Dec. 24, 2017

Cowgirls Don't Cry (Rough Riders Book 10)

Cowgirls Don’t Cry (Rough Riders Book 10) is a tale of two people who fight the ghost of one man who was important to both of them and the past that has come to haunt them.


Good girls can play rough too…

Jessie McKay’s marriage to Luke McKay wasn’t perfect. After two years as a widow, she’s decided it’s time to kick up her bootheels—until Luke’s younger brother shows up to ruin her fun. But if Brandt thinks she’ll take orders from another McKay man, he’s got manure for brains.

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

The sexual chemistry that’s always simmered between them combusts. Brandt is ready to make the temporary situation permanent and prove to Jessie he’s the one-woman man his brother couldn’t be. And Jessie is shaken by feelings she’s sworn never to have again for any man…especially a McKay.

Ceej’s Review:

Cowgirls Don’t Cry is a story has all sorts of pain and anger through it.  Jessie’s deceased husband was a philanderer, her ex-father-in-law hated her and cast her aside without a care, her ex-mother-in-law just cowered away, the town treated her with pity, and her ex-brother-in-law had feelings for her that she didn’t return and he in turn left her, and lastly, she had no one to turn to.  Why would someone stay in a place with all this pain?

Considering how the book ended, I understand why Jessie stayed where she was.  However, the strong-willed woman in me balks because she doesn’t understand why Jessie put up with a philandering husband.  Even after he passed away, she stayed in a town where she couldn’t find a friend.  Thinking about her relationship with her mother, I wonder why she didn’t move to be closer to her and start a new life nearby.  I admit that I didn’t like Jessie, but I had to know how she ended up with her HEA.

Brandt.  In love with his dead brother’s wife and until months prior, had been unable to tell her.  But when he did?  She broke his heart and he had to leave her alone or suffer more.  When he became the guardian of his brother’s illegitimate son, he found himself at a point where he had to ask for Jessie’s help.  This was such a bad situation and I didn’t like that he had the balls to ask his philandering brother’s widow to help care for his son from another woman.  It was just all sorts of wrong.  Then when Brandt had to make a certain choice and he made the right one, it annoyed me that he had to make the choice in the first place.  And the other choice he could have had to make?  I was annoyed that Jessie put that on him in the first place.

Granted, everything turned out okay at the end, I had a hard time getting through the book.  Not enough for me to stop reading, but it took me longer than usual since I read about 3 books a day.  There’s nothing wrong with the flow or the writing style.  It’s the story that I didn’t like much.  What I did like was Brandt’s heart, the bits of humor and joy, and all the hotness.

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