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From Publishers Weekly

Stock characters and a predictable plot mar Kennedy's second contemporary western romance (after Cowboy Trouble). Charlie Banks, a perky Rutgers graduate student and devout PETA member, leaves New Jersey for Wyoming, expecting to research a genuine horse whisperer. Instead she finds handsome but inarticulate cowboy Nate Shawcross, whose ex-girlfriend advertised a dude ranch, took the customers' money, and skipped town. The supposed contrast between Charlie's animal rights activism and Nate's career vanishes by chapter three, when Charlie decides that "aybe horses didn't mind being ridden... like Nate said." The rest of the story--Charlie falls hard for Nate, copes easily with his quirky uninvited guests, puts her city smarts to work helping him handle his avaricious ex--would be a better fit for a much shorter book.
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*Starred Review* When graduate student Charlie Banks is assigned research on horse whisperers, her PETA-inspired belief that riding a horse is tantamount to animal cruelty threatens to affect the objectivity of her study. Still, given no choice by her supervisor, Charlie heads for Latigo Ranch in Wyoming. A dyed-in-the-wool New Jersey girl, she finds nothing to like about the wide-open spaces of the Equality State, especially because the actual ranch bears little or no resemblance to the picture-perfect paradise in the brochure. The last thing rancher Nate Shawcross wants at Latigo is a meddling woman, and an uninvited one, at that. Burned by his former girlfriend, Nate is happy with his horses, the only living things he can trust. After an initial altercation, Charlie is set to leave, but her car breaks down, and there’s nothing she can do but wait until the parts arrive. A stubborn city girl meets a stubborn rancher in this novel about how opposites, even those with preconceived notions about each other, attract. Kennedy (Cowboy Trouble, 2010) has written an entertaining and humorous romance. --Shelley Mosley

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  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YFJ554
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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,

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I liked this book but can't say it's a keeper. Nate came across to me as not having much back-bone and let Sandi run over him too much. There were multiple things that Sandi was telling him and doing that he just took as truth. He never questioned Sandi even though she had left him and cleaned out the bank accounts in the process. He just kept making excuses for her. I didn't get it and it took Charlie and the others to make Nate stand up to her. Like I said, not much back-bone. I like a strong male character lead in my books and this one just didn't cut the muster.
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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.
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City girl meets country boy has never been quite as funny and endearing as this story about Charlie and Nate. I fell in love with this book about a couple navigating a deepening romance even though they share opposing views about ranching and horses. Joanne Kennedy has once again surprised and delighted readers with another romance woven with humor and a ton of heart. I loved the twists in the story that made this book much bigger than your everyday romance novel.
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"Okay, disclaimer: I'm not one to read romance novels.
Another disclaimer: But I love books about cowboys.

I was hesitant to post this review because I'm still slightly embarassed by the fact that I read a romance novel, but I totally enjoyed this book and it would be unfair not to. It was decently written, wasn't uncomfortably raunchy/subversive and there was even some character development there. That's all I expected, or wanted, from this so I was happy.

Every time I felt like Charlie was being annoying, I just forced myself to think of the awful Anastasia and her "inner goddess" and suddenly everything was okay. (Yes, I hate 50 Shades that much.)

All in all, a fun and quick read. I'd check out her other ranch romance novel for a vacation weekend or something."

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Charlie Banks, New Jersey grad student and avid PETA member, heads to the desolate plains of Wyoming to research horse whispering. But when she arrives on the supposedly lavish dude ranch, the brochure pictures looks nothing like the reality, she is stuck. Her car breaks down almost there and it will take a week for it to be fixed. The only person on the ranch is Nate Shawcross, a rangy cowboy without alot of words.

Nate's not surprised that his ex-girlfriend Sandi concocted the idea, but Sandi's recently left for greener pastures. To boot, she's cleaned out all of his bank accounts. He is flat broke and doesn't see how he is going to feed him and Charlie, let alone any other students who may be on their way to the ranch.

Charlie has a plan. Finish school, then get a good job. Falling in love with Nate is not in the plans. Nate wants Charlie to stay but isn't sure how to tell her. But then Sandi comes back, and convinces Nate he'll have to sell the ranch if he wants to keep their daughter Sam. And along the way, Charlie helps Nate with the animals and keeping "house" for all of the other guests that showed up.

Charlie knows Nate is not in the plan, but can she work it out? Nate wants Charlie, but he'll give her up if it costs him his daughter. These two will have to do some fancy whispering of their own if they want a future together.

One of my favorite parts was when an older student put her bags in the front of the bed of the truck, just so she could watch Nate's denim clad butt wiggle and squirm to get it. Charlie and Nate have a tender, yet spicy romantic relationship, and it was a delight to watch them together. Joanne Kennedy writes a darn good romance, and I will be looking for her next novel.
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This story made me think of the Rolling Stone song lines: "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just mind find, you get what you need."

Charlie Banks is a psychology graduate student whose boss has arranged for her to go to a dude ranch to learn how cowboys communicate with horses. The ironies and twists start early in the story as we learn that Charlie is a PETA supporter who thinks riding horses is cruel. Then she discovers that Nate doesn't know anything about his working ranch being a "dude" ranch with horse clinics. There isn't any plan, there isn't any food and the place is a shambles not even set up for anyone else to sleep one night, much less stay for a week or more.

Nate is already struggling to keep his ranch, especially since his ex-girlfriend, Sandi, wiped out his accounts and took off. Then he learns that Sandi decided she'd make some quick money from deposits for horse clinics and leave him with the consequences when people started showing up.

Charlie begins to play housekeeper as the other "clients" show up. First there is an older woman, Doris, who is experienced on a ranch but came for the clinics on horse training. Then there is a teenage goth, Phaedra, who is about as sullen and rebellious as they come. Finally Phaedra's father shows up for bonding time and he is quite a surprise as a movie star cowboy who hasn't seen Phaedra since she was a little girl. Everyone pitches in, even allowing Charlie to make vegan dishes (on a ranch?) for herself and Phaedra. Each character adds a dynamic about family relations that adds to Charlie's confusion and challenges some conceptions her mother has drilled into her, especially about men leaving their children behind.
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