Hard Loving Cowboy by A.J. Pine


Release Date: March 26, 2019

Publisher: Forever


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!


When I read the synopsis I knew I was in! If it has a Broody Cowboy sign me up. A fake relationship, even better. What I didn’t know was why Walker was trying to not complicate his life, and this added an element I’m usually not too big a fan of. That being said, I think A.J. Pine did a wonderful job of portraying a difficult issue many people struggle. There were ups, downs, and in-betweens that made the story realistic. Plus, it all just had you rooting for Walker and Violet the whole way through!

Walker is really held back by dysfunctional family stuff from his youth and his own mistakes in early adulthood, but his brothers and aunt are a good support system. I loved seeing the small and caring interactions they shared. Plus, his and Jenna and her chicken Lucy are too funny!

Violet is just a caring little ball of awesomeness! I like how there is a point in the story where they bring up that she is a person of color and it’s just real, and not this dramatic thing. She’s smart, successful, and loyal to her family! She goes after what she wants, and I admire that about her.

Overall, this was a fun cowboy romance. I really need to read the first books in the series now. I want to learn how the brothers’ childhood affect them in different ways. I love characters with a past that get their well-deserved happy ending.

Thank you to Forever and NetGalley for giving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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