In life, as in romance novels, it’s not always easy, and I for one am happy about that. Who wants easy? Easy can be written in two chapters. Instead, in Cowboys Never Cry, author Tina Welling explores the nuances of how relationships develop, get torn apart and then re-built. As a modern woman, Cassie is no pushover, she wants to believe that she can move on and create a new life. Robbin is not easy to love, he’s got a ton of baggage and there are moments when I wanted to give him a good slap upside his head so he could straighten up and fly right. At other times I pictured him as a young Robert Redford, and in those moments, I was able to refrain from shouting at him. And still other times, I thought, “Sheez, if I were Cassie I’d be saddling up my horse and riding off into the sunset without him.” But, that’s what endeared me to Robbin, he was real, with all the attendant “stuff” that goes with real. Come on, ladies, haven’t you ever wanted to hit your significant other with a frying pan? Or throw an ironing board at 'em? And at the same time haven’t you also thought they were the only person in the universe for you? Love: it’s a mixed bag. And that’s what Ms. Welling does well; she gives the reader real.
With Wyoming as a back drop, and almost a secondary character, Cowboys Never Cry explores the many facets of love. Love between a man and a woman, a father and son, between best friends, and even between people and the land, giving us a wide range of emotions and relationships to enjoy and savor.
There’s a scene in the book where Cassie’s friend tells her she should date, and says dating isn’t a commitment, it’s like dancing. “You’re not committed for a lifetime, just one song.” If you were going to describe your relationship would you say: 1) your partner is effortless across the dance floor 2) moves to the beat of his/her own drummer 3) doesn’t really have rhythm?
Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer.
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