The Trouble with Cowboys by Victoria James

April 5, 2019 Book Review 0 ★★½

The Trouble with Cowboys by Victoria Jamestwo-half-stars
The Trouble with Cowboys by Victoria James
Published by Entangled Publishing on March 26, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
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Eight years ago, Tyler Donnelly left Wishing River, Montana, after a terrible fight with his father and swore he’d never return. But when his father has a stroke, guilt and duty drive him home, and nothing is as he remembers––from the run-down ranch to Lainey Sullivan, who is all grown up now. And darn if he can’t seem to stay away.

Lainey’s late grandma left her two things: the family diner and a deep-seated mistrust of cowboys. So when Tyler quietly rides back into town looking better than hot apple pie, she knows she’s in trouble. But she owes his dad everything, and she’s determined to show Ty what it means to be part of a small town...and part of a family.

Lainey’s courage pushes Ty to want to make Wishing River into a home again—together. But one of them is harboring a secret that could change everything.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.


By SparklesWell, I certainly had Trouble with these Cowboys! Let me start this review by saying that although Ms. James writing falls on the slow-ish side for me, I usually find the cuteness of her romances makes up for the slower pace on her stories.

Unfortunately, in the case of The Trouble with Cowboys, the pace was not placated by the romance as the main issue between the main couple Tyler and Lainey was utter and complete prejudice, which is one of my most hated pet-peeves.

Actually, I think the town’s name should be changed from Wishing River to Judgy Waters, as practically the whole town population was one giant preconceived notion about a whole array of stuff. Ok, so I’m probably going overboard with this but it really felt like that at one point or another.

Tyler moves back home once he finds out his father had a stroke, after 8 years of no contact and a disappearing act. And I get that his friends and other people who knew him would be pissed at him for that, but no one actually knew what had happened, he could have been dead for what anyone knew and they are all still not-speaking-to-you-butthead once he finally shows up eight freaking years later??

Well, once we finally know the reason behind his leaving, I found it was more than warranted. I’m amazed he still came back at all. He was a sexy cowboy for sure, but he had lots of issues to work through and he almost didn’t make it.

Lainey just couldn’t seem to make up her mind, she despised Tayler on principle, but then felt bad for him and wanted to help. Then didn’t want to have anything to do with him but couldn’t help herself. She had a rough upbringing for sure, and also had issues to work through, but she just pissed me off most of the time with her jumping to conclusions.

I kind of liked them together, they had some sweet moments but I struggled to connect to them as a couple because I struggled with them as individuals. Eventually, everything works out and everyone lives happily ever after… I just didn’t really care that much.

There’s nothing wrong with The Trouble with Cowboys. This was definitely an “it’s me” issue when the story went on a different direction than I expected… and that direction was straight to my pet-peeves.

Rating: 2.5 “It was the pet-peeves” Stars

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