 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

  • The novel is full of themes, but one tends to outshine the others: God can make all things new. From past mistakes to recent ones, if we will believe and trust Him, it is amazing the transformation that occurs. There are also comes a time when deciding to make a right decision, no matter the depth of difficulty, because it pleases God. This is the last book of three in the series, A Big Sky Romance. Don’t let the word romance fool you. The author puts more into the story than you can imagine. Of course, the greatest romance mankind can have is the one with their redeemer, Jesus Christ.

  • This is a fun and light read that I would recommend to fans of contemporary fiction. I feel it can be read as a stand-alone novel. There is a lot of background information given, so I never felt as though I was missing part of a previous story.

  • This book managed to deal with a few serious topics – single parenting, rebellion, control, loss of parents, loyalty, sacrifice – while still being a really fun read.

  • The book is fantastic, with wonderful descriptions of ranch life that made it feel like I was right in the book with each page turned. Hunter is a contemporary romance author, yet as I read her books, and The Trouble with Cowboys specifically, I did not feel that it was overly mushy or cheezy. I really liked the characters of Dylan and Annie. The book has great flow and I did not want to put it down, finishing it in one sitting.

  • Nothing feels worse that rushing to a conclusion about someone based off of an old experience and then finding out that not only were you wrong and misjudged that person but you wasted a lot of your time with a wrong opinion.

  • Horse trainer, Annie Wilkerson, who lives in Moose Creek, has never trusted cowboys. She finds herself having to work with Dylan Taylor, a smooth-talking cowboy. Working together is not easy, but Annie finds herself realizing that she may have misjudged Dylan, just because he was a cowboy.

    Throughout the story Annie learns that she can’t be in control of everything, instead she needs to surrender to God and let him take control. She learns to trust and take risks. She learns to let go of her misconceptions about cowboys in order to love Dylan and she learns to trust that her younger sister is growing up and is able to make her own decisions.

    I really liked this book. It was a nice feel-good kind of book. Even though the ending was a little predictable and had a fairy-tale ending, it was still a good read. Denise Hunter did a good job developing all of her characters. I enjoyed how she used secondary characters whose stories were intertwined into the main plot.

    I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are completely mine and I was not required to give a positive review.

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