Hard Loving Cowboy by A.J. Pine

4 STARS!

Release Date: March 26, 2019

Publisher: Forever


SYNOPSIS

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!


REVIEW

When I read the synopsis I knew I was in! If it has a Broody Cowboy sign me up. A fake relationship, even better. What I didn’t know was why Walker was trying to not complicate his life, and this added an element I’m usually not too big a fan of. That being said, I think A.J. Pine did a wonderful job of portraying a difficult issue many people struggle. There were ups, downs, and in-betweens that made the story realistic. Plus, it all just had you rooting for Walker and Violet the whole way through!

Walker is really held back by dysfunctional family stuff from his youth and his own mistakes in early adulthood, but his brothers and aunt are a good support system. I loved seeing the small and caring interactions they shared. Plus, his and Jenna and her chicken Lucy are too funny!

Violet is just a caring little ball of awesomeness! I like how there is a point in the story where they bring up that she is a person of color and it’s just real, and not this dramatic thing. She’s smart, successful, and loyal to her family! She goes after what she wants, and I admire that about her.

Overall, this was a fun cowboy romance. I really need to read the first books in the series now. I want to learn how the brothers’ childhood affect them in different ways. I love characters with a past that get their well-deserved happy ending.

Thank you to Forever and NetGalley for giving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday

3 Stars

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Release Date:Β January 29, 2019

Publisher:Β Forever Romance

Synopsis: Gia Gallo is officially in bridesmaid hell. Stranded in New York with her best friend’s wedding dress, Gia has six days to make it to Florida in time for the ceremony. And oh-so-charming best man Bennett Buchanan has taken the last available rental car. Looks like she’s in for one long road trip with the sexiest – and most irritating – Southern gentleman she’s ever met…

Bennett’s pretty sure that if there was ever a woman to break his “no flings” rule, Gia would be it. Sure, she’s stubborn. She’s also funny, smart, and the attraction between them is getting hotter with every state line they cross. While Bennett doesn’t do casual, Gia doesn’t do “relationships.” But if they break the rules, this unlikely pair might discover that their impromptu road trip could turn out to be the best ride of their lives.

Review: So I have really mixed feelings about this book. I think that some people will love this romance read, and I definitely didn’t dislike it. I haven’t read the first two books in the series, and while you don’t necessarily need to, I think it would have made the story even better. There are elements of the story that I really enjoyed, such as the way Gia and Bennett get suck together, and end up sharing so much of themselves with each other. I usually like flawed characters, but both Gia and Bennett really irritated me right off the bat. Even though the happy ending put a smile on my face, I realized I just dislike both of them, which is a personal problem. Haha. I would still recommend this to fellow romance readers, and I’m still thinking about checking out the first two books in the series!

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