Jody Bryce used rodeo beauty competitions as her way out of her small town in Wyoming. She has dreams that she couldn’t fulfill staying on the family ranch, especially after her father died. So, she went east to school and to model earning enough money and gaining enough education to start a therapy riding program. Now, she’s heading back to where she started, to begin anew, if she can.
The people in the town see Jody as Miss Rodeo and not who she really is, that is except Teague Treadwell. Teague grew up with Jody and had been her best friend for years. Teague was who Jody decided to give her virginity to and who she uses to measure every guy she’d ever dated. In the years, she‘s been gone even Teague has changed.
Teague knew Jody was out of his league even when they were children. He’s worked hard to improve himself even if the people in town don’t recognize it. After his parents died and he came home from reform school, he gained custody of his older but mentally handicapped brother, Troy. Teague left behind the trailer he grew up in and built a house he thinks Jody would be proud of. He’s taken his family’s ranch and turned it into a breeding farm for rodeo stock. He may not be rich yet but he’s on his way.
Jody’s mother doesn’t trust Teague and asks her not to get involved with him. Jody wants to honor this promise but wants Teague with her whole being. Teague hasn’t made that promise to Jody’s mom or to anyone and he’s been waiting for Jody a long time. Can he get her to forget that promise or will her mother win?
It doesn’t look good when Teague is seen with Courtney Skelton, the daughter of a very rich newcomer. Courtney has decided that she wants bad boy Teague and it doesn’t seem as if anything he says or does will get rid of her. The town has him dating Courtney. Will Jody believe him or the gossip?
Another fantastic book by Joanne Kennedy that takes you into small town Wyoming to the point you’re sure you know everyone there.
The characters are extremely well done. Jody wants to be more than she’s perceived as being. She’s more than that rodeo crown but she’s going to have to fight to get people to see the real her. Jody comes across like the girl next door which may be a good thing as she is next door to Teague. Teague comes from a bad background but has the capacity for a lot more. He will do anything to keep those he loves safe but also has a tendency to smother them. Troy has downs syndrome but he is also his own person. He has his own way of doing things and is quite capable, if he can get Teague to give him the space he needs. Even Courtney comes across as a well rounded character though her character is closer to the ditzy blond than anyone more serious.
The conflicts and struggles come across as very real and possible. Small towns do get into everyone’s business and gossip is a way of life. Realizing that people change is hard when you can remember them in diapers and maybe even their parents that way! Though Jody and Teague have become adults with real lives, that doesn’t mean anyone is going to see them as anything more than the rodeo beauty queen and the son of a mean, abusive man.
Courtney is an act all by herself. She has her own ideas of who she is and what she’s entitled to. She also knows all about cowboys because she knows the cowboy code. Teague wonders what that is! While she may seem like an annoyance for most of the story, be warned, there is more going on with Courtney than she’s letting on.
Ms Kennedy is becoming one of my favorite authors to read. Her work is unique, feeling like a breath of fresh air. Her characters are real and believable letting you live through them. I can’t think of any way that I would change this totally awesome romance! I got caught up in it and couldn’t put it down until the end only to find myself wanting to know more. After all, who doesn’t love a bad boy trying to be good? (And he’s so good in so many ways!)
Miss Rodeo Wyoming Jodie Bryce is back from the big city to find that her childhood friend Teague Treadwell's rugged cowboy charm never looked better. But Teague thinks Jodie's success lifted her out of his reach, and now he's got to shed his bad boy image to be worthy of the girl next door.
Praise for Cowboy Trouble:
"Joanne Kennedy's debut novel will put the honky tonk back into your life...a lot of fun." -Love Romance Passion
"Refreshing and different...a little romance, a little mystery, good looking guys and wide open spaces."
-Night Owl Romance, Reviewer Top Pick