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Coulda Been a Cowboy (Dundee, Idaho #8)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,654 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Grandpa Garnier used to say, Love is like a bucking bronco. It takes guts and determination to hang on, but it's worth the ride.

If only Grandpa was around now to help Tyson Garnier out of this mess. The famous pro football player is suddenly saddled with a very public scandal--and an illegitimate child. Tyson needs a good nanny now if he's going to salvage his career. And
Published March 17th 2014 by Mira Books (first published June 1st 2007)
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Mar 02, 2014 Marjorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book in the Dundee, Idaho series that I have read, and I know I will be backtracking to the rest of them. It was written like a standalone, and I can only imagine what characters and happenings were portrayed in the others. I know I can’t wait to find out Gabe and Hannah’s story.
The main characters, Tyson and Dakota, have led totally different lives, yet both feel lost in what will unfold in their future. Dakota has lived
Suzie Quint
Brenda Novak isn't an autobuy for me but her books are generally a solid read. This one was no different.

I did have a few quibbles however. First, the setting is a small, relatively isolated town (approx 1500 people) that's 1.5 hours from Boise. Having grown up in a small Idaho town (approx 2000 people), I know for a fact that you're not going to find any taxis in a town the size of Dundee, Idaho, yet people were taking taxis in town. These were out-of-town guests who had flown into Boise yet h
Laura V.
Feb 20, 2015 Laura V. marked it as abandonados-para-no-volver  ·  review of another edition
¿Por qué te dejé?

Seré breve, quería una lectura corta, sencilla, romántica y adorable. Con un par de personajes bonitos. Cuando vi que había un bebé involucrado, dije Oh, que adorable, pero no hay nada de eso en este libro.

No me gusta Dakota, no hay forma en que concilie con su situación. Su papel de mártir lo compraría si estuviera de otro humor, pero no hoy. Me saca con sus ganas de echar un polvo a toda costa (y de la nada) y el hecho de que sexualice a su jefe (de la nada) y esa obsesión
Apr 04, 2015 RiRi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I would have gave this one 5stars...

At first, I couldn't put the book down. Even when I was standing in line, I was reading this book. It was sooo good that I could not wait to finish it and at the same time I did not want to finish it.

But finally I have reached the last part and it was discouraging. I did not expect the author to end it like that. It feels sooo rushed.
Marin Thomas
Mar 29, 2015 Marin Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy a sports hero character and small-town setting--this book is for you. I'm a sucker for men who protect children and Novak does a wonderful job of showing how protective the hero is of his child. Brenda Novak never disappoints-she's just a great story-teller!
Lynn Smith
Jun 11, 2014 Lynn Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tyson and Dakota had that kind of chemistry you don't feel to often in books. They complement each other. Because they are opposites it isn't always smooth sailing between them.
Jane Stewart
Dec 18, 2016 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good.

This is book 8 in the Dundee, Idaho series. It could be read as a stand-alone.

Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 288 pages. Swearing language: mild plus s***. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: one plus two referred to, no details. Setting: current day Dundee, Idaho. Copyright: 2007. Genre: contemporary romance.
Oct 18, 2016 Ana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like the characters much. I don't think the plot was very successful. The Dundee series was really cool so far. Even though Brenda Novak has some problems with her timeline. It's completely confusing. I stopped trying to keep up with it because it was driving me nuts. This last book was completely disconnected from the other books. The only connection was through Gabe and Hannah but it wasn't very convincing. The H and h had no chemistry and the story fell flat.
I enjoyed some of the boo
Jan 04, 2017 Toi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Read

Tyson goes to Dundee to recuperate taking his son with him and hires Dakota as his nanny - it was great to see them fall in love and fight the attraction that they have for one another.
Nov 26, 2016 Tabitha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely love this series!!
Amanda (Hootie) Clark

My Rating: 5 "emotionally endearing" stars

Well, I certainly got emotionally invested in this one. I didn't think that would happen because from the synopsis you already know the Hero (Tyson) doesn't want his surprise baby and I didn't think I could possibly love a guy who felt that way. But once again, Novak delivered a great story full of rich in depth characters and a beautiful love story I won't soon forget.

We already know Tyson didn't want his surprise baby, Braden. Guess he learned the hard
Angela Simmons
I liked this book but I wasn’t overly in love with this book. It was a lighter read with darker undertones.

Tyson Garnier, a pro football player, is recovering from an injury and has just discovered that he has an illegitimate child. While he doesn’t regret gaining full custody, he doesn’t know what to do with his son and it’s a scandal he doesn’t need or want. All he wants to do is focus on his recovery and saving his career. To do that he’s going to need a nanny—one that he has no chances of b
Jun 15, 2014 Jo-Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tyson Garnier is a famous football player who suddenly got custody of his 9 month old son after learning the child's mother, Rachelle, was neglecting him. He paid the mother one million dollars to sign over custody but she kept trying to get more by falsely accusing him of sexual assault and making his life miserable. Tyson has a knee injury which he is trying to strengthen before the season starts so decides to go to a friend's cabin for a couple of months to recuperate. The cabin is perfect fo ...more
Jun 21, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Coulda Been A Cowboy is the first book by Brenda Novak I have read. It was an alright read, I enjoyed it for the most part.

Tyson is a pro football player who is hiding away in small town Idaho while he tries to get his life in order again. He has been out with an injury and needs to get back in playing shape. He also is now taking care of his 9 month old son when he finds out his son's mom has been neglecting him. He paid the mom a large settlement for full custody of his son. Since he knows not
Jun 12, 2014 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The premise to this was cute, but I ultimately ended up feeling disappointed with the direction the story took. The first half of the book was really good. I loved reading about the press battle between Tyson and his ex. Words can’t express how much I hated that woman. She was just a terrible person. It was one of those situations in a book that you complain about, but you secretly are basking in the drama. I felt terrible for how Tyson was being treated in the media. There was one scene where T ...more
Jun 15, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I enjoyed this book. It was a pleasant, feel good story that progressed naturally.
Tyson is an injured football player who retreats to his friends small town cabin to recover before next season. He has a problem though...a 9 month old son. He struggles with his relationship with this son he never wanted and has to deal with a manipulative ex who only wants more money and to cause him more heartache. He has to find someone to care for his son and love him like he can't.
Now we meet Dakota. She is
Cute, free. Tyson Garnier retreats to a small town in Idaho when his football career is jeopardized by a knee injury and the need to get out of the media spotlight over an ugly custody battle with his girlfriend of three weeks. He hires Dakota Brown to be his 9-month-old son's nanny. Dakota is a 26-year-old, slightly overweight woman who's never left the town she was born in because her father is a disabled drunk and she feels an obligation to care for him. She jumps at the chance to work for Ty ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! Brenda Novak really seems to pull you into the story and makes you feel like you are part of the small town family. I couldn't put the book down from 34% and stayed up until 1 a.m. just to finish the book! It was really worth losing sleep over :)

Tyson is a professional football player in the NFL but his life isn't all fame and glory as some people may think. He tried to be a stand up man and help a hurting waitress years ago but never in his wildest dreams did he imagine t
Rosemary K
Mar 13, 2014 Rosemary K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tyson Garnier, a well-known football player, can't believe how out of control his life is. He is recovering from a career threatening injury and now he's caring for his nine month old son, Braden. He had custody of Braden when he learned he was being neglected. This is a very big problem. He doesn't know anything about babies. He needs help! On the recommendation of his friend, he hires Dakota Brown as his nanny. She is safe. Dakota is a Plain Jane who loves children and needs the extra money. H ...more
Okay, why is a romance between a pro football player and an alcoholic's downtrodden daughter called Coulda Been a Cowboy? As far as I can tell, it is only to add another layer of stupidity to a book full of stupidities. This is far from Brenda Novak's best effort, which is sad because this story had potential, it involved sweet characters against what might have been a cute storyline, but what it lacked was reality contact and polish. I think the author might have had a bet with someone to see w ...more
Grandpa Garnier used to say, Love is like a bucking bronco. It takes guts and determination to hang on, but it's worth the ride.

If only Grandpa was around now to help Tyson Garnier out of this mess. The famous pro football player is suddenly saddled with a very public scandal--and an illegitimate child. Tyson needs a good nanny now if he's going to salvage his career. And plain, no-nonsense Dakota Brown is the ideal candidate.

Dakota doesn't care for football--or for a man who doesn't seem to wan
Katrina Epperson
Aug 01, 2014 Katrina Epperson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brenda Novak brings us a contemporary romance. I enjoyed this storyline which took a unique perspective on professional football, well, it was unique for me. We meet Tyson who is an injured pro football star who has come to Idaho to not only heal, but to avoid the press. He has recently obtained sole custody of the baby he fathered with a woman he barely new and what is most news worthy is he paid her 1 million dollars. Never being around children he is clueless about the care of a baby so he en ...more
Bette Stanek
The title of this book is deceiving, but I was totally fine with that. In fact, I was leery of reading because of the title. It really has nothing to do with cowboys, ranching, or anything of that nature. Well, except for the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from Grandpa Garnier. He's pretty smart, too, so if you read the book pay attention to the quotes. =P

This is a quick read that's pure entertainment. There is lots of tension between the two main characters and Dakota is totally not h
Jan 15, 2016 Martel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read
3 and a half stars. I really enjoyed the beginning. I'm a sucker for love stories involving babies, and I don't even know why. In my memories, being a young mother wasn't the most romantic (and forget sexy altogether) moment of my life. But in novels... works every time ;)
That's one of the many advantages of fiction over life.
So the beginning was really enjoyable. The second part a bit less. Like in many romances, the characters struggle with feelings that are obvious to absolutely everyon
Heather andrews
Jun 11, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tyson is a protective boy by nature, "Tyson's anger didn't dissipate so quickly. "My foot's gonna be halfway up your a** if you ever touch her again," he growled." Tyson tries but conversations with him just seem awkward and intense all the time:
"Braden started crying as I was getting out of the shower. Since I'd already shoved what I'd been wearing down the laundry chute, I had to grab something else - fast."
"And that was my briefs."
"Your pants would never have stayed up." She bit her lip se
Western rural small town romance between a last minute nanny (who has a lot of bad baggage in the form of an alcoholic father) with a hot misunderstood American Football player with a little 9 month old son.
There are some really sweet and good sense quotes from the cowboy rancher grandfather which may add an extra star to the story because it is mostly the usual romantic writing. The usual romance happens when two hot single people live in the same house in the middle of nowhere although I was r
Jul 28, 2015 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tyson Garnier, NFL pro has just spent two days with his screaming nine-month old son and is desperate to find a nanny. Dakota Brown is recommended by his long time friend and becomes a great nanny for his son.

The baby is illegitimate with a mother who was not taking care of him and Tyson stepped up and gained custody for a million dollar settlement. You would think that would be enough money to keep the mother happy but she starts a scandal and Tyson is facing charges for things he never did. Th
Donna Porter
Jun 06, 2014 Donna Porter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Tyson Garnier was a well known football player. He was trying to hide out until his knee would heal so he could play when the season started up again. He recently acquired his eight month old son, Braden. The mother of his child was not taking good care of him and Tyson paid her off so he could raise his son. Unfortunately he didn't have a bond with the baby and didn't seem to care about him, although he wanted him well cared for. He hired Dakota on a friend recommendation. Sh ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. Lighthearted and realistic in the interplay between the characters, it was something that I was able to finish in a few days time. Plus, I enjoyed the complex nature of the relationship between Dakota and her father– one that read true to life. I also liked the fact that the division between the protagonist and antagonist wasn’t as clearly defined as it is in most romance novels. The trend to a more realistic version of romance and love is one that I have come to appreciate, ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"3 out of 5 stars! Tyson's life is falling apart. That's why he takes up his friend's offer to stay at his Idaho home for 8 weeks to recover from his knee injury and come to terms with what he has to do now that he's decided to raise his nine-month-old son. Yet because of his reluctance to get to know his son Tyson hires Dakota as a nanny, and as the days pass finds her more invaluable then ever ... in more ways then one.

This is an intense novel about betrayal, family loyalty, the multitude of l
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