Friday, March 29, 2019

Review: Hard Loving Cowboy (Crossroads #3) by A.J. Pine

"I'm an everything man. And you, Violet, have everything." - Walker Everett

Hard Loving Cowboy
Author: A.J. Pine
Series: Crossroads #3
Publisher: Forever
Published: March 26, 2019
Source: NetGalley

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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?

I feel like I've been half in, half out with this series. Not in a bad way, though. It's been on my radar from the get-go, but it's always flew just under it. I loved the novella and 2nd book, but I've yet to read the first. That did not stop me from picking up Hard Loving Cowboy and thoroughly enjoying it. And let me tell you, it goes there. Dealing with alcoholism and recovery, Hard Loving Cowboy took me on a roller-coaster of emotions. It made Walker feel so damn real that my heart broke along with his. Every time his family doubts him and question his actions, whether they mean to or not, pushes a dagger into his heart. He knows he fucked up and that it'll be an uphill battle for them to trust him. When Violet walks into his life with her own demons, she opens his world. I loved Violet. She's tenacious and strong-willed. She didn't mean to lure Walker into this crazy scheme, but if it makes her ailing mother feel better than she'll play along. When pasts are exposed, their future is in jeopardy.

I loved Hard Loving Cowboy. I'm not at all surprised. Loved the emotions the book invoked. I loved the light moments between Violet and Walker just as much as the moments between the Everett family. Hard Loving Cowboy was emotional. It was sweet with just the perfect amount of sexiness. The writing was fun. And the characters were so damn lovable. I'm definitely going to go back and finally read the first book in the series. 

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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