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Monday, August 30, 2010

One Fine Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy

Howdy y’all!!! This week on Royal Review our reviewers will be featuring Western Themed Books. So why not join us as we lasso a few good reads.

Title- One Fine Cowboy
Author- Joanne Kennedy
Publisher- Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date- September 2010
ISBN- 978-1-4022-3670-9
Genre- Contemporary Western Romance
How I read it- Mass Market ARC
Rating- 4.5 Crowns


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 Whisper” of Wyoming, all Nate wants to do is send her packing…………….


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?
(From the back cover)

My Review-

Charlie Banks is determined to stay single and career oriented, nothing or no one will stand in the way of what her and her mother have mapped out for her life. A city girl from New Jersey, Charlie is dismayed when she learns that her boss, Sadie Tate, has signed her up for “horse whispering” lessons at Latigo Dude Ranch. Not only does this go against her views as an animal rights activist, it also goes against his opinion of cowboys. Charlie now finds that she is lost somewhere in Wyoming, with a broken axel, and no phone service, only to rescued by Nate Shawcross, the man who will be teaching the seminar.

Nate Shawcross maybe known throughout Wyoming for his amazing skills with horses, but as great as though skills maybe he lacks people skills. With the arrival of Charlie he finds that his estranged girlfriend has set him up to teach a “Horse Whispering” clinic. As the two of them begin to work together on the ranch, they each discover secrets that draw them closer together, although the same secrets that unite them may end up tearing them apart.

My thoughts-

As a city girl myself, I have to say that I immediate understood and like Charlie. She was down to earth, yet she had a part of herself closed off to the world, which enhances her character. Nate was also a very likable character, who although seemed ruff and silent, had many facets to him, which again added a depth to the story. The two characters were like chalk and cheese, and it seemed that the two were wrote to clash, yet they also have a way of bringing the trueness out of each other, so I have to say the author, Joanne Kennedy, knows how to make the plot very intriguing. Through out the books I was constantly wanting to know more thus I ended up reading the book in two readings. Although the book was a romance book I felt that the romance scenes were tastefully done, and they balanced out the story rather than over riding it.

Overall I have to say that I enjoyed this book, even though I am not one for Western themes. The plot was well mapped out as were the characters, also there were a few surprises that I did not see coming. You should defiantly give this book a chance.

This arc was provided by Sourcebooks.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have her other book, COWBOY TROUBLE, and enjoyed it. The teaser chapter at theend for ONE FINE COWBOY sounded good.
Her first book was goo with a nice mix of humor and suspense.