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Cowboys Never Cry [Paperback]

Tina Welling
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Oct. 5 2010
Cowboys are NOT her weakness-until she meets the right one-in this funny, wise, romantic novel about women and cowboys, both real and imagined.

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?


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"You'll love Cassie Danner, a cowgirl with an environmental bent, as she struggles to overcome an old love and embrace a new one. Cowboys Never Cry is as satisfying as the smell of sage in summer rain."
-Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author of Prayers for Sale and Whiter Than Snow

"Tina Welling's newest novel, Cowboys Never Cry, is a lively romantic romp that blends the landscape of the heart and the fragile West where real cowboys and cowgirls really do ride off into the sunset."
-Kris Radish, author of Hearts on a String

"Tina Welling has done it again. Cowboys Never Cry is a big-hearted romp set against the gorgeous landscapes of the American West. Cassie Danner is a tough, generous, grieving protagonist. She also has a sense of humor as grand as the Tetons. This novel is a heady gallop through the tangled thickets of love."
-Alyson Hagy, author of Ghosts of Wyoming

"Tina Welling is a wonderfully fresh voice in women's fiction. Cowboys Never Cry will keep you up all night reading--and rooting for wounded characters who heal each other through the power of love."
-New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston

"Tina Welling has a sharp eye for the west and an ear to match it. Pick up the book and join her charming characters for a romance-filled ride through Wyoming's spectacular backcountry."
-Jana Richman, author of The Last Cowgirl

"Cassie's struggle to overcome the loss of her husband through hard work in a fiercely beautiful and sometimes dangerous landscape makes her a particularly powerful heroine. Her independence is itself an act of defiance against grief. While examining the intricacies of emotional wounds, Tina Welling also miraculously manages to capture the awesome beauty of Wyoming. If you care about the monumental strength of the tender-hearted, you'll love this story."
-Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear, New York Times bestselling authors of People of the Thunder

"A charming, western romance sure to please readers."
-Jo-Ann Mapson, author of The Owl & Moon CafT and Solomon's Oak

"Welling delivers a winning combination--the cowboy who isn't easy to love and the modern woman who sees through all his pretenses. A novel about a contemporary courtship that is as fresh as today's headlines and as classic as the old West."
-USA Today bestselling author Kathleen Eagle


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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Intrigue and a Stunning Setting Dec 21 2011
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Cowboys Never Cry is a delightful novel about a cowboy romance set amidst a glorious backdrop. It's not all picture perfect though and tackles tough subjects including loss, grief, and moving on. I love reading novels where I learn something and the ranch life portrayed in Cowboys Never Cry was entirely new to me, both in real life and as a unique setting compared to the usual city girl chick lit we usually read, so I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the novel.

I loved Cassie's character and enjoyed watching her grow throughout her struggle. There was just enough intrigue surrounding her situation and her husband that I wanted to know what the secrets were and I thoroughly enjoyed the banter, flirtation and relationship that developed between Cassie and Robbin. I thought it was unique in that she didn't really fight her feelings for Robbin. She threw it out there right away and although it seemed a little backwards, I thought it played out well and intrigued me. I liked every character in this novel including Robbin even though I thought was a little overbearing at times.

The environmental commentary throughout the novel was interesting and I liked seeing Cassie try and resolve them. Her character felt entirely real to me, and although I couldn't relate to her loss or adventure-some attitude (you would never catch me on lone overnight hikes in the mountains!), I could always understand her motives and she had so many sides that certain aspects I could relate to.

There were many interesting and poignant observations in this novel which I appreciated and many made me stop and think several times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a very well written book that is touching and emotional. Oct. 5 2010
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Cowboys Never Cry by Tina Welling
Contemporary Romance -Oct 5th, 2010
4 Stars

Cassie Danner just wants to blend in and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. She is mending her heart after her husband's death. When she starts cooking for a Cross Wave, a Wyoming ranch, she finds herself strangely alive and finds her heart rate beating irregularly. This is mainly due to Robbin McKeag, an iconic actor who seems to be itching to get into arguments with Cassie.

It was really endearing to watch the sparks fly in the verbal wars between Cassie and Robb as they developed a deep affinity towards each other. However, pride and selfishness rear its head and ruin the bonds that tie them together. Robb's alcoholism and pride ends up tearing Cassie apart, and in the end, he must convince her that he has changed so that they can have a true relationship together.

Tin Welling is an exquisite writer and her voice really comes through in this novel as she slowly develops her characters. I love stories about 2nd chances and how the heart can heal. It's a very well written book that is touching and emotional.

Reviewed by Sophia from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tina Welling at her best... Dec 20 2010
By Elaine Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Cowboys Never Cry is alluring from the first page to the last. The lead character is a young woman with a sorrowful past who is reclaiming her life with vitality and wary independence. She meets charming and unpredictable characters who are constantly transforming and learning from each other. The book entices the reader with serious, funny, and romantic scenes, all driven by engaging dialogue. Welling does a beautiful job of painting the grandeur of the book's setting, the Jackson Hole high peaks and narrow valleys. The ending is surprising and poignant. I was sorry to close the book for the last time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a favorite, because..... Jan. 12 2012
By cenicvu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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In my opinion: The plot of this story was pretty good, and parts of it were well written. But, and for me this is a very big but, the language is awful. Obviously this is just my opinion, apparently lots of people in the world have no problem with this. But the 'f' word and *g-d* were in the book multiple times per page. PER PAGE. I realize that the author was painting a picture of this Robin McKeag as a rough, needy guy and maybe bad language is part of who he was...but it was overload. In addition, the graphic sexual scenes painted by the book were unnecessary. Now, I do realize that some women WANT graphic sexual scenes in the books they read. I am not one of those women. So, when Amazon asks to write "what would you have wanted to know before you purchased the product?" I say I would've wanted to know this. There was nothing on the outside of the book(front or back) to imply it would be that type of book. Usually, you can tell by the front covers showing a barely clothed man and woman wrapped around each other. Not this one, unfortunately. It would've helped me steer clear.

Some would say, it had a great, romantic ending. Well, I read the ending. And I am not convinced. There were romantic parts, to be sure, and very interesting subplots. But, it just wasn't worth it to me. Wouldn't recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved it July 22 2013
By Barbara Forman - Published on Amazon.com
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this book was the first i read and it was great love her books this story was sad but had a happy ending
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 star read Oct. 1 2012
By K. Branfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Tina Welling's Cowboys Never Cry is a mesmerizing story that is set against the splendor of the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole, WY. Cassie Danner's emergence from the grief of her husband's death coincides with Robbin McKeag's sabbatical from his acting career. Despite their rocky beginning and many verbal spats, an undeniable attraction draws this mismatched couple together. Will love be enough to overcome their differences?

Cowboys Never Cry is a wonderful novel with an eclectic and vibrant cast of characters that are flawed yet incredibly realistic and likable. Heroine Cassie Danner is a female lead that is strong, independent and incredibly complex. She has a deep affinity for nature that helps heal her wounded soul following her husband's death and later provides common ground between her and Robbin McKeag. Cassie is contemplative and reflective with an uncanny ability to read people. Despite her growing feelings for Robbin, her strong self respect keeps her from settling for a quick fling with the handsome actor.

Robbin McKeag is definitely a troubled soul. Although he has a healthy relationship with his father and several close friends, he is a playboy who has never been in a committed relationship. He is also an alcoholic whose life has spun out of control. Taking a year off from his acting career, Robbin is redefining his life and his role in the family ranch. He is someone who works hard to achieve his goals, but once he realizes his goals, he does not know what to do with them. Will his feelings for Cassie change this self-destructive pattern?

Interwoven with both Cassie and Robbin's self discovery and romance is an interesting subplot about environmental issues that are sometimes at odds with the traditional rancher. Ms. Welling raises awareness of the various ways ranchers can preserve land and wildlife. It is informative without being preachy and provides added conflict to the novel.

Tina Welling's prose is flawless as she brings the Wyoming countryside and Robbin and Cassie's romance vividly to life. Unexpected snippets of humor relieve the more serious moments of this deeply moving and emotional novel. Cowboys Never Cry is heartwarming love story that I highly recommend.
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