Hard Loving Cowboy: Includes a bonus novella

Hard Loving Cowboy: Includes a bonus novella

by A.J. Pine

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ISBN-13: 9781538727119
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: Crossroads Ranch Series , #4
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 63,392
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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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Hard Loving Cowboy: Includes a bonus novella 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
LeighKramer 10 days ago
Every once in a while, I’ll read a book and think, “they really should have had a social worker vet this first.” While I’ve really enjoyed Pine’s books previously, Hard Loving Cowboy included concerning messages about addiction and recovery. The romance as presented shouldn’t have happened in this timeframe. I was too worried Walker would relapse to be able to enjoy the story. Walker is fresh out of rehab for alcoholism. He’s doing carpentry projects on the family’s vineyard, which will be opening later in the year. His family hasn’t come up with a game plan for him working at the winery, which isn’t the best course of action. Thrown into the mix is the new sommelier Violet. They both have legitimate reasons for not dating each other and oh I wish they’d stuck to those reasons. It’s recommended those in recovery to avoid relationships the first year. Recovery is a long road and the newly sober person needs to process what led them to this point, learn new coping skills, and figure out how to love themselves before they can try to love someone else. They also need to make sure they’re able to pick a healthy partner and not repeat bad patterns from the past. If people are not aware of this, then perhaps they’ll be able to root for this couple. While I think Walker and Violet are ultimately good for one another, I don’t believe they’re good for each other under the circumstances in which they meet. Walker needed to be focused on his recovery, not what Violet thought about him, especially because he refused to tell her he was in recovery. Because he chose, again and again, to not disclose his alcoholism, Violet jeopardized his recovery in ways big and small. That’s not fair to him or to her. It takes most of the book before she basically ends up figuring it out on her own. Frankly, he owed her the truth from the beginning. I was gobsmacked no one in the family ever referenced his alcoholism around Violet. Aside from going to rehab, Walker wasn’t doing the work. He should have been in AA and/or therapy. What was in place to prevent him from relapsing? He consistently avoided phone calls from family and friends. I get that he felt like they were judging him and not trusting his sobriety but that’s part of doing the work. That’s part of regaining their trust. Additionally, Violet deserved the chance to decide for herself whether she wanted to date someone in recovery and what that would mean. Violet is biracial(French-Sengalese mother, white father) but aside from mentioning her skin color and the fact that she and her mother were the only People of Color at her parents’ anniversary party (which felt impossible to me), there’s no lived experience in the book. If white authors want to depict characters who are People Of Color, they need to put in the effort. This wasn’t bad representation per se but it wasn’t fully developed. I wish Walker and Violet had worked through their issues and circled back around to one another a year later. I would have been curious to see how things developed for them then and I would no longer have feared Walker’s relapse was around every corner. I DNFed Sara Richardsons’s novella. The gender stereotypes and men complaining about buying tampons for their women were too much to deal with. CW: alcoholism, recovery, references to past child abuse and parental neglect, infidelity (Violet's previous boyfriend Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from Forever Romance in exchange for an honest review.
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UpAllNightBB 15 days ago
3.5 Stars Review by Elizabeth Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog I was drawn to Hard Loving Cowboy by AJ Pine on the title alone. Anything involving a cowboy has me grabbing it and reading it right off the bat. However, with Hard Loving Cowboy, I could not connect with the characters no matter how hard I tried. We meet Walker first and he has some major issues to overcome. Then we meet Violet. Her introduction was intense to say the least. I’m not going to deny that there was chemistry between Walker and Violet. They had that going for them from the beginning. My issue was not connecting with them individually and it made it all that much harder to read. I think AJ Pine did an excellent job with the book because the plot is there. Everything is there. Since I was not able to connect with the characters, it was a bit hard to read and because of that, my review is not awesome. I am not scratching AJ Pine off my TBR list because I am looking forward to see what she comes out with next.
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Sailon 25 days ago
How do you face the every day struggling with an addiction when your addiction is your family's livelihood. That is the difficult topic Pine tackles in Hard Loving Cowboy while penning a beautiful friendship with amazing chemistry that turns into so much more. You ever read one of those books where you want to yell at the characters to just talk to each other...I did feel that way with Walker's secrets. Hard Loving Cowboy provides that happy, feel good vibe while taking on a difficult topic of addiction all the while building a strong friendship to romance, Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Sara Richardson! The book also includes a great second romance that includes heartache and coming back from a life altering accident and forgiving yourself to live. I received this ARC copy of Hard Loving Cowboy from Forever (Grand Central Publishing). This is my honest and voluntary review.
Cheryl-S 26 days ago
This is book 3 in the Crossroads Ranch series and it features the black sheep of the Everett family, Walker Everett and the new sommelier at Crossroads Ranch, Violet Chastain. These two had smokin’ chemistry from the start. I absolutely LOVED how they remained friends with small amounts of benefits along the way. I felt so bad for Walker, always feeling like he wasn’t good enough. His family loved him so much! I guess it’s hard to see all that love when you’re fighting your own demons. This story line was fantastic and had great flow. The characters were all people I’d love to be friends with. This is a perfect end to an amazing series!
RobinLovesReading 28 days ago
It is Walker's story! In the Crossroads Ranch series, the first two Everett brothers have found love. I have been eagerly awaiting Walker's story because of the fact that he has spent his last years in the bottom of a bottle. For a love story for Walker to work he would have to make huge strides. Readers will not be disappointed. When asked by his family's ranch and vineyard's new employee, Violet Chastain, ask him to pretend to be her boyfriend when around her parents, he finds this to be a great challenge. For starters, his life is barely on track and he has been sober, thanks to rehab, for just two months. He has enough on his plate with that and with keeping his family's businesses going strong. To further complicate things, Walker really, really likes Violet but this is the worst possible time for him to become involved in a relationship. Violet just ended a relationship, for starters. Furthermore, she is very concerned about her parents, particularly her mother. She has put her life on hold due to her loyalty to them. When she says that she and Walker are dating, she sees their joy and decides to keep up the ruse. What she must now do is to fight the very real attraction she has to Walker. The question proves to be just how long can they deny their undeniable chemistry. I have read all three stories in this series prior to this one and this one definitely is my favorite. Walker has come a long way. He has not had it easy as he lost his mother while young and had an abusive father. His brothers have been patient with him but he finally was forced to face his problem with drinking. I do like how his sobriety was handled. All the while, Walker deserved love. In spades. Violet was indeed perfect for him, but his baggage was real. The conflict was real. With the time it took for Walker to deal with his addiction, a very genuine relationship was built with Violet. One other thing I enjoyed about this book was Violet's selfless attitude when it came to her family, and that brought another sensitive issue to the fore. A.J. Pine has quickly become a favorite author of mine with these books. They are wonderful love stories, but with a strong sense of family. This affecting story will be with me for a while to come. Hard Loving Cowboy is the last book in the Crossroads Ranch series. The previous stores are Second Chance Cowboy, Saved by the Cowboy and Tough Luck Cowboy. Each story in this series can be read as a standalone. Many thanks to Forever and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Laura_F 28 days ago
I've been excited for Walker's story since the first book in this series and I wasn't disappointed!! From their first meeting, I felt the insane chemistry between Walker and Violet. The friendship that grew between them kept me glued to story. I felt every second of their headache and hardships. Addiction can be a hard storyline to get right and paired with the struggles of dealing with a sick parent, I was amazed at how both were handled with dignity and respect. I love this series and I never want it to end!! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Vicki101370 29 days ago
After moving to live with his aunt when Walker was still young, he embraced the legacy handed to him by his father, who turned to alcohol to cope with the loss of his wife. But, when Walker gets in one altercation too many his brothers have had enough....and manage to get a promise from Walker that he'll go into rehab...and take it seriously. Violet is looking for extra income to pay for her moms medical bills - but walking up to one of her potential new bosses and laying a hot and heavy kiss on him is not her best decision, and she's certain he'll send her on her way. But instead of sending her off, he offers to give her a ride home and the job she desperately needs. As Violet and Walker grow closer he struggles with the secret he's been keeping from her, but he doesn't want Violet to see his flaws. But they may not be able to survive the fallout when the truth comes out about his addiction. Hard Loving Cowboy was a fantastic read. We watched Walker self destruct through the two previous books in the series, and he's finally ready to make decisions that will bring him out of the downward spiral he's been on for years. Violet is drawn to the gruff cowboy, and sees straight through the tough exterior he shows the world right to the gooey center. Their love story is about learning how to let someone be the support they need, and giving the same trust and love in return. And if all of that hot cowboy awesomeness doesn't bring you in, read it for the psychic chicken. Because - psychic chicken!
bookbruin 29 days ago
4.5 stars Walker's story really surprised me with how heartfelt and emotional it was. It was such an honest and unflinching story about finding your way, facing your demons, and loving and fighting for yourself. This is the 3rd book in the Crossroads Ranch series, but can be enjoyed as a standalone. Previous characters do appear though and our hero is introduced earlier in the series. In Hard Loving Cowboy, we watch both our heroine and hero struggle with the responsibilities of life and triggers they face day to day. Sometimes they stumble and other times they rise. Both Walker and Violet are broken people when we meet them. Their introduction is less than conventional, but it allows them both to drop the masks and be happier versions of themselves without the stress of reality. Even with their omissions, they are both seen in a way neither has ever experienced before. Pine tackled several difficult subjects beautifully in this book, showing not only the harsh realities and lasting effects, but also the emotional toll carried by loved ones. It was raw and honest and really struck a chord with me. I loved the chemistry between broody Walker and steamroller Violet. The build up between them was fantastic as they tried to fight the connection growing between them. They pushed and challenged each other, while being supportive and understanding. Walker's weekly dinner date with Violet's family was so sweet and tender. It was such a contrast to the person he felt trapped as in Oak Bluff. What I appreciated most about the story though was that even after everything is laid out on the table, both Violet and Walker knew that they needed to be whole before trying to build any future between them. They still chased their dreams and loved themselves as much as each other. So many times, a magic bullet comes at the end of the story to tie everything into a nice and pretty bow. Pine still gave us the pretty bow, but in a realistic and more meaningful way. This was a great way to end this series and I loved the little tidbits about Cash, Jack, and Luke's futures. A novella further down the line to check in with the everyone would be awesome and hey, doesn't Jenna need her own HEA? ;) We're not leaving the Crossroads Ranch world just yet though, and the preview of My One and Only Cowboy at the end shows us that we're headed to Meadow Valley with Sam Callahan next. I can't wait! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Sandy-thereadingcafe 29 days ago
HARD LOVING COWBOY is the third instalment in AJ Pine’s contemporary, adult CROSSROADS RANCH romance series. This is twenty-five year olds, rancher and wood worker Walker Everett, and sommelier Violet Chastain’s story line. HARD LOVING COWBOY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed when necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Violet and Walker) HARD LOVING COWBOY follows the building relationship between twenty-five year olds, rancher and wood worker Walker Everett, and sommelier Violet Chastain. Violet is the new sommelier at Crossroads Ranch new Crossroads Winery, a position that brings her face to face with brooding and secretive Walker Everett, a man struggling with demons from his past.But a case of mistaken belief forces our couple into a fake relationship, a relationship that will turn into something more.What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Violet and Walker, and the fall-out as Walker’s past continues to haunt and control his present. Violet Chastain is on a mission to make enough money to help her mother. With a potential end date to her time at Crossroads Winery getting involved with Walker Everett is all kinds of wrongs. Walker Everett doesn’t do relationships, in fact he struggles with the family he loves and adores but Everett’s history is dark and damaging, and in this, our hero continues to battle memories of the past. The relationship between Walker and Violet begins as employee and employer but both Walker and Violet’s time at Crossroads Ranch comes with an expiry date, a date neither one has revealed to the other. Walker tries to keep his distance from the woman with whom he will fall in love but one night of fear and anger threatens everything Walker has struggled to overcome. The $ex scenes are passionate and intimate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. All of the previous story line couples and characters play secondary and supporting characters including Walker’s siblings Jack and Ava (Second Chance Cowboy #1), Cash and Olivia (Saved by the Cowboy 1.5), Luke and Lily (Tough Luck Cowboy #2), and Walker’s Aunt Jenna. We are introduced to Violet’s parents Gabriel and Camille Chastain. The world building continues to focus on the Everett family dynamics; the siblings struggle to move on from the past, a past tainted by abuse, neglect, addiction and loss. HARD LOVING COWBOY is a story of family, struggle, hope and dreams. The premise is captivating and entertaining: the characters are energetic and charismatic; the romance is seductive. HARD LOVING COWBOY is an emotional and heart breaking story of one man’s struggle to move on from the past, and one woman’s battle to prove said man is worthy of love.
Bette313 29 days ago
I really enjoyed Walker's story in this third book of the Crossroads Ranch series. While each of these stories can be read standalone, i think they are much more enjoyable if read in order. Understanding the family dynamics as the three brothers work together to save the family ranch builds throughout each of the books. Walker has always been the troubled brother of the three seemingly going down the same alcoholic path as the father. With the strength, love, and support of his brothers Walker is working to turn his life around Will he be able to slay his demons? Will his new friendship with a ranch employee be his salvation or his downfall?? You want to read his story and find out. I highly recommend it.