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Catching the Cowboy

(Summer Creek #1)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  53 reviews
She’s fresh out of jail . . .
He’s fresh out of luck.

Spoiled billionaire heiress Emery Brighton indulges in one mimosa too many, attempts to steal a horse, and winds up in jail. A sentence of community service leaves her at the mercy of strangers on a remote ranch near a small town in Oregon. Adjusting to country life is hard enough, but she has no idea how to handle her g
Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Wholesome Hearts Publishing
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InD'tale Magazine
“Catching the Cowboy” is a fun and lighthearted romance. Readers will enjoy the lesson of what happens when a spoiled adult child thinks she can get away with anything.

Read full review in the 2020 September issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
Yet another great read by Shanna Hatfield! Every time I think I have my favorite Shanna Hatfield book I read another and question if it isn't my favorite book I've read of hers and Catching the Cowboy has me questioning what my favorite read of Shanna's is.

Emery Brighton is a spoiled heiress that would be at the top of the "you'd hate" her personality list for the majority of people! Emery finds herself in jail after having a few two many mimosas and she attempts to take a lawman's horse for a
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun start to a new series

I wasn't quite sure what to think when I read the synopsis of this story. I know I like Shanna Hatfield's books but was unsure how I could like a character like Emery. The type to get drunk and attempt to steal a horse?

At the onset, even when Emery was sobbing in a jail cell, I wasn't a fan of hers. After all, even her tears were selfish. Yet Ms. Hatfield knew just how much to show of Emery's spoiled character before allowing enough of a glimpse of her heart to make me
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Billionaire heiress Emery Brighton has run afoul of the law in Portland after being charged with public drunkenness, attempting to steal a police horse and then trying to bribe the arresting officer out of the whole mess. Thinking Daddy will fix her predicament, instead Daddy and his brother, a judge, team up to send her five hours away into Eastern Oregon to a literal "no where" place called Summer Creek to work out her sentence with several months of community service. She ends up on the worki ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) - the poor little rich girl finds what's worth having

Emery comes from a wealthy family, and though she isn't a bad person, she's been indulged by her mom for too long. Her dad is beginning to despair. When she gets caught up in another public scandal, her uncle works out a deal for her to do community service on the ranch owned by Hud's family.

Hud was married to a spoiled woman like Emery, so despite her attractiveness, he's determined not to repeat such a disastrous mistake again. E
Linda Broday
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful love story. I've been a fan of Shanna Hatfield's for quite a while and I think her writing gets better and better. This story is exquisitely told, her characters some of the best I've read, and her humor spot on. I loved Emery and Hud and of course, little Cricket. Just a very entertaining read. ...more
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Catching the Cowboy by Shanna Hatfield is a story of personal growth, finding love, and deciding what is important in life.
Will Emery survive this exile? Or will she wind up Catching the Cowboy of her recent dreams?
Emery Magnolia Brighton
Emery is our main character. She is a spoiled rich girl who doesn't know anything about taking care of herself, although she is intelligent as she has a couple of college degrees, including an MBA. At first, it's like whoa, this girl is so full of herself. B
Carla Johnson-Hicks
4.5 Stars: Spoiled, little, rich girl, Emery Magnolia Brighton, can't hold her alcohol. After only one mimosa, feeling a bit tipsy, she tries to ride a policeman's horse. When she is caught, she tries to bribe the officer. After being arrested and thrown in jail, her father and uncle, the local judge, know they need to intervene before she comes into her trust fund. Her Uncle Henry sentences her to 300 hours of community service to be done in the small town of Summer Creek Oregon. They have some ...more
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It is sweet and charming. A clean story with no cursing and almost no kissing. It's a Christian story but barely. The characters pray and attend church but the Christian aspect is in the background.

The story is about Emery and Hudson. Emery is a spoiled socialite, she's 24 but acts younger. Hudson is a rancher who is grumpy and closed off. He has an adorable 6-year old who I just fell in love with and I adored his grandmother.

The story is set in rural Oregon and that confuse
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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Emery is a spoiled rich girl, who finds herself in a jail cell one day after a whole string of bad decisions. Her uncle, who is a judge, and her father decides to send her to Summer Creek Ranch. They have very fond memories of the place and hope that Nell and her grandson, Hudson, can help Emery get her life together and on the right track. Hudson is a single father, and very leery of Emery, as she reminds him of his ex-wi
Tonya Lucas
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One amazingly written romance that should be shared with everyone.
Shanna Hatfield has an amazing heart and it just pours out in her writing.
This is the most enduring love story, I’ve read this year.

Newly released from jail, Emery is a spoiled-rich girl lacking any domestic skills. Her failed attempts at cooking, well maybe more like burning, breaking drinking glasses, as if they would magically re-appear, leaves The Cole’s wandering if their kitchen will survive.
Hud has his reservations whethe
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this western romance, a very spoiled and very rich girl finds herself sentenced to do community service in the middle of nowhere with none of the creature comforts to which she is so accustomed. She is also forced to live and work side to side with an ornery cowboy, his charming daughter, and his good-hearted, generous grandmother. Day by day, she learns the meaning of hard work, even if she sets a few fires in the process.

The cowboy is gorgeous (no surprise there, given the genre) and a good
Jo-Ann Roberts
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After an ill-fated marriage, and an abandonment, and then death of his former wife, Hudson Cole has sworn off women. As a single father, Hud has all he can handle with his spirited daughter, Cricket, his get-it-done grandmother, Nell, and a widowed sister living down the road…not to mention managing a large ranch. The last thing he needed or wanted was a spoiled Daddy’s girl working off her community service hours on his ranch, and influencing his daughter. Determined to ignore the beauty, he fi ...more
Dorothy Roller
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that this story had me laughing out loud so many times.
Right from the beginning I was hysterically laughing at the wit and sarcasm this author loves to use. I loved this story. It is one of my favorites of this authors stories, and I love them all.
How does a rich girl with whatever she wants, and all the money she could want, get herself in enough trouble to get sent away for several months to a backward, small town that is falling apart, to live on a ranch to work and also to do h
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
Hatfield's Catching the Cowboy is fresh and fun! She brings a city slicker primadonna to a small town to meet a rural cowboy and the sparks began to fly and sizzle! Not only is the romance popping, but so are the people of the small town of Summer Creek. They can seem judgmental and hesitant at first, but they turned into Emery's dearest friends and biggest supporters. From the mayor to the waitress at the local diner, Hatfield easily connects the reader to small town America and the sense of co ...more
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
SO this wasn't bad but my main gripe is with the writing style. The story is really a redemption arc for Emery who starts off the story as very self centered and spoiled. After getting into some trouble she's forced to repay her debt to society by working on Hudson's farm.

I don't often like redemption arcs, because it always reads very extreme. The characterisations often seem overly exaggerated to make the significant growth possible. It can therefore sometimes seem unrealistic to see a charac
Glenda Kinard
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Catching the Cowboy by Shanna Hatfield is the 1st book in a New and Wonderful Series, set in the Fictional Town of Summer Creek. Of course, with this book being written by Shanna Hatfield, a reader will get a book absolutely full of Sass, Fun , and just a downright, Delightful read. Emery, a spoiled little rich girl, is about to get the starch taken out of her designer clothing and see how the true working class get by each day.
Hud is about to have his perfect, hard working world rocked by the
Julia David
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to see where the series goes. Emery is essentially a nice person, but she is very spoiled and one moment of bad decisions lands her in court in front of her uncle, the judge. She just knows her dad will help her, but his version of help isn't what she was expecting. Next thing she knows, she is stuck in the middle of nowhere on a ranch where she has no idea how to do anything. Hud is surprised when Emery shows up to stay with them. His granny is sure th ...more
Marie Bourgery
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know if I could get behind Emery’s character at first. She came off as a selfish airhead and I was insulted that she has an MBA. That degree requires leadership through the numerous group projects and dedication to study and complete assignments. The girl who drunkenly tried to ride a police horse didn’t seem like she had those skills. But she proved me wrong in this book. Cricket was precocious with her show and tell about having a criminal living with her family, her cute little expre ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well done characters!
Sweet story and I really liked it even though it starts with one of my least favorite tropes––the self-centered rich character that learns the meaning of life.

BUT, it was so done well. In this case, the young woman was trained to be self-centered by her mom… you'll have to read to find out why.
Her dad takes advantage of her... mmm... unfortunate choices to help her better herself.
She actually a pretty capable young lady, but never had the chance to show it.

The hero has
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great new series from Shanna Hatfield! Don’t miss this sweet contemporary romance set in the little town of Summer Creek. When a spoiled, rich socialite gets arrested for “orderly ducks, and public decencies” she is sentenced to live and work on a ranch while performing community service. She’s not expecting to find a hunky cowboy, with a young daughter and his grandmother. As she finds herself and a purpose for her life she realizes that all she ever wants is right there on the ranch. You will ...more
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After one too many mimosa's Emery tries to ride a policeman's horse and gets caught. Since she is spoiled he father wants to teach her a lesson so he along with his judge brother send her to a ranch for community work. She lives with widower Hudson and her daughter along with his widowed mother Nell. At first she thinks she can never adjust to ranch life but it does not take long for her to realize that this just may be the life for her and Hudson and his daughter Cricket sure makes her want to ...more
Sherri Tutor
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good, clean, inspirational romance that shows people can change. Emery is a spoiled rich girl who made an awfully bad choice and must pay the consequence working at a ranch without any of her "rich" resources. Hudson and his grandmother Nel run the ranch; Hudson dislikes her from the start as Emery reminds him of his late wife, but his daughter falls in love with her. Can Emery adjust to working for a living and meeting her community service hours?
Will love be involved?
I loved this beautifully
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Emery has one too many Mimosas at brunch, she has to pay the penalty for trying to ride the policeman’s horse and trying to bribe him into not arresting her. But she has to go to court to see what is going to happen. She is thrilled that her uncle is the presiding judge until he hands down a sentence.
So how will the high society young lady deal with either going to jail for a year or doing community service for 300 hours? Something happens that no one expects.
It’s a great story of how somet
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
she is arrested after trying to ride a police horse. then her dad and uncle send her to a ranch to serve community service in town, he is running the ranch and trying to stay ahead of everything including his daughter. can they get along and will she see there is more to life than spending money and getting into trouble i was given a copy of the book but this is an honest review. if you have read any of the other books you will love this one. if not if you like cowboys and children you will want ...more
Judy Esposito
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Catching the Cowboy: Summer Creek Book 1

What a sweet romance! I loved the wonderful storyline, the charming little town named Summer Creek and the wonderful characters who live there. Hudson and Emery were a perfect couple, but went through a lot of angst before they each realized this. I loved the humor with darling little Cricket as well as Ethel the goat. As always, I was very entertained while snuggled in with Shanna Hatfield's latest book and I'm looking forward to Book 2... Rescuing the Co
Catherine Graham
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Catching the Cowboy is the start of a new series from Shanna Hatfield and definitely is worth your time! I enjoyed the banter between the characters, the reminder to not judge people by their outside appearance and the opportunity to watch Emery redeem herself and find herself in the process. I recommend finding a quiet space and time so you can read this excellent and engaging book in one sitting as you will not appreciate life's interruptions!
Laura Davies
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Sweet escape from Shanna! I have to say that beginning this book was painful, the heroine started as someone I could not relate to or even like. But Shanna is so gifted in writing real and natural characters- the heroine grows into a woman I can admire and relate to by the end of the book. I would love to hang out and have tea with her or take a tour of her little town and listen to the stories and history she’s uncovered. Definitely rooting for #summercreek !
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow been reading Shanna's Historical for years and love this new series - I laughed and cried while reading this story - I her writing is always to descriptive that you feel that you are right there with the characters on their journey - the police horse scene was truly a hoot and Emery and Hudson finally get their act together and find their HEA - can hardly wait on the other books!! I received a bookfunnel copy and freely leave my opinion of the book! ...more
Amy Petrowich
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great escape to a beautiful ranch

This book is like taking a vacation without leaving the comforts of home. The spoiled rich girl and hard working cowboy make for an enchanting romance, yet they often take a back seat to the supporting characters which only add to the sweet story.
Any book by this author will entertain and inspire readers. This is one of her best.
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A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a best-selling author of clean romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor.

In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

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