Tough Luck Cowboy

Tough Luck Cowboy

by A.J. Pine

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ISBN-13: 9781538727102
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: Crossroads Ranch Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 97,846
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A.J. Pine writes stories to break readers' hearts, but don't worry-she'll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, A.J. has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality-romance. Naturally, her own books have the same. When she's not writing, she's of course reading. Then there's online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. You'll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago 'burbs.

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Tough Luck Cowboy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
sweetpotato101 7 months ago
I’m a new reader to A.J. Pine, but I quite enjoyed this one. I think what really grabbed me was the blurb. It’s such a unique plot with how Luke and Lily meet, then become feaux enemies only to be thrown together again and have to make nice. Add in a whole bunch of hilarity, heart, and swoons and it has a bit of everything with a little extra to make it stand out against other Western romances I’ve run across. An overall fun read! 3.5 stars!
blonde_betty 7 months ago
The Crossroads Ranch series continues in Tough Luck Cowboy with the story of star crossed lovers, Luke Everett and Lily Green. A.J. Pine's great characterization and strong family relationships make this an entertaining read.
Laura_F 7 months ago
Lily's birthday is spent finalizing her divorce and offering to cater her now-ex-husband's wedding. Talk about starting a book off with a bang!! Luke and Lily seem to hate each other but when they end up being thrust together constantly, they have a chemistry that can only be described as explosive. Luke is a laid-back, reckless rodeo cowboy. Lily is a Type-A, driven chef. They seem so different which is why when they met, Luke differed to his friend. But the more time they spend together, the more their similarities come to light and their hate grows to more than either of them were expecting. I loved Luke and Lily!! I was immediately pulling for them. Even though there was definitely some drama in their story, I felt like this book was mostly light and feel good. I am loving this Crossroads Ranch series and I can't wait to see what happens in Walker's book! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
bookbruin 7 months ago
Tough Luck Cowboy was such an unexpected surprise! This enemies to lovers/second chance romance hooked me in right from the start and though this is my first time reading a cowboy romance, I know it won't be my last! This is book 2 in the interconnected standalone Crossroads Ranch series, and can be enjoyed without reading the previous book, Second Chance Cowboy. I really loved both Luke and Lily. The tension and build up between them was so delicious and fun. I loved seeing their oil and water mix and watching all the sparks fly. ;) There is so much unsaid between these two and their circumstances couldn't be more complicated, with Lily being the ex-wife of Luke's best friend. Through it all though, you can't help but root for these two to get their second chance. One of my favorite things about the two of them is that even with the threat of loss looming or the odds stacked against them, they don't give up their individual dreams and hopes (much to the dismay of the other at times). Even though Luke was emotionally closed off and Lily's instinct was to run, I still found these 2 characters very brave and strong. Things move pretty quickly in the book, but considering this has been three years in the making, it didn't feel rushed or like instalove at all. Though I really enjoyed the ending and epilogue (I'm hoping for more details or an epilogue further down the road in the next book or beyond), I was left curious about the future of Tucker and Luke's friendship. Their reckoning was quick due to the timing of their discussion and just didn't seem fully resolved to me. Perhaps this will also be addressed in the next book. I actually have not read book 1, Second Chance Cowboy, but Ava ended up being one of my favorite characters. Her friendship and loyalty to Lily was unwavering and her analogy to being Lily's bra was the best! Everyone can only hope to have a friend like her. I also am very intrigued by the youngest Everett, Walker, and am excited for his book next! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
HEChapter 7 months ago
3.975 ~> Daddy Issues, Drama, and Distraction Sex ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ 4-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by its Cover > Looking Deeper Third-person First, I’d like to say that I’m not sure why there were hay rolls on the cover… the Everett brothers run a cattle ranch and winery. At no time were they growing or harvesting hay. Anyways… Luke’s story is the second to be told in this series, his older brother Jack (Jr) received the first one with Second Chance Cowboy. Despite it being the second book, AJ Pine does a good job in filling in any backstory that was needed so new readers (like myself) do not feel left behind or out of the loop. Luke’s been in love with Lily since the day he first laid on her three years ago. Unfortunately, his insecurities got in the way and his best friend swooped in and stole her and married her. Lily never thought that only a few years after saying “I do” she’d be saying “I’m out”. But that’s what she’s done. She’s done with Tucker’s late-night partying and certainly done with Tucker’s cheating. Luke thinks she’s a controlling hag, she thinks he’s an irresponsible party boy that’s to blame for corrupting Tucker. But things take an unexpected turn the day she signs her divorce papers and inadvertently gets herself hired to cater a celeb’s wedding… to her ex. The cast of characters are alright but it seems like there’s a lot of drama to be had at the Everett ranch. Three boys dealing with daddy issues is almost as bad as a sorority house with PMS. Luke and Lily’s chemistry was undeniable but their interactions were occasionally irritating. (Again, too much drama, baggage, issues). Communication was terrible between them and they often tried to solve their problems with sex, which really was not the key to resolution but I’m sure most readers won’t complain. The story flowed well and the writing is smooth. Conflicts could have been easily avoided with more mature discussions. Predictability was on the low end. The conclusion was cute and provided a satisfying HFN / implied HEA ending. I’m sure their story will play out, along with Jack and Ava’s, some more in the background of Walker’s book. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.975 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley via the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
mamalovestoread22 7 months ago
Nothing says disaster like being hired to cater your ex-husband's wedding; the moment Lily Green learns that he wants her to do the honor she can't help but cringe a little, and maybe even wince a little too. She can't believe he is moving on already; but at this point in her career she can't really turn the job away, it could be the job that helps her pave her way in the catering community. But if working with her ex isn't bad enough she then learns that his best friend, and her nemesis, will be helping with the planning, which means they will be spending some quality time together. Which means there could be some serious tension filled moments lying ahead, how can someone so darn good-looking be so frustrating? From the moment he met Lily, Luke Everett developed a little crush on her, but unfortunately for him her heart belonged to his best friend, and that is a line he'd never cross, so he just ignored the crush. But now that they are no longer married, she has taken on a new light, one that means that crush no longer needs to be hidden, but before he can act on anything with her, he needs to work himself into her good graces. Through the years they have had a few tension filled run-ins, many unfortunate misunderstandings, and now seems as good time as any to sort that all out and start with a clean slate... even it it happens to be while their planning her ex-husbands wedding! Tough Luck Cowboy is small town western romance at it's best; it stars a handsome, mildly moody, cowboy determined to win the heart of the woman who has held a special place in his for many years, and a feisty heroine determined to make him work damn hard for her time and affection. For a long time these two have been on the outs with one another, for various reasons, but now life has given them a chance to remedy the mistakes they made in the past... but at a very unconventional venue. Oh how I loved this story, these two had a hard fight ahead of them, and a lot of forgiving to do, and boy was it fun to watch it all play out, there were lots of laughs and swoons to be had here! This is my second visit to the series, and I must say I love this one just as much as the last, these characters will pull you into their enticing little town and make you feel right at home with them; just like your one of the gang. If you like handsome brooding cowboys, and feisty heroines who like to push their buttons, then this charming little tale will be right in your wheelhouse, each page is riddled with heart, swoons, and humor! Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.