The Trouble with Cowboys

The Trouble with Cowboys

by Victoria James

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ISBN-13: 9781640635418
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 380,058
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she's quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

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The Trouble with Cowboys 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Cheryl-S 2 days ago
4.5 Stars This book features Ty and Lainey. I understand why Ty did and felt the way he did. The truth spoken with harsh words can change a man’s entire life, devastating far more than just himself. The chemistry between Ty and Lainey is undeniable. Her vow to herself was a little surprising. After she told him, I was shocked at his reaction and all the unforgivable cruelty he dished out. I was outraged on her behalf! The story does not end there though. This story line is smooth flowing. The characters truly fit their parts. I do believe that the lesson learned throughout this entire book was about forgiveness and each were heartfelt lessons. Fantastic!
Holly 10 days ago
If you want a sweet cowboy romance that will keep you glued to the pages until that last word is read, this is the book for you!! Tyler Donnelly vowed to never return home after his mother died and with a terrible fight with his father until he receives a call that his dad had a major stroke. It's when he arrives back home and discovers how much everything has changed including the young attractive, Lainey Sullivan who now runs the family diner. With Lainey having just lost her grandmother and having this huge trust issue with cowboys in general, it's when Tyler walks back into town that she realizes that she is in trouble. As Lainey tries to navigate everything with the huge secret that she is harboring with Tyler's dad, Tyler is slowly making her realize that not all cowboys are bad. With things heating up, it takes one moment for everything to change and for secrets to come out about why Tyler left to Lainey's secret with his dad. There will be a moment in the end that everything will come together in a way that was perfect for this story and a couple that is perfect for each other! All I can say about this book is that it's a good romance to get lost in after reading pretty heavy thrillers and it makes you want to read more by this very talented Author who can make you think that you are right there with Lainey & Tyler! From the food to the paintings that Lainey makes is something that gets you right into the story line and makes you wish that you could live in a town like Wishing River, Montana!! Thank You to Victoria James for this exciting book that has made me want to read more books by you!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher!
beckymmoe 19 days ago
This book was an excellent example of an "I liked it, but..." story. The Trouble with Cowboys has a bit of a different flavor to it than most (maybe even all?) of Ms. James's books that I've read in the past. Part of it might be the new setting--Wishing River, Montana--though she's had plenty of other books set in that part of the world, it is a new town with new people (and though I don't see it listed anywhere as first in a series, there's plenty of series potential here with the secondary characters she's given us, so...). This one has some fairly steamy scenes, though they don't go past the making out stage because of Lainey's determination to wait until marriage--so it's not closed door since there are no doors to close, but it's a step or two above a straight-up "sweet" romance. There is also a bit of a religious aspect to the story that I didn't quite expect; it's pretty non-denominational, there's talk of church on Sundays and a Father Andy makes an appearance about a third of the way in and then plays a smallish role in the last third or so--I didn't mind it, but it just seemed to sneak into the story without warning and ended up playing a role that wasn't obvious from the beginning. None of these things were problems; they just weren't quite what I expected, even after having read a good 50% or so of the book. But maybe I just missed the clues? The clues about the fight Tyler had with his father were pretty obvious, though, even if it took forever for him to tell us (and even longer for him to tell Lainey) the details. What was less clear was why the entire town, including Ty's two BFFs, spent eight years hating him and maintained their grudges for so long in the book. Even his dad, who clearly knew what had happened since he was a part of it, went out of his way to make Tyler feel unwanted until nearly the end, and I really don't understand why. If he really said what he said out of anger and felt bad about it, why didn't he make more of an effort in those eight years (or, if he really couldn't find Tyler, then at least when he came back) to try and make amends? It was frustrating to see him treated so badly for so long--he really didn't deserve it, and the fact that those who did end up "forgiving" him eventually did it with so little fanfare (or effort) added to my frustration. The romance between Lainey and Tyler was sweet, though, and their chemistry was solid. I really did like them together, and was pulling for them to find a way to a mutually satisfying HEA. She lied to him by omission pretty early on (and kept it going for quite some time) and he ultimately was made to feel worse about it in the long run than she did, which bothered me, but it fit in with the anti-Tyler theme that was still going strong at that point, so I guess there's that? The dark moment and the grand gesture, like the religious aspect and Lainey's declaration, felt kind of tacked on without a lot to ground them in the story, but the epilogue was cute. Ultimately, this isn't my favorite from this author, but if she writes more books in this fictional setting I will undoubtedly give them a try--Lainey's BFF's story, especially, could be interesting. As for this one--I liked it, but... Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous 21 days ago
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. What an emotional rollercoaster throughout this book. You kind of sympathize with Tyler when he feels like an outsider but then he goes and hurts Lainey, and you lose the sympathy and get angry with him! How can you not like Lainey? She gets the one thing that she dreams of and then has to keep putting it off to help out family members - not sure that I would have been so kind as she was when her mom got sick. Lots of relationships needed mending and hope to see more from this group - will Hope and Dean see past their differences? Will Cade and Aiden find their own women to love? Loved the HEA, especially that Tyler apologized publically!
MugsyMae 23 days ago
Ty and Lainey are both strong and independent, but each is covering up hurt and insecurity and family issues. Their 's is a slow burn that keeps building through all the heartbreaking mistakes and hesitations. I found this to be a sweet emotional read that I really enjoyed! This is the first book by Victoria James that I have read, and I hope she continues writing about this town and it's people.
Lori-Gonzo 26 days ago
This book got to me in the very first chapter. I had such a heavy heart and eyes full of tears as I read it. Have a tissue nearby, especially if you have lost your mom. But Tyler and Lainey's story is so beautiful and heart touching. My heart hurt for both characters and wanted nothing more than them to find their happy ever after. They had a lot of their own hurts to go through and get over. I believe they helped each other, more Lainey helping Tyler more. However, Tyler helped her see what was in front of her all along. So if you are looking for a fantastic, emotional, heart pulling read, then this is the book for you. I loved the ups and downs, the will they/won't they, please make up with your father, and please don't give up your dreams or each other. And now I am really hoping Dean, Cade and Hope get their story too. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
ReadYourWrites 28 days ago
There's a reason Victoria James is one of my favorite authors. She writes heartfelt stories that tug at your heartstrings, with characters you wish were real. The Trouble with Cowboys is a small-town romance, set in the town of Wishing River, Montana. In the town of a thousand people, everyone seems to know everyone and their business. Eight years ago, after the death of his mother and a huge argument with his father, Tyler “Ty” Donnelly packed his things and left in the middle of the night. He didn't say goodbye to his friends or anyone. His pain was so palpable he just knew he had to get away. He had no clue where he was going or what he would do to survive. A phone call from his former best friend now doctor, Dean Stanton, informing him of his father’s stroke brings him back to town. Lainey Sullivan hasn't had an easy life. She was abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandmother. It was just the two of them, until her grandmother passed away. Grandma Tilly left Lainey two things, Tilly’s Diner and a piece of advice, “never trust a cowboy”. For the past five years, Lainey has been faithfully running the diner. But she finds herself stuck and feels as if she's wasting away. At twenty-six, Lainey has always dreamed of being an artist. She even got accepted to a prestigious art school in Italy. But something would always happen to force her to change her plans. Now Lainey is stuck running the diner out of loyalty, duty, and obligation. When Ty shows up at the diner, all heads turn to stare at him. No one asks how he’s been or welcomes him back. Even Lainey is cold and rude to him. But she sees something in his eyes. Something she recognizes in herself. Over the years, Lainey and Ty's father, Martin, have grown quite close. She views him as the father she never had. Since his stroke, every night Lainey drives an hour to take Martin his dinner, feed him, and spend time talking with him. Lainey refuses to stop her routine just because Ty seems to be uncomfortable with it. In quick order, Lainey and Ty form a friendship which leads to a growing attraction. However, each is hiding a secret that could jeopardize any future together. The Trouble with Cowboys was a really nice read. I love the main characters of Ty and Lainey. They were truly what the other needed. The secondary characters of Hope, Lainey’s best friend, and Dean and Cade, Ty’s best friends were equally as good. They all have their stories and untold secrets. Hopefully, this is a start of a new series. **Received a copy of the book courtesy of Entangled Publishing and voluntarily reviewed.**
gromine49 29 days ago
What a wonderful story to read over a gray and rainy weekend. Author Victoria James gives us another fantastic story of love lost and found again.
Jennann3 29 days ago
Lainey has endured more loss than any 25yr old should. After losing her grandma, the only one who ever cared and loved her, Lainey vowed to keep Tilley’s diner open. In doing that, she had to give up her dreams of becoming an artist and attending art school in Italy. Lainey then loses her mom to cancer. With bills piling up, she’s at wits end. Then, in walks Ty...her childhood crush. After leaving abruptly eight years ago, Ty returns home. His father has had a stroke and needs help running the ranch. Ty never wanted to leave and always believed he would live his life working the ranch next to his dad, until his mom dies. Hateful words and secrets were revealed causing Ty to leave. But he always knew he’d return. Although he didn’t think his former friends would treat him so harshly. Stopping at Tilley’s before going to see his dad, he reconnects with an all grown up Lainey. I loved the smoldering chemistry between Lainey and Ty. So hot they couldn’t their hands off each other. Lainey’s honesty, faith, and ability to speak her mind was absolutely refreshing. Lainey was one of the few who took the time to really look at and see the “real” Ty. She was able to slowly knock down the walls he built and get him to realize he was worthy of love. I loved Ty’s support of Lainey’s dream, his loyalty, and his sense of family. Their witty banter had me laughing out loud! I can’t wait to read Dean and Cade’s stories! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
tiggeruoSO 30 days ago
I really enjoyed this book, I found it completely hard to put down. The Author has a way of sucking you in from the beginning and it makes you feel like you are right there, or watching it on a scene. I love how the characters truly feel like you are catching up with friends and I love the small town feel of the book. With everything that Lainey has faced she has this strong fighting spirit and you really cheer her on through the whole book. The chemistry and the raw emotions just jumped off the pages. Tyler hints at something through out the book and its not till later you find out what which kept me guessing and wanting to know what was going to happen next with him and his Dad. Over all the book is a great read and does have some language but over all I would say totally worth the read. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion
ytcruz 30 days ago
This is a contemporary western romance that grabs your attention from the first page to the last one. When Tyler Donnelly gets a phone call from an old friend that his father has had a stroke, he returns to Wishing RIver The home he left 8 years ago after his mother’s death and an argument with his father. Lainey Sullivan has lived in town most of her life after her mother abandoned her by dropping her at her grandmother’s house. Now she runs the local cafe she inherited from her grandmother , watching her dreams fading away. These two have immediate chemistry, but each one has their own baggage, secrets, lost dreams . The plot is engaging, the characters well develop and likable. The secondary characters show promise for future stories. Hopefully Dean and Holly. I was entrusted this copy by Netgalley and Entangled Amara. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
JaneN17 30 days ago
I loved this story! This book was my introduction to Ms. James’ writing and I loved it. Tyler is sexy, troubled and lost and Lainey is sweet, tough and lonely. These two were the perfect couple because Tyler was able to get Lainey to open up an show her that she’s beautiful and important. While Lainey was able to get Tyler to open his eyes and see what he has in front of him. The story was heartbreaking, hopeful, sexy and funny at times. Can’t wait to read the next book!!
Linda__ 30 days ago
Another winner! Ty is a sexy cowboy with daddy issues who left home abruptly eight years ago. He returns only after learning of his father's stroke, however, because of how he left, he is not welcomed back by anyone except for Lainey, the proprietress of the local diner. She is kind to Ty and they become friends without benefits. With the backstory of all the people angry with Ty and protective of Lainey, this is an engaging tale that kept me hooked - I literally read it in one sitting. This is a must read for fans of the genre. The author is on my must read authors' list.
MalkaShayna 30 days ago
I received a free advanced copy of this book from This is my unbiased and voluntary review. This book is a lovely written story about a second chance for a father and son to restore their relationship with the help of a loving woman. Appealing characters and a compelling plot make it an engaging read. After his mother died from cancer, Ty Donnelly and his father had some harsh words to each, culminating in his father telling him to get out of his house, which he did - for 8 years. Always thinking that one day he would return home, he first worked on the rodeos, but then on ranches, working himself up to foreman. Which is where his once best friend, Dean, now a doctor, found him, informing him that his father had a stroke. He came immediately, but was not well received, especailly by his other best friend, Cade, who is now the foremen. Nevertheless, planning to stay and return the ranch to glory it once was. Lainey Sullivan never knew her father and her mother abandoned her to live with her grandmother Tilly at a young age. But Tilly brought her up with a strong work ethic, a moral compass and loyalty. She also told her to stay away from cowboys, as they are trouble. So before Tilly died, Lainey promised her that she would keep the cafe open, destroying her dream of going to Italy on the art scholarship that she had received. She also had had a crush on Ty when she was in high school, and finds the grown up Ty even more enticing. While Ty was gone, she and his father, Martin had become friends, so she had been bringing him food every day. Lainey and Ty are both attracted to each other, but he doesn't think he is good enough for her. How does all this tie up into the requisite HEA? You'll have to read the book to find out. One con: while Ty eventually explains to Dean and Cade why he left town without telling them, in the age of cellphones, texting, WhatsApp ...etc, there was no explanation of why he ghosted them.
Bette313 30 days ago
Whether I'm looking for a book to read with a sweet romance or one with a little more heat I know I can always count on Victoria James to deliver. This is one of her sweet reads and it definitely hit the spot. It's a wonderful slow build romance that pulled at all my heartstrings. Tyler Donnelly left Wind River after a huge fight with his father, never expecting to return. Now eight years later with his father's health failing and the ranch in disrepair Tyler has finally returned home. Things have certainly changed while he's been gone and he'll have his hands full getting the ranch back to it's former glory. Too bad the townspeople aren't happy to see him. Luckily Lainey Sullivan doesn't seem to hate him and she's willing to help him find his way. This isn't a book you want to miss, I highly recommend it.
onemused 3 months ago
"The Trouble with Cowboys" is a western romance that follows Tyler and Lainey. Tyler left town eight years ago after a blow-out fight with his father following his mother's death and is back in town to help his father after he had a stroke. He spent time on the rodeo circuit and then settled at another ranch where he worked his way up to foreman. He knows now is the time to take over his family's ranch, which has been having financial troubles since he has been away. Lainey has taken over Tilly's, the diner her grandmother Tilly owned and ran. Lainey was raised by her grandmother after her mother abandoned her in pursuit of love over and over again (for new boyfriends). She never knew her father. Lainey dreams of art school but cannot abandon the diner her grandmother loved and left her. Following her grandmother's death, Lainey became close to Tyler's father, and she was the one who found him after his stroke. When they meet again after Tyler's return, they find themselves very attracted to the other but they have a long way to go before they are ready for a relationship, much less with each other. Tyler's return to town has not been well-greeted, and everyone is upset over the way he left so isolating him. Lainey is the only one who seems willing to speak with him. She also has some ideas for how to help the ranch- but she is also harboring a secret (that seemed unnecessary). I enjoyed the story at first, but things got a bit too drawn out for my tastes. I also felt like they each gave up too much in the process of the story, and it seemed unnecessary to me. I am hesitating to say what to avoid spoilers, but there's a difference between compromise and giving up your beliefs/dreams. I felt that Tyler was giving up his beliefs (I think he was looking at it wrong, but it's not a good foundation for a relationship) and Lainey was giving up her dreams by the end (you could argue/make a case that her dreams changed/evolved). If they were real people, I have a feeling checking in a few years after the end would show that things are not going well. I would have liked seeing each growing as individuals more and the relationship complementing them. Instead, it seemed like any relationship-type bit between them was dripping with drama (they weren't really in a relationship during the story and then the expectations were like they had been for a while). The relationship seemed to be dragging them down more than building them up. Thus, I liked both Tyler and Lainey, but I did not like them as a couple. Another thing that seemed odd to me was the idea of naturopathic medicine being important, which appear throughout as almost an advertisement for it in the extreme (as if this would cure cancer better than an oncologist), which is not how I believe it is typically viewed. It seemed a little unnecessary to the overall story, and I was not sure what the message was intended to be there. I would also add a warning for sexual harassment/assault (mentioned, not described). Overall, I think it was an interesting story with great characters, but I was not particularly cheering for the primary relationship. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
SherriBabb 3 months ago
Victoria James did an incredible job with telling this story. It was such an emotional read for me. This book takes places in a small town where everyone is in everyone's business. It is also a town where they all look out for each other. The Trouble with Cowboys is Tyler and Lainey's story. Tyler left town eight years ago after the death of his mom. His dad and him had a really big fight which was the last straw for Tyler. Many things were said during this augment. Many of those things were things you wish you could take back. Now Tyler is back because his dad had a stroke and he needs help. Lainey has lived in this town her whole life and all she wanted to do as an adult was to go to Italy for school for her art. Every time it was time to leave something always happened to stop her. Tyler and Lainey both feel so alone and so lost in life. From the time they see each other again you can see that they have a connection to each other. Both try to fight it while they navigate though life. There are somethings that you cannot fight because the connection is so strong. This book will pull at your heartstrings. It will make you laugh and in the next moment it will have you crying. I cannot wait to see what happens next in this small town. I am really looking forward to Dean's book. I really hope his book has something to do about Hope. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
TracyFritts1974 3 months ago
This is a second chance small town romance. I truly enjoyed reading about Tyler and Lainey. I thought the characters were wonderful and it was well written. I feel in love with these two characters. I was hooked from the first chapter and kept my instrest. I received an Advanced Copy of this book from Entangled Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for the a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.