Read my review of Smitten, a book Denise Hunter co-wrote with several authors.
Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now. The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Romance:A couple kisses (a bit descriptive), touching/holding, liking/loving someone, flirting, thinking/talking about someone.
Inappropriate Romance:Annie's sister, Sierra, got pregnant at 16. Annie and Dylan get stranded out in the country and are unable to get back until morning. There are some rumors of what might have happened although nothing did.
Violence: Injuries, yelling/arguments, death (from age).
Other:Annie's dad left them when she was young, lying/hiding something, a horse going blind, Sierra runs away for a short while.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Thoughts: I must admit, I wanted this book (shame on me) because of the cover. I'm a sucker for westerns, especially if it involves horses and cowboys! You won't be to disappointed if that is what you want when you pick up this book. There are a good deal of cowboys and some horses on the side. I would have wanted a few more, but I take what I can get. I really liked Annie's character and felt I could relate. I'm constantly mothering my siblings, just like she does to her sister. And I always thought it would be fun do do a "Dear Abby" like column for some topic. That was just another interesting addition to the book that drew me in. I didn't connect as much as I would have liked to the whole romance. Some of it felt a little bumpy :/ However I did really enjoy this book and I would recommend to teens as it is an adult romance and Annie's sister was a teen mom.