Tuesday, January 29, 2019

One Tough Cowboy by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick

First in a brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick about one man’s pursuit of justice—and unbridled desire.


For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…


And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes, and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart… and that, after all these years, his love is true?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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When Samantha's small town has a series of incidents that are suspicious to say the least, horrific at most, Samantha will come home to try and make sense of a death in her family. Even though she has been away for several years, it still feels like home. While she knows that she might run into Hunter, what she doesn't expect is to still feel the chemistry with him. Sam is a tough character who does not take crap from anyone. She was super strong, and I really liked how she didn't let people tell her what to do or who to listen to. I also loved that she was a tough cop who knows how to take care of herself and those she loves.

Hunter is the town sheriff now, but not because he was elected. Being an appointed official has ups and downs. While he's trying to figure out which it is today, he also is contending with suspicious deaths all around his town. Hunter knows that something bad is happening but isn't truly sure how to figure it out or smoke out those responsible. When he is in over his head, he knows it. But he also knows that he needs someone he can trust, and his deputies are not it.

Hunter and Sam have great chemistry. They are funny and feed off each other. I like the banter and the mystery within the romance. It was a well-balanced story with a lot going on, but in the end, it is resolved without leaving a lot of questions, which I appreciated. I look forward to reading more about these characters.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
The writing styles of Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick mesh perfectly together in this book. One Tough Cowboy tells the story of Hunter and Samantha. It’s not what I would consider a second-chance romance, but more of a friends-to-lovers story.

Hunter and Samantha knew each other growing up and now Samantha is back in town for the funeral of her aunt. The thing is, there's been a lot of tragic 'accidents' in their small town in recent months and it seems a little too coincidental.

As Hunter and Samantha work together to get to the bottom of what's going on, the heat between them ignites and Hunter realizes that he doesn't want Samantha to leave. Samantha's not sure if coming home is what she wants, but knows that Hunter could be all she needs.

One Tough Cowboy started out really well. Sheriff Hunter Steele is at the scene of what appears to be an accidental death, but it is the third one in their little town. It quickly becomes clear something else is going on and it involves their dodgy mayor.

When Samantha Ryde returns to town to bury her aunt after leaving 12 years earlier, sparks fly between her and Hunter. Samantha is a cop in Detroit and Samantha makes is clear to Hunter she knows her aunt’s death was no accident and is determined to find out what happened. And the stage is set for a really good romantic suspense story. Sparks are flying between Samantha and Hunter, Sam’s abusive ex shows up, and we learn the troubles in this town are much bigger than anyone thought. I was I was really enjoying myself.

Problem is, somewhere after the halfway point the book became more about our couple having copious amounts of sex and the suspense story got lost. I’d say they focused on romance but really, they just focused on the couple having sex. Then when the suspense was building and we were finally going to find out what is going on in this town and who is behind it, we stop for the couple to have another massive roll in the hay. I was so frustrated I nearly gave up reading with only 15% of the book left.

One Tough Cowboy started out as a really good romantic suspense story, but it really lost its way. Time that could have been spent developing the emotions between the characters or furthering the story was spent with the couple naked. And while I like naked time as much as the next girl, much of it in this book was pointless and added nothing to the story. In the end, One Tough Cowboy left me annoyed and disappointed.

#1 New York Times bestseller, LORA LEIGH is the author of the Navy SEALS, the Breeds, the Elite Ops, the Callahans, the Bound Hearts, and the Nauti series.

"Lora Leigh writes compelling, red-hot romance." – Sacramento Book Review

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Veronica Chadwick started storytelling when she was a little girl. She was first published in 2004. She lives in Tennessee with three cats, a very spoiled Shih Tzu and two grand dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s hanging out with friends, reading or badly playing video games. Veronica is the author of Rude Awakening and The Warlord's Gift, and coauthor of the Moving Violations series (One Tough Cowboy) with Lora Leigh.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of One Tough Cowboy (Moving Violations #1) by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick to read and review.

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