2011 RITA Finalist
Contemporary Single Title Romance

Animal rights activist meets cowboy when grad student Charlie Banks signs up for a “horse whispering” clinic at Latigo Dude Ranch. Unfortunately, there is no dude ranch—just a windblown Wyoming horse operation complete with a dozen green-broke horses and one bitter, broken-hearted cowboy.

Nate Shawcross’s ambitious girlfriend tried to force her horse-savvy honey into fame as a “horse whisperer” by distributing glossy brochures touting training clinics without his knowledge. Now she’s given up on him and gone, and horse lovers from all over the country are arriving at the ranch expecting a three-week workshop. Nate’s not about to let a bunch of greenhorns ruin his horses, but family issues forced him to mortgage the ranch, and he’s willing to do just about anything to save his home.

Charlie loves horses, but she hates cowboys. As far as she’s concerned, they’re ignorant rednecks who torture animals for their own amusement. Only an assignment from her thesis advisor to study the non-verbal communication between the trainer and his animals keeps her at Latigo—that, and the broken axle on her car. It’s going to take the local mechanic at least a week to get the part she needs to hit the gas and go.

When Nate’s injured in an accident, Charlie finds herself playing hostess. As a wary friendship develops, she begins warming to the work—and to the cowboy. The two of them are opposites in every way, but their shared dedication to the land and the horses makes them realize that his strengths are her weaknesses, and what he lacks is what she has to give.

September, 2010
Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 9781402236709

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I loved this book so much that I didn’t want it to end.  With strong and believable characters, the author has created a plot that will touch your heart and keep you turning the pages.  The romance was beautiful, the story and plot twists were amazing, and the pace of the story was great.  To top it off, the author created laugh out loud moments that kept you interested and devoted to the story.  If you haven’t discovered this author before, now is the time to pick up one of her books in this series and dive in! My Rating: 5 Stars!

–Amy J, My Overstuffed Bookshelf

Joanne Kennedy is quickly making a name for herself as an author of highly entertaining cowboy romances, especially with her newest addition One Fine Cowboy. The plot line is believable and captivating, with moments that will make it impossible for a reader to put the book down.

… Deep when it ought to be and light during all the right moments, One Fine Cowboy is a perfect read for any time of day or night.

–Jessica Hastings, Suite 101

 Kennedy (Cowboy Trouble, 2010) has written an entertaining and humorous romance.

– Shelley Mosley, Booklist (starred review)


Charlie and Nate have a tender, yet spicy romantic relationship, and it was a delight to watch them together.  Joanne Kennedy writes a darn good romance, and I will be looking for her next novel.

–Wendy’s Minding Spot

Whether you’re looking for a typical romance or a story that has people dealing with real problems then give Joanne Kennedy’s One Fine Cowboy a try.

–A Curious Statistical Anomaly

Joanne Kennedy is a great writer, and I will be racing to the book store ASAP to get her other book.

—Sexy Women Read (Kayla)

The chemistry between Nate and Charlie is electrifying. Their interactions will not only have you weak in the knees, but laughing at some of their antics as well. ONE FINE COWBOY is more than just a romance story, it’s about developing friendship, standing for principals, trust, and striving for your dreams.

–Mason Canyon, Thoughts in Progress

ONE FINE COWBOY is a refreshing and fun story from the first page to the last. Beautifully done!

–Fresh Fiction

Joanne Kennedy set a high bar with her debut novel, Cowboy Trouble, but she’s easily surpassed it with this one. Filled with laugh out loud moments and what I’ve begun to think is Kennedy’s trademark – a cast of captivating secondary characters – One Fine Cowboy is a book for the keeper shelf.

–Amanda Harte

One Fine Cowboy will make you want to kick up your cowboy boots and do the “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” all the way to the bookstore for more!

–Cheryl’s Book Nook

This sweet love story has touches of humor that peek out sometimes when you lease expect them. It also addresses some serious topics like single parenthood and father’s roles but in a non-threatening way. The bad guy is truly a bad guy, except she isn’t a guy and the good guys rule!

The characters are very well done. You get a good idea of where they are coming from and why the choices they have to make tear them apart. Even Sandi’s father makes an appearance giving her more depth than expected.

This is the kind of book you know that somehow there is going to be a happy ever after ending and it doesn’t disappoint. However, as you know, it’s never a straight line from here to there and this story isn’t any different. Between a lying ex, a 7 year old tomboy, blackmail and learning to train horses, Nate and Charlie have a lot to figure out and I loved reading about them doing it.

4.5 out of 5 stars: A Night Owl Romance Top Pick!

–Terri, Night Owl Romance

I loved Joanne Kennedy’s first book Cowboy Trouble, from page one and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this story. I wasn’t disappointed. One Fine Cowboy delivers. I felt like I was right there in the corral with Charlie and Nate. Both are characters that will claw their way into your heart and you won’t mind one bit.

If you want a sweet yet spicy romance about two people who love each other more than anything, you need to read One Fine Cowboy. I give it 5 books

— Tiger Lily, Long and Short Reviews

This is such a fun book to read! It is kind of a cross between the movies City Slickers and The Horse Whisperer. Charlie’s tough, can-do attitude fits right in ranch life and Nate’s gentle touch brings peace to Charlie. So saddle up and enjoy!

–The Romance Dish

The sexual tension between these two polar opposites is electric, they are both damaged souls with secrets and finding love and healing together is both interesting and intoxicating. The plot is refreshingly solid and the cowboy element gives the story an immediate sexy feel all romance readers will love – thus making One Fine Cowboy into one fine romance!

–Best Romance Stories

I loved this book. I have reread it many times since I finished it two weeks ago…. I am looking forward to Joanne’s next book, it can’t get here soon enough.

–Jenn Baker, Ponytails

This story gives you an easy and smooth reading ride…Charlie and Nate are flawed with past hurts and preconceptions to overcome. But this story shows that life often has a way of changing dreams and plans and melding them into something that works for everyone.  This is a fun, curl up in a comfy place and enjoy read.

–Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf