How to Handle a Cowboy



Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca

Published date:  April 1, 2014

ISBN-10: 1402283660

ISBN-13: 978-1402283666

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description (from amazon)

His Rodeo Days May Be Over…

Sidelined by a career-ending injury, rodeo cowboy Ridge Cooper feels trapped at his family’s remote Wyoming ranch. Desperate to find an outlet for the passion he used to put into competing, he takes on the challenge of teaching his roping skills to five troubled ten-year-olds in a last-chance home for foster kids, and finds it’s their feisty supervisor who takes the most energy to wrangle.

But He’ll Still Wrangle Her Heart

When social worker Sierra Dunn seeks an activity for the rebellious kids at Phoenix House, she soon learns she’s not in Denver anymore. Sierra is eager to get back home to her inner-city work, and the plan doesn’t include forming an attachment in Wyoming—especially not to a ruggedly handsome and surprisingly gentle local rodeo hero.

My Thoughts

A genuine, heartwarming story of finding one’s destiny, surrendering to love, and letting go of the past.

When Sierra Dunn took a job a Phoenix House in the middle of nowhere, not only had she given up on ever finding love, but also on advancing her career and making the type of state wide changes to the foster care systems she so desperately felt needed to be done.  Instead of looking for love, she devoted all her time and energy into helping five foster children placed at Phoenix house.  Five boys from dangerous backgrounds who needed to feel safe, secure, and loved.  Sierra feels she can handle the job but it certainly has its challenges.  But little does she know that her boss is working with a local ranch to provide some much needed outdoor recreation, in the form on a rodeo cowboy.  Enter a new challenge, Ridge Cooper.  Sierra and Ridge are immediately attracted to each other, but neither feels it should go past a professional level.  Ridge is recovering from both a broken body and a broken relationship and not entirely ready to get involved again.  Neither are willing to risk their hearts, no matter what the ultimate prize might be.  But as Sierra spends time at the ranch with the boys, she begins to see a side of Ridge that she can’t resist.  Not only is he a sexy rodeo cowboy, but a natural with the boys and with her.  He seems to know exactly what they all need, but is it too good to be true?  Can she trust her heart with a man like Ridge?

Loved this book!!  It is a well-written novel, with great characters, an intriguing plot and rich dialogue; it’s simply an amazing read!  I loved all the background information provided for both Sierra and Ridge’s characters, it really helps in understanding the dynamics of their relationship.  The boys in the novel, while rebellious, were great supporting characters without taking away from the budding relationship developing between Ridge and Sierra.  I loved reading about the connection that Jeffrey was experiencing with the wild, unmanageable Moonpie.  It was such a great example of why you should never judge someone/something unless you know all the intricate details of why they act the way they do.  There are so many different events occurring in the book, all interwoven with each other, that makes this book so hard to put down.  The story flows along so seamlessly that it’s extremely difficult to find a stopping point!  Well Done Ms. Kennedy! Can’t wait to read more!

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilP

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