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How to Handle a Cowboy : The Cowboys of Decker Ranch : Book 1 - Joanne Kennedy

How to Handle a Cowboy

The Cowboys of Decker Ranch : Book 1

Paperback Published: 1st April 2014
ISBN: 9781402283666
Number Of Pages: 416

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Sidelined by a career-ending injury, rodeo cowboy Ridge Cooper feels trapped at his family's remote Wyoming ranch. He meets Sierra Dunn, who has no plans to stick around, but can he change her mind?

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.

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.

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.

Industry Reviews

" The sex scenes are juicy... Each character is essential to the storyline and the plot moves seamlessly. 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews
"Realistic and romantic... Kennedy's forte is in making relationships genuine and heartfelt as she exposes vulnerabilities with tenderness and good humor. Starred Review" - Booklist
"Emotionally driven, extremely heartfelt and beautifully executed." - HEAs Are Us
"A really delightful read... " - I'll Have Another Book
"If you love a good cowboy romance, this one is a cut above the rest." - Debbie's Book Bag

After six weeks in Wynott, Wyoming, Sierra Dunn gave up on love.

Powering up her laptop, she logged into HeartsOnFire.com. There was her picture, all bright eyes and perky smile. And there were her dreams and desires, summed up in twenty-five words or less.


When she was living in Denver, the ad had generated a few dates with aging hipsters who thought "fun" and "adventure" were code words for kinky sex. None of them were interesting, and all of them were whiners when they found out that her idea of fun was roller coasters and rock climbing.

Moving the cursor down to the bottom of the page, she hit the Delete Profile button and a box popped up, blinking frantically.

Are you sure you want to give up on love?

Yup, she was sure.

She hit the kill button then gazed out the small slice of window she could see from her office at Phoenix House, an old Victorian home that had been repurposed as a group home for foster children. There was a hardware store straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting across the street, with a tattered awning and a bench on which old men chewed over the news every morning. A rusty pickup, mostly blue with a red tailgate, was parked askew with one wheel up on the curb. There were no window-shoppers cruising the sidewalks, no traffic backed up at the single streetlight, no taxicabs, no street vendors. And she sincerely doubted there were any interesting men.

Actually, there were interesting men in Wynott. The trouble was, most of them were over seventy-five and none of them seemed to grasp the concept of a group home. Half of them were convinced she was running a juvenile hall for delinquents, and the other half thought she was a single mom with five kids. Since Isaiah was African-American, Carter as blond as Brad Pitt, and Frankie a dark-eyed Italian, they probably figured the kids had at least three fathers. It was all a bit of a shock for a small Wyoming town.

That was probably why her call for volunteers had gone unanswered until today, when her boss had called to let her know he'd talked a friend of his into volunteering as a sports coach. The guy should be arriving any minute. In fact, he was late. Hopefully, he'd...


ISBN: 9781402283666
ISBN-10: 1402283660
Series: Cowboys of Decker Ranch
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 16.51 x 10.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.2

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