Cowboy Tough Mass Market Paperback – Jan 9 2013
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"Kennedy's latest contemporary romance packs a powerful, emotional punch, and when it comes to capturing the appeal and feel of the West and it's people, nobody does it better." ---Booklist --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
About the Author
Joanne Kennedy's lifelong fascination with Wyoming's unique blend of past and present inspires her to write contemporary Western romances with traditional ranch settings. In 2010 she was nominated for a RITA award for One Fine Cowboy. At various times, Joanne has dabbled in horse training, chicken farming, and bridezilla wrangling at a department store wedding registry. Her fascination with literature led to careers in bookselling and writing. She lives with two dogs and a retired fighter pilot in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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Following her sister's death, Cat Crandall is burned out in her career in advertising. Re-evaluating her priorities, she takes a job as an art instructor that she hopes will allow her to pursue her dreams. It also gives her an opportunity to spend time with her grieving niece, Dora. While the Boyd Dude Ranch is not exactly the exotic location she was hoping for, Cat is enthralled by the beauty of the land. She is also instantly attracted to the sexy bronc rider and "dude" wrangler Mack Boyd. With nothing going quite as planned, Cat's future plans are becoming more and more uncertain with every passing day.
One of the things I enjoyed most about Cowboy Tough is the fact that Cat is not a cowgirl. She is definitely out of her element on the ranch, but from an artistic viewpoint, she fully appreciates the splendor of the surrounding landscape. She slowly adapts to her rather rustic living conditions and she gradually comes to realize that she does not enjoy life in the city as much as she originally thought. It is this realization that finds her rethinking exactly what she has been searching for.
Mack Boyd is the quintessential cowboy. His good manners and love of the family ranch are deeply ingrained in him. Protective of those he loves, Mack willingly puts his rodeo career on hold to help his mother save their ranch. He too has an instant attraction to Cat, but with a failed marriage to a city slicker in his past, he has his doubts about a relationship between them.
One of the secondary story arcs involves Cat's niece Dora. Cat is determined to help Dora reach her potential as an artist despite Dora's overwhelming resistance. Dora is still deeply mourning the loss of her mother and she clings tightly to her anger and continually lashes out at Cat. Mack's experiences with his teenage daughter, Viv, prove invaluable and he does not hesitate to offer his advice to Cat. This part of the plot reveals a lot about Mack's character and gives him added depth and dimension.
Many of the subplots in Cowboy Tough involve the secondary cast of characters. They are a well-developed and eclectic group of people that I really enjoyed getting to know. There is also wonderful storyline with Mack's mom, Maddie, that is very endearing. Equally interesting is the mystery aspect of the plot. It does not overpower the novel, but it adds another layer to the complex and well-executed plot.
Cowboy Tough is another delightful and engrossing novel from Joanne Kennedy that I heartily recommend. A truly wonderful cast of characters along with an entertaining storyline make this a must read for anyone who enjoys contemporary Western romances.
I received a complimentary copy for review.
I liked the believable characters and the quirky ones who come on the Art Trek.
Cat Crendall needs a miracle...and quick. Leading a western art retreat is her last shot at a big break and she has to make it work, no matter what. If she ever wants to fulfill her dream of traveling the world to paint, she has to make the journey a success. She soon finds out the family behind the ranch they are staying at needs this to work just as badly. Meanwhile, one particular cowboy has really caught her attention.
Macy Boyd has a successful career bronc riding, but one phone call from his mother had him heading back home. Now that his family is on the verge of losing everything, he's come back to help make their ranch a retreat for budding artists. Yet it's the leader of their group that's got him all tied up in knots. Cat is everything Mack isn't, but that doesn't stop Mack from trying to seduce this sassy artist. They may be different, but their passionate attraction may lead to something more emotional than either of them could have ever planned for.
What I loved about COWBOY TOUGH was the romance between Mack and Cat. These two protagonists were complete opposites yet seeing their personalities combine was thrilling. Mack has the smooth western charm and a gentle heart whereas Cat was the sophisticated city girl with an old soul. There was no obvious reason to think they would make a great couple, but Ms Kennedy crafts a beautiful courtship that displays a perfect match. They share absolutely scorching chemistry that is impossible to ignore. It makes COWBOY TOUGH a very sexy and spicy romance that is not for the faint of heart.
Probably my least favorite aspect of the novel would have to be Cat's relationship with her niece. It was very uncomfortable and hard to understand. You learn that Cat's niece is working through the grief accompanied from the recent loss of her mother, but it just wasn't developed enough to understand. You jump right into their family drama and it isn't pretty. One minute you feel sympathetic for one character and pages later you experience how ridiculous they were acting. It related well to the overall bond between Mack and Cat, but too many minor details fell apart and it just became awkward. It added drama in all the wrong places.
You can't have a western romance without the sparkling secondary characters. Kennedy does add a wild bunch to COWBOY TOUGH, both city born and down home bred. While you won't love them all, they all have a purpose. Whether they make you laugh out loud or sneer in disgust, they all add fun and drama to the story. What stands out the most and what makes the story, is that despite their different backgrounds, Ms Kennedy creates the perfect makeshift family. All the characters learn to care for each other and grow because of their shared experiences.
If you're looking for a light-hearted contemporary romance with a charming western flare, COWBOY TOUGH is a great pick. Joanne Kennedy always delivers a striking romance with captivating characters. This novel throws you into a beautiful world and lets you fall in love with the Wild West again. Some of the family dynamic was a bit too much for me, but looking at the overall picture, this novel was an engaging read. This classic tale of opposites attract was well written with great characters and scorching passion. Plus, it's hard not to fall in love with a sexy, rugged cowboy.
Lisa Jo @ The Romance Reviews
Author: Joanne kennedy
When Cat Crandall ditches her career in advertising to take a job teaching painting workshops in exotic locations, she's hoping to be sent to Tuscany, or maybe France. Instead, she's assigned to lead a group of aspiring artists through the backcountry of the isolated Boyd Dude Ranch in Wyoming.
He's looking for a way out.
Mack Boyd is in the middle of the best bronc-riding season of his life when his mother asks him to help lead an artists' retreat at the ranch. Mack might be able to ride a wild stallion to a standstill, but he can't say no to his family.
Together, they just might find what they both need.
It doesn't take long for Mack to figure out that artists are a lot harder to herd than cattle--especially when they're led by a spitfire of a city girl who doesn't like to be bossed around. Cat Crandall is nothing but trouble--so why is he so drawn to her?
Cowboy Tough is a fantastic read. The City girl goes to the country has been done over and over again, Joanne still kept me engaged and the storyline was fresh and new.
I felt bad for Cat when she arrives to find the accommodations for herself and her students less than she had anticipated. They are to stay in the "Heifer House". As if that's not bad enough she gets a motley crew of students, from an elderly couple to a man claiming to be in the fashion industry.
Through the story you learn more about Cat like how she's trying to help her niece get past her mother's death but everything she does to help seems to backfire. Cat tries to hide her attraction to Mack, it's a bit understandable why the usually in-control woman is thrown off by her intense attraction to Mack.
Mack Boyd would rather be on the rodeo circuit than helping his mother run a dude ranch. But circumstances make it impossible for him not to assist her. This cowboy is sexy and has a great way about him. I liked the character and could actually feel his frustrations when he is faced with situations out of his control.
This story keeps you with descriptions of the beautiful sights of Wyoming, the sexual tension between the protagonists and the colorful secondary characters. When everyone is faced with a dangerous situation, you will applaud the responses of this interesting group of people.
Cowboy Tough is funny, touching and and it's a story you'll want to keep reading.
Review by: Helen