One Fine Cowboy

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Overview

He's got a way with horses...and with women...

His heart is as wild as the horses he trained...

Nate Shawcross is perfectly content to spend his days training wild horses. So when a beautiful greenhorn unexpectedly shows up for a seminar from the famous "Horse Whisperer" of Wyoming, all Nate wants to do is send her packing...

The last thing she expects is a lesson in ...

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Overview

He's got a way with horses...and with women...

His heart is as wild as the horses he trained...

Nate Shawcross is perfectly content to spend his days training wild horses. So when a beautiful greenhorn unexpectedly shows up for a seminar from the famous "Horse Whisperer" of Wyoming, all Nate wants to do is send her packing...

The last thing she expects is a lesson in romance...

Graduate student Charlie Banks came to the ranch to learn about horse communication, but when she meets the ruggedly handsome cowboy, she starts to fantasize about another connection entirely...

Nate needs to stay focused if he's going to save his ranch from foreclosure, but he can't help being distracted by the brainy and breathtakingly sexy Charlie. Could it be that after all this time Nate has finally found the one woman who can tame his wild heart?

"I'M EXPECTING GREAT THINGS FROM JOANNE KENNEDY!"
-Linda Lael Miller,
New York Times bestselling author of The Bridegroom

Praise for Cowboy Trouble:

"Everything about Kennedy's charming debut novel hits the right marks...you'll be hooked."
-BookLoons

"A fresh take on the traditional contemporary Western...There's plenty of wacky humor and audacious wit in this mystery-laced escapade."
-Library Journal

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

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stock characters and a predictable plot mar Kennedy's second contemporary western romance (after Cowboy Trouble). Charlie Banks, a perky Rutgers graduate student and devout PETA member, leaves New Jersey for Wyoming, expecting to research a genuine horse whisperer. Instead she finds handsome but inarticulate cowboy Nate Shawcross, whose ex-girlfriend advertised a dude ranch, took the customers' money, and skipped town. The supposed contrast between Charlie's animal rights activism and Nate's career vanishes by chapter three, when Charlie decides that "aybe horses didn't mind being ridden... like Nate said." The rest of the story--Charlie falls hard for Nate, copes easily with his quirky uninvited guests, puts her city smarts to work helping him handle his avaricious ex--would be a better fit for a much shorter book. (Sept.)
Booklist
Kennedy has written an entertaining and humorous romance. STARRED REVIEW
— Shelley Mosley
Fresh Fiction
A refreshing and fun story from the first page to the last. Beautifully done!
— Mandy Burns
Romance Fiction Suite101
Joanne Kennedy is quickly making a name for herself as an author of highly entertaining cowboy romances.
— Jessica Hastings
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402236709
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 359,974
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Kennedy 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. Joanne lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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From Chapter 1

The cowboy boot was the most pathetic piece of footwear Charlie had ever seen. Upended on a fence post, it was dried out and sunbaked into dog-bone quality rawhide. She glanced down at the directions in the dude ranch brochure.

After pavement ends, go 1.6 miles and turn right. Boot on fence post points toward ranch.

The boot's drooping toe pointed straight down toward the ground. Evidently, Latigo Ranch was located somewhere in the vicinity of hell.

No surprise there.

Still, the boot was a welcome sight, signaling the last leg of the weird Western treasure hunt laid out in the brochure, and putting Charlie one step closer to getting done with this cowboy nonsense and going home to New Jersey where she belonged. Back to New Brunswick, with its crowded streets and endless pavement; its nonstop soundtrack of whining sirens; its Grease Trucks and commuter buses. Back to the smog-smudged brick of New Jersey and the slightly metallic, smoky scent of home. Wyoming, on the other hand, smelled disturbingly organic, like sagebrush and cowflops, and offered nothing but endless expanses of featureless prairie with a few twisted pines wringing a scant living out of the rocky ground. If this was home on the range, the deer and the antelope were evidently taking the summer off. She hadn't seen so much as a prairie dog at play since she'd crossed the Nebraska border.

Cranking the steering wheel to the right, Charlie let her back end spin up a plume of dust, then winced as the Celica jerked to a halt. Yanking on the emergency break and flinging open the door, she stomped around to the front of the car to watch the right front tire hiss out its life in a deep, jagged pothole.

She pulled in a long breath and let it out slow. She could handle this.

Reaching under the seat, she hauled out the jack and climbed out of the car. After a fair amount of fumbling around, she managed to set the jack handle and start cranking, ignoring the itch that prickled between her shoulder blades as the sun leached sweat from her skin. The car rose, then rose some more. Then it shifted sideways, groaned like a tipping cow, and slammed back onto the ground, its wounded tire splayed at a hideously unnatural angle.

This was no ordinary flat tire.

Charlie knelt in the dust, staring at the crippled car. What now? She was in the middle of nowhere with a screwdriver, a roll of duct tape, and a 1978 Celica hatchback that looked as if euthanasia would be the only humane solution.

She pressed the heels of her hands into her eye sockets to push back the tears. She wasn't scared. She really wasn't. That couldn't be her heart pounding. Couldn't be. It was... it was...

Hoofbeats.
Hoofbeats, drumming the road behind her. She turned to see a Stetson-topped silhouette approaching, dark against the setting sun. Lurching to her feet, she fell back against the car as a horse and rider skidded to a stop six feet away, gravel pinging off the car's rear bumper.

The sun kept the horseman's features in shadow, but Charlie could see he was long-boned and rangy, with pale eyes glimmering under a battered gray hat. She could almost hear the eerie whistle of a spaghetti Western soundtrack emanating from the rocky landscape behind him. She'd have been scared except one corner of his thin lips kept twitching, threatening to break into a smile as he looked her up and down.

It had to be her outfit. Saddle Up Western Wear called it "Dude Couture," but she was starting to think "Dude Torture" would be more appropriate. The boots were so high-heeled and pointy-toed she could barely drive in them, let alone walk, and she was tempted to follow local tradition and upend them on a fence post for buzzard bait. Then there was the elaborately fringed jacket and the look-at-me-I'm-a-cowgirl shirt with its oversized silver buttons. She cursed the perky Saddle Up salesgirl for the fourteenth time that day and straightened up, squaring her shoulders.

"Whoa," the rider said, shifting his weight as the horse danced in place. "Easy there, Honey." "I'm not your honey." She tossed her head and her dark hair flared up like a firecracker, then settled back into its customary spiky shag. The horse pranced backward a few steps, then stilled, twitching with restless energy.

"I know. Easy, Honey," the rider repeated, patting the horse's neck. "Tupelo Honey. That's her name," he explained.

"Oh." Charlie looked up at the animal's rolling eyes and flaring nostrils and blushed for the first time in fifteen years. "I thought you meant me."

"Nope. The horse. So you might want to calm down. You're making her nervous, and she's liable to toss me again." Honey pitched her head up, prancing nervously in place as he eased back on the reins. "It's her first time."

"Her first time," Charlie repeated blankly.

"First time in the open under saddle," he said. "Doing just fine, too." He bent down to fondle the horse's mane. "Doing just dandy," he crooned softly.

Charlie watched him rotate his fingers in tiny circles, rubbing the horse's copper-colored pelt. Honey's longlashed eyes drifted shut as she heaved a hard sigh and loosened her muscles, cocking one hind leg.

"Niiiice," the rider purred. Charlie felt like she'd interrupted an intimate encounter.

"Sorry." Dammit, she was blushing again. "I'm trying to get to Latigo Ranch. My car broke down." She gestured toward the crippled Celica.

"Latigo? You're already there," he said. He swung one arm in a slow half-circle to encompass the surrounding landscape. "This is it. You a friend of Sandi's or something?"
"A customer," she said. Sandi Givens was listed as "your hostess" in the glossy dude ranch brochure that lay on the Celica's front seat.

He straightened in the saddle and widened his eyes.

"You came all this way for Mary Kay?"

"Mary Kay?" Charlie shook her head. "No way. They do animal testing. I came out here to do some research on horse whispering." She attempted a smile. "I'm a grad student. Psychology."

The rider bunched the reins in his fist and backed the horse a step or two. The horse moved cautiously, one foot at a time, nodding her head and laying back her ears. "Well, Sandi could sure use a shrink, but she's not home. And don't let her tell you she knows anything about horses. Whispering or otherwise."

Charlie shrugged. "Well, duh. She's just the hostess."

"Hostess of what?"

"The dude ranch. I'm going to a Nate Shawcross clinic." The cowboy narrowed his eyes. With his battered hat and the two-day growth of stubble on his chin, he bore an uncanny resemblance to the young Clint Eastwood. That eerie, fluttering whistle pierced her subconscious again.

"Nate Shawcross doesn't do clinics," he said.

"Yes, he does. I have a reservation." She set her fists on her hips and squared her shoulders. "Is there some kind of problem?"

"Kind of." He leaned forward and pointed a thumb at his own chest. "Because I'm Nate Shawcross, and I don't know a damned thing about any clinic."

Charlie stood stunned, her mouth hanging open.

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Smart, Sassy and Sensational!

    Joanne Kennedy set a high bar with her debut novel, Cowboy Trouble, but she's easily surpassed it with this one. Though at the beginning it appeared to be a simple story of New Jersey PETA activist meets strong, silent Wyoming cowboy, every time I thought I knew where the plot was headed, Kennedy threw in a plot twist, deepening the emotional impact as the heroine (and the reader) discovered a bit more about that silent cowboy. And, oh, was it fun watching him learn to express himself verbally. Filled with laugh out loud moments and what I've begun to think is Kennedy's trademark - a cast of captivating secondary characters - One Fine Cowboy is a book for the keeper shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Highly Recommended - A good read!

    I enjoyed the book and plan on reading more from this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    GREAT

    I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS COWBOY!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Recommended

    Pretty good story.

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

    Heaven in Levis

    Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** Can a horse actually bring two people together? And can love last when both parties aren't sure things will last at all? You need to read One Fine Cowboy to get the rest of the story.

    I loved Joanne Kennedy's first book Cowboy Trouble, from page one and couldn't wait to get my hands on this story. I wasn't disappointed. One Fine Cowboy delivers. I felt like I was right there in the corral with Charlie and Nate. Both are characters that will claw their way into your heart and you won't mind one bit.

    Nate was my favorite part of this book. He's not a chatty type of guy. He keeps his emotions close to his chest, unless it concerns Charlie. I loved how she made him so tongue tied yet so sure of himself. He does the whole tall, handsome, and silent. But when it comes to her, he's consumed by his love for her.

    The secondary plot in this story really hit it home for me. They all have to do with horses and when someone is harmed by an animal with such power, it's devastating, not only because the person was hurt, but because the animal can be harmed as well. Ms. Kennedy writes the scenes, though dangerous, with a touching quality that really got to me. This is one book for my keeper shelf and one I'll recommend to all my friends.

    If you want a sweet yet spicy romance about two people who love each other more than anything, you need to read One Fine Cowboy. I give it 5 books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Amazing

    I loved this book so much.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

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    This is the first in a series of cowboy books by the very talented Joanne Kennedy. The books focus on rough, tough and devastatingly sexy cowboys and the woman who are in someways their downfall but also their saviors.

    In One Fine Cowboy we meet Nate, a sweet,kind, caring cowboy who loves his ranch and has worked hard for what he has, but he also is a bit of a grump and the not so polite kind. This impolite manner was brought on by his common law wife, she not only took everything he had, every last cent withdrawn from their bank accounts, she also took their beloved daughter when she left. To top it all off she changed his ranch into a horse whisperer learning school without telling him (of course pocketing the cash).

    So here he is with the first of many "students" showing up ready to learn. Charlie is the most gorgeous creature he has ever laid eyes on but fun and sexy Charlie has a different approach to life and also horses, one that makes them bump heads one more than one occasion. However, the truth of his ex wife's dealings come to light and forces Charlie to not only find some way to keep herself busy whilst Nate comes up with a way to raise the money to give back to her the deposit in order for her to have her car fixed so she can return home, but it also forces her to try to fight off the strong attraction between her and Nate.

    She fails miserably, falling head over heals in love and in bed with Nate. Amongst all this there are the new students showing up on their doorstep and low and behold Nate's ex common law wife Sandi. She shows up demanding the ranch be sold and she wants half the sale or he will never see his daughter again. And so the games begin.

    In One Fine Cowboy we not only get to know Charlie and her sexy as sin cowboy Nate we also get to know family and friends who help bring these two lovers together. We see true friendship, true love and passions ignite, written in a very delectable manner by a author who certainly knows her way around the romance writing world and also horses and certainly cowboys.

    What I also liked about the book is that you get to learn about horses and how to handle them, I also learned that real love can be found in the most unexpected places with the most interesting of men! I certainly never knew that keeping my hands behind my back would let the horse trust me in some way, very interesting and amidst it all a story of a beautiful western romance. Watch out for this author she is going to offer many more delicious cowboys for us to feast on!

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