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!
"A fabulous storyteller who will keep you turning pages and wishing for just one more chapter at the end." --- Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author, on Second Chance Cowboy
"Cross my heart, this sexy, sweet romance gives a cowboy-at-heart lawyer a second chance at first love and readers a fantastic ride." --- New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ryan on Second Chance Cowboy
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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!
I Couldn’t Not Love It ♥️
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*
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*