Cowboy Trouble [NOOK Book]

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 ...

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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.


But he could sure keep you warm at night, too...

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...

Then the two get embroiled in their tiny town's one and only crime story, and Libby discovers that their sizzling hot attraction is going to complicate her life in every way possible...

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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
After a romantic and professional disaster in Atlanta, journalist Libby Brown heads for Lackaduck, WY, and buys a chicken farm in the hope of starting a new, bucolic life. However, reality and fantasy soon butt heads, and if it weren't for her gorgeous cowboy neighbor, Luke Rawlins, she might not have been able to pull things together. VERDICT There's plenty of wacky humor and audacious wit in this mystery-laced escapade that provides a fresh take on the traditional contemporary Western. Kennedy lives in Cheyenne, WY.
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

"Joanne Kennedy has created such real characters... a sure-fire winner." - Book Junkie

"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!" - Cajun Book Lady

"If you love cowboys, you won't want to miss this one! Romance, Mystery, and Spurs! YUM!! " - Wendy's Minding Spot

"Joanne Kennedy's debut novel will put the honky tonk back into your life." - Love Romance Passion

"The combination of mystery and romance was a hit with me." - Books and Needlepoint

"A really great read from a first time writer and I highly recommend reading!" - Razlover's Blog

"Everything about Kennedy's charming debut novel hits the right marks. " - BookLoons.com

"A colorful cast of characters... I really liked the romance that blossomed. " - The Book Girl

"Romance, suspense, mystery and a wild chicken. " - The Broken Teepee

"Cowboy Trouble will bring smiles, laughs and mystery as you read through the book." - Allison's Attic of Books

"An amusing cowboy contemporary romance with a nice hint of mystery." - The Romance Studio

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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402247118
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 124,588
  • File size: 475 KB

Meet the Author

Joanne Kennedy's lifelong fascination with Wyoming's unique blend of past and present inspires her to write contemporary Western romances with traditional ranch settings. In 2010 she was nominated for a RITA award for One Fine Cowboy. At various times, Joanne has dabbled in horse training, chicken farming, and bridezilla wrangling at a department store wedding registry. Her fascination with literature led to careers in bookselling and writing. She lives with two dogs and a retired fighter pilot in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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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."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Price

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    W

    Ok!!This book has been on sale Way toooo long. Put something else up already!!!

    45 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Cost

    Wanted to buy this for the advertised $1.99 but when I tried to buy this the cost was $4.00.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Why has this been the same book for months now?

    Change please!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    When will bn change the spotlight book? This one's been on for what seems like months.

    When will bn change the spotlight book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Tired of this!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Get rid of this

    Tired of this choice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Anonymous

    How much longer do we have to see this book. If there havent been many purchases by now, there wont be!

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    A Joy To Read

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Cowboy trouble

    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.

    27 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Bn.....fix this

    This book shows 1.99 deal of the day....then 7.19 when you buy....make up your mind...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Price problem

    1.99 but you will be charged more. Whats the deal......

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Couldn't put the book down!!

    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!!!

    21 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Tired of it

    Get this #$%%&#@#'& book off of the spotlight page

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Ugh

    I am so tired of seeing this book advertised. Can we please have another chouce.

    16 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

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    Please get another book! This has been on too long. Also, false advertisement...it is not $1.99.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Enough already

    Please take this book off of spotlight

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Too long on Spotlight

    This book has been offered for weeks and weeks on Spotlight, far too long. Please remove and show other Spotlight offers. Enough already!

    13 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Not happy.

    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.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Change the book

    This book has been featured for months. Come on BN. Obviously it has run its course. Change the selection.

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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