Review: How to Handle a Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy

How to Handle a Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy
Series: The Cowboys of Decker Ranch (# 1)
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 417 pages
Source: book provided by Netgalley



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.


Review: I have always loved Joanne Kennedy’s novels. I have read every one and really enjoyed them. I was anxious for her to start a series since I do prefer them. When I saw this was the first book of her first ever series I jumped at the chance to read and review it. I loved it. One of my all time favorite cowboy books or as an ex-boyfriend called it “cowboy porn”. “Cowboy Porn” does not mean that there is a lot sex just that it is a romance novel with cowboys in it. I think I like romance novels with cowboys as main characters so much because they appear to be so much more real than the typical male romance hero.

I don’t think anyone can read this book and not fall in love with Ridge. I have a thing for wounded men that need the love of a good female. Ridge is one of those guys that you just instantly like. He had a hard childhood but he tries to be a better person. Sierra is the girl that we all want to be friends with. She believes in the goodness of others. She never once thought she would stay in Wynott or even fall in love with anyone.

I love stories where characters find themselves and find each other. Both main characters had some flaws and issues that needed to work out. The story line was one that I have never read about and was heart breaking at times. Kennedy did an excellent job at drawing me in and making me care about all the characters even the 5 foster boys that Sierra took care of.

Everyone should read this book if they like stories with HEA and ones with a few twists along the way.I even went out and bought the paperback version of this novel that is how much I loved it. I can’t wait till Brady’s story comes out next year. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year to read about Ridge’s brother.