This title reminded me of Waylon Jennings' song "Mama don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys"....well the book isn't about that, but it is a poinant love story about two emotionally tortured souls that find each other after a lot of trials and tribulations! EXCELLENT!
NEVER LOVE A COWBOY was a great follow up to A ROGUE IN TEXAS; both books have very big obstacles in the stories and much sadder undertones in some areas than most other historical romances. This wasn't a bad thing though, just something I'm remarking on. I absolutely loved Jessye and Harry and thought they were absolutely wonderful together. I wanted to read more of their story and have certain sections lengthened, which is always a good sign. Definitely recommend.
This second book in the ROGUES IN TEXAS series is even better than the first! Harrison Bainbridge, the second son of an English earl, comes to Texas with two other friends. After harvesting cotton the first summer, they decide there has to be an easier way to make money.
After the Civil War, lots of cattle were roaming over Texas because farming/ranching had been disrupted, the families had died, and/or the soldier/owners had not returned from war. Cattle without a brand were available to anyone who could collect and herd them.
Kit and Harry decide to find these cattle and herd them to the hungry Northerners, and sell them at a huge profit. However, they do not have the funds to undertake this enterprise. Jessye, a saloon-girl, does have the money and insists on accompanying them on the cattle drive.
Thus begins an odyssey with a horrific near-ending. The rest of the book is about learning to live with the consequences. It is an emotional story; Lorraine Heath does a wonderful job of getting the reader involved.
The best bet is to read them in order. These characters show up again in the book, THE OUTLAW AND THE LADY. I reviewed that book earlier.
This series is great if you like historical romance with a western slant.
Rogues in Texas
1. A Rogue in Texas (1999)
2. Never Love a Cowboy (2000)
3. Never Marry a Cowboy (2001)
[from the back cover] Harrison Bainbridge, the sencond son of an English Earl, left his home seeking a scandal-free life away from society's stuffy restraints. He arrives in Texas, never expecting that a sassy saloon-keeper's daughter would capture his eye. Can he mix business with pleasure?