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Peek Inside The Trouble with Cowboys

From New York Times bestseller Victoria James comes a poignant and heartfelt romance that wraps you in a warm embrace...

The Trouble with Cowboys

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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 ranch to Lainey Sullivan, who is all grown up now. And darn if he can’t seem to stay away.

Lainey’s late grandma left her two things: the family diner and a deep-seated mistrust of cowboys. So when Tyler quietly rides back into town looking better than hot apple pie, she knows she’s in trouble. But she owes his dad everything, and she’s determined to show Ty what it means to be part of a small town...and part of a family.

Lainey’s courage pushes Ty to want to make Wishing River into a home again—together. But one of them is harboring a secret that could change everything.

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635425
Release Date: Mar 26, 2019
Page Count: 325
Imprint: amara
Genre: contemporary, cowboys
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits

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By Esther February 08, 2019

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 Wishin... ...more

By Irene February 10, 2019

3.5 stars ...more

By Jane March 01, 2019

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 L... ...more

By Linda January 30, 2019

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 the... ...more

By E.J. January 31, 2019

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 nove... ...more

By Miriam March 08, 2019

This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

What an emotional rollercoaster throughout this book. You kind of sympathize with Tyler when he feels like an outsider but then he goes and hurts Lainey, and you lose the sympathy and get angry with him!

How can you not like Lainey? She gets the one t... ...more

By Ramona March 12, 2019

An incredibly sweet, romantic book - coming to terms with the relationship with his Father Tyler Donnely comes back to town after his Father and he had a falling out 8 years prior and Ty never looked back. Now that he's here to stay will anyone forgive him for the past?
Lainey gave up her dream of... ...more

By Sherri February 25, 2019

Victoria James did an incredible job with telling this story. It was such an emotional read for me. This book takes places in a small town where everyone is in everyone's business. It is also a town where they all look out for each other. The Trouble with Cowboys is Tyler and Lainey's story. Tyle... ...more

By Sherri February 25, 2019

Victoria James did an incredible job with telling this story. It was such an emotional read for me. This book takes places in a small town where everyone is in everyone's business. It is also a town where they all look out for each other. The Trouble with Cowboys is Tyler and Lainey's story. Tyle... ...more

By Yvonne February 26, 2019

This is a contemporary western romance that grabs your attention from the first page to the last one.
When Tyler Donnelly gets a phone call from an old friend that his father has had a stroke, he returns to Wishing RIver The home he left 8 years ago after his mother’s death and an argument with hi... ...more

By Heather February 02, 2019

There are times I don't think Lainey has a filter, "she frantically came up with an excuse. “No, of course not. I just never noticed what a hairy person you are.” Tyler is learning his girl will go to any lengths to keep him out of trouble, "he finally pulled back and stopped laughing. He hadn’t... ...more

By Gmr March 18, 2019

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 everythin... ...more

By Teresa March 04, 2019

**I received a copy of The Trouble with Cowboys from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinions are mine alone and not solicited in any way.**

The Trouble with Cowboys by Victoria James is a pleasant read with the hero coming back home after bein... ...more

By Connie March 18, 2019

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. Th... ...more

By Lori February 25, 2019

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


This is the story of Tyler “The Prodigal Cowboy” and his return to Wishing River. Tyler has to get over a lot of huddles from his past that caused him to abruptly leave town for 8 years. He... ...more

By Christina March 18, 2019

Wonderful story of second chances at life with love playing a forgiving role in the return of a son & the second chance at a passion that could be a career. Falling in love was the last thing Tyler & Lainey had imagined happening. Tyler is trying to get his family’s ranch back to its form... ...more

By Denise March 18, 2019

I have read a couple of her novels so I had to read this one since it drew me in. Tyler had to go back home in a way that after saying he would not was a bit different than expected. Then there is Lainey whom catches his attention. Living in a small town is not easy with everyone having you on th... ...more

By Kirstie March 18, 2019

I really loved this, for me it was a page turner that I didn't put down. Small town closeness where everyone knows everyone's business. It's about hopes and dreams, shattered and gone or holding on by a thread with a bit of hope still attached. There's judgement from people who don't know the ful... ...more

By Bec March 04, 2019


Review to Come ...more

By Rebecca March 14, 2019

Ty is returning home to help care of his father, whom he left after a fight 8 years ago. Residents of the town are upset with him for abandoning his father but, they don’t know the whole story. Lainey has been taking meals to his father and has become a surrogate daughter. Ty struggles to find hi... ...more

By Urvashi March 06, 2019

When Tyler returns to his hometown after 8 years, no one is welcoming him back, not even his best friends. The only semblance of welcome he gets is from Lainey.
Lainey had a crush on Tyler growing up, and now that he is back she sees a vulnerability to him that is in contrast to his tough exterio... ...more

By Kimmy February 04, 2019

A prodigal son returns home only to find that life has moved on in his absence and the people of the town don't exactly like him.

This country romance is filled with well written and solid characters and a plot we may have all seen coming but so well executed it makes you want to keep reading.

Fa... ...more

By Margaret March 02, 2019

Ty and Lainey are both strong and independent, but each is covering up hurt and insecurity and family issues. Their 's is a slow burn that keeps building through all the heartbreaking mistakes and hesitations. I found this to be a sweet emotional read that I really enjoyed! This is the first book... ...more

By Seema March 12, 2019

Heartfelt ~ Enjoyable ~ Sweet

tl:dr: Love on the ranch might surprise you.

I need to say straight up that this book has one of my least favorite tropes, the virgin woman and the less than virginal man. Even with that, I enjoyed the book quite a lot. In the story, a guy returns home to help his dyi... ...more

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Victoria James

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Victoria James

I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in grade five, I penned my first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations myself (if you've ever seen my drawings you'll know how horrible they must have been. I still draw stick figures). Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again. In high school I fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, I married my own hero, pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened my own business. After the birth of our first child, I knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction. I'm a hopeless romantic who is living my dream, penning happily-ever-after's for my 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 I'm quite content living in suburbia with my husband, our two young children, and very bad cat.

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