Cowboy Trouble

Cowboy Trouble

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by Joanne Kennedy
     
 

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A cowboy like that could break your heart...

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 farm-but without the constant help of her charming, sexy cowboy neighbor, she'd never make it through her first Wyoming

Overview

A cowboy like that could break your heart...

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 farm-but without the constant help of her charming, sexy cowboy neighbor, she'd never make 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...

Praise for Cowboy Trouble:
"A fresh take on the traditional contemporary Western... There's plenty of wacky humor and audacious wit in this mystery-laced escapade." -Library Journal
Contemporary western fans will enjoy this one!" -The Romantic Times
"Everything about Kennedy's charming debut novel hits the right marks... you'll be hooked." -BookLoons

Editorial Reviews

Night Owl Romance
Kennedy's debut novel is a winner. A Night Owl Romance Top Pick!
The Romantic Times
Contemporary western fans will enjoy this one!
— Whitney Kate Sullivan
A Curious Statistical Anomaly
If you enjoy mystery, romance, or a bit of both - you'll want to add this to your To Be Read stack (and maybe bump it to the top).
— Gayle Surrette
Between the Pages
A read that will tickle your funny-bone and warm your heart.
— Lynda Coker
A Hoyden's Look at Literature
A funny romance with a very sweet hero.
— Alana
My Overstuffed Bookshelf
Plenty of suspense and intrigue throughout and steamy love scenes all in a nice little book
— Amy Jacobs
The Romance Dish
This book is filled to the rim with everything -- intrigue, murder, humor, love, quirky characters, and a litter full of little puppies. It has renewed my love for the modern day cowboy love story!
— Buffie
Cheryl's Book Nook
I hope to see more cowboy stories from Joanne Kennedy.
— Cherl Koch
Book Junkie
Joanne Kennedy has created such real characters... a sure-fire winner.
— Brande
Cajun Book Lady
This is one of those books that I kept checking to see how many pages were left because I didn't want it to end!
— Kristina
Wendy's Minding Spot
If you love cowboys, you won't want to miss this one! Romance, Mystery, and Spurs! YUM!!
— Wendy Hines
Love Romance Passion
Joanne Kennedy's debut novel will put the honky tonk back into your life.
— Keira Gillet
Books and Needlepoint
The combination of mystery and romance was a hit with me.
— Kristi Herbrand
BookLoons.com
Everything about Kennedy's charming debut novel hits the right marks.
— Martina Bexteq
The Book Girl
A colorful cast of characters... I really liked the romance that blossomed.
— Carrie Zimmerman
The Broken Teepee
Romance, suspense, mystery and a wild chicken.
— Patty Woodland
The Long and Short of It
You need to read Cowboy Trouble. This is a book you won't want to miss.
Razlover's Blog
A really great read from a first time writer and I highly recommend reading!
Allison's Attic of Books
Cowboy Trouble will bring smiles, laughs and mystery as you read through the book.
— Allison
The Romance Studio
An amusing cowboy contemporary romance with a nice hint of mystery.
Library Journal
"Plenty of wacky humor and audacious wit in this mystery-laced escapade that provides a fresh take on the traditional contemporary Western."
From the Publisher
"Kennedy's debut novel is a winner." A Night Owl Romance Top Pick!" - Night Owl Romance

"Contemporary western fans will enjoy this one! " - The Romantic Times

"You need to read Cowboy Trouble. This is a book you won't want to miss." - The Long and Short of It

"Plenty of wacky humor and audacious wit in this mystery-laced escapade that provides a fresh take on the traditional contemporary Western." - Library Journal

"If you enjoy mystery, romance, or a bit of both - you'll want to add this to your To Be Read stack (and maybe bump it to the top)." - A Curious Statistical Anomaly

"A read that will tickle your funny-bone and warm your heart." - Between the Pages

"A funny romance with a very sweet hero. " - A Hoyden's Look at Literature

"Plenty of suspense and intrigue throughout and steamy love scenes all in a nice little book" - My Overstuffed Bookshelf

"This book is filled to the rim with everything — intrigue, murder, humor, love, quirky characters, and a litter full of little puppies. It has renewed my love for the modern day cowboy love story!" - The Romance Dish

"I hope to see more cowboy stories from Joanne Kennedy. " - Cheryl's Book Nook

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402236686
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
214,489
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Read an Excerpt

A chicken will never break your heart.

Not that you can't love a chicken. There are some people in this world who can love just about anything. But a chicken will never love you back. When you look deep into their beady little eyes, there's not a lot of warmth there-just an avarice for worms and bugs and, if it's a rooster, a lot of suppressed anger and sexual frustration.

They don't return your affection in any way.

Expectations, relationship-wise, are right at rock bottom.

That's why Libby Brown decided to start a chicken farm. She wanted some company, and she wanted a farm, but she didn't want to go getting attached to things like she had in the past. She'd been obsessed with farms since she was a kid. It all started with her Fisher Price Farmer Joe Play Set: a plastic barn, some toy animals, and a pair of round headed baby dolls clutching pitchforks like some simpleminded version of American Gothic. A Fisher Price life was the life for her.

Take Atlanta-just give her that countryside.

Libby had her pickup half unloaded when her new neighbor showed up. She didn't see him coming, so he got a prime view of her posterior as she bent over the tailgate, wrestling with the last of her chrome dinette chairs. The chair was entangled in the electric cord from the toaster, so he got a prime introduction to her vocabulary too.

"Howdy," he said.

Howdy? She turned to face him and stifled a snort. Halloween was three months away, but this guy was ready with his cowboy costume. Surely no one actually wore chaps in real life, even in Wyoming. His boots looked like the real thing, though; they were worn and dirty as if they'd kicked around God-knows-what in the old corral, and his gray felt Stetson was all dented, like a horse had stepped on it. A square, stubbled chin gave his face a masculine cast, but there was something soft about his mouth that added a hint of vulnerability. She hopped down from the tailgate. From her perch on the truck, he'd looked like the Marlboro Man on a rough day, but now that they were on the same level, she could see he was kind of cute-like a young Clint Eastwood with a little touch of Elvis.

"Howdy," he said again. He actually tipped his hat and she almost laughed for the first time in a month.

"I'm Luke Rawlins, from down the road," he continued. The man obviously had no idea how absurd he looked, decked out like a slightly used version of Hopalong Cassidy. "Thought maybe you'd need some help moving in. And I brought you a casserole-Chicken Artichoke Supreme. It's my specialty." He held out a massive ceramic dish with the pride of a caveman returning from the hunt. "Or maybe you could use a hand getting that chair broke to ride." Great. She had the bastard son of John Wayne and Martha Stewart for a neighbor. And he thought he was funny.

Worse yet, he thought she was funny.

"Thanks." She took the casserole. "I'm Libby Brown. Are you from that farm with the big barn?"

"Farm? I'm not from any farm." Narrowing his eyes, he slouched against the truck and folded his arms.

"You're not from around here, are you?"

"What makes you say that?"

"You calling my ranch a farm, that's what." A blade of wheatgrass bobbed from one corner of his mouth as he looked her up and down with masculine arrogance. "There's no such thing as a farm in Wyoming," he said.

"Well, what do you call this, then?" Libby gestured toward the sun-baked outbuildings that tilted drunkenly around her own personal patch of prairie.

"A ranch."

"That's not what I call it. I call it 'Lackaduck Farm.'" She pointed to the faded letters arched over the barn's wide double doors. "That's what the people before me called it too. It's even painted on the barn."

"Yeah, well, they weren't from around here either. They were New Yorkers and got smacked on the bottom and sent home by Mother Nature. Thought they'd retire out here on some cheap real estate and be gentleman farmers. They didn't realize there's a reason the real estate's cheap. It's tough living." He looked her in the eye, no doubt judging her unfit for a life only real men could endure. "You think you're up to it?"

"As a matter of fact, I am." Libby hoped she sounded a lot more confident than she felt. "This is what I've always wanted, and I'm going to make it work."

Meet the Author

Joane Kenedy has worked in bookstores all her life in positions from bookseller to buyer. A member of Romance Writers of America and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, she won first place in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest and second in the Heart of the Rockies contest in 2007. Joanne lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok!!This book has been on sale Way toooo long. Put something else up already!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was advertising.for a $1.99. I went to buy it and they wanted to charge $7.19 that is false advertising. Barnes and Noble needs to fix these glitches!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Change please!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did it ever occur to you, Barnes & Noble, that you might sell more books if you'd stop featuring the same old choices day after day after week after week? No wonder Nook sales are so far behind Kindle.
Karen Johnson More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book! It had great romance, very interesting and unique characters. The setting in the west was so realistic! I loved all the animals that the author brought into the story. There were afew humorous incidents that really made me laugh! I hope this author keeps giving us some more stories. I would highly recommend this book to others! I forgot to mention, it also has a mystery side to it. You have everything you could ask for under one title. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How much longer do we have to see this book. If there havent been many purchases by now, there wont be!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When will bn change the spotlight book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tired of this choice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get real, this book has been on the bargain book for 4 weeks. I want a good 5 star book for free friday back please.
beach-wife More than 1 year ago
A co-worker recommeded that I read her books, I don't really read much at all, usually a book will take me a year to read, but this was not the case with Cowboy Trouble. I started this book on a Wednesday and stayed up late to finish the book on Saturday night. For me personally it is very unusual to finish a book within a week, I would read this book over and over again and recommend it to anyone!!!! Look forward to more books by this author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanted to buy this for the advertised $1.99 but when I tried to buy this the cost was $4.00.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please take this book off of spotlight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so tired of seeing this book advertised. Can we please have another chouce.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get this #$%%&#@#'& book off of the spotlight page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please get another book! This has been on too long. Also, false advertisement...it is not $1.99.
Messenger3 More than 1 year ago
While I don't normally read romance I did read this book because this author is a friend of mine. In all honesty I was not expecting to become as involved with the character Libby as I did. At one point in the story I did part ways with what Libby did and it revealed to me how much I was involved with the story and how I identified with Libby's character. Libby gets herself into some comic situations that made me laugh out loud and the way the author expresses and addresses these situations is pure delight. Her writing style is unique and while I'm sure there is a "plan" to follow in writing romances, she manages to make it fresh and thoroughly enjoyable. There is a scene with wind that had me laughing out loud because I live here in Wyoming and anyone who lives here knows that dealing with wind is a daily chore!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whats up B&N? I am very dissapointed with lack of Free Friday and this book has been up for way too long!! I am not encouraged to buy any books from you when you are not giving me anything to interest me. I am also rethinking my Nook purchase. Maybe Kindle would've been better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Free fridays may still exist, but its hell to get the book. You have to go through all kinds of maneuverings just to get it. Its not simple like it used to be and bn wont say why they made it so difficult to get it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
how long will this be up? change spotlight book at least every couple of weeks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant believe this book is still here. Was considering updating to nook hd+ but may get kindle hd instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been there for 3 months now. It normally gets changed about every month. BN get with it please. Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been offered for weeks and weeks on Spotlight, far too long. Please remove and show other Spotlight offers. Enough already!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the story line! However, where was it edited? There are so many words broken up into syllables that I had to re-read phrases too many times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate saying this, especially since it's her debut novel, but I found it a little boring and drawn out. I just couldn't seem to get wrapped up in the plot. I like how she tied the whole story together in the end, but I had a hard time believing Luke and Libby could fall in love so quickly. While I love a good cowboy romance, this one just didn't do it for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Change book choice please!!!