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

Posted July 29, 2019 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Hard Loving Cowboy (Crossroads Ranch #3) by A.J. PineHard Loving Cowboy by A.J. Pine
Series: Crossroads Ranch #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Forever
Format: eARC, 480 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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 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

You know what’s funny? Up until this year, I didn’t think cowboy romances were something I’d enjoy all that much. I mean, I’ve dabbled in the past when an author I love put one out, but that’s been about it. I can thank A.J. Pine and her wonderful Crossroads Ranch series for opening my eyes to this trope. Hard Loving Cowboy was a delightfully sexy read that made me want to go in search of a cowboy of my own.

Speaking of tropes I love, fake it till you make it is up there near the top of the list. Oh how I love a good fake relationship, especially when you just know it’s going to be not-quite-so-fake before it’s all said and done. Walker and Violet were great characters and a wonderful match. After seeing Walker in the first two books, I enjoyed getting to know even more about him and his past and see how it impacted his future. There was so much more to him than met the eye. Violet was a sweet, loyal and determined heroine. I appreciated that quite a bit. Together they were fire.

I love these Everett brothers — and their leading ladies. The Crossroads Ranch series has been a total joy to read. I especially enjoyed how these books explored the relationship between the brothers along with the romance. The family dynamic just adds something more to the overall story and I’ve enjoyed peeling back the layers of each of the brothers. Hard Loving Cowboy was an excellent addition — and conclusion — to a series that was one of my favorites of 2019.

Favorite Quotes:

From the shoes to her pressed shirt and her perfectly styled hair, she was class and sophistication personified. He was—well, he was one fine mess.

“Didn’t take you for an ass man.”
“I’m an everything man. And you, Violet, have everything.”

“I’ve actually never been too good at rules. Broken a lot more than I’ve followed. That’s for damn sure.”

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.

Let’s Chat

Do you enjoy cowboy romances?
Have you read or do you plan to read Hard Loving Cowboy?

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