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Cowboy Dark (Summer Romance Collection #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  489 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
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Cowboy Dark is the first 40,000 word novella in the Summer Romance Collection.

When sixteen-year-old Sterling Mayfield learns that her dad has booked a family vacation at a dude ranch, she is less than thrilled. It is their first vacation since the tragic death of her mother two years earlier. Sterling knows her dad needs this t
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 121 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Tess Oliver
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Zoe and the Edge
Nov 11, 2012 Zoe and the Edge rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, squeaky-clean
This book is a sweet summer romance that's a lot of fun. Good dialogue, some silly secondary characters, not much drama, and very enjoyable. It's light, nothing much happens. Just about a girl and her adventures at a ranch.

On arrival at the ranch, Sterling meets a number of characters. Most importantly Ranch Hand #1 Tanner who's just good-boy cute and Ranch Hand #2 Luke who is moody and mysterious. I pick Option 2 and so does Sterling and fellow vacationer, Chloe who's a Miss Perfect/Chirpy/Obn
Jun 07, 2012 Marsha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adults and Adults
I just love the books of Tess Oliver and "Cowboy Dark" is no exception. She is straightforward in her approach expertly creating a world that immediately draws the reader in. Her characters are powerful and I find that I can easily relate to them; therefore becoming totally invested in their outcomes. I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of this book and Tess agreed to let me share it with my students at school. The students loved the book especially the snarky humor and the horse riding tales.

Jul 06, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok
This book kind of took me on a weird ride because from the summary, I wasn't expecting more than a cheesy quick read. However, Oliver had me from Page 1 with Sterling's witty sense of humor and the humorous dialogue, and I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. Just about halfway through, unfortunately, it took a huge nosedive with predictable and cliche development and cheesy lines, and the book ended up being a huge disappointment.


Like I said, it
Jul 11, 2012 Mitch rated it liked it
"You can't read a book called A Summer Romance without the romance silly."

"Yeah, just rub it in. :("

I really thought there'd be more to this novella than just the romance, I've read both Camille and Heart of the Huntress, and Tess Oliver's full novels have always been really good at building interesting plots beyond just the romance. So I expected there to be more about Sterling and her family dealing with her mother's death, for example. But what I got was a really predictable story with a lot
Donna Porter
Nov 05, 2014 Donna Porter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sterling and her twin brother Dylan are both upset at their dad. He is taking them to a dude ranch for a ten day vacation. They think the only thing worse could be death. When they get to the dude ranch Dylan looks around and is excited about riding horses and being a dare devil in a few other ways. He and his sister are only sixteen so being without their electronics is terrible. One of the ranch hands is a ward of the owners and one is their son. Tanner is the son and Luke the bad looking boy ...more
2 One Click Chicks
Jun 11, 2016 2 One Click Chicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jessica
This was a quite short read. i enjoyed the overall story.
This YA read was heart breaking and empowering at the same time. I was drawn in with the heroine and her family. The trip she takes opened her up to this whole new life per say. She was down to earth and I really look for that in a YA read so the author did awesome. Plus I loved her name! Sterling, it's very unique
The hero, Luke, was awesome, he had that whole swoon worthiness to him. I think he fit the story perfectly! The heroine can se
Dec 30, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing Freefall and Bitterroot Crossing I was looking forward to my next Tess Oliver read. I was having a nosey at her website to see what my next one would be when this title jumped out at me. Cowboy Dark. I love country music, I love cowboy boots, and I genuinely think I could have been a pretty good cowgirl so when I saw this one and the good looking, brooding guy on the front I decided this would be the one. Then I noticed that this is actually the first of three ...more
If you have been following my reviews you will know I have a soft spot for cowboys. And these cowboys didn't disappoint. I love this book! I have re-read it countless times. I've always wanted to go to a dude ranch and I was super excited when I found out it was the setting for this book.

The romance did not disappoint. It helped that the setting was great, who wouldn't fall in love around a campfire with a blanket of stars above your head, or at a lake with an impressive view *wink wink*.

Stacey Conrad
Jul 15, 2012 Stacey Conrad rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
YA romance, western, novella

Sterling, her twin brother, Dylan, and Dad take a vacation to a ranch for a couple of week in the summer. All of them are still healing from the death of Mom. I love Sterling’s voice; she is a girl I would live to be friends with, and someone to have in my corner. She’s confident and not afraid to make fun of herself. She is willing to re-evaluate her first impressions, and doesn’t come across as a snob at all. Luke, the love interest, is portrayed as a bad boy, but
Jul 10, 2014 Shai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, quick read. More of a teen level. You can't really go wrong with Tess Oliver. Some parts were a bit juvenile but like I said, teen read. Good story line, good villains. Cute love story, I'd actually like to see more of their story.
Aug 04, 2014 T.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really awesome story about a teenager girl named Sterling and her dad and brother takes a vacation away from the real world to a dude ranch. They all had a past tragedy and needed to get away from it and spend time together. While on the ranch they learn they really are stronger than they thought. The family that runs the ranch shows them kindness and Luke who is now staying there with the family is drawn to Sterling. This amazing storyline has some twist in it you really don't see com ...more
Jessica Paul
Jun 14, 2012 Jessica Paul rated it it was amazing
Cowboy dark definitely not what was working through my mind. I really seemed disinterested at the beginning but at the mention of Luke my mind went haywire. Sterling her twin Dylan and her father take a family vacation to a far off ranch. No Internet no cell phones no teenage life. Sterling seems passive with riding horses but feels the need to ride as she sets eyes on Luke. Sure the other sexy handy man tanner is around but nothing compares to a cowboy with tattoos and a mystery side. But it se ...more
Rebecca Bistel
Apr 26, 2016 Rebecca Bistel rated it really liked it
Super cute

I am a big Tess fan...This was a super cute YA romance...I will definitely be reading the rest of this series
Jun 21, 2016 Liliuokalani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a sweet read of young love . Actually going to let my 16 cousin borrow this one.
Louise Rogers-Thomas
I'm a big Tess Oliver fan. This books is a little different to some of her other work, but in no way was I disappointed. The writing is superb as usual.

Sterling has a great sense of humor and bond with her family. Its a fun easy to read YA romance. I would have liked to have read more about Luke & Sterling.
May 18, 2015 Montana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oliver
THE COWBOY DARK was a great book to read. Light, fun and great romancy chick-flick. One of those books that you can read in one sitting and love it. I really enjoyed the characters in this book. When Tanner walks in and his appealing looks are described, I thought aha! Here we go. This is our leading man!! But when Luke swaggers in after him and is such an interesting character (hot too!) all I could say was Damn! This book just got so much better!! Great little scenes and a beautiful setting. I ...more
Jessica Karou
Dec 18, 2012 Jessica Karou rated it really liked it
A cute, fun read about a girl on a family vaction to a cattle ranch.
The ranch has some characters, Tanner the all-American ranch hand and Luke the bad-boy ranch hand, plus a stuck up mother and daughter duo (hated them). Luke was super sexy, tattoos... dark hair and gray eyes?! Come on! So glad there wasn't a real love-triangle but I am curious what happened next... once the summer was over. Alas, I will never know... I will just imagine steamy scenes when they both turn 18 of course.
May 21, 2016 Sabrina rated it really liked it
Good read

It was a good read for sure. I loved that the wenches got what they deserved! Team Luke for sure!
2 stars.

It's not that I didn't like it. In fact, I found this book really funny, sexy and sometimes perfect.

But, pardon me, I'm kind of bored of reading the same, old plot in every single book which includes a hot single male...

Authors, please, gimme something different!!!!!!!

Raeline Peterson
It was ok ..i was hoping for more i guess,i just felt it ended abruptly.
Dec 10, 2012 Carolynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick easy read for me with the last 2 weeks of craziness that has been going on. I wanted more of the story between Sterling and Luke. I hope she writes another story about them. I have little things here and there that I didn't like but all in all it was a pretty sweet short story.
Oct 11, 2012 Noël rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, freeibooks
WOW. this was an awesome book, so glad i came across it when i did!i loved the characters, especially Sterling with her witty humor and Luke with his awesome tattoos and dreamy gray eyes. i definitely want my own cowboy dark now!
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
Was a great short story. Would have liked it even more so if it had be a longer. Would have given it a higher rating. This felt way too much like a teaser for me. Review to follow.
Jul 31, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
between 3/5 stars and 4 stars.
It's a nice short summer read.
I read it between 2 books.
Very YA and nothing disturbingly hot :-))
Jan 27, 2013 Kerri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fluffy summer romance with overdone secondary characters and not much of a plot line. Quick and fun enough for light read.
Jan 15, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Now this is my idea of a cowboy, tall, dark and covered in tattoos. Sweet romance and short enough to read in one afternoon.
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This is a short, nice read about a girl who had a vacation at a ranch because her family was lonely after losing her mom.
Nov 27, 2012 Emma rated it liked it
meh. they fell in love... in two days? nope. sooooo not realistic. and that little drama at the end? stupid. psh. not that good
Sep 09, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Tess Oliver's short stories, but again I am left looking for MORE!! Cowboy Dark was no exception!
  ღ☆ღ  Brenda
Nov 12, 2012 ღ☆ღ Brenda rated it really liked it
A great summer romance on a dude ranch.Loved the characters.I liked that it was a fast paced read and easy to follow.
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Tess Oliver is a teacher and writer who lives in California with her husband, kids and a small pack of pampered dogs. She loves horses, chocolate and Jane Austen books.
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