One Fine Cowboy

One Fine Cowboy

by Joanne Kennedy

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

Nate Shawcross loves his quiet life training wild and damaged horses. He's furious when a beautiful greenhorn shows up for lessons in handling horses, criticizes his techniques, and scares his newest rescue. Nate is stunned to learn he's become famous as the latest miracle "horse whisperer" and just wants to send her packing...

Graduate student Charlie Banks came to learn, but she expected more than a taciturn cowboy and a ranch on the verge of ruin. But as she watches Nate Shawcross work, the horse isn't the only one who succumbs to the handsome cowboy's "whispering."

Also by Joanne Kennedy:
Cowboy Trouble
Cowboy Fever
Tall, Dark and Cowboy
Cowboy Crazy

What People Are Saying About RITA Finalist One Fine Cowboy:
"Refreshing and fun from the first page to the last. Beautifully done!"—Fresh Fiction
"An entertaining and humorous romance."—Booklist STARRED review
"The chemistry is electrifying."—Thoughts in Progress
"Joanne Kennedy delivers... She writes characters with depth and brimming with emotion. This one is not to be missed."—Bellas Novellas

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492684008
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 210,076
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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,

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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, 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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AmandaHarte More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and plan on reading more from this author.
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Pretty good story.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at: ***** 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.
Cali-Jewel 16 days ago
Beautifully written, heartwarming, sexy, fun and engaging romantic journey that had me glued to my e-reader from beginning to end.... really enjoyed all the fun interesting charters, witty banter and undeniable passion. Excellent reading experience!
Anonymous 23 days ago
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. I really had a hard time liking Charlie at the beginning, she overreacted, kind of judgmental, and totally stuck on the plan that her mother outlined for her and there was NO deviating from that PLAN. Nate was mu;ch more likable but at times, I just wanted him to quit being so agreeable and fight back. Great evil ex-girlfriend for the plot and lovable sidekicks to help them as they had a long road to get to their HEA. At times, I was not sure if they were going to get past their problems to find a compromise. As the story progressed, I did like that Charlie was there to help Nate and Sam but she did tend to get distracted and angry and let Sandi push her buttons. Nice how they wrapped up the book and things worked out for all of them, even Sandi.
nelriv 5 months ago
Sooo I the title is correct One fine cowboy, but the female character total brat, totally annoying, I couldn't anymore I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt but she got more annoying and I could not see what Nate would have been attracted to her besides physically and since his ex was just as horrible or more so I was unhappy that he had apparently had not learned his lesson so he lost some points with me there. The story could have gone so much better if these woman behaved better. Not a horrid story, just the woman. Rcvd and ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
RtB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by DesereReview copy was won in a contestThis 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!
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlie comes to Wyoming under the pretense of Horse Whispering on a dude ranch according to the brochure. She did not know Sandi Nate's ex girlfriend lied about the way the ranch looked. It was almost in shambles. The first think Charlie wanted to do was go right back home. As shocked as she was she could not get a refund as Sandi cleaned out the checking and savings account and left town to go to Denver. Nate was broke and needed help with the clinic he had no clue it was to take place. With Charlie's help he just might make it if he can convince Charlie to stay.The book was good the think I did not like is poor Nate being led by Sandi and believed everything she had to say as truth. He never questioned her after she cleaned out their accounts and left him. When she comes back for a few days he is lead again by her as she takes over. It takes Charlie and Doris, another student that shows up for the clinic, to get Nate to face Sandi.I liked the relationship between Nate and Charlie and the other support characters were fun to get to know. I did like seeing Lackaduck back into the book from the earlier books and some characters that was named before bounce around in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Shy and quiet Nate falls for Charlie a girl from New Jersey. Sweet cowboy romance with lots of ups and downs in their relationship. 292 pages
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I loved this book so much.
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