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The Cowboy Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1999

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About the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz's acclaimed New York Times bestsellers include Light in Shadow, Smoke in Mirrors, Lost and Found, Soft Focus, Eye of the Beholder, Flash, and Grand Passion. She writes contemporary romantic suspense novels under her own name, futuristic novels as Jayne Castle (also available from Pocket Books), and historical romance novels under the pseudonym Amanda Quick. She lives in Seattle.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551664941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551664941
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Tucker on August 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rafe Cassidy wants Margaret Lark back a year after he threw her out of his life for choosing loyalty to her employer over him. He honestly thought she would crawl back to him, begging forgiveness. Rafe immediately renews his marriage proposal, but Margaret doesn't want to take second place to his work, knowing what a workaholic he is. She will agree to the role his mother once claimed she suited: mistress.
Rafe's pride takes a beating, but he isn't the type to ever admit that he might be wrong. Headstrong and stubborn, he needs an equally strong woman for his partner, to avoid walking all over her. Another exciting read by Krentz.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Margaret Lark no longer worked in the corporate world. She had been torn between her employer and lover only a year ago. Now the lover, Rafe is back. He was ruthless in the corporate world and their relationship came second. But he has changed since he lost Maggie. Maggie comes first this time and he is determined to win her back.
Rafe lured Maggie out to his ranch by informing her that her father is getting married to his mother. Now she is on his turf and the battle of wills has begun.
***So good I wished it were longer. Highly recommended.***
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LA on March 18, 2000
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This was my first Jayne Krentz book and I loved it. It was great to have a book about people in a real relationship who had some real problems. Rafe's determination to win Maggie back was charming and refreshing. It was nice to see two characters having heart to heart talks about their problems as well as some steamy romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Hartmann on November 19, 2005
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I must say that Margaret Lark has nothing to recommend herself for a strong female character.

She is ready to hop back into bed with Rafe Cassidy even though she does not trust him. What a bummer!

Rafe Cassidy is the typical alpha male, arrogant, determined to have his way - but he learns to bend.

He appears gracious in his emotional growth - but Maggie?

This is not the best of the trilogy but is an easy read - has a bit of growth to the plot but why is it always assumed that love grows out of PMS [premarital sex]?

Yup! she was still his mistress - what a come down for the modern woman - no guts to say no.

Where is the strength of character not to give into temptation?

Just weak, wishy-washy females.

Revenge seems to motivate many people and injects a bit of tension with something to back down from - at their ages they should be more mature.

Still a readable story as part of the trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
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I loved this entire series. Each one was different yet fit together so perfectly. "The Pirate" was fun and adventurous; "The Adventurer" was pure toe-curling romance; and "The Cowboy" was a tightly woven story with a REAL relationship issue. What a wonderful conclusion to the series.
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By Loves To Read on November 30, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a fairly average story. There was nothing especially offensive about it but nothing particularly compelling either.

The back story tells us that Margret and Rafe were in a relationship a year ago that lasted two months. They were both in the corporate world and their romance apparently consisted of Rafe being very busy negotiating mergers and hostile takeovers while basically ignoring Maggie when they weren't in the bedroom. And the whole time he was harboring a secret that he was in direct competition with Maggie's company for some business deal. When Maggie finally learns of the situation, she feels that Rafe has been using her to gain inside information into her company so she runs to her boss and tips him off. Her tip-off allows her boss to adjust the timeline so as to beat Rafe to the deal. When Rafe finds out that she "betrayed" him, he's enraged and yells very hurtful things at her and tells her to get out of his life. Maggie does just that but even goes a step further and gets out of the corporate world altogether; choosing instead to pursue her dream of being a full-time writer.

The book begins one year later when Maggie comes home to find Rafe in her apartment. He tells her that he wants her back and intends to have her. She tells him multiple times to go away and leave her alone but, with the help of her father, Rafe contrives to blackmail her into coming to his ranch in Arizona. I had some issues with the way this was handled. Even if Maggie's father thought that she should give Rafe another chance, participating in a blackmail scheme in order to force her to come out there was really underhanded. Especially for a man who supposedly loved his daughter more than anything in the world.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "tmh72" on February 13, 2003
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As a Texas native who now lives in Oklahoma, I have seen my share of cowboys. I know this may seem picky, but I couldn't get past the fact that Rafe was constantly described as wearing boots with flower or star patterns. Note to Ms. Krentz: No self respecting cowboy would allow himself to wear such prissy clothing! Other than this obvious faux pas, the story seemed pretty much like the standard Krentz romance. Arrogant man bent on revenge meets feisty heroine who convinces him revenge is not the answer. I sometimes think Ms. Krentz's characters are interchangeable. On the plus side, this is a light, breezy romance perfect for an easy read. If you aren't expecting an original plot and you can stomach a cowboy with purple flowers on his boots, then this is the book for you.
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