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Tough Luck Cowboy

(Crossroads Ranch #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  67 reviews
The only girl he ever wanted was the one he could never have.

What's the saying, bad luck comes in threes? If so, Lily Green is due for something good. First, her divorce is finalized—on her birthday, no less. Then the first job she lands for her catering company turns out to be for her ex-husband's wedding. To top it off, she's stuck working the event with Luke Everett, th
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 320 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Forever
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A.J. Pine
Apr 18, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Who's ready for Luke Everett's book?!? I had so much fun with Luke and Lily's story. I can't wait for you to meet them! Here's a little preview...

“I was just wondering—I mean, what if someone else walks through the front door. Are you—gonna put a shirt on?” Lily asked.

Luke lowered himself into a chair, looked down at his bare, bruised torso and then up at the only woman who ever seemed to have a problem with it. Sure, he could finish getting dressed,
but what would be the point? It wasn’t like he
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always playing by the rules doesn't always work. Talk to Lily Green, who always did everything according to plan. She ended up divorced and working in a business that wasn't exactly what she wanted.

Three years ago, Luke Everett might have been ready for true love or at least to make space for a woman in his life, the one he just met at a bar, but without knowing, his friend screw the plan and married the girl.

Lily is not having a good week. Her divorce just got finalized...on her birthday, and
book bruin
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 m
Damn. Okay. Yeah. That was really good.

Thanks to Forever Romance for sending me a copy for free!
Bette Hansen
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Loved it!! Couldn't put this one down. Sometimes the love your craving is right in front of you. Take a chance and you may find your happy. Luke and Lilly may act like enemies but deep down they are anything but.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
**Tough Luck Cowboy generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

4 "Famous last words." Stars

It's become more apparent I have a thing for cowboys. The second installment of the Crossroads Ranch series was just as enjoyable as the first. It's a flirty, fun, second-chance, enemies to lovers romance that captivated me from the start. This author has a wonderful way of drawing into her charming characters for whom have big personalities. The friendship and lo
Danielle from Short and Sassy
Who knew I would love a cowboy/bull riding named Luke Everett as much as I do?? Sure he is grouchy and moody, but underneath all that, he has a real good reason. You see, he is in love with his best friend's ex wife! And has been for years. Now, Lily is a single women. Too bad she hates his guts and blames him for what her ex did to her.

I went into this book blind and loved every second of it! I am a city girl who loved this cowboy romance!
Morelia (Strandedinbooks)
**3.5 STARS!

Forever picturing Luke, and any cowboy for that matter, as Scott Eastwood in The Longest Ride. *swoon*

Also, my first cowboy romance!!! F YEAH!
Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads.

If I'm being totally honest, cowboy romances have always been something I liked more in theory than in actuality. Or so I thought, apparently. I've read more of them this year than in any past and I gotta say — I'm loving them. Tough Luck Cowboy was so, so very good.

Lily and Luke's story hit all the right notes for me. First off, I really liked the characters. Lily was determined to move on from her failed marriage and driven to get her catering
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Why do I get the feeling you’re more trouble than I realize?”
The corner of his mouth quirked up. “Lily Green—you have no idea.”

I’m sitting in the same spot I was 24 hours ago when I started Tough Luck Cowboy by A.J. Pine—the school pick-up line. And maybe it’s the fact my baby just started Kindergarten that has my emotions on high alert . . . or maybe it’s this book.

At the very least, PART of it is this book—an enemies-to-lovers romance with heartbreak and triumph, fallout and falling in lov
Happily Ever Chapter
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ 4-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

> > Judging a Book by its Cover < <
Intense looking cowboy taking up the cover, hay rolls in the background. Synopsis sounds interesting and fun.
> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> 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
Robin Loves Reading
Lily Green takes on an odd catering job. She unwittingly agreed to cater her ex-husband's wedding. But, she needs the job, so she follows through. How in the world is she going to things right when she is forced to be working alongside Luke Everett, her ex-husband's best friend? Of all people. Luke has never made it a secret that he cannot tolerate Lily and has never treated her kindly.

Little does Lily know that this is all a smoke screen. Luke acted that way because he actually is crazy about h
Avid Reader
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tough Luck Cowboy (Crossroads Ranch #2) by A.J. Pine
4 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Cheating, tumultuous upbringing
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Lily and Luke... Their names go together, but for years, they were enemies. Lily married Luke's best friend, leaving Luke out in the cold, so to speak. With the baggage that Luke carried, he was not in a place where he felt he could offer Lily what his best friend could, so he stepped aside.

When Lily finds herself catering her
Brittany from Can’t Quit Books
My oh my!! This was the first book I have ever read from this author and I can guarantee it will not be my last!!!

Lily is a chef who just agreed to cater her ex-husband's wedding. Luke is her ex's best friend and best man. What is the worst thing that could happen?

Lily is such a hard worker who prides herself on her cooking. She wants to have her own restaurant and won't let anything or anyone get in her way.

Luke is a bull rider who wants to end his career on his own terms. Unfortunately for hi
Kristen Johnson
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lily and Luke's story was such a fun take on enemies to lovers with that added touch of once unrequited feelings.

Full review to come
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I do like to read enemies-to-lovers romances and Tough Luck Cowboy definitely delivered that trope in spades. This story is the second book in the Crossroads Ranch series and the author did a fabulous job filling in the history and backstories of the characters from the first book. I did not feel lost with the previous characters interactions at all, if anything I felt like I knew them just as if I had read the previous book and it only encouraged me read Jack’s story. This story though is about ...more
Sandy S
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 24, 2018

The only girl he ever wanted was the one he could never have.

What's the saying, bad luck comes in threes? If so, Lily Green is due for something good. First, her divorce is finalized---on her birthday, no less. Then the first job she lands for her catering company turns out to be for her ex-husband's wedding. To top it off, she's stuck working the event with Luke Everett, the sexy-as-hell best man who's never been able to stand her. When can
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 b ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tough Luck Cowboy is the first chance I have had to read anything by A.J. Pine and it certainly will not be the last. I became completely engrossed in this story from the very first page. The storyline is unique and entertaining.

The story starts out with poor Lilly Green having the worst birthday possible. She has her divorce papers in hand, she has run straight into her soon to be ex-husband's best friend, and she has just talked herself into catering for a wedding without knowing who the groo
Amber Hughes
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
**4-4.5 stars** Tough Luck Cowboy is the second book in A.J. Pine’s Crossroads Ranch series and it’s another winner! Be sure to add this one to your TBR!

Luke Walker and Lily Green may have acted like they hated each other, but the chemistry between these two was combustible! Little did they know that each harbored feelings for the other. When they met 3 years ago at a line dancing bar, things did not go the way Luke planned that night and Lily ended up going home with his best friend Tucker and
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***ARC Provided by the Author via NetGalley***

Luke and Lily hate each other.

Well, actually, Luke doesn't hate her at all, he's in love with her, and she is married to his best friend.

And, then she isn' she is free to pursue a relationship with him, to act on the chemistry that he has always felt and that she sees as existing as the flip side to their dislike of one another.

Lily is catering her ex-husband's one of those quirks of life that are totally believable, and happen in
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
Tough Luck Cowboy by A.J. Pine is a nemesis to lovers romance that is quite heartwarming. This second installment in the Crossroads Ranch series can easily be read as a standalone.

Newly divorced, Lily Green is starting over career wise and she impetuously (and unknowingly) agrees to cater her ex-husband Tucker's upcoming wedding. Although the situation is not ideal, Lily does not hate her ex and she is actually happy (and jealous) that he has found "the one".  As she works with Luke Ev
books are love
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

Luke was awesome. He tried so hard to be there for his family but he was also trying to grow on his own. He is a cowboy through and through and for him going out of the rodeo on his own terms is something he needs to do. His family and Lily do not understand that but eventually support him in his decision.

Lily is tough and stubborn. She wants to do what she desires and is striking out on her own. Only when she does she ends up agreeing to cater her ex’s w
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One wild and reckless night to get each other out of their systems. That's all it was supposed to be.

Luke Everett is a sexy cowboy and bull rider. Sexy and unattainable. Did I mention SEXY! Luke gave me some serious feels throughout the book. Cocky as heck, and sexy as sin. He could also be very charming and sweet. The little thoughtful gestures he made. In the quite moments, when he let his guard down.

Lily Green had it all figured out. Until she didn't. Smart and beautiful. Lily's unstable pa
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Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s all about timing…

Turning points. Who hasn’t wondered, at least once in their life, what might have been if timing or choices had been different. Well, Lily and Luke found out in this emotion-packed, friends-to-lovers romance. They were constantly at odds but maybe now was the time to clear the air and find out why their feelings were so strong. Cowboys were everywhere (which made me beyond happy!) as timing finally had this pair sorting things out…

“We’re just eating dessert, sweetheart. No
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

Thanks Forever Romance Books and A.J. Pine for my free copy of Tough Luck Cowboy the second book in the Crossroads Ranch Series.

What happens when your best friend marries the woman you had your eye on? Luke meets Lily out one night but his best friend Tucker swoops in first. Fast forward Lily is going through a lot. Her divorce was finalized on her birthday and she just agreed to, unknowingly, cater her ex husbands wedding! Since Lily married Luke’s best friend their relationship has been one
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love a good enemies to lovers story? What makes this one even better is that is also a second chance story. The heroine, Lily, did not end up with the hero the night we met. Instead she ended up with his best friend, married him, and has now divorced him. The hero, Luke, had to stand by and watch all of that unfold. They have three years worth of misunderstandings, blame, and hurt feelings between them. However they also have an impossible to ignore attraction to each other as well a ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
These Everett brothers are just something else - I don't know how a woman couldn't fall for these brothers!

After a short marriage to Luke Everett's best friend, Lily Green is ready to move on. What she didn't expect was that her first step to independence would be catering her ex-husbands wedding! And because Tuckers fiance wants to have the wedding at the winery owned by the Everett brothers, Lily is spending more time at the Crossroads Ranch than she's like. Especially since Luke is grounded f
Renee Entress
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Second Chance Cowboy (Crossroads Ranch #1)

This is Lily and Luke’s story. Lily was married to Luke’s best friend, but they are now divorced. He has always been attracted to her but has hid that attraction under surliness. Wen she accidently accepts a job catering to her ex husbands wedding she knows she is in for it. The main problem
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A teen librarian 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. She’s the author of the If Only series (Entangled Embrace), the Only You series (Berkley/Intermix), the Kingston Ale House series (Entangled Select), and the Crossroads Ranch series (Forever Romance). When she finds that 25th hour in the day, she might ...more

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