How to Wrangle a Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy

Posted January 29, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Review, Skip It / 0 Comments

How to Wrangle a Cowboy by Joanne KennedyHow to Wrangle a Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy
Series: Cowboys of Decker Ranch #3
Format: eARC
Published by Sourcebooks Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Cowboys, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance, Western
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Lindsey Ward is shocked when her grandfather leaves his ranch to her, complete with a ranch foreman who's difficult and annoyingly attractive. Lindsey thinks she has no choice but to sell the ranch, but Shane Lockhart is determined to change her mind…

Shane is determined that working and living at the Ward ranch is the only way to raise his young son properly. In order to stay at the ranch he calls home, Shane will have to warm the heart of the most stubborn, appealing woman he's ever met - opening up his own heart in the process.

Ah cowboys, in the words of the Dixie Chicks, cowboy take me away. I love cowboys, maybe it is because I grew up in Texas and I met my husband on a farm with cows and horses, who knows, but I love em. So when this book popped up, I was ready to go. Unfortunately for me, this book just did not work for me at all.

So the number one reason why this book didn’t work for me was basically the writing style. The author often used twenty words when five would have sufficed, there was more than one point in the book where I would skip five or ten pages and still know exactly what was going on, it was like it took forever for the book to progress, making the pacing feel sometimes painfully slow. Another big problem for me was that the two main characters, Lindsey and Shane both have a thought process that reminds me a lot of a ping pong ball. I mean the jump from idea to idea in there head, in one paragraph they think one thing, and in the next they have concocted some kind of conspiracy and they think something completely irrational, then of course followed by thinking something different yet again. Look I love getting an idea in a characters thought process, but honestly the way that the author writes the POVs of the characters just makes things so disjointed that it really threw me off.

So as for the characters themselves, I liked Lindsey the most. Anytime you start a book with a funeral you know there is going to be some emotional upheaval. I did like the progression of Lindsey’s character, I liked how she came into her own in this book, especially when she decided to follow her dream of making an animal shelter. I love people who try to protect animals, so I was inherently more likely to like her just on that alone. I liked that she was tenacious and that she stood up for herself throughout the course of the book.

As for Shane. Well, to say I didn’t like him, well it would be accurate. I thought he was kind of a jerk truth be told. He loved jumping to conclusions, and doesn’t believe in talking to anyone about anything, which drove me batty. What’s worse about Shane though, at least for me, is that he always reaches for the worst in people. I really don’t like how he judges everyone so poorly, I mean I get he had a bad childhood, I get that he was a foster kid, but he’s an adult with a pretty good life now, and he has been exposed to a lot of people who have been very kind to him, so the way he is just automatically a judgmental jerk was a huge turn off.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. I just couldn’t. It wasn’t for me. Too long, slow pace, and characters that didn’t really speak to me resulted in a book that just didn’t do it for me.
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About Joanne Kennedy

A transplanted Easterner, Joanne Kennedy is the author of six contemporary Western romances published by Sourcebooks Casablanca: Cowboy Trouble, , Cowboy Fever, Tall, Dark and Cowboy, Cowboy Crazy, Cowboy Tough, and RITA finalist One Fine Cowboy. The first volume of her new series, The Cowboys of Decker Ranch, will be released in April 2014.

Joanne ran away from home to the West at the advanced age of 32 and was delighted to discover that cowboys still walk the streets of Cheyenne. Her fascination with Wyoming’s unique blend of past and present leads her to write contemporary Western romances with traditional ranch settings.

At various times, Joanne 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 in Cheyenne, Wyoming with a Jack Russell terrier and a retired fighter pilot. The dog is relatively well-behaved.

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