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Cowgirls Don't Cry (Rough Riders, #10)

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Good girls can play rough too

Rough Riders, Book 10

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,
ebook, 242 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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** 3 1/2 stars **

I have loved the last few Rough Riders books so I was suprised at some of the stuff I found in Cowgirls Don't Cry. Most of the book was pretty good but it just wasn't up to the quality of the last few books.

First off, I have to address the horrible prologue. It was the worst beginning I have ever read in a book. The heroine is at a party with a loser guy who is drunk and stoned. She goes off with him to have sex even after he invites other random guys to join in with them. She i
Nov 09, 2010 Ridley rated it liked it
I hardly know how to rate and review this. The prologue is downright repugnant, the middle is just sorta so-so but then the last few chapters are great.

The book opens with Brandt McKay watching his nearly naked sister-in-law Jessie McKay from afar as an intoxicated guy invites people into his camping trailer to join them for some raunchy group sex. Having been in love with his brother's widow for years, despite her turning him down a year ago when he declared himself, he follows them to the camp
Robin *loves sexy books*
Jun 27, 2011 Robin *loves sexy books* rated it it was amazing
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♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
Nov 14, 2010 ♥ Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Grrrrr I just wrote out an awesome review but hit the wrong button at the wrong time and lost it all. I am not re-writing it all, ill just do a summary of what I wrote.

Okay so the was just another book from Miz Lorelei James. Please someone, tell me how this woman can keep it up!

The sex between the main characters is hot...but its the emotionally charged atmosphere that has you holding your breath and biting your nails.

Im loving how with each book we get a closer look into this circle of famil
Sep 28, 2011 Ang, rated it it was amazing
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Nov 22, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
Okay, I'm rounding this one up to 4 stars from about 3.6.

Right off the top the book loses an entire star for the prologue. Now infamous, it was really a terrible way to start this story. The writing didn't rise to the more recent LJ standard and the situation was OOC for both leads. The location was out of the blue and wasn't used again so it was distracting. I have this feeling that it might have been a set up for a later book since there was some vague reference to Brandt's brothers or cousin
After reading a few reviews on here I was expecting the prologue to be disgusting and scandalous. It actually wasn't bad at all and didn't seem out of place for Ms. James. For a lot of the book Jessie was annoying me with her selfish self when it came to Landon, but by the last part of the book all was good. I enjoyed Brandt and Jessie, they seemed a lot tamer than the McKay's in the previous books, but that was no biggie. Loved getting a peak at the past McKay's and the McKays in books to come. ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
As I've said in the past Lorelei James to me has a way of writing stories that grab me from beginning to end. Each story is unique in it's own way. I find myself having a hard time explaining what I Loved about this book so I'll just say that I Loved everything and leave it at that.
Apr 17, 2011 chanceofbooks rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Book 10 in the Rough Riders series, Cowgirls Don’t Cry, is actually the perfect introduction to James’s amazing voice for readers more used to spicy contemporaries and who haven’t yet ventured into Romantica. Brandt is quite possibly my favorite hero of the whole series. He really showcases James’s range as a writer—he’s not her usual alpha hero at all, yet she imbues him with layers of complexity and succeeds in making him strong and attractive while still showing him to be more sens ...more
Jul 12, 2011 MountainKat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
Another great installment of the Rough Riders series! I love these books!

This story was so sweet, once you get past the prologue that isn't necessary and way out of character. Do yourself a favor and just skip it, the story really works just fine without it. I really enjoyed watching Jessie come into her own and learn to stand up for herself. It was also good to see the changes in Brandt as he dealt with his long standing feelings for Jessie. All of this went happened as they were caring for his
3 1/2 stars (rounded down to 3 stars, because the way the "old" McKays handled big, bad brother Casper made me think they were a bunch of stupid men who couldn't read - I mean, none of them had ever taken a look at the legal documentation for the McKay ranch?!)

Note to self: Skip the Prologue. It adds nothing to the story but squick. Scaaaaaary!
Nov 13, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing
This is a truly addicting series. It was kind of disappointing on how it starts off. I mean Brandt finds Jessie moving on, so to speak and asked to join. The beginning made Jessie look like she was easy when she is far from that. The story begins to unfold from chapter 1.

Brandt has always been in love with his brother's widow, but Jessie hasn't been ready to move on until now. Hit with her late husbands wild ways and a child is brought in for Jessie and Brandt to take care of for the four month
Sammy Loves Books

Very interesting start to this book. The heroine in this book, Jessie, gets drunk with a bunch of guys and get's carried off by some drunk jerk to their trailer. He announces along the way that anyone is welcome to join in for a gangbang action and the lead female is cool with that. So when Brandt intervenes and puts a stop to the gangbang...I honestly didn't care. I was no longer invested in Jessie's HEA. I really don't know why, cause I am not a prude. I think it was because Jessie had so litt
Nov 12, 2010 Kristin rated it it was amazing
*sigh* These books are amazing. I'm so easily wrapped up in the McKay world, and this was top 3 in the series so far for me...possibly top 2 (Keely & Jack's book being #1).

I may review this book further later...just know, it was EXCELLENT!
Feb 25, 2013 Wminbc rated it it was amazing
Ahhh... Brandt is awesome! Jessie is a sweety that when she finally grows some claws is amazing!

Perfect song for this book!!!
Jan 05, 2012 Holly rated it liked it
This one was only 3 1/2 stars for me! I absolutely love this series but this one just wasn't doing it for me. Don't get me wrong, I couldn't love the McKay's more, and I really liked Brandt but for the fact that he seemed like a doormat for half of this book and a few books prior. That said, I didn't like Jessie at all. I get that she had a rough go of it, with a shitty, unfaithful husband and now faced with his love child, but she took such advantage of Brandt in the prior books I had a really ...more
FINALLY! I finally really like a book in this series. It's about time! This series gets a lot of love but I haven't really been able to get into it. But I loved this story. I only picked it up because I liked the glimpse I saw of these two characters in Raising Kane so I was more than curious to see where that went.

I can hardly contain my glee. The book started off at such an interesting place (holy crap!) and I was literally thinking "how are you going to recover from this in a way that is beli
Cyn Mistress Kitty
Dec 03, 2010 Cyn Mistress Kitty rated it liked it
I gotta tell you that I am a huge McKay lover and I was really looking forward to this book. I think this book wasn't bad but it was just ok for me and definitely not up to par with the others.
First of all the prologue was awful and made me question and kinda dislike Jesse from the start. I must say that she got better as the book went on but I just never really liked Jesse or Brandt. This won't put me off reading future Mckay books but this one was just a dud for me. Too bad.
Nov 12, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I really, really liked it. I agree with some other readers, that the opening was horrific - it was. It made Jessie look stupid and like a whore - which she wasn't. She was smart and independent. Brandt was awesome, but I think I would have punched him in the nose for asking her to do what he did. The tension was hot, the lovin' was hot and the story was hot. It even got tears (plus a few laughs and angry scowls). Can't wait for the next!!!
The story of Brandt McKay and Jessie McKay which has been a long time coming finally comes to us in the 10th book of the Rough Riders series.
Though the prologue was a definite turn off, the story that unfolds from chapter 1 onwards is done in classic Lorelei James style with enough heat and passion with a hero who is to die for and a heroine who is just what the hero needs.
Full review up on my blog:
Jun 25, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
You meet Jessie late in the series. Jessie is married to Luke McKay on Casper/Joan side.
Jessie has always had a struggling marriage with Luke. Jessie and Luke had a shotgun wedding after Jessie found out she was pregnant but lost baby.
Luke was a cheating player and Jessie ignored the sighs hoping if she was best wife and caretaker he'd be happier.
Luke dies in same accident as Domini fried and mother of Anton. That's when Brandt finds out Luke has a child called Landon.
Brandt goes to Jessie a
Clary ♡.
Apr 24, 2014 Clary ♡. rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Ame este libro completamente me encantó saber la historia de Brandt y Jessie ya que en el libro anterior se sabe un poco de su situación pero nada mas y me tenían intrigada, me gustó como se nota el cambio de Jess a cuando vió a Brandt por última vez y sobre lo que pasó en este libro me dió un poco de bronca la mamá del bebe vale no es spoiler pero lo que pasa al final hasta a mí me dolió, pobre Jess pero bueno dejando eso de lado enserio enserio odio con toda el alma sl padre de Brandt es un so ...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(June) 3.5* I'm just pretending that the prologue did not exist - it never happened, poof, gone! This book was good but not at good as earlier ones. Jessie kind of made me a bit nuts - she was supposed to be a shy goodie girl but she seemed pretty tough to me. Glad Casper finally got put in his place, so to speak. Always fun to catch up with the McKays. (almost too many sex scenes, found myself skimming towards the end). I liked Landon - a very realistic description of a 1 ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
I really liked Brandt a lot, I felt so bad for him the the beginning (and pervious books) trying to cope with Luke's death and clearly being in love with Luke's wife forever. Not to mention is a$$hole dad. It was a good story and I'm glad that he found the happiness in both of his true love, Jessie and the ranch.
Feb 16, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

Cowgirls Don’t Cry by Lorelei James was fabulous. It’s one of my favorite Rough Rider novels to date.

The history:
Luke McKay got Jessie pregnant. They got married. She had a miscarriage. They stayed married. Luke turned out to be a jerk and a cheater. Years later, Luke was killed in a car accident. Jessie, now a widow, was kicked off the McKay land. Luke’s younger brother Brandt, who has always been in love with Jessie, helped Jessi
Nov 05, 2011 ~V~ rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars!!

This one was super duper sweet!!! I LOVED Brandt! I will admit, cowboys had never really been my "thing" but these books have definitely put them in a whole different light for me!! I think i like them now...A LOT! :)

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Rough Riders series as a whole, and i agree w/ others that Lorelei James' writing has definitely improved as the series has progressed but i do think that sometimes the sex is a little bit too much..not in description..her sex scenes are WA
Jun 17, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Another entertaining story by Lorelei James about a young widow, Jessie, and how she falls in love with her brother-in-law, Brandt. A serious betrayal is revealed and Jessie is forced to come to terms with the fact that her dead husband was unfaithful prior to his death. Brandt enlists Jessie's help in dealing with the ensuing dilemma, and their relationship builds from there.
First off, I have to say that I think it's a little humorous that so many readers found the prologue to be so appalling.
Apr 27, 2013 Dar rated it really liked it
Shelves: cowboy, 4-star-reads
Brandt is the 2nd eldest of Casper's boys, and we learned of Luke's death in Cam's story. We get our first glimpse into the eldest McKay's family and it isn't the sunshine and rainbows we saw in either family so far. This is the dark and angry side you see a small part of with Colt and Kane but is full blast and unrestrained for Brandt, Tell and Dalton. Jessie has finally moved on and past Luke's death and influence on her life, and we get the story of how she ended up with him and why Brandt ha ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Brandt and Jessie.... I was looking forward to reading this book. Jessie was married to Luke MacKay, he was an ass to her, cheated on her, treated her terribly, and then he died in an accident. But who was there for her all the time? Luke's brother Brandt. He's been in love with Jessie from the moment he first saw her, which was actually before Luke saw her. And he's been there for her through her bad marriage, and after the death of his brother. But when he finally confessed that he wanted to b ...more
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Lorelei James is New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary erotic westerns and erotic romances. She lives in western South Dakota.
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