Cowboy Fever

Cowboy Fever

by Joanne Kennedy

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Overview

She thought she had it all... until she found him

A modeling contract with Wrangler got this Miss Rodeo Wyoming a first-class ticket out of town, but somewhere along the way Jodi Brand lost her soul. When she returns to her hometown after six years back East, her childhood friend's rugged cowboy charm hits her like a ton of bricks...

Teague Treadwell is convinced Jodi's success lifted her out of his reach, but he's spent the past six years working to shed his bad boy image. Now that Jodi is back in town, he's determined to prove himself worthy of the girl next door...but whoever heard of a beauty queen settling for a down and dirty cowboy?

Praise for Cowboy Fever:
"A delightful read full of heart and passion." -Jodi Thomas, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Somewhere Along the Way
"HOT, HOT, HOT...with more twists and turns than a buckin' bull at a world-class rodeo, lots of sizzlin' sex, and characters so real, you'll swear they live down the road!" -Carolyn Brown, bestselling author of Love Drunk Cowboy
"Joanne Kennedy has an uncanny way to bring characters to life with clever dialog, fun situations, and sexy cowboys all wrapped in one great story. Absolutely perfect!" -Fresh Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402251429
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 273,141
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Joanne Kennedy's debut book sold through over 8,000 copies in its first three months. Joanne has always worked in bookstores, is a member of RWA and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and won or placed in the Colorado Gold Writing and the Heart of the Rockies contests. Joanne lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


Joanne Kennedy is the RITA-nominated author of ten contemporary Western romance novels, including Cowboy Trouble, Tall, Dark and Cowboy, and Cowboy Tough. The first book in her Decker Ranch trilogy, How to Handle a Cowboy, was named one of Booklist's "Best Romances of the Decade." She lives in a secret mountain hideout on the Wyoming border with too many pets and a retired fighter pilot. The pets are relatively well-behaved. Joanne loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website, www.joannekennedybooks.com.

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Keeping one hand on the wheel and both eyes on the highway, Jodi Brand rummaged in her purse and pulled out her trusty can of Aqua Net. She'd sworn off blue eye shadow and tossed her rodeo queen tiara without so much as a twinge of regret, but she needed a twelve-step program to kick her hairspray habit.

Aqua Net is to rodeo queens what duct tape is to handymen-a cure-all for everything from shellacking your hair into place to shining your boots. It repairs runs in pantyhose, fixes slipping zippers, kills bugs, and pastes your cowboy hat to your forehead so it'll stick at a gallop.

Popping the lid, she glanced down at the label, then back at the road. She could risk a collision by squeezing her eyes shut while she sprayed, or court blindness by spritzing her 'do with her eyes open. Simply letting her hair tousle in the breeze from the open window was out of the question, since she'd just passed the "Welcome to Wyoming" sign. The minute she crossed the border into her home state, her queen persona took over like a perky little demon returning to possess her, telling her to make sure her hair was perfect and ordering her to smile, smile, smile.

What she really needed was Rodeo Queen Rehab-a quiet residential facility where counselors would help her emerge from under the shadow of her rakishly tilted cowboy hat.

But rehab was for sissies-sissies and Easterners. Westerners like Jodi believed in personal responsibility, and while she might not want to dress up like a Wild West Dolly Parton anymore, she was proud to be Wyoming born and bred. So why wasn't she glad to see that "Welcome" sign?

She loved Wyoming. She really did. But coming home meant facing the high expectations of a hometown that had sent her East like an emissary to an alien planet. They'd expected her to bring civilization back to Purvis, or at least some new fashion and makeup ideas. The fact that she'd gone back to being plain old Jodi Brand was bound to be a disappointment.

She turned off the highway and headed for the center of town, a three-block stretch of old-fashioned storefronts and cracked sidewalks presided over by a single traffic light. Pulling into a space in front of the Rexall, she squared her shoulders, gave her hair a quick spritz, and stepped out of the truck. Her cowboy boots gave her courage, making her walk feel like a bona fide swagger as she strode through the drugstore's swinging door and stepped up to the counter like an outlaw bellying up to the bar.

"Jodi Brand." Darla Black widened her eyes and brought one hand to her ample chest in a theatrical gesture of horror. "My God, honey, what's wrong? You look terrible."

When Darla wasn't stationed behind the pharmacy counter, she starred in nearly every production at the Purvis Little Theater, and her combination of dramatic delivery and downtown scuttlebutt made her the queen of the coffee klatches. It was like having Gypsy RoseLee, Dolly Levi, and Auntie Mame all rolled into one convenient pharmacist.

"Why, I'm fine, Mrs. Black. Just dandy." Jodi cocked her head and widened her smile-or was she baring her teeth? She wasn't sure. "But thank you so much for asking."

Darla reached over the counter and placed a soothing hand on Jodi's arm. "You can tell me, honey. Is it one of those, you know, transmitted things?" She leaned over the counter and lowered her voice to a whisper. "It's not cancer, is it?"

"Cancer?" Jodi peered over the pharmacist's shoulder, scrutinizing herself in the security mirror. Behind her, six or eight customers peered over the shelves to watch the show, like prairie dogs poking up from their holes to scan the plains for ferrets. Their expressions ranged from shock to dismay to pity.

Dang. She didn't look that bad. In normal surroundings, she passed easily for pretty-but in her hometown, expectations ran high.

"So pale," Darla said. "And your hair-honey, you look just wrung out and hung to dry. What happened?"

"Nothing." Jodi straightened her shoulders. "I'm just not a rodeo queen anymore. I'm a certified equestrian therapist with a degree in special education."

"Well, it looks like all that hard work and studying has just worn you right out."

"I'm not worn out." Jodi swallowed her aggravation. Coming home was even harder than she'd expected. "I'm just not wearing makeup. I used to have to pretty up all the time. Eye shadow. Blush. Sparkle powder." Tossing her head, she felt her hair flare out and fall neatly back into place.

God bless Aqua Net.

"But now I've got more important things to do," she said. "I'm back to help my mom with the boutique, and I'm starting a therapy riding clinic."

Darla shook her head in wonder. "I never thought you'd come back. We figured once you'd seen the world, you'd be gone for good."

"But I promised. You remember my speech?"

"Who could forget?" said a deep voice behind her.

Jodi knew that voice. She stood motionless, enjoying the moment-the delicious anticipation of finally seeing Teague Treadwell again. She pictured the hard jaw softened by a five-o'clock shadow, the dark eyes glinting under a battered Stetson, the long, lanky line of him leaning casually against the counter like a dark, dangerous version of James Dean in a cowboy hat-cool and tough and drop-dead sexy. God, she'd missed cowboys-real cowboys-and Teague Treadwell was as real as they came.

She turned with a bright smile, then took a quick step back. The man behind her was Teague Treadwell-but he looked about as real as a New York model in a Boot Barn catalog. He stood like a cowboy, relaxed and lounging, resting one elbow on the high counter like he might rest it on the worn leather saddle of his trusty quarter horse, but his clothes were straight out of Lou Taubert's dress-up section. Clean, creased Wranglers broke tidily over what appeared to be Tony Lama boots, and his white shirt was pinned at the collar with a string tie that sported an expensive chunk of polished turquoise mounted in silver. He held his hat in his hand, a gray felt Stetson with a brand-new sheen unmarred by sun or rain, and his clean-shaven jaw was more GQ than Western Horseman.

And then there was the jacket. On any other man, she'd have appreciated the way it classed up the outfit and spanned his broad shoulders, but the cut of it hid at least half of a butt she'd been looking forward to seeing in full.

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Cowboy Fever 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
AAR More than 1 year ago
COWBOY FEVER by Joanne Kennedy is an exciting contemporary western romance set in present day Wyoming. An ex-Rodeo Queen,and a bad boy cowboy. Jody,an ex-Rodeo Queen,Miss Wrangler comes home after a few years on the Rodeo Queen circuit.She comes home to leave her Rodeo Queen status behind and start a therapy riding program and make a difference in a child's life and maybe find her bad boy cowboy, Teague less attractive than before she left.But when Jody and Teague meet again sparks still fly.While Jody, was busy being a Rodeo Queen and Miss Wrangler,Teague,was taking care of his Down Syndrome brother,Troy,and trying to rid himself of his bad boy Cowboy image. Teague,has made something of himself and took care of his older brother after their parents deaths.Their father was an alcoholic,abusive and their mother the town loose woman.With a new rancher in town and his beautiful,sexy,maybe a little of a stalker daughter.Teague will find that getting Jody out of his system is a little harder than he thought.Jody will find she is just a attracted to Teague as before.She surely loves his older brother,Troy and will do anything for me. Together,Jody and Teague will get Jody's therapy riding program going,help find a killer,face danger together and find the love they truly where not looking for.This is a fast paced,page turning story of romance, sweet sensuality,danger,love,forgiveness, a community coming together,abusive relationships,a long ago love that would not die with time.If you enjoy a sweet,story with a little wit,the relationship of an younger brother looking after his older brother,therapy riding program,danger,misunderstandings,deception and a sweet romance than I would highly recommend this story.It will leave you wanting more and feeling good about the characters.Cowboy Fever is a must read story for the summer.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Sourcebooks and My Book Addiction and More.
LuvCowboyLove More than 1 year ago
You will be rooting for Teague and Jodi the whole time. Their sizzling chemistry is hot enough to light you on fire. This is the third book I have read and once again Kennedy drew me in. If you like cowboys, true love, and happy endings this is a great book for you. Looking forward to more from Joanne Kennedy.
RtB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by DesereReview copy provided by authorJodi Brand is your typical beauty queen from a small town, the girl who use to be able to rough it out with the boys but then suddenly the beauty bug hit and her modeling career took off. So she leaves her home town ready to take on the world and never look back. Only things change and it is not long before we find Jodi back in town running into no one else than her childhood friend Teague Treadwell. Teague is sexy and oh so very temping and yes in this book things move fast really fast. On her first day back in town Jodi and Teague end up in bed, the passion and fire between them more intense than the hottest of fires! But Teague has a past, an abusive and drunken father, the type of man Teague swore he would never become no matter what. He has his own deep demons to fight; on more than one occasion he has had the urge to put his fist through someone's head and struggled to control the anger. Along with this, he also never believed he would ever be good for the one girl who stole his heart so long ago and who was now in his bed, so what difference has a few years made none in his mind he will never be good enough. For Jodi things are not so very different she also has a obstacle on the road to Teague's heart, her mother has made her swear that she will stay away from him for he is sure to turn out to be just like his father and she does not want that for her daughter. No Jodi deserves better than the bad boy next door. This book had it all for me, it had forbidden romance, passion, love, friendship, secrets and delicious love scenes all wrapped up into one action packed western romance! There is not one dull moment in this one!! We see both Teague and Jodi meet and face their demons and obstacles, and I loved seeing how their "unwanted" relationship unfolded. It also sent across an important message that the famous line of "the apple does not fall far from the tree" is not always true. Cowboy Fever is the second book from this very fine author who's books are a true treasure to find, her cowboys have a way of creeping into your heart and remaining on your mind for a long time.
blodeuedd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughts:I liked this one, it was sweet, it had a cowboy and a also a crazy westernbarbie cowboy lover to stir up trouble. Lol, I will tell you all about it.Jodie was a normal tomboy who loved riding, but then she put on makeup, fancy clothes and became Miss Rodeo and did some modeling before going away to school. She left behind the town's bad boy, Teague. They had been friends since they were little but there had also always been something between them. So while she has been away he has tried to shed his bad boy persona and making some money, while she has cast of her Rodeo Queen ways. But when she comes back he still thinks she is too good for him.I liked Jodie, she was so down to earth and all she wanted was to help kids with disabilities. She never saw herself as better than Teague who had been poor and lived in a trailer when young. Teague then, oh, hunky cowboy alert! All he wants is to take care of his brother, who has Down syndrome, and to build something and not end up like his dad, the wifebeater. And he has also always been in love with Jodie. All I ever wanted while reading was for these two to get that HEA.So I mentioned a Barbie, oh yes, the annoying rich girl who dresses more like Western Hooker Barbie, and who is constantly following Teague around cos he is a cowboy and badboy. Her I just wanted to push into a ditch. So let's call her the bad guy of the story, the one that will cause drama. There is romance, some hot passion, an annoying woman who does not understand the word no, and friendship. Later things will turn bad and we get a bit of suspense.Conclusion:I liked it, I read it just like that because it was all sweet and quick to read. A good western with a likeable couple. I would recommend it, and I would read more westerns by this author. Oh and did I mention the hunky cowboy ;)Rating:Quick and easy
ruthhill74 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In most ways, this book definitely delivers what is promises. This is a hot and heavy cowboy romance--my first ever. I loved the main characters, Teague and Jodi, and I appreciated the way the author dealt with Teague's brother, Troy, who has Down's Syndrome. In addition to this, the author throws in a little mystery and a lot of steamy sex scenes. For the majority of romance readers, this is a feast for the eyes and the imagination.For the first half of the book, I was pretty impressed. There was very little detail in the bedroom scenes, and the language used in the book was fairly mild. The author had an easy-to-read style, and I genuinely cared about what happened to the characters. Jodi seemed to want to please everyone else rather than living her life, and I was glad to see how the author showed the true growth and maturity in the character. It was also nice to see Teague beat the odds. And as for Troy, I am always glad to see people with disabilities accomplishing so much.I decided to give this book three stars for two reasons. First of all, while I can't fault the story too much, it is just a basic romance. The addition of suspense and mystery probably would bump the rating up to a 3.5, but it is still what it is--a cowboy romance. Secondly, as I approached the second half, I found myself skimming the rather descriptive bedroom scenes. I do not mind some description, and thankfully the author did not go into the kind of detail that usually causes me to put it down, but I wish that the characters had not gotten so hot and heavy over and over again with no thought of marriage in sight. But that is just me. I was glad that some foul language was avoided, but the increasing use of the "s" word amongst others got old pretty fast. I also did not find the character of Courtney very believable.While this book may not have been high in my list, I still appreciated the author's style, and the story never failed to hold my interest. So depending on your individual tastes, this book may or may not be for you. I might hesitate to read another book by the author due to the issues I raised, but I cannot say I would refuse with certainty.
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jodi moves back to her home town after going to college, getting a degree, and her dream of being a Rodeo Queen. She wanted to come back home to make up to her mom the way she treated her after her father passed away. There was also Teague still living int he town but has moved up a tad in the world. Jodi wants to get her life back on track and make amends. She is not sure how Teague will fit in at this point. Will everyone see her other then the formar Rodeo Queen?The plot was good there were a few slow spots along the way, but the characters make up for it. Jodi is strong willed and then at times very vulnerable. Teague is a great character strong, but yet at the same time a big softy. His brother Troy was a great add to the story. I enjoyed reading about Troy he is one of my favorite characters in the book. I have enjoyed this series and will probably keep for re-reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but I was pissed off at Teague most of the time! Strong goal driven woman & hunky cowboy, what more can u ask for? 300 pages
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I enjoyed the story. The characters were well written.
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Good afternoon read. Characters fun, plot simple, romance not overly complicated. Would read more from this author.
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Really loved it and the characters were great.
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Love this book!!!
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TRFH More than 1 year ago
Not one of her best. If you have read the rest, you would know. Still a good book. Just a little slow.
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