cover image How to Kiss a Cowboy

How to Kiss a Cowboy

Joanne Kennedy. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $7.99 mass market (480p) ISBN 978-1-4022-8369-7

The rough-and-tumble world of the Wyoming rodeo circuit is brought vividly to life in Kennedy’s memorable second Cowboys of Decker Ranch contemporary (after How to Handle a Cowboy). Suze Carlyle is a champion barrel rider in Wyoming who has had eyes for cowboy Brady Caine since she was a teenager, but she considers herself too smart just to become another notch on his belt. When the two wind up in bed together anyway, they both try to pretend it was nothing but a one-night stand, and they both know better. After an accident injures Suze and threatens to derail her career, Brady stays by her side, his callous attitude slowly developing into thoughtfulness and sensitivity. Kennedy imbues the setting with intense realism, and readers will love her intensely complex characters and depictions of deep emotion. Agent: Elaine English, Elaine P. English Literary Agency. (Feb.)