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One Tough Cowboy

(Moving Violations #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,008 ratings  ·  405 reviews
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.

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
Mass Market Paperback, 293 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

One Tough Cowboy is book one in the brand new series, Moving Violations by Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick. This is my very first book by both of these authors and what a way to start the New Year. This had pretty much everything I love in a book. Sweet romance, smokin smexy times, and intense suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat.

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Samantha (Sam) Ryder spent her first eleven years in the small community of Deerhaven, California before her family moved away. She had known
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

I was really excited about this book! Lora Leigh has been one of my favorite go-tos when I'm in the mood for a dirty talking uber alpha. Make him a cowboy, and I'm chomping at the bit! Unfortunately, this book was better in theory than it turned out in practice.

I loved the set up and potential of the story. Samantha has always loved Hunter from afar. He was ten years her senior while she was a troublemaking child and her crush was ultimately water under the bridge of their years apart. Bu
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One Tough Cowboy is the first book in Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick's new series, Moving Violations. The story introduces readers to Samantha, a Detroit police officer that finds herself heading back to her hometown of Deerhaven after the death of her aunt. There, she's thrust into a building mystery surrounding multiple deaths in the town. Which leads her to the towns Sheriff, the boy she had the biggest crush on when she was younger, who is definitely all man n
Stacey is Sassy
Rollin', rollin', rollin'...

I don't know what's happened to me. A few years ago One Tough Cowboy would have floated my boat in a BIG WAY! Lora Leigh was one of my favourite naughty writers and I would go out of my way to read whatever she released. Unfortunately, I have come to a stage in my life where I want more storyline and fewer sex scenes. This story would have been so much better if a few of the porno scenes were cut. I'm still shuddering from some of the descriptions and if I had to read
Wendys Wycked Words

I have read multiple books written by Lora Leigh and I especially enjoyed her Elite Ops series. It was pretty damn HOT.. if I do say so myself. Now as much as I love my military men...there is one thing that gets me even hotter that...Cowboys. 7e6c22cc4c29adb0f4a619d0806b71f1 They are my Kryptonite !!! So I figured with this author and this title...I could not go wrong. 

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I was a bit misled here though. The title made me think full-on cowboy story...but Hunter, our hero is the sheriff, and Sam, the a cop. It's a goo
This was a new to me author and I loved the idea of someone moving back to a small town and a rekindling of sorts.

I liked Sam and Hunter well enough. I enjoyed their banter and the button pushing. I didn’t quite believe their “chemistry” and would have like more conversation of substance.

Plot wise, it was sort of a hot mess. I liked the idea of the mystery, but there was so much sex all over the place, the idea of an actual plot {which happened to be a sex trafficking slash terrorist ring O_o}
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Holy smokes! One smoking hot read! 3.5 Stars
This book took me by surprise. I’ve read others by Lora Leigh and thought I knew what I was getting into. But this story has a lot of pluses, which are awesome, but also some minuses as well.

I enjoy a great romantic suspense and that’s what this book really was. Very little on the actual cowboy aspect so I’m not sure why the title included “cowboy”. I think it would’ve been fine with sheriff because that is what this hot piece of
Samantha was always the trouble making littler kid, who found herself fascinated by the older, protective Hunter. She wasn't surprised when she returns home to find Hunter a law man. But Samantha is also a police officer and very suspicious of her the circumstances surrounding her aunt's death. She doesn't know who she can trust.

Hunter knows that his home town is filled with corruption. He is doing everything in his power to dig it out and the last thing he needs is to put the hot little Samanth
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
I won this in my very first ever Goodreads giveaway so to say I was pumped to read this would be an understatement. I wanted to love this read but not even my giddy feel good vibes could up my final rating.

Overall the story wasn't bad, if you've read Lora Leigh chances are you'll find fairly strong similarities in this book. There's family secrets, truly evil villains, murder, violence and a mystery to solve.

Sam is back in her hometown to find some answers regarding her grandmother's sudden de
Kristy K
Nov 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I had so many issues with this book.

This first is, this takes place in California, albeit a small town, but the vernacular didn't match how Californians talk or think. Many Southern culture ways kept popping up (e.g. calling someone sugar (when you're not a grandma), referencing Yankees (and not the baseball team)). California played a small role in the Civil War and it was for the Union (it was a free state), so I didn’t get why Hunter kept calling Samantha a Yankee or making it sound like the
Jan 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to St. Martin's press and Netgalley for sending me this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review.

There were so many f*cking things wrong with this holy sh*t

Rape just to further a nonexistent plot - the plot that existed didn't seem to have any real place in the story. Just take out the weird sex trafficking / terrorist "plot" and call it what it should have been: erotica. Then to make it 500% worse than it already was, at the climax of the story the MC is tied up and brutally raped by te
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the word cowboy and thought yes sign me up! One Tough Cowboy is actually about the town sheriff. It’s set in Deerhaven, California. Hunters family run the well-known Steele Spur Ranch, but Hunter’s career is in the police force. In the past eight month, 3 suspicious deaths have occurred and the most resent brings an old friend back to town.

Samantha moved to Detroit with her family. She also joined the police force, but is used to the busy city. When her Aunt dies she finds herself back i
Mindy Lou's Book Review
If there is one thing I can always count on from Lora Leigh, it's the heat. Lordy can that woman write sexual tension like no other! Honestly, she can write anything and I'll read it just for that alone.

This wasn't exactly what I was expecting. We do have a few cowboys and Hunter does own a ranch, but this was more of a romantic suspense story instead of a cowboy story. Hunter is the sheriff and Sam is a cop from Detroit. She came home for her aunt's funeral and gets embroiled into a scary situa
Wow! Talk about sizzling! This book will absolutely melt anything within its vicinity and then some. To tame the heat, just a bit, is a mystery at its center, one that Hunter and Samantha are trying to solve. With shifty characters and a mayor that has his own interest at heart, this plot took us on a wild ride.

Hunter is a strong alpha hero, possessive and protective of his heroine even though she’s more than capable of taking care of herself. They knew each other when she was still a child and
May 26, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, netgalley
One Tough Cowboy features a romance between a woman returning to her hometown and falling for her first crush all over again.

Samantha Ryder never planned to return to her hometown of Deerhaven, California but after her beloved Aunt Dottie dies under mysterious circumstances, Sam is determined to find out what happened. After Sam arrives in Deerhaven she begins working with Hunter Steele, the town sheriff and Sam's first crush, to find out what happened to Dottie. As the attraction between Sam an
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
ARC received for review

Good first book. Lots of chemistry and smokin' up the sheets between Samantha and Hunter. Plus there were bad guys to catch although that part was a little confusing and there was just too much stuff going on with too many people. Then the ending was just meh, even the epilogue wasn't much.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
One Tough Cowboy by Lora Leigh; Veronica Chadwick is the First book in the Moving Violations Series. This is the story of Samantha and Hunter. Hunter used to look out for her and protect her when she was younger. So it was no surprise when learned he had become the sheriff of their town. But she was taken back by her feelings that still linger their for him and how attractive he has become. Hunter too is drawn back to Sam and the feelings of protectiveness that he has...along with other growing ...more
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Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hot and suspenseful…

This author duo has created a sizzling story full of tension, suspense and passion. Samantha and Hunter are not strangers though I wouldn’t say this was second chance. What may have been was cut short early but Sam is back and though they both were mourning, they were also united in finding justice…

Sam and Hunter were the stars of this sexy, small town romance. Full of quirky characters, a dangerous mystery and chemistry galore, it was a fast-paced yet at times gentle read. H
Johanna Sawyer
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
One Tough Cowboy

Thanks to the publisher for an ARC copy to read and give my honest opinion.

This was a fun read as we meet Sam and Hunter. Book starts out with a death and it seems foul play has occurred according to the Sheriff. A childhood friend comes back to town and old feelings with new ones surface.

What did I like? The chemistry between the two main characters was panty combustible and hot! The story is a small town cop vs corruption and scandal. Several characters look like they're goin
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missy
So, just to get this settled, One Tough Cowboy isn’t really a cowboy book. It is, however, a pretty damn hot and suspenseful read! So stick around a bit...

Samantha and Hunter have a history. A bit of a distant love story, sorta. Samantha and Hunter grew up in the same small town, but Samantha is about eight years younger that Hunter, so they were definitely moving in different social circles. But what neither knew was that the other was wildly infatuated with them. Yep. Serious unrequited roman
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have a weak spot for romances with a sheriff in it so I was really interested in this one. And I liked both Hunter and Sam as a couple. However, there were too many sex scenes for my taste, especially at the most weird moments. Near the end there is a very traumatic scene for Samantha, but they have sex after. There was a plot somewhere but it was lost in the sex :-)

*** ARC via Netgalley ***

Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Y’all. This Book!

I loved it, I loved everything. The way it’s written, the plot, the pace, characters and romance. Yes the romance was of the charts hotter then hell, the chemistry these two have is busting from the pages. And the suspense mystery of what’s happening around them all, with people getting killed, acting weird. Gah! I just really loved it.

Arc was given to me for an honest review.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
First book in the series and it was an ok read for me. It left me on the fence. Could have gone either way. I thought the plot was good but had trouble with the characters both Hunter and Sam. There are a few secondary threads through the story and suspense of course and some serious sheet burning between Sam and Hunter. Simply, I didn't feel connected or invested in the story. Still it was a good book to read, easy and simple.

arc from NetGalley and publisher for an honest review
Samantha returns to small-town Deerhaven after the death of her Aunt Dottie. Hunter is the sheriff of Deerhaven and he’s worried about this latest death. It’s the third death and Hunter is suspicious, despite the credible explanations. Cop, Samantha doesn’t believe her aunt’s death is a natural one either, and she decides to investigate. This puts her head-to-head with Hunter, her childhood champion.

The title of the book led me to believe there would be a cowboy. Not true. The hero is the sherif
Nadine Bookaholic
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
#giveaway one paperback copy (US Residents Only)

I think I went into this book with my expectations to high and was disappointed when they didn't hold up to what I had expected. Don't get me wrong, this is a good story but for me it just fell short. I loved the aspect of Hunter taking the Sheriff's position after his uncle's death and doing some undercover work to see what was really going on in his small town with the few "accidents" that had occurred kno
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

One Tough Cowboy was smoking hot with some government corruption on the side. The story starts with 3 deaths-the mayor's wife, the sheriff, and an elderly woman in the town. This last death brings Samantha back to Deerhaven, CA. Hunter, the new sheriff knows these deaths are suspicious and he knows the mayor is up to something dirty. When Sam comes back to town, sparks fly and they jump right into a very sexual relationship. But, Hunter wants Samantha to move back to Deerhaven permanently
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who knew a little town like Deerhaven, CA could be such a hotbed of intrigue and trouble? One Tough Cowboy is one wild ride of a book – and I can’t tell you much about the story as I’m afraid I’d give you spoilers…and it’s so much more fun if you read all about it yourself. Seriously, right from the very beginning of the story, we find out about three deaths: the mayor’s wife, the former sheriff, and a longtime friend of theirs.

One Tough Cowboy is a story about Samantha Ryder (call her Sam or Sa
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

When I saw the cover to this One Tough Cowboy it made me smile. I love a good cowboy romance, a sweet hometown girl, small town sheriff whose a gentleman but loves fiercely. I even like when behind close doors the good boy gets dirty. But this book had none of those things.

The book was 75 percent sex scenes. I read some heavy sex romance books and this even put some of them to shame, with its non-stop sex scene after sex scene. On top of that, some
Christine Woinich
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley-book
I loved the instant heat between Sam and Hunter. Teenage attraction blossoms into adult love. With all the mystery and danger surrounding them, they found time to connect. I enjoyed how the story built up, keeping you wondering what was next. Watching Sam and Hunter work as well as play and learn about each other made this a good read.

I received an ARC through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book different from what I usually read from Lora Leigh with her breeds books Samantha and Hunter have been friends for years now they are becoming more than friends when danger comes Sam and Hunter must work together to find out what is going on I love all of Lora Leigh books haven't had a chance to read any books by Veronica Chadwick but her and Lora Leigh did this book together will have to check out some of her books can't wait to read more books in this series ...more
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