How to Date a Cowboy By Brenna Gallagher

Born and raised in Scotland, I heard tales of the wild Highlanders who fought battles in little more than their plaids (if that). They slept beneath the stars and brandished swords and clubs, but I’d never heard of a cowboy until I ventured to Montana Territory in search of answers about my family. These men: cowboys, ranchers, horsemen, certainly are interesting specimens and I’ll admit I’ve become rather fascinated by them.

The first one I ever met stood tall and proud and behaved as a true gentleman. Of course, he was wearing strange and dusty clothes and an odd hat, but those deep, blue eyes of his bore through to my soul. His strong hands were warm to the touch, and his gruff demeanor couldn’t mask the heat in those eyes on that cold autumn day. Lucky for me, I married him. I’ve learned a few things since my first encounter and I’m here to share my meager expertise, so listen carefully.

  • A lady must know that a true cowboy is both charming and dangerous. He’s a little like the wild land on which he lives. It doesn’t take much more than a swish of skirts and a pretty face to get his attention, but he won’t be easy. If a lady wants to hold onto a cowboy, she must be strong and even a little stubborn. She has to show him that she has what it takes to survive in his world, but don’t worry ladies, he’ll make it worth your while.
  • A hard-working cowboy is independent, stubborn, and even a little fierce. He’ll charm you just as easily as he charms a bull so you’ll want to keep him on his toes. Show him you’re not a lady to be trifled with. He won’t be able to control you, but he’ll certainly want to keep you.
  • He’ll rarely tell you what’s on his mind and doesn’t like sharing his emotional feelings. If you want to understand your man, let him come to you. Don’t push or prod because he’ll make for the range. If you want to rope him in, you’d better learn how to handle the lasso.
  • Most importantly, a true cowboy is loyal to in life, and to the death. Be warned ladies—he expects that same in return. Treat your cowboy well and he’ll move heaven and earth for you.


By MK McClintock


What happens when a mountain man tries to tame the heart of a Highland lass?

Ainslee McConnell turned down every eligible bachelor who asked for her hand, for she knew none could quiet her adventurous spirit. When she travels from Scotland to visit family and seek new experiences, she discovers a life more rewarding than she could have imagined.

Raised in the wilds of the Montana mountains, Colton Dawson lived as rancher, mountain man, and tracker. He was content . . . until one day a spirited Scottish lass crosses his path on her way to Hawk’s Peak. When a moment in Colton’s past revisits him, he fights to keep safe those he loves most.


Available for Preorder on Amazon

Return to Briarwood and Hawk’s Peak to experience a timeless western romantic adventure that will sweep you away on the wild Montana winds.

Don’t miss the other books in the Gallagher series . . . 

Gallagher’s Pride

Gallagher’s Hope

Gallagher’s Choice

An Angel Called Gallagher

Journey to Hawk’s Peak

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20 thoughts on “How to Date a Cowboy By Brenna Gallagher”

  1. Well to P & P, I loved reading how you met your Cowboy. I truly agree with all your advise. Cowboy’s are truly a special breed.
    Growing up around cowboys all my life in TX, and working here in KS around cowboys, I say you hit the nail on the head with your description of their personalities.
    Your book sounds amazing. I bet you have some of your personal experiences coming to MT to meet your very own Cowboy.
    Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing.

  2. Great post. I too loved hearing how you met your husband. I’ve always thought cowboys and highlander were alike. Especially in their loyalties. Look forward to reading this.

  3. Welcome Brenna. What a wonderful post. Yup, these are wonderful rules to have under our belts. This sounds like a great story. I would love to read how this Scottish lass lassos her western man. Thanks for sharing today.

  4. Welcome to P & P, MK!! I loved your blog. How absolutely romantic that you married the first cowboy you ever met, and I had no idea you were from Scotland! Great advice on dating, too. Very fun–and wise!

  5. Welcome, MK! Thank you for coming to visit. We love having you. Congrats on the new book…and in lassoing your cowboy! That’s awesome. You have such an interesting background and I’m a little jealous that you’re from Scotland. That place is so beautiful.

  6. A big “Thank You” to the ladies of Petticoats & Pistols for welcoming me to your fun blog! It’s a pleasure to visit with everyone. I debated if I should disappoint everyone, but this post is actually written from one of the character’s POVs. 🙂 While I have plenty of Scottish in me (yes, it is beautiful there), and enjoy living among handsome cowboys in Montana, Brenna Gallagher (said character) is the lucky Scottish lady who lassoed her cowboy. I’m jealous of Brenna all the time . . . she got Ethan in book one. 😉 And now Ainslee gets Colton in the newest book. Ah, these ladies are the lucky ones.

  7. Highlanders and cowboys are some of my favorite heroes. They have so much in common – their quiet strength, honor, the love of their land and way of life, the care they give to those they love and are responsible for, and their fierce defense of what is his when threatened. they are much like the wild, wide open lands they both love.

  8. Great blog! I’m a Texan and your description is spot on! I grew up in the cowboy capital of the world, Stephenville, Texas. My father was a cattle broker by profession so I grew up around Cowboys on ranches, at feedlots, cattle auctions, rodeos and the like. I bet your background and your new experiences with your Montana cowboy comes together to make you an awesome writer! I’ve never read one of your books and would love the opportunity! A giveaway is an awesome way to find an author to add to my go-to author’s list!

  9. Wonderful post. Enjoyed it as I share your love of a special cowboy. I met mine at age 19 at college. I was from an urban area and young, independent, while he was soft-spoken (even stuttered when terribly nervous). I went out with him almost on a blind date (his sister and 2 of his cousins were my ROOMMATES!). It was love at first sight for him apparently, but I was very soon taken with this rugged, masculine and hunk of a guy. He was a bull rider as well as a ranching cowboy, and It didn’t take me long to figure out that he was special. My mother’s words were, “Still waters run deep.” VERY TRUE!! We have been married 47 years (3 kids, 8 grandkids) and we live on the original homestead (founded in 1870). Our cattle ranch is now a five generation family operation and I couldn’t/wouldn’t imagine living in any other environment!

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