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He's got a way with horses...and with women...

His heart is as wild as the horses he trained...

Nate Shawcross is perfectly content to spend his days training wild horses. So when a beautiful greenhorn unexpectedly shows up for a seminar from the famous "Horse Whisperer" of Wyoming, all Nate wants to do is send her packing...

The last thing she expects is a lesson in

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Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jenn Scranton
Ah yes, another cowboy book. I just can't get enough! This is my second Joanne Kennedy book and it was completely different from the other one. One word, fantastic!


One Fine Cowboy really isn't a great title for the actual story. Here's why:

Our girl, Charlie... (authors: stop giving female characters "unisex" names!! It is not cute and sassy, it's confusing!!)
She's a spitfire from Jersey. A lit stick of dynomite. Really what I'm strying to say is that she's a heaping bushel of crazy! LOL. But we...more
Natālija
If you are like me & have a major crush on shy, hardworking cowboys, this book is a must read. Nate is a man of few words. His gentle, sincere and patient nature not only helps him to work with troubled horses, but eventually will help him to win the heart of a big city girl.
Joanne Kennedy's love for Wyoming's wind-swept plains, breathtaking sunrises & the ability to share it with readers, is what makes her stand out from other contemporary western authors.

She quickly became one of my fa...more
Barb
In One Fine Cowboy we meet Nate, a sweet,kind, caring cowboy who loves his ranch and has worked hard for what he has, but he also is a bit of a grump and the not so polite kind. This impolite manner was brought on by his common law wife, she not only took everything he had, every last cent withdrawn from their bank accounts, she also took their beloved daughter when she left. To top it all off she changed his ranch into a horse whisperer learning school without telling him.
So here he is with th...more
Babs
Mar 13, 2012 Babs rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Western Romance
Shelves: romance, western
Charlie comes to Wyoming under the pretense of Horse Whispering on a dude ranch according to the brochure. She did not know Sandi Nate's ex girlfriend lied about the way the ranch looked. It was almost in shambles. The first think Charlie wanted to do was go right back home. As shocked as she was she could not get a refund as Sandi cleaned out the checking and savings account and left town to go to Denver. Nate was broke and needed help with the clinic he had no clue it was to take place. With C...more
Cheryl
Charlie Banks wants to go back to New Brunswick where she belongs…the city. Though first Charlie must survive Latigo Ranch in Wyoming. She is doing a grad paper on horse whispering. Charlie is almost to the ranch when her car breaks down. She is rescued by a tall, dark and sexy cowboy. His name is Nate Shawcross. It just so happens that Nate is the man Charlie was looking for. She heard he was the best horse whisper around. Unfortunately for Charlie, Nate wants nothing to do with helping her wit...more
Shawna The Crazy Bookseller
Ok so I'm going to try to say this without giving anything away from this book. I have never wanted to slap someone as much as I did this one woman in this book. It's not the main character Charlie. Trust me you will know who it is when she pops into the picture.

One Fine Cowboy follows a common formula of 2 people trying to fight their feelings for each other. Joanne Kennedy's writing skills made it hard for me to put this book down. Oh how I wish her 3rd book was out now.
OctoberWoman
I wasn't sure I would like Charlie at first. She's a Jersey girl who refers to cowboys as “stupid cowboys”. She's a vegetarian animal rights activist, who doesn't believe in riding horses - “It's morally wrong, forcing animals to serve us.” She's a grad student, and has been sent to this ranch in the wilds of Wyoming to attend a clinic for the purpose of “assessing the parallels between the training techniques of Western livestock managers and the nonverbal cues with which humans communicate the...more
Karla
3 1/2 stars. Not bad, and more of a steamy read then I expected...which was a pleasant surprise. At first I thought, no way am I going to finish this one, then it picked up, Nate grabbed my heart and I was pulling for him. Charlie has some repetitive, gotta go...gonna stay moments, but other than that it was quite enjoyable.
Wendy Hines
Charlie Banks, New Jersey grad student and avid PETA member, heads to the desolate plains of Wyoming to research horse whispering. But when she arrives on the supposedly lavish dude ranch, the brochure pictures looks nothing like the reality, she is stuck. Her car breaks down almost there and it will take a week for it to be fixed. The only person on the ranch is Nate Shawcross, a rangy cowboy without alot of words.

Nate's not surprised that his ex-girlfriend Sandi concocted the idea, but Sandi'...more
Sarah
There was something that was just right about this story. It was perfectly cheesy in the right parts, the characters were endearing and it had One Fine Cowboy in it! I was a bit on the fence after the last book, but this one was just what I was looking for. In the last book, I felt that the suspense element stole the focus away from the real story - character development.

In this book, Charlie and Nate bring their assorted baggage and dirty laundry into a surprising and accidental relationship....more
Jenn Baker
In Joanne’s second novel, she has quickly become a seasoned storyteller. In her debut novel, Cowboy Trouble (my review is here), I felt there was a little nativity to the story. Not in this one. Joanne knocked my socks off! I loved this book. I have reread it many times since I finished it two weeks ago. I love the characters, Nate and Charlie. Having worked with horses for a few decades, Charlie’s misconceptions made me laugh. I wanted to be in that stall with Charlie when she connects with Jun...more
Jacky Faber
Joanne Kennedy has a great sense of humor. Her portrayal of Nate, the cowboy and Charlie the New Jersy city girl psych grad student I thought was right on. Two wounded people who needed each other. there were many references in the book to popular culture and I was surprised I got most of them. I also totally understood Charlie's reluctance to get involved with Nate. Charlie wanted a career, she wanted to make a difference in the world, she wanted and needed more than just to be married and have...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed By~Desere
Review Copy Provided By~Contest Win

This is the first in a series of cowboy books by the very talented Joanne Kennedy. The books focus on rough, tough and devastatingly sexy cowboys and the woman who are in someways their downfall but also their saviors.

In One Fine Cowboy we meet Nate, a sweet,kind, caring cowboy who loves his ranch and has worked hard for what he has, but he also is a bit of a grump and the not so polite kind. This impolite manner was brought on by his common...more
Judith
A clinic with a horse whisperer? That was the hope of four or five people who ventured into an out-of-the-way place in Wyoming, who found a run-down ranch and a discouraged rancher with empty coffers thanks to an ex-live-in-girlfriend who decided to "clean him out." Charlie Banks is a psychology grad student who is researching non-verbal communication with animals and ends up trying to cook and clean and help manage a bad situation until she can get her "deposit" back and head home to New Jersey...more
Wendy
I was so hopeful that this was a good book - an emotionally 'wounded' cowboy, a heroine who comes to his rescue...the best part of this book was turning the last page and congratulating myself for actually finishing it. And, now, after reading this, I will never be able to look at another frozen turkey dinner without grossing myself out.

Let's start with the hero...I get the wanting to bring something new to the book, so we have an emotionally wounded hero - which...totally ruins the whole cowbo...more
Ellen
I liked this one much better than Kennedy's first, Cowboy Trouble, the story was simpler which I think helped.

Charlie is nothing like me, she's a vegetarian PETA member. Early on her insistence that cowboys are evil because they don't just let horses run free bugged me. But I liked Nate. I really liked Nate, so I stuck it out and Charlie thaws and realises that cowboys are not evil. Charlie's not my favourite heroine, mostly because she jumped to many a conclusion that made no sense to me.

Nate,...more
Charlene
I picked up this book at my library, as I needed something for a cowboy challenge. I have to say I really didn't expect to like it as much as I did. Joanne Kennedy has a great witty style that I really enjoyed. Loved the name of Nate's dog - Buttercup, or Butt for short. I don't know how she limited herself to using the phrase "smelled like Butt" only once...I think I could have gotten carried away with that one! There was also a running theme about Charlie's underwear - very cute. I think what...more
Kerste
Aug 30, 2011 Kerste rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Contemporary Western Romance Fans
So...have you seen To Wong Foo? I recognize that this movie informs MANY of my book reviews, but hey, I love drag queens. Anyway, there's a young cowboy-type character in the movie and as I read this book...the hero read like that kid. I just couldn't see the hero as a man, he just seemed like a big, insecure, clueless child. The heroine was, well, a bit slow on the uptake more than once and she would make a decision, then cave moments later. That frustrated me.

I wanted to like this book. And I...more
Carol and Gary Curtis
I like westerns but not this one so much.

The author made no attempt to find an original plot thread. The basic idea of a woman out of touch with herself and a man desperate for "something" just wasn't credible. The central characters were ok but not for an entire book. Maybe I'll finish this someday but not anytime soon.
Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
Joanne Kennedy delivers the perfect recipe for romance in One Fine Cowboy. We have a man and a woman absolutely butting heads at every turn, creating all sorts of tension. We also have unforeseen circumstances forcing these two people to be stuck together in the short term and having to find a way to get a long. The hand they have been dealt pushes these two opposites to understand each other. What happens when they start letting their guards down and start letting each other in, is a whole lot...more
Wesley
Okay, disclaimer: I'm not one to read romance novels.
Another disclaimer: But I love books about cowboys.

I was hesitant to post this review because I'm still slightly embarassed by the fact that I read a romance novel, but I totally enjoyed this book and it would be unfair not to. It was decently written, wasn't uncomfortably raunchy/subversive and there was even some character development there. That's all I expected, or wanted, from this so I was happy.

Every time I felt like Charlie was being a...more
Hope Frost
The dynamics between all of the characters that come to the ranch is great. There are so many different personalities. You have an old time cowgirl Doris that comes from her own ranch and has been around the block a time or two and takes no guff from anyone, just tells it like it is. Then you have Phaedra, a teenager that is a little to in to her heavy eyeliner and black dress-code. A gothic cowgirl, with a little chip on her shoulder and a daddy complex. Bring in her dad, Taylor, a well known c...more
Anita Carillot
Home

Charlie was not looking for a home,just somewhere to belong Nate found life and real love with Charlie and his little Sam.
Wonderful story
Joy
May 17, 2011 Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: romance
A vegetarian city mouse (woman from New Jersey--same thing!) is sent to a dude ranch to learn about human/animal nonverbal communication (horse whispering) with an expert. However, the expert doesn't know he's running a dude ranch or any kind of lessons--turns out his ex-girlfriend had advertised it, taken the registration money, cleaned out his bank account, and left him. But he decides to make the best of it--with support of our city mouse. And a bunch of characters come to the ranch and lives...more
Elizabeth Breese
44% into the book and I give up. I just can't related to Charlie and there is way too much "detail" bogging down the story.
Carrie
I'm developing quite a soft-spot for the cowboy books. This was a very emotional book to me. A lot of the characters have issues that surround bad/neglectful parents. I loved how each character was handling their stuff differently, but able to help others at the same time. Nate was an interesting character. A true cowboy he didn't say much and I liked that the story wasn't so dialogue based. A lot of the story is moved along by internal dialogue and descriptions. The romance was great, although...more
Djfan02
I really enjoyed this book with 1 exception, I wanted to slap Charlie up-side the head with a two by four. Seriously?? A super hot cowboy who has shown you nothing but kindness and proves over and over and over and over again that he's trustworthy and you still want to leave him because he isn't part of "The Plan"... even after he tells you and shows you how much he loves you? Honey, I'll take him off your hands if you don't want him!

Other than said frustration with the heroine of the book, it w...more
NirahStar
Outstanding book!!
Misty
I have to say I love a good cowboy book and this one didn't let me down.
Ryann Murphy
Charlie travels to Wyoming to research a horse whisperer but finds so much more in Nick, a quiet rancher with a heart as big as, well, Wyoming.

I read this because it was a RITA finalist and it deserves every accolade. The hero and heroine are appealingly flawed, the plot keeps you guessing, the secondary characters add a lot of depth to the story, and the setting makes you long for the open range. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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