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Don’t Fence Me In When Wyoming cowboy Robert Tanner promised to help out the new owner of the Three Bar C, he didn’t expect to have to teach a city girl schoolteacher how to run a ranch. Worse, Maggie MacLeod was a beautiful feisty redhead with flashing eyes and kissable lips — a woman who could tempt a saint. Tanner was far from a saint. He didn’t do permanent, he didn’ Don’t Fence Me In When Wyoming cowboy Robert Tanner promised to help out the new owner of the Three Bar C, he didn’t expect to have to teach a city girl schoolteacher how to run a ranch. Worse, Maggie MacLeod was a beautiful feisty redhead with flashing eyes and kissable lips — a woman who could tempt a saint. Tanner was far from a saint. He didn’t do permanent, he didn’t do relationships. The smart thing would be to leave. But a man was only as good as his word. Trouble was, the longer he stayed, the more Maggie got under his skin… The Tanner Brother series Book 1: Cowboys Don't Cry Book 2: Cowboys Don't Quit Book 3: Cowboys Don't Stay


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Don’t Fence Me In When Wyoming cowboy Robert Tanner promised to help out the new owner of the Three Bar C, he didn’t expect to have to teach a city girl schoolteacher how to run a ranch. Worse, Maggie MacLeod was a beautiful feisty redhead with flashing eyes and kissable lips — a woman who could tempt a saint. Tanner was far from a saint. He didn’t do permanent, he didn’ Don’t Fence Me In When Wyoming cowboy Robert Tanner promised to help out the new owner of the Three Bar C, he didn’t expect to have to teach a city girl schoolteacher how to run a ranch. Worse, Maggie MacLeod was a beautiful feisty redhead with flashing eyes and kissable lips — a woman who could tempt a saint. Tanner was far from a saint. He didn’t do permanent, he didn’t do relationships. The smart thing would be to leave. But a man was only as good as his word. Trouble was, the longer he stayed, the more Maggie got under his skin… The Tanner Brother series Book 1: Cowboys Don't Cry Book 2: Cowboys Don't Quit Book 3: Cowboys Don't Stay

30 review for Cowboys Don't Cry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    So disappointed. I've been wanting to read this author for quite a while and I was expecting a harlequin style story with a bit more emotion. And I got that... but Tanner is a cowardly, rather stupid man-child. And I never did get to know Maggie at all. The POV is all Robert Tanner's and since he spends most of the book avoiding Maggie, you never get to know much about her except that she's drawn to Tanner despite his OTT avoidance of her like she has the plague. Was she a virgin or not? Still not So disappointed. I've been wanting to read this author for quite a while and I was expecting a harlequin style story with a bit more emotion. And I got that... but Tanner is a cowardly, rather stupid man-child. And I never did get to know Maggie at all. The POV is all Robert Tanner's and since he spends most of the book avoiding Maggie, you never get to know much about her except that she's drawn to Tanner despite his OTT avoidance of her like she has the plague. Was she a virgin or not? Still not sure about that. Tanner's employer kicks the bucket and wills her ranch to a woman he's never met; Maggie. Before she died, Abby made him promise to stay long enough to ensure that Maggie would be able to run the ranch on her own. So pages and pages of him fighting his lust for Maggie. What's his problem? Well other than his being an idiot... (view spoiler)[he was married at 19 when he knocked up his high school girlfriend. He had to work a lot to keep them and his younger siblings housed and fed. His wife lost the baby and he wasn't there because he was working. So their marriage fizzled once the reason for it was no longer there. Sad, but would you let that stop you from falling in love again??? (hide spoiler)] Maggie is perfect and there are hints of her having an very interesting background, but the author never goes anywhere with that and I gotta say, that was almost as disappointing as Tanner's determination to be a sad lonely old man. There is a separation that was a real low for Tanner, and he was already pretty low on my list of 'Heroes'. When he finally pulls his head out of his ass months later, Maggie is having none of it. I thought... awesome, gleefully rubbing my hands and getting ready for his comeuppance. But no... Tanner is still a coward and in the 11th hour when he finally finds his balls, Maggie was all like "oh well why didn't you say so in the first place?" and all is forgiven. BLECH!! safety is ok (view spoiler)[he isn't a manho but he only does ONSs, just not frequently. He tries to go to a bar and pick up a chick to get Maggie off his mind but doesn't get past the girl asking him up to her place. No kissing or anything. When they have their one and only sex scene just before he does a runner, was odd. The author suggests that she had a hymen, but there was absolutely no follow up to that. So I have no idea if she was a virgin or not. Why leave it ambiguous? I would rather she wasn't a virgin as she is probably in her late 20's (Robert is 34). Seems unfair. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    Shy, introvert cowboy fighting the power of love Tanner has tried before and relationships and marriage just did not work for him. He messed up big and he was not going to take a chance ever again. But Maggie just inherited the ranch he works for and she is so fierce and beautiful and she keeps reaching for him. He fortified his walls, stayed away as much as possible, but when the pull towards her becomes unbearable he takes the easy way out. This is the second book I read from the series (I start Shy, introvert cowboy fighting the power of love Tanner has tried before and relationships and marriage just did not work for him. He messed up big and he was not going to take a chance ever again. But Maggie just inherited the ranch he works for and she is so fierce and beautiful and she keeps reaching for him. He fortified his walls, stayed away as much as possible, but when the pull towards her becomes unbearable he takes the easy way out. This is the second book I read from the series (I started by book three) and I love Tanner and his brothers because they are so quiet, so introspective and yet so full of love. Maggie is great too. She knows what she wants and she is not afraid of putting her heart on the line, even if it is on a straight path to heartbreak.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    This was not very good, I'm sorry. My main issue with this was the way time felt while reading this book. There were several points where I wasn't sure whether an hour was supposed to have passed, or a month. The relationships also didn't seem to have any foundation? So I couldn't find a reason why Tanner was reacting so dramatically to Maggie. This was not very good, I'm sorry. My main issue with this was the way time felt while reading this book. There were several points where I wasn't sure whether an hour was supposed to have passed, or a month. The relationships also didn't seem to have any foundation? So I couldn't find a reason why Tanner was reacting so dramatically to Maggie.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Somia

    Not the tantalising contemporary cowboy romance I was hoping for. I think having a dual POV may have helped tons, but we only get the hero's and it just wasn't was enough to ensnare me. I didn't find myself caring that much about the characters or what would happen. Potential Triggers: (view spoiler)[Reference to a stillbirth and the emotional trauma the parents face. (hide spoiler)] Freebie on Amazon 18th April 2020. Not the tantalising contemporary cowboy romance I was hoping for. I think having a dual POV may have helped tons, but we only get the hero's and it just wasn't was enough to ensnare me. I didn't find myself caring that much about the characters or what would happen. Potential Triggers: (view spoiler)[Reference to a stillbirth and the emotional trauma the parents face. (hide spoiler)] Freebie on Amazon 18th April 2020.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary Carlisle

    Bad Read Title should be Cowboys Whine--the whole book, even during sex. I gave this '1 star ' so no one thought I forgot to grade the story. this was my first read for this author and my last. Just sorry I c a n't get my money back. :( Bad Read Title should be Cowboys Whine--the whole book, even during sex. I gave this '1 star ' so no one thought I forgot to grade the story. this was my first read for this author and my last. Just sorry I c a n't get my money back. :(

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    Absolute shite. We have once again encountered a book where the first 50% maybe was alright, it was barable, are was able to look past some of the faults? But then, oh momma, things got *bad*. This "protagonist" was bad, just really not great. Sure, he didn't do anything reprehensible but he certainly managed to leave a bad taste in my mouth. He was rude, he was mean, I'm pretty sure he was verging on sexist at times too. Y'know, this is a romance, we're meant to be rooting for him and the love Absolute shite. We have once again encountered a book where the first 50% maybe was alright, it was barable, are was able to look past some of the faults? But then, oh momma, things got *bad*. This "protagonist" was bad, just really not great. Sure, he didn't do anything reprehensible but he certainly managed to leave a bad taste in my mouth. He was rude, he was mean, I'm pretty sure he was verging on sexist at times too. Y'know, this is a romance, we're meant to be rooting for him and the love interest, but it just didn't make any sense. This man is horrible to her 24/7 and we're meant to overlook it because he "loves her" (aka he's just mega horny for her). Imagine if we weren't reading this from his POV, it'd just be a man mistreating a woman for seemingly no reason. Not to mention that if we ignore that she's his love interest, SHE'S STILL HIS BOSS!! You can't be treating her like that!! There's so much more I could say about this man but I'll leave it there for today. Other issues included the fact that it didn't feel like there was an actual story going on, it was just one man's thoughts, lusting after some woman. None of the characters really had any personality, they didn't serve any purpose. It often just felt like we were going over the same issue over and over again in a never ending cycle. Honestly, I just don't think this book was written very well. Y'know, it really had the potential to do something, to deal with some big issues. "Man marries young, he's not a good husband, has to look after his family alone, loses his baby, gets divorced", you can do lots of great things with this, could have pulled on some heartstrings but no, that's not what happened. This was meant to be his crux, he had to overcome this so he could fall in love again. This book would rather focus on how sexy the love interest is than have any depth. We never really saw his struggle, we never felt anything in regards to his issues because they were laid out to us like "this is what happened, now he can't get some, the end". There was no emotion behind. Anywho, I didn't like this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Aaron

    This is an OK cowboy romance, but the H was annoying. I also thought the story was a bit too unrealistic. I got irritated with Tanner a few times, because he did and said some really dumb things. I get that he was convinced he wouldn't be good for Maggie (because of his failed marriage), but that was no excuse to avoid all relationships. Also, and no spoilers here, but what he did after they got together was awful. I'm really surprised Maggie forgave him as quickly as she did -- she should have This is an OK cowboy romance, but the H was annoying. I also thought the story was a bit too unrealistic. I got irritated with Tanner a few times, because he did and said some really dumb things. I get that he was convinced he wouldn't be good for Maggie (because of his failed marriage), but that was no excuse to avoid all relationships. Also, and no spoilers here, but what he did after they got together was awful. I'm really surprised Maggie forgave him as quickly as she did -- she should have made him do some serious groveling. Maggie was likable enough, but I didn't believe that she fell in love with Tanner so quickly. He was often rude and bossy to her, and acted like he didn't want her around. But she still fall in love with him? I just didn't buy it. My rating system is below. 1 star -- Hated it, or did not finish. I usually only give this rating if some of the content is truly objectionable to me, like if one of the main characters does something really awful, and gets away with it. 2 stars -- Didn't like it. This rating usually means that I thought the writing wasn't very good, the editing was terrible, I didn't like the characters, or it had other major flaws. 3 stars -- I liked it, but had some minor issues with it. This rating means that there were minor editing issues, the story needed more character development, it was just too unrealistic, or had some other fairly minor issue. The majority of books I read get this rating – I do not consider it a bad rating. 4 stars -- I liked it a lot. This is a high rating for me, and I rarely give a higher one. 5 stars -- I loved it, and will probably read it again. Very few books are good enough to get this rating from me. The ones that do are usually classics.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Cramer-Kelly

    Tanner had a heavy load of responsibility from a young age and a traumatic event that he wasn’t mature enough to process at the time (and still hasn’t at the start of the book). I felt the author portrayed the reticent, non-talking, averse-to-showing-emotions cowboy type well. However, I did not like how he treated Maggie, nor could I figure out why she thought she was in love with him. A woman like her should be smarter than that, although we don’t really get to know her (maybe because the book Tanner had a heavy load of responsibility from a young age and a traumatic event that he wasn’t mature enough to process at the time (and still hasn’t at the start of the book). I felt the author portrayed the reticent, non-talking, averse-to-showing-emotions cowboy type well. However, I did not like how he treated Maggie, nor could I figure out why she thought she was in love with him. A woman like her should be smarter than that, although we don’t really get to know her (maybe because the book was all in Tanner’s POV and he spent much of the book avoiding her). She felt like a cut-out… perfect, no apparent flaws… not real. When she finally breaks down Tanner’s defenses (from a physical standpoint), what he does is awful. I just didn’t have a lot of respect for him after that, and even when he returned to the ranch, he still didn’t get real with her about his feelings until the absolute past-last-minute.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vi

    Tanner's a free spirit who doesn't believe in relationships. He's been working on the 3 Bar C ranch for Abigail Crum, as her foreman. Abigail, 84 years old, wanted to leave the ranch to him, but he declined. She ended up leaving it to a someone Tanner doesn't know. Maggie, a schoolmarm, inherited the 3 Bar C. She's thrilled to inherit the ranch and have a home and income for herself and her two brothers. Tanner isn't happy about her decision to live on the ranch, or his attraction to Maggie... Cla Tanner's a free spirit who doesn't believe in relationships. He's been working on the 3 Bar C ranch for Abigail Crum, as her foreman. Abigail, 84 years old, wanted to leave the ranch to him, but he declined. She ended up leaving it to a someone Tanner doesn't know. Maggie, a schoolmarm, inherited the 3 Bar C. She's thrilled to inherit the ranch and have a home and income for herself and her two brothers. Tanner isn't happy about her decision to live on the ranch, or his attraction to Maggie... Clashing personalities and resisting the romance between Tanner and Maggie, make for a lively read. However, felt Tanner's stubbornness and animosity towards Maggie was overplayed; Maggie took his harsh treatment somewhat meekly. Other than that, the story was well written and the other characters warm and lively! A standalone read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Good, quick read. The story is ok...a bit far-fetched. We're supposed to buy that Abby leaves her ranch to some person who is practically a stranger because she's playing matchmaker from the grave? Tanner's reluctance to get involved with Maggie and the reasoning for it is also a bit over the top. When the precipitating event occurs and we have the relationship crisis it is just irritating. And then the attempt at amends which is thwarted is too ridiculous given what occurs right after it. I wan Good, quick read. The story is ok...a bit far-fetched. We're supposed to buy that Abby leaves her ranch to some person who is practically a stranger because she's playing matchmaker from the grave? Tanner's reluctance to get involved with Maggie and the reasoning for it is also a bit over the top. When the precipitating event occurs and we have the relationship crisis it is just irritating. And then the attempt at amends which is thwarted is too ridiculous given what occurs right after it. I want to be more specific but hate spoilers!! If you are willing to just suspend some rational thinking then it is an ok story story. Not great, not horrible. I'm not sorry I read it and might read more by this author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bolen

    The time line is screwy If a man took off on me for three to six months--there would be nothing for him to come back for. But she didn't really love him, she didn't really know him. He didn't and doesn't really know himself. When someone is just surviving and not dealing with past trauma, they are running. And everything will hit when they stop. But most people never do stop running. He was right when he said she deserved better. And she should have had it. He never stopped running. Maybe he will The time line is screwy If a man took off on me for three to six months--there would be nothing for him to come back for. But she didn't really love him, she didn't really know him. He didn't and doesn't really know himself. When someone is just surviving and not dealing with past trauma, they are running. And everything will hit when they stop. But most people never do stop running. He was right when he said she deserved better. And she should have had it. He never stopped running. Maybe he will but I have a feeling their relationship won't last longer than his fear when she gets pregnant. Cause he'll run again. He may stay there but he'll run like when she first got to the ranch.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fedora

    Cowboys Don’t Cry is the first in Anne McAllister’s Tanner Brothers and Code of the West series. Told entirely in Tanner’s (Robert only to Maggie) third person perspective, it’s a bit old school and a bit angsty, about a tough guy rancher who doesn’t know how to let down his walls after a heartbreaking loss early in his marriage. Tanner is the foreman on Abigail Crumm’s ranch, and while he refuses to be named inheritor to her property when she passes, he agrees to remain on to care for it when th Cowboys Don’t Cry is the first in Anne McAllister’s Tanner Brothers and Code of the West series. Told entirely in Tanner’s (Robert only to Maggie) third person perspective, it’s a bit old school and a bit angsty, about a tough guy rancher who doesn’t know how to let down his walls after a heartbreaking loss early in his marriage. Tanner is the foreman on Abigail Crumm’s ranch, and while he refuses to be named inheritor to her property when she passes, he agrees to remain on to care for it when the new owner, the too lovely Maggie MacLeod. A schoolteacher, she’s bound and determined to make a home out of the gift she’s been bequeathed. Anne McAllister’s story is engaging, and Maggie is a paragon. A solid start to the series!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Cuyler

    This is a very well-written book where the reader gets to know Tanner and Maggie through only Tanner's point of view, which was a nice change from a lot of the romances I've read lately, which alternate between the two main characters' first person point of view. The dialogue was really good. There were times I wanted to shake Tanner for being so stubborn in his belief that he wouldn't be good in a long-term relationship, but the book kept me thoroughly engaged as Maggie gradually made him quest This is a very well-written book where the reader gets to know Tanner and Maggie through only Tanner's point of view, which was a nice change from a lot of the romances I've read lately, which alternate between the two main characters' first person point of view. The dialogue was really good. There were times I wanted to shake Tanner for being so stubborn in his belief that he wouldn't be good in a long-term relationship, but the book kept me thoroughly engaged as Maggie gradually made him question that. A lot of sexual tension without the overdone graphic sex

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Frost

    A cowboy you fall for and the Tanner brothers are a story you want to meet all three brothers and find out their story. This one is about the oldest brother Robert and the journey he takes. Then throw in Maggie a city person to learn the life of running a ranch that was left to her. A well written perfectly paced story pulling you in from the start.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Hedden

    Good Quick Read I love a cowboy and Tanner is a stubborn, prideful, stoic cowboy who decides that he doesn’t deserve to be loved. But when Maggie becomes his boss he is tempted...very tempted. I enjoyed the characters and Tanner’s struggle although it took a bit too long ( in my opinion) for him to realize that Maggie was his destiny.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alison Crosby

    Great as the first book in a series This is a great way to start a series. I love the story of the main characters of this book, Tanner and Maggie. But the author did a great job of introducing the rest of the leading men in the series without bogging you down with too much information. Great way to spend a weekend on the couch.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    From a man's point of view Different from the man's point of view. I really enjoyed his struggle but kind of floored at her declaration of love. It just seeemed sudden and not earned. Still a good book. From a man's point of view Different from the man's point of view. I really enjoyed his struggle but kind of floored at her declaration of love. It just seeemed sudden and not earned. Still a good book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Blatt

    Cowboys Don't Cry(Tanner Brothers Book 1) This book was a very well-written story of a good man and how he was afraid to enjoy his life. I recommend it to anyone who wants a good read.. Cowboys Don't Cry(Tanner Brothers Book 1) This book was a very well-written story of a good man and how he was afraid to enjoy his life. I recommend it to anyone who wants a good read..

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lois Buck

    Cowboys Don't Cry Another great story. It is not totally clean, but the intimacy is always discrete. Ms. McAllister brings emotion to the reader. I ached, yearned, laughed, and cried. Cowboys Don't Cry Another great story. It is not totally clean, but the intimacy is always discrete. Ms. McAllister brings emotion to the reader. I ached, yearned, laughed, and cried.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Palmer

    Good I enjoyed this heartwarming cowboy book. Robert and Maggie's story is a chance of happiness that's too frightening to take. I wanted to knock some sence in to Robert. An enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to the second book! Good I enjoyed this heartwarming cowboy book. Robert and Maggie's story is a chance of happiness that's too frightening to take. I wanted to knock some sence in to Robert. An enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to the second book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    Packs a Punch This story started off like many others, but by the end it was in a class of its own. Few if any short cowboy romances make me tear up, but this one did. Do not miss it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Tanner Learns the Hard Way Tanner was the ranch foreman but he never expected what he got when Maggie became the owner. He's tried marriage and never wanted to fail like that again. Tanner Learns the Hard Way Tanner was the ranch foreman but he never expected what he got when Maggie became the owner. He's tried marriage and never wanted to fail like that again.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beverley Boyd

    I love westerns about small towns and ranches. I liked the characters but I felt like the book ended abruptly. Everything all tied up nice and neat. I love happy endings but I felt like I needed to know more?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Not my favorite This book is a little too contrived. I really doubt modern cowboys are like Tanner who is so sure of himself as a ranch fireman but so unsure of himself in every other area. I was hoping for more of a alpha in the starring role.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jane Drager

    I've never read a story where the male character tries so hard to be miserable. I wanted to strangle some sense into him. Overall, the book is well written with strong characters, but some readers may find his anger a deterrent. Low on sex, no foul language. Happily ever after ending. I've never read a story where the male character tries so hard to be miserable. I wanted to strangle some sense into him. Overall, the book is well written with strong characters, but some readers may find his anger a deterrent. Low on sex, no foul language. Happily ever after ending.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Reading romance

    I really enjoyed this well-written book. I like the strong silent type of heroes. Maggie was strong as well in her own way and very kind and caring. I will read the next in the series for sure. I thought the chemistry between them was just right and love the cowboy books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Don't Like Steamy I don't care for graphic detail in love scenes. Guess that's why I don't read much of it. Guess it wasn't what I had hoped. Don't Like Steamy I don't care for graphic detail in love scenes. Guess that's why I don't read much of it. Guess it wasn't what I had hoped.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pat Christie

    Free Ebook He's a foreman with a history. The owner of the ranch dies and leaves the ranch to a teacher. She falls for the Forman but he's too traumatized to love again. Free Ebook He's a foreman with a history. The owner of the ranch dies and leaves the ranch to a teacher. She falls for the Forman but he's too traumatized to love again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marcia Haskell

    Cowboys don’t talk A pleasant story, but the characters never became real for me. It seemed as if the author’s writing was ‘tell me’ instead of ‘show me’.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dana Kerby

    Very touching, deep story. Excellent read. Currently reading about Lucas.

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