One Tough Cowboy: A Novel

One Tough Cowboy: A Novel

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First in a brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick about one man’s pursuit of justice—and unbridled desire.

For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…


And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes, and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart…and that, after all these years, his love is true?

“Leigh’s books can scorch the ink off the page.”—RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250088383
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Series: Moving Violations , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 4,139
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestseller Lora Leigh is the author of the Navy SEALS, the Breeds, the Elite Ops, the Callahans, the Bound Hearts, and the Nauti series.

Veronica Chadwick started storytelling when she was a little girl. She was first published in 2004. She lives in Tennessee with three cats, a very spoiled Shih Tzu and two grand dogs. She is the author of Rude Awakening and The Warlord's Gift. When she’s not writing, she’s hanging out with friends, reading or badly playing video games.

#1 New York Times bestseller, LORA LEIGH is the author of the Navy SEALS, the Breeds, the Elite Ops, the Callahans, the Bound Hearts, and the Nauti series.

"Lora Leigh writes compelling, red-hot romance." --Sacramento Book Review

Veronica Chadwick started storytelling when she was a little girl. She was first published in 2004. She lives in Tennessee with three cats, a very spoiled Shih Tzu and two grand dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s hanging out with friends, reading or badly playing video games.

Veornica is the author of Rude Awakening and The Warlord's Gift, and coauthor of the Moving Violations series (One Tough Cowboy) with Lora Leigh.

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One Tough Cowboy: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think there are some updates, but they really didn't add anything to the book..i just wish the publi sher had made it more clear that this was a re-release and I wouldn't have wasted the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lora Leigh books but this one was basically an updated reprint of a book that put out by her through Elloras Cave from 2003. Characters names were changed and more story line was added but it's the same story. Was disappointed to see this book listed as a new release.
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I wanted to love this one so much, and I did, up until near the end, which blindsided me a bit. I don't want to spoil anything but I will say some things that happen to the heroine toward the end of the book didn't sit right with me and knocked this from 3.5/4 Stars down to 3 Stars. Hunter Steele is a small town sheriff in his home town in California. He took over the job from his uncle, who died under mysterious circumstances. He knows there are people in this town that don't want him there, and others who are actively involved in his uncle's, and a couple of others', deaths. He only has 1 deputy out of 3 that he can trust, the mayor is involved in the corruption up to his eyeballs, and Hunter's not sure how to continue his investigation. Samantha Ryder was still just a girl when she was forced by her father's new job to move out of her hometown, and into the big city of Detroit, Michigan. She grew up, and became a Detroit cop, but she never forgot her small hometown of Deerhaven, California, or her girlhood crush, Hunter Steele. When she has to return to town to settle her aunt's affairs, she lets Hunter know she's not buying the bizarre circumstances surrounding her aunt's "accidental overdose", and she's sticking around to get to the bottom of her aunt's murder. She's shocked by her still visceral attraction to the sexy sheriff and even more shocked when he seems to reciprocate it. Sam and Hunter had a ton of red hot chemistry and they just couldn't keep away from each other. They were constantly falling into each other, even when it was an inopportune time or place. I enjoyed their passion for each other, and it helped to deepen their relationship more quickly. As they dig deeper into the conspiracy that is surrounding their town, they put themselves in even greater danger. The suspense plot was decent, and it had me very intrigued, until a connection from Sam's past in Detroit became a part of it. That was a little too strange and coincidental to me. Also, what the bad guys were doing seemed to be a little disjointed. A lot of different elements with too many variables caused it to become pretty convoluted. Also, I feel I must give a trigger warning for sexual violence, most of which I felt was unnecessary, and over the top. There seemed to be a lot of dropped threads in the story that bothered me as well. Additionally, they hardly talked, even when they should, because they got distracted with their physical connection. It started to be a little much for me, when I felt they should finally be baring their souls to each other, but instead they just bared their bodies, AGAIN. Overall, I enjoyed the story most of the book, until close to the end, and that just makes me sad. There was an epilogue, which did resurrect some of my good feelings about the story, but it was mostly a case of too little, too late. I typically enjoy this author, though I seem to enjoy her paranormal titles more than her contemporary romantic suspense ones.
anneinaz 9 months ago
One Tough Cowboy by Roni Chadwick and Lora Leigh is an exciting read with plenty of action. . Samantha came home for her aunt's funeral. She is a cop in Detroit and she knows this was murder. Now to prove it. Hunter Steele is sheriff now. He had been her idol and protector when she was a child. His uncle had been killed in a way that made him suspicious. Also, the mayor's wife somehow ended dup dead. The three had been fast friends and now they were all dead. Was it related? If so, how? Can Hunter and Sam work together effectively? An interesting and explicit read, One Tough Cowboy takes the reader from an after-the-funeral reception to tied up and in fear for their lives in the dense forest. The journey was an exciting one. The descriptive power of these authors is unrivaled, especially in the area of human emotion. The story was gripping: partly luck, partly good police work. It was a quick and dirty read, full of enticing descriptions of the characters involved. It left me wanting more. I recommend this book. I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. #netgalley #onetoughcowboy
Betababe 12 months ago
Thriller Since the main characters are both cops, this would be a police procedural rather than cozy mystery. And we start out with some nice sexual tension stemming from childhood, but that quickly morphs into full out sex which goes on for pages in lieu of solving the crime(s)! Okay, I realize that this is a huge plus for many readers. And it is well written, "normal" activity (NOT BDSM). So here's a case of pays your money and takes your choice. And my choice is to discover whodunit. Fortunately we do get back to business (intermittently) and there are the bones of a good thriller in here--local bad guys but national and international repercussions. So if you are looking for a steamy romance with a side of mystery, this is perfect for you.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Samantha was always the trouble making littler kid, who found herself fascinated by the older, protective Hunter. She wasn't surprised when she returns home to find Hunter a law man. But Samantha is also a police officer and very suspicious of her the circumstances surrounding her aunt's death. She doesn't know who she can trust. Hunter knows that his home town is filled with corruption. He is doing everything in his power to dig it out and the last thing he needs is to put the hot little Samantha in harms way. But Samantha isn't going to be side lined. One Touch Cowboy supplies a strong mystery with lots of hot and steamy. I have to admit, I was more for the story and less for the steam, finding myself skimming over the pages after pages of sex to get back to the heart of the mystery. I received this copy of One Tough Cowboy from St. Martin's Press. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
This one is so full of passion, excitement, and tension as the two main characters work together to weed out corruption in their small town. They have known each other their whole lives, but when her family moves away 10-15 years ago, Hunter never expected to see the little kid he had nicknamed Pixie Pest all grown up and back in town to seek answers for her aunt's death. She knows her aunt's death was not a suicide and she won’t rest until she gets justice. She doesn’t expect to find Hunter, the guy she had a crush on, as the sheriff and just as hot as he was when she saw him years past. She hasn’t come back for him, but she can’t help noticing that he flirts with her and her interest is rekindled as they work together to stop the corruption in her home town. Passions flair fast and hot between these two and the plot and conflict were great. A nice mix of adventure, action, suspense, and passion. I liked this one a lot.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
I liked book and it kept you entertained from the beginning. So we meet Hunter who is at a murder scene even though the coroner is saying that the person accidentally overdosed, he knew that that was a lie since his uncle was killed not long ago and another one of their friends. Samantha comes back to Deerhaven since her beloved aunt was murdered, she doesn't care that they said it was an overdose since her aunt barely took medication. Sam had always had a crush on Hunter but after the last time she saw him wanted to avoid him, what she didn't know was that Hunter was interested and also claimed her. Hunter and Sam team up to find out who did and are surprised by the lies and betrayals and the craziness that the town of Deerhaven is involved in..I wont tell you more so that you can grab a copy and Enjoy! Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author (netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
Karenag More than 1 year ago
First off, let me say that I am a fan of Lora Leigh. Yes, she writes steamy sex scenes in her books. This one was no exception. It starts off with three suspicious deaths and Hunter (the cowboy in this, but he really is the sheriff) who is connected to one of the victims, investigating on the sly what really happened. Throw in some shady deputies, mayor and a host of other sly characters and you have the setting for a mystery. Then along comes the Pixie Pest (better known as Samantha) whose aunt was also one of the victims. Oh, did I mention that she is also a police officer in Detroit? Yes, she is. So she wants to be involved. Sparks fly, then steam comes off of them whenever they are within a few feet of each other. It's a wonder that people in the same area aren't burned by this heat. While I liked the story, there were a few problems to me. Dearhaven, California is NOT the south. The southern accents threw me. I also wasn't sure about the title, One Tough Cowboy. I was expecting a cowboy, not a sheriff/law officer. Hunter personality wasn't what I thought a cowboy's would be. Did he own horses? Well, yes he did, but they played a very small role in the story. In fact, his ranch played a very small role. Overall, I did enjoy the story and yest, I am curious to find out what happens with Jacob and some of the characters mentioned in the story. I was provided an arc of this book by NetGalley to given an honest opinion.
paulalala09 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for or in the mood for a totally racy book, this is the one for you! I think there are more sexy scenes than actual time devoted to the story and the sizzling chemistry between Sheriff Hunter Steele and Samantha Ryder is off the charts. Personally, I did not anticipate all the lusty scenes when I started the book and was thrown by almost every chapter containing a heady scene. If this is what floats your boat, get this book!
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by by both of these authors so I am not familiar with either of their writing styles so I was not sure what to expect. I think the overall storyline was well developed and plotted out well. As for the main characters I think that there could have been a little more of their past history given since childhood. It was very brief. In addition, it seemed to me that the two characters rushed into a romantic relationship a little two fast even though there was connection between them. That might have been what the authors wanted but seemed awkward to me at times. I really did enjoy the murder mystery crime aspect of the book that they added to this romance book from start to finish of the book that the reader gets to experience. I think that is something unique to this book that not alot of authors have in addition to the normal romance. I am definitely interested to see what the next book in this series has in store because there was alot that they had in this story it will be interesting to see what they will do to top it.
CarissaR More than 1 year ago
Dnf at 54% This is my first read by this duo. The blurb sounded really go, but the story was dragging tremendously by this point. I didn't feel a connection between Sam and Hunter and I felt we had too many hot scenes thrown in the story already that there wasn't a point to them. To me they HAVE to make sense. I just couldn't continue to get to the very end.
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
LAW AND ORDER. For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him… PRIDE AND PASSION And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes, and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart…and that, after all these years, his love is true? Review: So, I think this is the same book as the one I read years ago, when published by a now defunct publisher, right? The names have changed, but I thought this was very familiar when I saw and read it. This edition, if I am right is up-to-date and has a more in-depth storyline. I liked the revamped story. It is what I think of when I think of a Lora Leigh story, suspenseful, romantic and sexy as all get out. I am glad that she obviously got the rights back to her story and re released it. The only thing I have to say is, I think, though Hunter has a ranch, his main job is a sheriff, so the title is a little misleading to those looking for a "cowboy" romance. 3.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
MugsyMae More than 1 year ago
Great suspenseful story with smoking hot sex. Oh, and there's a hunky cowboy sheriff involved. What more need I say?
Evampire9 More than 1 year ago
Moving Violations have never been so hot and sexy as they are in this blistering new romance. Samantha and Hunter are two strong, vivid characters that easily pull readers into their story where they can feel the sizzle as the chemistry sets off fireworks and the passions blazes out of control. Misunderstandings and lack of communication has kept this couple apart for years and now that they are forced into close proximity, things are heating up fast and causing lots of emotional turmoil that readers can’t help but become caught in the turbulence as they fight their attraction for all the wrong reasons. The story is fast paced and flows smoothly throughout with lots of suspenseful events, intense emotions that adds depth to those events and the thrilling, breath holding expectation of danger. The tension and suspense builds keeping readers glued to the edge of their seats and surprising readers with unexpected twists and turns. There were a couple areas that could be better explained but for the most part this romance was one hot and entertaining read and I am looking forward to receiving more moving violations.
NadineBookaholic More than 1 year ago
I think I went into this book with my expectations to high and was disappointed when they didn't hold up to what I had expected. Don't get me wrong, this is a good story but for me it just fell short. I loved the aspect of Hunter taking the Sheriff's position after his uncle's death and doing some undercover work to see what was really going on in his small town with the few "accidents" that had occurred knowing that they were in fact murder and not an accident at all. The latest "accident" is what brings Samantha back home, the pixie pest hasn't been home in ten years and, well now she is all grown up and Hunter is available so she may just have to do something about that crush she always had on him. The sex was constant, I don't think I have ever said that a book had to much sex in it but I think this book may have been a better read for me if it cut a couple of scenes out and added to the drama that was unfolding in the town of Deerhaven, California. Explain more about the bad guys and how things were going on in the town that no one knew about, don't have Hunter and Sam having sex during a steak-out to me that was just needless and really far fetched, yes the sex scene was HOT, they all were, but that's not the point, for me it took away from the story because it was as if them constantly having sex was the story. Like I said for me it just fell short, I will read the next book in the series because I am intrigued enough by the characters to see what happens but I will be honest and say that if I find it just ok again I will probably stop with that book. I always recommend readers giving a book a chance on their own, don't let my review turn you away there are a lot of people that rated this four and even five stars so give it a try for yourself. I hope you enjoy the read. Happy Reading!!! **I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book**
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
So glad I took a chance on this new to me author.... A Sweetly sexy, emotionally thrilling and intriguingly gripping adventure rock this small town romance filled with danger and passion... This second chance at forever is a very exciting and highly entertaining read. Loved it!
belllla More than 1 year ago
3.75stars Samantha comes back in her hometown to a funeral of her aunt but doesn't believe in her cause of death. Lucky for her Sheriff is also suspicious and her teenage crush Hunter. They decide to solve the mystery of their hometown and in between burn some sheets with their hotness to the ground. The story is interesting with good characters. About the mystery and suspense, I got the feeling that it could be more it is not well written and resolved. There is a lot that could be worked on. But I did enjoy reading and both Hunter and Samantha have their HEA. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
I read the word cowboy and thought yes sign me up! One Tough Cowboy is actually about the town sheriff. It’s set in Deerhaven, California. Hunters family run the well-known Steele Spur Ranch, but Hunter’s career is in the police force. In the past eight month, 3 suspicious deaths have occurred and the most resent brings an old friend back to town. Samantha moved to Detroit with her family. She also joined the police force, but is used to the busy city. When her Aunt dies she finds herself back in her hometown. She believes Aunt Dottie’s death was murder and she’s not leaving town until she finds out what happened to her. The town has changed in someways but Hunter Steele is still smoking hot. He’s five years older than her and always looked out for her as a kid. Sam was a bit of a troublemaker in her younger days and Hunter had his hands full with her. Now they are older the attraction is obvious. Their relationship is heated, the town is corrupt and the police work is dangerous. This book is intended for an adult audience. 4 stars out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Sheriff Hunter Steele knows that things aren’t right in his town. There have been three mysterious deaths in the last eight months and he’s determined to find out who’s behind the crimes. Samantha Jolene Ryder came back to the town where she grew up when she hears about the death of her aunt. She loved her and wants to find the truth. Hunter needs help and Sam is a perfect partner. She works for Detroit PD. Who is the killer in their midst? Hunter is a strong dominant character. He and Sam have known each other for years. Their chemistry is powerful. I liked Hunter. He protects his own. He met his match in Sam. She’s just as strong minded as he is. Watching them together made me smile, but the Mayor’s dirty dealing made me mad. I was glad that these two won’t back down. I wanted the bad guys caught. I found Jacob Donovan interesting. I want to know his story. The plot is suspenseful and has plenty of action. The setting is perfect and the dialogue is edgy. The romance between Hunter and Sam is very sensual. When you combine these elements you have a powerful story which I enjoyed. One Tough Cowboy is a good start to a new series. I’m looking forward to the next book. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
mavel More than 1 year ago
Gracias a NetGalley y a la editorial por facilitarme una copia a cambio de una reseña. Samantha Ryder vivió en Deerhaven hace varios años. Era una chiquilla inquieta que se metía en problemas a cada rato. Pero tenía un guardián que siempre la sacaba de problemas: Hunter Steele. Ella se mudó con sus padres cuando tenía 11 años pero nunca olvidó a su héroe. Ahora Hunter es sheriff del condado y Sam ha regresado después de la misteriosa muerte de su tía. Ella está segura de que la tía Dottie fue asesinada y está comprometida a encontrar a los culpables. El año pasado leí varias novelas con vaqueros como personajes principales y admito que la caballerosidad y la pasión que generalmente los caracteriza me ha gustado bastante (tengo otro libro en línea para leer el próximo mes). Desafortunadamente hubo cosas que no me gustaron del libro (hasta me tenían haciendo muecas de desagrado) y todo tenía que ver precisamente con la actitud chauvinista del vaquero de la historia. Admito que no soy muy fijada con este tipo de conducta en libros de romance porque el hombre tiende a ser protector y esto casi siempre se ve como que él anda atrás de ella cuidándola y protegiéndola de todos los males. No es algo que me moleste de sobremanera sobre todo cuando la protagonista femenina termina probando que puede defenderse a sí misma. Pero en One Tough Cowboy Hunter y su postura machista me cayeron muy mal. No respetaba lo que Samantha decía, incluso cuando decpia "NO", no la respetaba como detective y creo que abusaba de su poder. Como por ejemplo en un momento Hunter quería llevarla a cenar y ella quería ir a casa a descansar. Él la obligó a que dejara las llaves de su auto o la acusaba de conducir ebria. Tal vez lo decían de broma pero al final ella dejó sus llaves. Y por si todo esto fuera poco, Hunter aún veía a Samantha como una chiquilla de 9 años y en varias ocasiones sentí que era condescendiente con ella y su arrogancia me desesperó y molestó muchísimo. Por su lado, Samantha me agradó un poco más. Siempre trató de pelear la actitud autocrática de Hunter y sabía lo que tenía que hacer para proteger a los demás, pero siempre se dejaba llevar por las hormonas. Yo quería que se enfocaran en el caso porque sí era interesante pero ellos se la pasaban deseándose uno al otro y se nos iba la mitad de cada página en solo pensamientos calenturientos. No le huyo a los libros eróticos pero no disfruto mucho una historia cuando los personajes solo se la pasan en la cama (o cualquier superficie horizontal) así que comencé a saltarme pedazos, ¡Se aventaban dos capítulos enteros teniendo relaciones! Yo quería que avanzara la trama y descubrir lo que estaba pasando pero incluso después de que le habían disparado a alguien y se consideraba un momento serio, Hunter no podía controlar su libido. Creo que este libro no fue para mi. y desafortunadamente no voy a continuar con la serie.
annie2015 More than 1 year ago
Odd things are things happening in Hunter's town, including the seemingly random deaths of 3 people, one of which is his uncle, and another is the aunt of his childhood friend, Sam. Sam returned to the town of her youth after hearing of her aunt's death. She had a childhood crush on Hunter and after seeing him again, is surprised to realize her feelings are as strong as ever....and that Hunter shares them. As the investigation and danger escalates, Hunter and Sam are drawn closer together....and deeper into the mystery. Will they be able to figure things out before it's too late? I thought this was an interesting start to a new series. It's full of danger, intrigue, interesting characters, and lots of smexy-times (so many that I found myself skipping pages). Beware of a possible trigger moment. Overall, I give this book a scorching 3 3/4 stars. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
First book in the series and it was an ok read for me. It left me on the fence. Could have gone either way. I thought the plot was good but had trouble with the characters both Hunter and Sam. There are a few secondary threads through the story and suspense of course and some serious sheet burning between Sam and Hunter. Simply, I didn't feel connected or invested in the story. Still it was a good book to read, easy and simple. arc from NetGalley and publisher for an honest review
JennieF More than 1 year ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation received from St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley One Tough Cowboy is book 1 in the Moving Violations by Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick while this is my first book by these authors rest assured I will be reading more from them! Loved the back story of Sam and Hunter as kids growing up...her trying to scare his girlfriends away because of her crush and him not recognizing the attraction til much later. When they reconnect again after Sam’s aunt dies and she comes back to Deerhaven and sees Hunter again things start happening between them, their chemistry is off the charts, trying to figure out 3 close friends die under mysterious circumstances and how it ties back to her hometown of Detroit... This book will keep you on the edge of your seat with hot sexy times, laughter, suspense, intrigue, conspiracy and sexual violence which could be a trigger for some people.
Kristy_K More than 1 year ago
I had so many issues with this book. This first is, this takes place in California, albeit a small town, but the vernacular didn't match how Californians talk or think. Many Southern culture ways kept popping up (e.g. calling someone sugar (when you're not a grandma), referencing Yankees (and not the baseball team)). California played a small role in the Civil War and it was for the Union (it was a free state), so I didn’t get why Hunter kept calling Samantha a Yankee or making it sound like they were in the South. The whole subplot with Sam’s ex, Tom, was unnecessary and was clearly just there to add drama. You had to really suspend disbelief to buy into that many coincidences that connected what was happening in this small California town to what happened in Detroit. Every time Hunter and San slept together I cringed. It was super long and drawn out and some of the wording was awkward. Plus they did it at very stupid and inopportune times (like during surveillance). Two professionals would not let their guard down and potentially ruin an investigation just have sex. SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD Lastly, the biggest thing for me was the sexual assault/attempted rape scene. It felt so gratuitous and cheap. There was a different way to convey whatever it was they were trying to say (which was what? That Hunter and Sam love each other? That her ex is a bad dude?) And honestly, in an international terrorist ring they aren’t going to let some random guy get his jollies and revenge on an ex when they’re in the middle of an operation that could very well be compromised. This is a delicate situation to write about, and I cannot stand when authors use it frivolously and without regards to the severity of it.