(A Big Sky Romance, #3)
by Denise Hunter
Received for Review
Adult Romantic Christian fiction
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.43
Here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:
Only one pair of boots-and the cowboy wearing them-can get Annie out of the mess she's in.
Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek's premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for "Montana Living." Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew.
When Annie's column is cancelled, she's given first shot at a new lovelorn column-and she can't afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie's never been in love.
Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town's smooth-talking ladies' man Dylan Taylor: She'll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he'll help her answer the reader letters.
Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can't risk getting hurt now.
The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister's antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.
When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn't know what to trust-her head or her heart.
The trouble with "this" cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.
And now for my review:
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received and e-galley of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks to the good people at Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read this book.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is the first book I've ever read by Denise Hunter and I can tell you that it will not be the last I read by her. I absolutely adored her writing style and her characters. This is the third book in her A Big Sky Romance series; however, this novel can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel.
Having said that, let's get into my review. I went into this noel with low expectations. I hadn't heard of Denise Hunter before but thought that the synopsis sounded good so I gave it a shot.
I immediately fell in love with the characters Annie and Dylan. Annie is struggling to help out her sister Sierra and Sierra's son as Sierra tries to finish college, but it's becoming increasingly more difficult. After watching cowboy after cowboy leave her mom, Annie has decided cowboys are nothing but trouble and the last thing she's going to do is fall for lady's man and cowboy Dylan. But can you deny the heart?
Dylan is nursing some hidden wounds when it comes to love but Annie has caught his interest. The only problem is Annie wants nothing to do with him. She seems to have such a bad opinion of him and he doesn't understand why. Does he dare take a shot on Annie and on love again?
Watching these two characters interact was always entertaining, always cute, and always beautiful. Hunter did a great job at building their relationship. It didn't seem like a whirlwind romance that came from nowhere, but rather a relationship rooted in friendship.
I also loved the way in which Hunter told her story. She had a fresh voice that drew me in from the beginning. I loved reading this book. Hunter weaved in elements of faith in a way that was never heavy-handed and always just seemed to fit the text perfectly.
Like I mentioned earlier, I adored this novel, even though I'm not much of a western cowgirl. That's the beauty of this novel: you don't have to like cowboys to fall in love with Annie and Dylan's story.
In Summary: Denise Hunter weaves a beautiful tale full of intriguing characters that are all too lovable, a fresh writing style, and a brilliantly crafted plot that is bound to attract Christian fiction lovers.
Warnings/Side-notes: None this novel is clean. That's partly why I love it.
The Wrap-up: Hunter is an author that I'll definitely be keeping an eye on. I can't wait to read more of her work.