Monday, April 1, 2019

Hard Loving Cowboy by A.J. Pine


This cowboy's handsome, sexy, and definitely off limits...

Walker Everett spends his days at the Crossroads Ranch wrangling cattle and steering clear of anything that would complicate his already too-complicated life. Until Violet Chastain, the ranch's newest employee, asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for her parents' anniversary party. She's the most beautiful woman he's ever met and needs his help. How can he refuse?

Violet isn't about to fall for a brooding bad-boy cowboy, no matter how sizzling their chemistry. But she also never expected Walker to go along with the charade. Before long, he's charming her parents at their weekly dinners and kissing her way more than necessary. Spending so much time together tests the limits of their "just friends" relationship, but what happens when their game of pretend becomes all too real?

Includes the bonus story Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Sara Richardson!

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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This is Walker's story. He has struggled with alcoholism for as long as he can remember. With a less than ideal childhood and a family who won't quit, Walker only has one option: go to rehab and make it stick.

Walker's life is one where he measures himself against his brothers. Walker sees what they have and he's not sure if he's jealous or if he never wants that. He's somewhat rough and tough, a little gruff, and a lot crass. But he loves where it counts. I liked how his character developed, but it felt that it was so focused on his addiction that his character had a hard time growing in other areas. I wanted more from his character.

Then there is Violet. She's trying to find a way to pay for her mom's healthcare treatment. She seems incredibly naive in this book. She's smart and funny at times, but then she has these moments where I'm not sure if it's the same character. Her reaction to Walker is somewhat juvenile and despite their wanting each other, with the way we meet Violet, it doesn't seem like a good idea.

Overall, these characters fell flat for me. They seemed more young adult and juvenile than grown adults trying to make it work. Also, so much of the story was about Walker's issues. I would have loved to see him interact more with the ranch and his family.


Also Available in the Crossroads Ranch Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Second Chance Cowboy post.


Book 2
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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Tough Luck Cowboy post.



A librarian for teens by day and a romance writer by night, A.J. Pine can’t seem to escape the world of fiction, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. When she finds that twenty-fifth hour in the day, she might indulge in a tiny bit of TV [HL1] to nourish her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. She hails from the far-off galaxy of the Chicago suburbs.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hard Loving Cowboy (Crossroads Ranch #3) by A.J. Pine to read and review.

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