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The Trouble with Cowboys

(Wishing River #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  112 reviews
From New York Times bestseller Victoria James comes a poignant and heartfelt romance that wraps you in a warm embrace...

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 ran
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Published March 26th 2019 by Entangled: Amara
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Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Victoria James fans, Romance
3.5 Lying by Omission Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
Oh, all of us at one point or another have held back information to someone which should have been shared...We had the opening to tell it, should have just said it...but didn't know, we missed an opportunity to make things right. Now not all withheld information is equal.

In The Trouble with Cowboys by Victoria James takes this idea and runs with it.

Tyler Donnelly has been away from his family ranch for eight years.
He left abruptly leaving behin
ARC provided by NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for an honest review.

Lainey's Mother abounded her at a young age to chase after her boyfriends/lovers in the pursuit of "love". Thank goodness for her Grandma Tilly, who stepped in and raised Lainey. Grandma Tilly ran the local dinner at Wishing River, Montana and taught Lainey all the in's and out's of running the dinner. Grandma Tilly also had an aversion to Cowboys and drilled into Lainey that she was to stay away from them and never trust
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Rating: 2.5 stars

This was a sweet clean romance that left me a bit torn. On one side I read it in one sitting because I was sucked into the story and the characters. On the other side I was not (not even a smidge) convinced Ty deserved all the judgement he was heaped with and I kept hoping for a huge apology scene that never came.

After 8 long years, Ty has returned to his hometown to care for his estranged father, who just suffered a stroke and is still recuperating. When he left, it was
Sofia Lazaridou
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book better not be a complete stand-alone because I want it to be a part of a series. Tyler's friends need their happy endings! I even have a theme for the series and it fits another couple aka Dean and Lainie's friend. The theme will be "I judge my man without giving him the benefit of the doubt". Lainie was harsh to Ty without even knowing the reason why he left. After we found out, I thought that his actions were justified. Everyone is blaming him and he was only partly the one to blame. ...more
Bette Hansen
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whether I'm looking for a book to read with a sweet romance or one with a little more heat I know I can always count on Victoria James to deliver. This is one of her sweet reads and it definitely hit the spot. It's a wonderful slow build romance that pulled at all my heartstrings.

Tyler Donnelly left Wind River after a huge fight with his father, never expecting to return. Now eight years later with his father's health failing and the ranch in disrepair Tyler has finally returned home. Things hav
This was a really enjoyable small town romance. I loved the heroine and the hero grew on me. This is a slow build sort of romance and it's more on the sweet side than the hot side. All in all, I really enjoyed this one. There were a lot of different components at play - a family secret, the loss of hopes & dreams, betrayal and more. And I loved how all of it was brought together. It's a fantastic read. I loved all of the side characters and hope that this is a series so we can learn more about t ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
After having read, reviewed, and loved last year’s The Firefighter’s Pretend Fiancee by Victoria James, I was very excited to have the opportunity to read her novel The Trouble with Cowboys. The first few chapters had me fully engaged and then several things happened.

The first word that popped into my mind as I was reading was “mechanical.” There were passages that felt like the author was going through the motions. This became even more apparent after the number of repetitions of phrases and th
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just okay for me. This was a new to me author and the book came off like a Hallmark movie {of which I don't watch), It was not my usual cup of tea since it lacked any heat and was borderline PG/PG-13. So that was disappointing. The book started out great though.

Tyler left home 8 years ago after an argument with his dad following the death of his mom. Words were said that couldn't be taken back and he ran. He's now back in town after his dad suffered a stroke and he's there to take
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
There's a reason Victoria James is one of my favorite authors. She writes heartfelt stories that tug at your heartstrings, with characters you wish were real. The Trouble with Cowboys is a small-town romance, set in the town of Wishing River, Montana. In the town of a thousand people, everyone seems to know everyone and their business.

Eight years ago, after the death of his mother and a huge argument with his father, Tyler “Ty” Donnelly packed his things and left in the middle of the night. He d
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Over the years, I have enjoyed Victoria James’ storytelling skills from the beginning, and in my opinion, THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOYS is her absolute best work (so far). Lainey and Tyler’s journey broke my heart on so many levels. What they have each experienced would break most people, but they keep going, keep doing, keep living even when that is probably the hardest thing they’ve had to do, ever. Eventually, they will heal themselves, each other and relationships tha
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! This book was my introduction to Ms. James’ writing and I loved it. Tyler is sexy, troubled and lost and Lainey is sweet, tough and lonely. These two were the perfect couple because Tyler was able to get Lainey to open up an show her that she’s beautiful and important. While Lainey was able to get Tyler to open his eyes and see what he has in front of him. The story was heartbreaking, hopeful, sexy and funny at times. Can’t wait to read the next book!!
Linda Quick
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner! Ty is a sexy cowboy with daddy issues who left home abruptly eight years ago. He returns only after learning of his father's stroke, however, because of how he left, he is not welcomed back by anyone except for Lainey, the proprietress of the local diner. She is kind to Ty and they become friends without benefits. With the backstory of all the people angry with Ty and protective of Lainey, this is an engaging tale that kept me hooked - I literally read it in one sitting.

This is
100 Pages per Hour
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the story in this book.

I liked the lead characters. They had realistic problems and the heroine had been raised in the church and wanted to abstain until marriage.

I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
Jessica Figueroa
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tyler and his father had a big blow out and hasn't been home for eight years. Now he's back home to support his father after finding out he had a stroke and help run the ranch that seems to be going down. Laniey wanted bigger things in her life but managed to stay stuck in the town she grew up in taking on the running of her late grandmothers diner. Shes one of the many people not happy about Tyler's return after abandoning his father but what they never expected was that attraction between the ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Their final day together, his father's last words to him had changed his entire life, and he'd been running from them for eight years."

That's why Tyler Donnelly left Wishing River, Montana, and never looked back. But when he learned about his father's stroke, he felt it was his duty to come back and take care of the ranch while his father recover. But things changed since he was last there and trying to patch things up with his dad will not be an easy task either. Fortunately, he can count on L
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Victoria James is a new author for me but if her work turns out to be like this one, I will definitely add her to my favorite author lists.

The Trouble with Cowboys starts out with Tyler Donnelly returning to Wishing River. He regrets leaving eight years ago but dreads returning; however, his Dad needs him having had a bad stroke. Still, eight years ago, Tyler left following an argument with his Dad where things were said not easily taken back.

Stopping by, the local diner, Tyler finds Lainey has
Pelusa Rivera
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
We meet prodigal son Tyler who left his home 8 years ago after having a big fight with his father after losing his mother. Both of them blamed each other and after something his father revealed it was just too much for him so he fled and never contacted anyone. His father Martin has a stroke and so Tyler comes back to take care of him and saving their ranch, but he never expected to get the reception he was getting from everyone. Lainey is all alone in this world, she has lost all of her family ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, a boy and his father parted ways. It seemed one sided, as in he left town with no notice leaving his father in the lurch because he was simply being a horse's behind...but as our leading lady Lainey finds out many years later, there are two sides to every story and not everything is as it first seems.

I already loved Lainey's character for her spunk and drive, but I had to give kudos for sticking to her values...though the timing was DEFINITELY a bit awkward. Hey, better late-is
After the death of his mother and harsh words between he and his father, Tyler left his home in Wishing River, Montana, never expecting to come back. That changes when word reaches Ty that his father has had a stroke. Back in Wishing River, Ty’s the latest subject of the gossipers but he expected such. What he didn’t expect was Lainey, owner of the local diner, and friendly visitor of his father.

Lainey is barely making ends meet with the diner, has artistic aspirations, and a healthy dose of mi
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This beauty starts off at breakneck speed with Tyler returning home after an 8 year absence. Walking into Tilly's diner he's met with stares, glares and silence. Even from his best friend. Tilly's granddaughter is behind the counter and avoids serving him, she gives him a to go cup of coffee. Nothing like a subtle hint! Loved Lainey! Tyler left town without a word to anyone. He and Lainey have history. He's come back because his father has had a stroke, his best friend is his Dr and his other be ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, I found it completely hard to put down. The Author has a way of sucking you in from the beginning and it makes you feel like you are right there, or watching it on a scene. I love how the characters truly feel like you are catching up with friends and I love the small town feel of the book. With everything that Lainey has faced she has this strong fighting spirit and you really cheer her on through the whole book. The chemistry and the raw emotions just jumped off the ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book got to me in the very first chapter. I had such a heavy heart and eyes full of tears as I read it. Have a tissue nearby, especially if you have lost your mom. But Tyler and Lainey's story is so beautiful and heart touching. My heart hurt for both characters and wanted nothing more than them to find their happy ever after. They had a lot of their own hurts to go through and get over. I believe they helped each other, more Lainey helping Tyler more. However, Tyler helped her see what was ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from Entangled Publishing LLC through Netgalley to give my honest review.
I was immediately drawn into this story from the first page. Ty and Lainey are characters I could like and in my opinion, nothing about this story was far-fetched. I can’t stand a romance novel that’s full of fluff and no substance (unless I’m really in the mood to read something like that).
Spoiler Alert**
I really wanted to punch Ty in the mouth when he gave Lainey a hard time about her cho
Melena Torretta
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs, 2019
4.5 stars

An absolutely beautiful story of family, love, and second chances set in the small town of Wishing River, Montana.

Tyler has returned home after 8 years away and it isn't a happy homecoming. His father has had a stroke and is angry with him and his best friends are upset too.

Lainey is running her late grandma's diner and while she loves the town and Tyler's dad, she is hoping for more.

This story is emotional without being overly angsty, and the author did a wonderful job creating relatab
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a story with a lot of heart. It is insightful and digs deep into the values that make relationships and families. Tyler is a lost soul returning home to a father and community he believes is unwelcoming. He has deep soul wounds that needs to be healed. Lainey, despite her hardships, has a heart that is open and giving. They each have demons and secrets they believe are enough to keep them apart from each other. The author digs into the small town community relationship and how they rally ...more
Isha Coleman
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can the heartache that litters their past, erase any hope they have for a future? For Ty and Lainey, baggage is an entree that lingers in their hearts. Lessons learned are never easy to forget, especially painful ones. When family obligations force the boy that ran away to become the man that his family needs, the prodigal son makes his return. Lainey is the blessing he never hoped to find in the small town he truly hoped to forget. Now he's finding she could be the woman he refuses to live with ...more
Hannah // Book Nerd Native
I'm sorry to report that this book was just not for me. It was far too objectifying of the female lead from the very beginning. The people in this story held the most intense grudges for the most pointless reasons, and the secret surrounding the main plot line was dragged out for far too long in my opinion. To say this was not my cup of tea would be putting it lightly. I have enjoyed books from Entangled in the past, and I'm extremely thankful that they provided me this digital review copy, but ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

OMGosh!!! I just loved this book. Ms. James is a great author. I have adored all of her books. This one is no different. You can just FEEL the emotions that these characters feel throughout the story. There are highs and lows and you ride that roller-coaster with them. The pain that the characters felt will just grip you in such a way that you will not be able to put this book down. I was enraptured rig
Louise Bird
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Lainey and Tyler’s story.
Tyler left town eight years ago and now he is back to run the family ranch after his dads stroke. He left after an argument, they both said hurtful things. Now he is back and everyone is treating him like an outsider. Nobody knows why he left and he doesn’t feel like saying. He eventually forms a bond with Lainey that leads to thoughts of lust and white picket fences.
Lainey runs the diner and is a artist wanting to expand her art training. She has life mapped o
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Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she's quite content living in suburbia with her husband

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