One Tough Cowboy
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.
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?
“Leigh’s books can scorch the ink off the page.”—RT Book Reviews
Despite lots of explicit sex and police work, there isn't much to enliven this overstuffed erotic romance from Leigh (the Elite Ops series) and Chadwick (Rude Awakening). Detroit cop Samantha Jolene Ryder never planned to come back to her small home town of Deerhaven, Calif., but she heads back after several years away when her aunt is murdered. Sexy sheriff Hunter Steele, already investigating three suspicious deaths and short on trusted deputies, welcomes Sam's help in looking for her aunt's killer. Sam plans to go back to Detroit after the investigation and tries to ignore Hunter's sultry kisses and steamy innuendo, but he isn't keeping his distance. Sam wavers between the appeal of their toe-curling romps and her fear of getting hurt, all the while trying to uncover the secrets that led to her aunt's death. She's also fiercely independent, resents any hint of patronizing, and often misreads Hunter's intentions; meanwhile, he repeatedly pushes her boundaries and ignores her objections to a degree that may put off consent-focused readers. There are small-town relationships and rivalries to unravel, but this disappointing contemporary never fully comes together.
One Tough Cowboy
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.
One Tough Cowboy
I love this book! It was definitely a good read and I can wait for the next book to come out. I will say this though there was an attempt rape in the book that could be a trigger other than that I loved everything about the story line and plot .
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
Be warned. This book is for a mature reader. There are many sexual scenes, an attempted rape and foul language.
The chemistry between the two protagonists was blazing hot. The banter between the two was funny and provocative. Hunter is a sheriff who is investigating the death of three people. One of the deaths, is his uncle who was the sheriff and was killed in an apparent hunting accident. The accident was suspicious in nature as the uncle didn't hunt. Samantha (Sam) returned to Deerhaven, California to bury her aunt (who was the third death). Hunter and Sam knew each other from growing up together. Hunter protected Sam when she was younger and constantly getting into mischief before her family moved away. She becomes a police officer for the City of Detroit. She is a very tough lady who wants to see justice for her aunt's death so she takes a leave of absence to investigate the questionable death. She is talked into leaving her position in Detroit and becoming a deputy in Deerhaven. For the rest of the story you will have to read the book to really get an understanding of the plot that apparently will continue in more books in this series.
This book was written in a dual POV format. It gives the reader a more in-depth look into the characters. You will be able to understand the characters in how they feel and just basically come together in their relationship and how it evolved. Sam had always looked up to and adored Hunter from childhood. These two overcome a great deal of action and suspense in this book while their relationship comes together pretty quickly.
I loved this book and the depth and intense action that just kept me glued to my e-reader which was smokin' in places. I look forward to more of this series and hope that several of the secondary characters get a chance at a HEA!!