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""Kennedy's debut novel is a winner." A Night Owl Romance Top Pick!" - Night Owl Romance

"Contemporary western fans will enjoy this one! " - The Romantic Times

"You need to read Cowboy Trouble. This is a book you won't want to miss." - The Long and Short of It

"Plenty of wacky humor and audacious wit in this mystery-laced escapade that provides a fresh take on the traditional contemporary Western." - Library Journal

"If you enjoy mystery, romance, or a bit of both - you'll want to add this to your To Be Read stack (and maybe bump it to the top)." - A Curious Statistical Anomaly

"A read that will tickle your funny-bone and warm your heart." - Between the Pages

"A funny romance with a very sweet hero. " - A Hoyden's Look at Literature

"Plenty of suspense and intrigue throughout and steamy love scenes all in a nice little book" - My Overstuffed Bookshelf

"This book is filled to the rim with everything -- intrigue, murder, humor, love, quirky characters, and a litter full of little puppies. It has renewed my love for the modern day cowboy love story!" - The Romance Dish

"I hope to see more cowboy stories from Joanne Kennedy. " - Cheryl's Book Nook

About the Author

Joane Kenedy has worked in bookstores all her life in positions from bookseller to buyer. A member of Romance Writers of America and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, she won first place in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest and second in the Heart of the Rockies contest in 2007. Joanne lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402236689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402236686
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RITA© nominated romance writer Joanne Kennedy celebrates Wyoming's unique blend of past and present in contemporary Western novels with traditional ranch settings. A lifelong devotee of cowboy culture and all things horse-related, she is the author of six contemporary romances, including "Cowboy Trouble," "One Fine Cowboy," "Tall, Dark and Cowboy," and "Cowboy Tough."

"How to Handle a Cowboy," the first volume in the "Cowboys of Decker Ranch" series, will be released in April 2014.

Joanne's books are filled with heart and humor, along with suspense and a little bit of spice. A Booklist starred review for "How to Handle a Cowboy" said "Kennedy's authentic depiction of the contemporary West is both realistic and romantic... (her)forte is in making relationships genuine and heartfelt as she exposes vulnerabilities with tenderness and good humor. This is a terrific feel-good read with just the right amount of page-turning suspense." Library Journal called her first book "a new take on the contemporary Western romance" and Romantic Times says, "Kennedy has the genre down pat with romance, intrigue, danger and some truly laugh-out-loud moments."

At various times, Joanne has dabbled in horse training, chicken farming, and bridezilla wrangling at a department store wedding registry. Themes that have remained constant throughout her life are Jack Russell terriers, a tendency to confuse fiction with real life, and a fascination with literature that led to careers in bookselling and writing. She lives at the Colorado/Wyoming border with two Jack Russell terriers and a retired fighter pilot. The dogs are relatively well-behaved.

Joanne loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website, www.joannekennedybooks.com.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Coker on February 26, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All romances have a set formula and guaranteed happy ending. I should know, I've read a million of them. So for a contemporary romance to keep my interest, it has to have that little bit of something extra that sets it apart. I found that in Joanne Kennedy's book, Cowboy Trouble.

The first thing that made me laugh and endeared me to the book's heroine, Libby Brown, was her big fat lie about owning a ferocious guard dog. Believe me, she had handsome rancher Luke Rawlins stepping lightly on her front steps. Then her insisting that he refer to her chicken farm as a 'chicken ranch', and to her flock of chickens as a 'herd of chickens', hooked me on this feisty lady. Luke Rawlins, a tough but sensitive man, wants to make a ranchers wife out of this hard-to-coral city-girl. Add to this mix a little mystery, intrigue and danger, and you've got a read that will tickle your funny-bone and warm your heart.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Croteau on February 21, 2010
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i am into cowboy romance and when i saw this cover i had to give it a try. i am glad i did because this was an awesome book.

Libby Brown decides to leave her atlanta condo and move to Wyoming to raise chickens!! She meets her next door rancher neighbor Luke Rawlins and things heat up from there. She is an investigative reporter and comes across an unsolved murder. that's when the trouble starts.

there is some sex scenes but also more suspense as well. i was able to figure out who was doing the threatening!!!

i don't want to give too much away other than to tell you to buy this book. i can't wait for her next book which will be out in September!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Pavka on December 29, 2010
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Libby Brown moves from Atlanta to a small Wyoming town in order to start her own chicken ranch, but she's a journalist at heart and is determined to solve the town's one and only mystery. This book doubles as your typical romance with a bit of whodunnit thrown in. The romance side of things was fine, with Brown torn between the guy she likes and her head telling her not to get involved with anyone again. However, as a mystery this book is so predictable. It's easy to determine who the good and the bad guys are from the first few chapters, so it was a disappointment in that regard. It seems as though the author tried to keep who the real bad guy was a mystery and failed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By upfront_reader on February 2, 2011
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This book started out well, but soon bogged down with an uneven plot line and murky characterizations. The author seemed to have trouble juggling her romance and suspense plot lines, sometimes spending a long time on one at the expense of the other, and that gave the story an unfocused feel. It didn't help that the characterizations were all over the map. The heroine, Libby, is presented as a strong, independent woman and experienced investigative journalist, but she spends an awful lot of time expecting other people to rescue her, and the solution to the "mystery" is obvious to the reader long before Libby figures it out. Not that she ever does, come to think about it--she has to have it explained to her at the end of the story. Even the hero comes across oddly. Instead of the tough, rugged cowboy the author wants to present, Luke seems indecisive and sometimes even a little dim, especially when he thinks things like, "Women were weird. Weird, but nice. They smelled good, or at least Libby did, and they felt good too, when they let you touch them." Sounds more like the reflections of a frustrated sixteen-year-old rather than a grown man, let alone a two-fisted western-romance cowboy. I also felt a little uncomfortable with the "Crazy Mike" character and how the author sometimes seemed to be looking down on the people of small-town Lackaduck. There wasn't much emotion in the story--I didn't particularly care about the romance between Luke and Libby--and the characters seemed to change their minds and their feelings about each other from one page to the next. And as far as the mystery, it was obvious early on who the villain really was, and the author often undercut her suspense scenes with silly humor. Overall, a disappointing effort, and the numerous formatting errors in the text were very distracting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Woodenclogs on January 18, 2013
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Love it. A little romance and story of a unsolved murder plus dealing with a challenged individual who had some issues like everyday people loved the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BBC Addict on January 2, 2011
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Yes, the formatting issues made it difficult to read but that's not editing - it's the process of putting the book in an e-format.

The premise is ok in this book but the characters are too stereotypical and author is way over the top in describing the characters' emotions. It seemed like there was a Volume of Homey Things Cowboys Might Say next to the author's laptop, and sayings from it were plopped in the dialogue.

Editing was very poor. The timeline is confusing - one place mentions Libby being in town two weeks, and then another only a couple of days. Cringeworthy similes and metaphors abound - here's one such sample: "suddenly the mood in the room changes as surely as if the lights had dimmed and 'Sea of Love' had swelled from the stereo."
And who uses words like "schoolmarm" and "dinette" anymore?

Didn't finish this one - skimmed through it spot checking hopefully for improvement but didn't find any. This has the potential to be a great book if the author got a good editor and did a thorough rewrite eliminating bad, bad cliches (both dialogue and characters) and straight mistakes.
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