Cassie Danner doesn't swoon over cowboys. A young widow with a still- mending heart, she seeks solace in her new summer job as cook on a Wyoming dude ranch. Read more...
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Cassie Danner doesn't swoon over cowboys. A young widow with a still- mending heart, she seeks solace in her new summer job as cook on a Wyoming dude ranch. How ironic that she ends up tussling with Robbin McKeag, the ranch owner's son and a superstar celebrity for having played iconic cowboys on the big screen.
Disillusioned with fame, Robbin has retreated to his dad's ranch to reconnect with the land. But there's something about Cassie that gets his goat. And Cassie can't help but be drawn to Robbin as he struggles to become a better man. Are they about to play out a classic romance, or will the cowboy mystique and charm wear off?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-11-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Even three years after the death of her husband, Cassie Danner is a wounded woman. She drifts from seasonal job to seasonal job, earning just enough to fend off her creditors and uphold her outdoorsy lifestyle. She accepts a post as a cook on ranch, where she encounters the irascible Robbin McKeag, a famed movie star and the owner's son, who recently returned from a stint in a mental institution. Robbin doesn't just play a cowboy in films; he is an accomplished rancher in real life too. So although the two butt heads from the moment they meet, there's an instant attraction, and eventually a strong bond over wounded pasts. Welling's (Crybaby Ranch) strength is in her main characters: McKeag is an authentically unpleasant leading man, but he has (mostly) legitimate psychological issues to resolve. Danner is, of course, extremely sympathetic and readers will warm to her right away. While the rest of the characters quickly fall into supporting clichés, they are at least well intentioned. All and all, a pleasant romance. (Oct. 5)
Falling into love
A young widow finds new happiness in Cowboys Never Cry by Tina Welling. Three years before, Cassie Danner’s husband, a world-class climber, fell to his death. Now she lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, supporting herself through a string of seasonal jobs. This summer, she’s the cook at the Cross Wave ranch, which runs cattle and caters to tourists. She must deal with the ranch owner too, child-actor-turned-movie-star Robbin McKeag, known most recently for his stint in a mental hospital—an outcome of the stress and excess of his celebrity life. But Robbin seems only crazy about Cassie as the summer wears on, and the entire community has an opinion on the simmering romance. Depth is added to the story with insights into the conflict between ranchers and environmentalists, but it’s a love story at heart. Robbin is sarcastic but endearing as a man flummoxed by his first overwhelming experience with love. Cassie, while more accustomed to such feelings, needs Robbin’s help to push her into the next phase of her life. This is a tender tale of two people who have much to offer each other.
Catherine Coulter returns to penning medieval romance in The Valcourt Heiress. Merry, aka the Valcourt Heiress, is kidnapped as she flees from a marriage arranged by her powerful mother, an abbess purported to be a witch. Dressed as a boy, Merry is rescued by Lord Garron of Kersey, Earl of Wareham, on his way to the lands he’s just inherited. Though Merry escapes both her abductors and Garron, she travels to his castle and hides herself among his people, who were recently traumatized by a man known only as the Black Demon. Without a place of her own, Merry throws herself into helping Garron restore order at Wareham, and the two become close. However, Merry keeps her identity a secret, and when it’s revealed, trouble follows. Missing silver coins, the mysterious villain, the frightening mother—is there a connection? Until Merry and Garron uncover the truth, the path of their love won’t run smooth. With an unpredictable plot and characters readers will root for, Coulter delivers a tale of magic, mayhem and true love.
ROMANCE OF THE MONTH
Gwyn Cready offers a rollicking romantic adventure through time and space in Aching for Always. Joss O’Malley has things under control, particularly a rich fiancé who stepped up to save the family empire as well as the beloved mapmaking company started by her mother. But a serendipitous trek down an unfamiliar alley takes Joss to a tailor’s shop where she meets a handsome man who sends her world spinning. English Navy captain Hugh Hawksmoor has been plotting his revenge for years. He’s determined to kill the man who traveled through time and murdered his brother. But when he finds his way to the 21st century, the object of his ire is already dead. However, his daughter survives, and the beautiful Joss—with the right incentive—might be persuaded to aid Hugh in righting her father’s wrongs. Full of twists, turns and sizzling love scenes, this time-travel romance will have readers turning pages to find out how—and in what year—there will be a happy ever after.