Cowgirls Don't Cry

Lorelei James
Cowgirls Don't Cry
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Samhain Publishing
Release Date
November 2010
Book 10 of Rough Riders
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Western Romance

Good girls can play rough too…

Jessie McKay has accepted her marriage to Luke McKay wasn't perfect. After two years of widowhood, she's ready to kick up her bootheels—until Luke's younger brother shows up to spoil her fun. But if Brandt thinks she'll ever take orders from another McKay male, he's got manure for brains.

Brandt McKay has avoided his sweet, sexy sister-in-law ever since the night he confessed his feelings for her weren't the brotherly type. Unexpectedly faced with proof of Luke's infidelity, Brandt is forced to ask for Jessie's help in taking care of Luke's young son. Jessie agrees on one condition—she wants Brandt's boots exclusively under her bed for the duration.

The sexual heat that's always simmered between them ignites. Brandt is determined to make the temporary situation permanent, proving to Jessie he's a one-woman man. And Jessie is shaken by feelings she's sworn never to have again for any man…especially not a McKay.

Warning: Contains branding-iron-hot sex , the one McKay on earth who wants to be tamed, and a woman who's decided tame is for nice girls who finish last.

Book Review by Michelle R
Nov 16, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
147 people found the following review helpful
This series gets better and better. I'm standing on my bed cheering for Brandt and Jesse!

Cowgirls Don't Cry is the tenth book in the Rough Riders series. While I do encourage readers to enjoy all nine of the previously published books, familiarity with previous events is not necessary for all-out enjoyment of the latest story. This book is for lovers of romance, family drama, hot sex and delicious cowboys. Prepare to be swept away as a little boy, a cowboy and a widow climb right into your heart.

Four years ago, Jesse McKay met and fell in love with Luke McKay. Quickly wed after becoming pregnant, their marriage began to fall apart after her miscarriage. Jesse continued to try to be everything for Luke even though he resumed his bar hoppin', girl hoppin' ways. When Luke died in a car crash two years ago, Jesse's world fell apart. Her birth father had left her, her stepfather for the most part had left her, and now her husband had left her. Talk about bad Ju Ju.

Brandt McKay fell in love with Jesse the first night he saw her at a bar. He bided his time until last year, when he confessed his feelings to Jesse only to be given the "we're just friends" speech. Even though she crushed his heart, he's back on her door step with his hat in his hand begging for a favor, to help him care for Luke's illegitimate son while his mother is in jail for six months.

Thank goodness Jesse has more of a backbone now than when she was with Luke. She stands up to Brandt and lays down some rules. But growing a backbone doesn't come at the cost of her heart. She sees the little boy as a victim of Luke's infidelity as much as she was, and of course our big hearted cowgirl agrees to help Brandt out.

There is so much more to this story. Plenty of family drama courtesy of Casper McKay and check ins with the entire McKay clan, but my delight definitely centered around getting to know Brandt and Jesse better. I enjoyed watching them struggle with the real life scenarios new parents face, all the while learning to lean on each other. And by the time they let loose and add the bedroom to their ‘playing house' fun, it was full steam ahead. I can guarantee their windows were all fogged up.

Cowgirls Don't Cry is a book I can easily recommend to anyone. Yep, there's a bunch of hot sex, but nothing I think the typical romance reader would flinch at. Blush maybe. But not flinch. It's got wonderfully sculpted pacing, well-developed characters with raw and realistic edges, and a number of plot lines that will make you tear up and then cheer. Enjoy!
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