In Review: Tough Luck Cowboy (Crossroads Ranch #2) by A.J. Pine

Posted September 9, 2018 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: Tough Luck Cowboy (Crossroads Ranch #2) by A.J. PineTough Luck Cowboy by A.J. Pine
Series: Crossroads Ranch #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 28, 2018
Publisher: Forever
Format: ARC, 320 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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My rating:

What's the saying, bad luck comes in threes? If so, Lily Green is due for something good. First, her divorce is finalized---on her birthday, no less. Then the first job she lands for her catering company turns out to be for her ex-husband's wedding. To top it off, she's stuck working the event with Luke Everett, the sexy-as-hell best man who's never been able to stand her. When can a girl catch a break?

For years, Luke has kept his feelings for Lily safely hidden. Hitting on his best friend's ex-wife would definitely break the cowboy code of honor. But ever since an injury sidelined his rodeo riding, the two of them keep getting thrown together. It's only a matter of time until his true feelings come to light. When that happens, it will either be the biggest mistake of his life, or a sign that his luck is about to change.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

If I’m being totally honest, cowboy romances have always been something I liked more in theory than in actuality. Or so I thought, apparently. I’ve read more of them this year than in any past and I gotta say — I’m loving them. Tough Luck Cowboy was so, so very good.

Lily and Luke’s story hit all the right notes for me. First off, I really liked the characters. Lily was determined to move on from her failed marriage and driven to get her catering company off the ground. But, plot twist — her first client is her ex husband and his new soon-to-be wife. Nothing awkward there, right? What sounded like it would be an impossible situation actually ended up working out quite well. Throw in the fact she also has to deal with Luke on top of everything else and there was quite a little story there.

Luke wasn’t the easiest guy to like in the beginning, but it didn’t take all that long for him to grow on me. I do love me a grumpy hero and he certainly had his moments. I loved how he and Lily played off each other. Their chemistry was spot on and rather intense and it was pretty obvious they should’ve been together all along. Ah, if only things had gone differently that first night. Of course, if they had, we wouldn’t have gotten THIS story and I would’ve been sad. As it was, I loved how everything came together for Luke and Lily in their kinda sorta second chance hate-to-love story.

A.J.’s Crossroads Ranch series just keeps getting better. I am loving the Everett brothers and can’t wait to see what’s next.


“Today is the day I turn it all around. I messed up. Married the wrong guy. Put my dream on hold for his. I detoured. Today I get back on track.” 

“I think you think life is one big party, that you don’t take anything or anyone seriously, and that you think it’s charming women prefer you naked than any other way because that’s probably the only time you give them your undivided attention. It’s no wonder anyone in your orbit would think his life didn’t measure up.”

“I watch a lot of things, sweetheart. And you know I didn’t step foot on the dance floor to meet your roommate.”

“I’m going to make you lose control, sweetheart. I’m going to show you what it means to let go.”

“I want more. Not forever. Just—more.”

About A.J. Pine

A teen librarian 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. She’s the author of the If Only series (Entangled Embrace), the Only You series (Berkley/Intermix), the Kingston Ale House series (Entangled Select), and the upcoming Crossroads Ranch series (Forever Romance). When she finds that 25th hour in the day, she might indulge in a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes 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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2 responses to “In Review: Tough Luck Cowboy (Crossroads Ranch #2) by A.J. Pine

  1. I’m not super into cowboy romances, but maybe if I read them more I will end up enjoying them like you have. Something about this premise doesn’t appeal to me though. Why does she have to cater her ex husband’s wedding? Can’t she just say no?

    • Kim

      Oh she absolutely *could have* said no, but she was determined to get her business off the ground AND prove there are no hard feelings.