Second Chance Cowboy

Second Chance Cowboy

by A.J. Pine

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ISBN-13: 9781538727058
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: Crossroads Ranch , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 31,394
File size: 4 MB

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 when 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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Second Chance Cowboy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
Jack Everett left his family’s ranch home ten years ago and never looked back, leaving his two younger brothers in the care of his aunt who rescued all of them from an abusive alcoholic father. Now he’s returning for his father’s funeral and finding himself very disconnected from his brothers. He has a per chance encounter with Ava Ellis, the girl-now-woman who was his first and only love who shattered his young heart, and learns he has a nine-year old son, Owen. His plan for a fast getaway back to his life now needs some adjustments. Jack and Ava have a complicated history and I struggled with her decision to not tell him about their son for so long and for him to have essentially abandoned his family emotionally during that time. They had very good reasons for their initial decisions; it’s just the length of elapsed time that made no sense to me. However, I really enjoyed how these two communicated with each other and the way their new relationship evolved. Owen was a great kid and made the story so much more enjoyable. Jack had a bit more angst than I preferred, to the point where it became tiresome. However, the secondary relationships added a lot of layers to the story, harbingers of stories to come. Those characters had a lot of “meat on the bones” and I like how the story ended, not necessarily cleanly and neatly but nicely and realistically. I will definitely be continuing the series. 3.5 stars (I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review)
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
The story opens with Jack driving back home from San Diego to bury his father. Arriving at the cemetery, he sees only his brothers, Aunt and the officiant. Grabbing a bouquet of flowers walking toward the family he hasn't seen and has distanced himself from for the last ten years, he lays the bouquet at the headstone of his mother. Jack's father was an abusive alcoholic and being the oldest Jack took the punishments that were meant for his younger brothers. Ever the protector. His Dad went down the tube after the death of their mother and the boys moved to live with their Aunt, their mothers sister who wasn't too much older than Jack at the time. Jack starting a new high school meets Ava and she is it for him and ditto. After a broken leg ( at the hands of his father) dashes Jack's hopes for a baseball scholarship, Jack's not quite sure what he's going to do after graduation but here they are. Graduating. Things happen during a graduation party, her parents still don't know that she's seeing Jack, knowing her father who is a self righteous judgmental prick wouldn't approve, she's waiting for the right time to tell them. When things calm down a few days later and Ava needs to tell Jack something that will change both their lives, their conversation which we don't get until later in the book has Ava telling Jack that he should go. To go and leave town. Jack does just that. For ten years. Going through law school and has a great job and just earned a big promotion which has him moving to New York after he cleans up legal matters with the old mans death. When he find out the old took a mortgage out on their ranch where his brothers still live (which he didn't even know they'd move back) and bought a vineyard that abuts the ranch property Jack isn't happy. The vineyard is in bad shape and isn't really sellable until it can produce fruit and a profit. It's then that he runs into Ava too, seeing her after 10 years and also the surprise of his life when her parents come home early from their lunch with Owen, her son. Their son. Ava was pregnant when Jack left. Jack is one angry man. But seriously? Not like Ava didn't look for him. Then after while gave up thinking he was married and didn't want to rock the boat. After all it isn't like Jack ever came back looking for her either. Despite what Jack went through, there were some things I dislike about him and his martyrdom was one of them. It got old quick. For a smart guy his self flagellation would have worn down the strongest woman. I loved his two brothers! Walker and Luke. They work the ranch. Walker self medicates and can be a belligerent sob when he's drunk, but damn if he doesn't speak the truth. Luke just speaks it sober. When he and Ava decide to try the friend route to get Owen used to being around Jack and the family it works great. Jacks mood swings left me dizzy but he's so well written you're right in there with the story. The bulk of the book is Ava and Jack working through his trash. She's a great support for him. She realizes too at some point that Jack isn't going to stay there and will likely return to San Diego and he finally admits he's got a job in NY. Which puts a whole new spin on things. The long distance Dad trip. Ava even wonders at one point if telling Owen is the best thing then having his father leave again the next week. My heart really went out to Ava. She was a great Mom and Owen was a great kid. She did so well despite her absolutely obnoxious father who I wante
Vicki101370 More than 1 year ago
A.J. Pine writes stories that pull you in, and keep you reading through to the last page. The personal interactions are so realistic, and completely relatable, from the friendships to the family interactions and the romance. Oh the romance. This is never more apparent than in Second Chance Cowboy. When Jack Everett comes back to his childhood home for his father's funeral ten years after high school, he has no plans to stay longer than it will take to close out the estate documents - then he'll get back to his daily life. Running into his high school love Ava Ellis is the last thing he expects. As they spend time together, they both struggle with the past and what it means for both of their futures, but neither can deny that the attraction that first brought them together is still there, as strong as it was the day Jack left town. This one really tugged at my heart strings. There were such raw emotions and intense chemistry that kept me immersed in Crossroads Ranch. A five star, can't put it down, read in one day story. I don't know that I have to patience to wait for the next book!
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing start to this new series!!! Ten years ago, Jack left home but he didn't know all that he was leaving behind. Now that he's home for his father's funeral, Ava decides that the time is right to share that Jack is a father to an amazing nine-year-old boy. This book is completely about second chances- for Jack and Ava, for the Everett family, and for Owen. From the first page, I was drawn into this book and didn't want to do anything other than power through to the end. I hope every character in this story gets their own book!! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After enduring abuse at the hands of his father Jack Everett couldn't wait to leave home at the ripe age of eighteen, he was determined to leave all the hatred behind and make a new life for himself, one that he could be proud of, and earn by his own right. And now ten years later he has found that life, working as a lawyer, and doing something that he is quite proud of, but life has just handed him an unexpected blow, his father has passed away and it's on him to return to settle his affairs. So he packs a bag and heads to the one place he never wanted to return to, thinking he'll blow into town, put his father in the ground, handle some paperwork, and then be on his way. But once he is there he soon realizes it isn't going to be that easy, he has inherited a vineyard, which means there are vines to care for, chores to be done, and of course angry brothers to contend with. And a certain beautiful woman from his past with a secret to seek answers from too... The day Jack Everett left town he took a small part of Ava Ellis's heart with him, she knows it was wrong to let him go without telling him that he was about to be a father, but she was scared and unsure of what to do, so she just let him walk away. It has been a long ten years without him in her life, but she has never stopped loving him, and seeing him in the face of their child reminds her that she made a huge mistake all those years ago... one that she has paid dearly for too. So, when she hears that he has returned home to bury his father she makes a plan to capture a little of his time and clue him in on the secret she has kept from him all these years, one that she hopes will reunite them... question is will Jack be able to forgive her for keeping it? Second Chance Cowboy is a touching story about forgiveness, hope, and happy reunions, but not without a little drama thrown in here and there too! From the first page of this one I was pulled into the world of Everett family, quickly finding myself feeling right at home, and also quickly falling quite smitten for a certain brooding cowboy. This was a very impressive introduction to not only a new series but also a new author, Ms. Pine's beautifully crafted tale left me dazzled and anxious for more, I just can't wait to see what she has in store for this family next!! The story line was engaging, rich with heartfelt emotion, and had just the right amount of toe curling romance sprinkled in to trigger the swoons too! I highly recommend you take a chance on this one, it's a second chance romance story that is sure to have you feeling the words and leave your heart overflowing!! I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and voluntarily read and reviewed.
LeighKramer More than 1 year ago
I first encountered AJ Pine through her fantastic Kingston Ale House series. I did not guess she'd follow it with a contemporary cowboy romance. Going from Chicago to California wine country cowboys? After reading Second Chance Cowboy, Pine made a believer out of me. Jack is headed back to his small ranching hometown for his dad's funeral. To say Jack has complicated feelings about being home is an understatement. It was interesting to see the roles each Everett boy plays and what their dynamic is like as adults as Jack reconnects with them. Into that mix comes Ava, Jack's first love and the girl who broke his heart. It turns out they have a 10 year old son together and she never told him she was pregnant. It's heartbreaking but her reasons were valid. But now Jack has to figure out how he feels about having a son and what his role will be. Jack is off kilter but he's such a good guy. He's always looking out for other people. Part of that is because of how he shielded his brothers from their dad's abuse and part of that is because he believes he owes them a debt for leaving town. He lives on the bare minimum so he can send money to help with the ranch. He doesn't believe he deserves better and oh was this hard to see. Ava's life has been put on hold in many ways. She loves being a mom but she wants to rely less on her parents and start pursuing her art again. She's such a strong, generous woman and I loved how she tried to balance taking care of the people in her life. She has plenty of reasons for keep Jack at arms length, chief among them that he's just going to leave again. But these two have never gotten over each other. I loved how they got to know one another again. It's not always easy- the question of what Jack will do about Owen always hangs between them- but it's clear they still have feelings. They also have big issues to work through. Jack needs to deal with his past and confront his fears about being like his dad. Ava needs to own up to how she lied to Jack and caused him to miss ten years of Owen's life. Ava and Jack are able to tell each other hard truths and they're better for it. I struggled with how much time Ava, Jack, and Owen spent together without Owen knowing Jack's relationship to him. You just know it's not going to end well. I also really struggled with Ava's dad. He was a real jerk, almost over the top. I didn't understand his logic at all and it just pissed me off anytime he was on the page. But it was gratifying to see Ava finally stand up to him. I adored Jack's brothers Walker and Luke. I cannot wait to see what happens in their books! There's so much promise with the ranch and vineyard settings. I also loved Aunt Jenna and I've already asked Pine to give Jenna her own HEA. She deserves it and then some. This was such a sweet, fun read and I'm looking forward to seeing how the series develops. Bring on the cowboys! Disclosure: I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Second Chance Cowboy by A.J. Pine My rating: 5 of 5 stars The world according to A.J. Pine is a canvas of past heartaches, mistakes and ever rising stakes. It's the lessons we learn, memories we make and the moments of laughter that help us through the rough times. From first love to broken heart, Jack and Ava take readers into the eye of a storm. With realism and wisdom, Second Chance Cowboy shows the pureness of heart and the naivete of love. The road is treacherous, the work is strenuous but the reward can be advantageous in the end. Youth broke their hearts can adulthood help mend them? The author and her characters twist and turn their way right into your heart.