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Cowboy Trouble

(Acquainted with the Night #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,195 ratings  ·  147 reviews
A cowboy like that could break your heart...

Fleeing her latest love-life disaster, big city journalist Libby Brown's transition to rural living isn't going exactly as planned. Her childhood dream has always been to own a farm-but without the constant help of her charming, sexy cowboy neighbor, she'd never make it through her first Wyoming season.

Handsome rancher Luke Rawli
Paperback, 387 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2010)
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3 stars – Romantic Suspense

This should have been titled “Libby Trouble” because city girl heroine Libby, who moves to small town Lackaduck, Wyoming to heal her broken heart and start a chicken farm, is absolutely exasperating. If not for Libby’s hunky rancher neighbor, sweet cowboy Luke, I wouldn’t even be giving it 3 stars. He’s such a caring, endearing, sexy hero and frankly, I couldn’t fathom what he saw in Libby, other than the fact that she’s a relatively attractive, available woman in a on
I love the cowboys :) And Luke is worth loving. He lives with his parents and, in his case, it's a good thing. Libby bugged me a little but, overall, she wasn't so bad that it ruined the story. Not really much of a mystery, though. I guessed the who-done-it early in the story. The story moved at a comfortable pace, allowing the reader to get to know the characters. ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read. I like this author's writing, and liked this book better than the first one. The book was funny, had some suspense, was spicy and two likeable characters. ...more
Pelusa Rivera
I was bored, bored couldn't get past annoying Libby, I liked Luke but what the heck did he see in Libby?.I personally did not understand, and I like Cowboys and love mysteries but this one was ridiculous and she was idiotic, I did try I picked up and put down and picked up again, but atleast there was nothing that was going to hold my interest..

Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.

Blodeuedd Finland
Right now all the men (and why are there so many men) are all rapey and touchy. I am all wtf have you never seen a woman? This town is creepy

I have liked her books before, but it seems this was actually her first
Brande Waldron
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
What is a girl to do when your ex leaves you for your boss and you look back to realize that the life you knew isn't the one that you wanted to begin with. This is the story of Libby Brown, crime scene, Big City journalist who has decided to move to Wyoming and live her dream. To have a chicken farm. In Joanne Kennedy's book Cowboy Trouble you are immediately captured by Libby, frankly she cracked me up. Always cautious and on her toes, the Big Bad City trained her well to always keep her eyes o ...more
Romancing the Book
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Reviewed by Desere
Review Copy Provided by self from Amazon

I am sure by now we all know that Joanne Kennedy writes the most incredible cowboy stories with the hottest of men! But what about when you take a seriously yummy cowboy, add a heartbroken I am never going near a man again woman add a small town never solved mystery and what do you get ….. one heck of a book!

Libby loves a good crime story and no matter what she will always get to the truth and do anythi
Bette Hansen
In this reissue of Joanne Kennedy's debut novel we have the story of a city girl, Libby Brown, looking for a fresh start and moving to Wyoming to start her own chicken farm. Before long her journalistic nose has her pulled in to a mystery surrounding a woman who went missing years ago. So we have a little mystery, some suspense and an interesting romantic dance between Libby and her sexy neighbor Luke with the town sheriff also letting his interest be known. Basically we have a little of everyth ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free Kindle download. I liked the book in general and would probably read the author again. My biggest criticism about the book is that the story is kind of predictable, much more so than the usual romance, especially a romance with a touch of mystery in the plot. I mean to say that yes, I knew which of the two "love interests" she'd end up with — i.e., which of the two men was the hero — but it was more than that; I also knew very early on which of all the possible suspects was the bad guy, the ...more
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I knew I was going to like this book when I read the first line: "A chicken will never break your heart."
Having chickens I know this to be true.
I don't, though, have a cowboy but that's OK.
The story begins when Libby Brown, an investigative journalist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, leaves all she knows and moves to a tiny town in Wyoming. She's going to have a chicken farm and report for the local newspaper. There is not much going on around town but there is one big unsolved crime; Th
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book had my heart at "chicken farm" . Having raised chickens previously in my life I knew I would like the book! After starting the first chapter i thought to myself..."This is what country songs are made of! " Our main character Libby lost her job, her boyfriend, and her dog died. It was the perfect start to a cowboy romance.

The story line was girl moves to the country and has to make her way on her own. The Mystery in the book was really interesting and kept the story moving
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fleeing her latest love life disaster, big city journalist Libby Brown's transition to rural living isn't going exactly as planned. Her childhood dream has always been to own a chicken farm—but without the constant help of her charming, sexy, cowboy neighbor; she'd never have made it through her first Wyoming season.
Handsome rancher Luke Rawlins is impressed by this sassy, independent city girl. But he yearns to do more than help Libby out with her ranch...he's ready for love, and he wants to go
Jess the Romanceaholic
A free read on Kindle.

What worked for me:
*it was kind of nice to have the hero fall hard for the heroine right off the bat

What didn't work for me:
*I figured out "whodunit" waaaay early on - much sooner than I think I was intended to.

See, and that's all I've really got without spoiling anything lol It was a quick, easy read, with just enough angst to keep things interesting. Plus, while I did figure out the twist early on, it had enough "well, who was it?" to keep it from getting too boring (plus
Not bad, but I found I kept putting it down to read other things, so I gave up. May try again some other time.
Char (1RadReader59)
A book that grabs you from the beginning. You find yourself talking to yourself like you did when you do when you watch the old westerns. You know the ones in black and white or the obvious mysteries you know the ones where you can’t just turn away because you already know who did it.

Yet, when you find the characters just either too dramatic, over the top crazy or too funny where you want to turn the channel but can't because it gives you just enough to keep going. Or it could be that the clues
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

COWBOY TROUBLE is a basically good story, yet one that I could not connect with one of the main characters, at all – which changed my opinion of the story somewhat. It’s also a reissue of Ms. Kennedy’s debut novel, originally released in 2010. I wish I could have enjoyed this one more for I usually enjoy going back to an author’s first work for a look at how they’ve grown and changed over time. But there is one word for the reason I didn’t: Libby. No matter how many
Ann-Maree Howarth
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book by a new author to me in this light-hearted cowboy romance mystery that has many twists and turns to which you will guess most of them before they happen. But the humour and characters will still give you the pleasure in this story to keep you reading to the end. Luke and Libby had that instant chemistry from the start of the book. The story was more suspenseful than I expected but it only drew me further into the story and plot. I believe this is a revamp of the author debut n ...more
3.5 stars.

Cowboy Trouble is a re-release of Joanne Kennedy's debut romantic suspense Western.

Libby Brown is a crime reporter who relocated to Wyoming following a bad break up that also led to the loss of her job. Realizing her dream of running a chicken ranch, she is also working for  the local newspaper. While not a lot goes on in this small town, Libby is immediately drawn into investigating the still unsolved disappearance of Della McCarthy.  In the course of her investigation, she meets town
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free, advanced copy of this book from This is my unbiased and voluntary reviews. Endearing characters and a compelling plot written in a humorous bent make this an entertaining mystery romance.

Libby Brown has been obsessed with farms since when she played with a Fisher Price Farmer Joe Play Set as a little girl. While working as a crime reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, her dog died and she found out her boyfriend was cheating on her with her boss. So she
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

After I started to read this, it seemed pretty familiar. Come to find out I read an earlier version. I could have stopped and written a review but I enjoyed it the first time so I went ahead and finished reading it again. It was still such a fun read. The mystery of what happened to Della was a good one. Luke and Libby have a connection that Libby fights all the way. She has been hurt before and doesn't
Stacy J.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was really good. It had humor, romance and suspense.

The suspense of the book was told in a way that at different times EVERYONE seemed like the guilty party. That part was really fun to read. The "who done it" aspect. I was amazed at how strong Libby was. Alone on her farm and with everything going on, I would have found a hotel in town I think.

I really liked the character of Luke. He really was a good guy. He was loyal and really seemed to care about Libby from day one.

My only real is
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets

When Libby’s boyfriend dumps her for her boss, she decides to buy a decrepit chicken farm in Lackaduck, Wyoming.

Luke Rawlins, the cowboy neighbor, tries to smoothly catch her eye, but he has competition from the local sheriff, Cash McIntyre.

I don’t know. I didn’t much care for this one. I have enjoyed some of Author Joanne Kennedy’s previous books, but this one, unfortunately not-so-much. It had potential… an “ok” plotline (new chic moves into town, decides she needs to solve an unsolved murde
Yvonne Cruz
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I was looking forward to this book, since it was a new author for me, and lately , I have read a few cowboy stories which I loved.
Sadly, this one did not measure up to my expectations.
Was it entertaining , sort of, but was it memorable, no.
It was easy to determined who the villain was and at times I just skipped pages to get through the book.
The main female Libby, was exhausting while Luke, the neighbor was the one that saved the story.
All that said , I will give the book a 3 stars rating, since
Lackaduck, Wyoming has been a hopping place since Libby moved to town. She bought the old Lackaduck farm, uh sorry, ranch! Now she’s decided to raise chickens and maybe other four -legged animals. Darn but she had to go and meet her good-looking neighbor and then the handsome sheriff and the two crazy men started fighting over her! Speaking of crazy, how about the three Mikes in town, add a bundle of other town folk and you have the recipe for lots of fun! This book has it all! Mystery, murder, ...more
Leslie Ooten
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I couldn't finish this one. The writing didn't flow well, and there were places were I kept feeling like a skipped a page because there wasn't any lead up to a situation. Libby was annoying and I'm not sure how she made it so far in life. Luke comes on strong from the beginning and says things like "school marm". Exactly what century is he supposed to be living in? I thought this was going to be a romance, but there is suspense to. Honestly it didn't fit together for me. I didn't make it far eno ...more
Linda Rea
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fun story! Like and Libby are hysterical and the terrors round out the craziness. Libby lost her boyfriend, job and home all in one minute but she has decided to become a chicken farmer or rancher and to stay away from men this way chickens don’t break her heart. Luke meets his new neighbor and falls head over heels for her but he has a lot a competition and not just from other men. This story was sweet, crazy and a little scary sometime but it made you smile.
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Denise H
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cowboy Trouble by Joanne Kennedy was an entertaining story, yet not your typical cowboy gets the girl love story. There is plenty of humor, wit, romance, fun, and mystery packed into this read along with adorable rescue dogs and a wild, crazy chicken named Wild Thing to add to your enjoyment. The characters are likeable and the storyline is well-paced and easily holds your attention. Overall, a great read!

*Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca for the advanced copy I received thru NetGalley. I am
Karen Roma
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 Star Review....

Over the past year or so, Cowboys have become my new chocolate…..OK, that would be my addiction. I really enjoyed Cowboy Trouble; the characters were engaging (although Libby could be annoying at times) and the storyline (while a little predictable) had an easy ebb and flow and kept me interested throughout the book.

There was a “Who dunnit?” element early on, but the mystery didn’t really take off, so the story was basically more of an angsty romance than anything else. Ove
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a cute mystery romance with cowboys and sheriffs. Libby Brown needed a new start and away from Atlanta so she packed up and bought an old ranch in Wyoming. After leaving a journalist job, she decided to work on a very small newspaper but her interest as peaked when she heard of a missing young woman that was never solved. Rancher Luke Rawlins was her nearest neighbor and he fell for her from the start but had sworn off men since she did not have he ability to see the bad among the good. ...more
Heather andrews
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Luke is quite the charmer, “got it.” Luke straightened up and gave her a long look. “So are you gay or heartbroke?” Luke appreciates that his girl is unique, “see? You’re definitely not like other girls.” He stepped inside. “You get excited about farming and murder.” The man doesnt like being away from his girl too long, “okay,” he said. “How’bout an hour? I miss you like crazy.” I liked this book, I liked Luke.
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