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Hard Loving Cowboy

(Crossroads Ranch #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  299 ratings  ·  95 reviews
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 wo
Mass Market Paperback, 309 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Forever
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Elle's Book Blog
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Actual Rating: 4 stars

Hard Loving Cowboy is a wonderful novel of friendship, family, and love. A.J. Pine has written a novel filled with chemistry and I could FEEL their blossoming love coming right off the pages. I love me a good cowboy romance and A.J. Pine is definitely one of my "go-to" authors within the genre. With that being said, if you enjoy books that will make you smile and cheer for the couples this is the book for you! You
How do you face the every day struggling with an addiction when your addiction is your family's livelihood. That is the difficult topic Pine tackles in Hard Loving Cowboy while penning a beautiful friendship with amazing chemistry that turns into so much more.

You ever read one of those books where you want to yell at the characters to just talk to each other...I did feel that way with Walker's secrets.

Hard Loving Cowboy provides that happy, feel good vibe while taking on a difficult topic of add
1-Click Addict Support Group
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I had a favourite…

We’re not supposed to name favorites I know but, honestly, I’d been waiting for Walker’s story for what seemed like forever. He drowned his pain in a bottle, many of them, not seeing another way. With his brothers and the ranch, though the lifeline he desperately needed was at hand. He needed every ounce of courage and strength he had to move forward and love was not in the plan…

I simply loved Walker and Violet together. Loved their inability to just say no to each other – t
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a new to me author and I liked the premise of it.

I really liked Violet and Walker. They had great chemistry and banter. The flirting was fantastic. I really liked his brothers and her parents and i just might go back to read the other books because of the characters.

Plot wise, I’m not sure. I get the reasons why Walker didn’t want to talk about being an alcoholic with Violet, but it was also quite stupid. There wasn’t any talk of his being in recovery. And okay, sure, maybe people suc
book bruin
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

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
A.J. Pine
Mar 03, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm so excited for you all to read Violet and Walker's story! While it's sad to say goodbye to the Everett brothers and Oak Bluff, this isn't the last we'll hear from them. I'm pretty sure they'll make cameo in book three of my upcoming Meadow Valley series...especially since JENNA will finally get her happily ever after in Meadow Valley book three!


Thanks for reading!
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two months ago, Walker Everett finally hit rock bottom. After his brother picked him up at the county jail and pleaded with him to get help, he entered an inpatient program. Now that he's sober, Walker have an added challenge in his siblings new venture : they're transforming their place into a winery business and Walker is helping with the construction part. He's working in the morning sun when a tornado who speak French named Violet Chastain enter his life, asking him to pretend to be her boyf ...more
Leigh Kramer
CW: alcoholism, recovery

Every once in a while, I’ll read a book and think, “they really should have had a social worker vet this first.” While I’ve really enjoyed Pine’s books previously, including the first book in this series (I sadly haven’t had a chance to read the second one yet), Hard Loving Cowboy included concerning messages about addiction and recovery. The romance as presented shouldn’t have happened in this timeframe. I was too worried Walker would relapse to be able to enjoy the stor
Apr 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
***ARC Provided by NetGalley***

I wanted to like this, I really, really did. But, unfortunately, it just wasn't a title that connected with me. This title focuses on the youngest brother, Walker and, I haven't liked him all that much in the other 2 books, so I was not sure how this was going to work for me.

Unfortunately, it didn't work for me at all. I didn't like him, and I thought the "meet cute" was obnoxious and didn't make me want to know what was going to happen next.

DNF at 14%
Robin Loves Reading
It is Walker's story! In the Crossroads Ranch series, the first two Everett brothers have found love. I have been eagerly awaiting Walker's story because of the fact that he has spent his last years in the bottom of a bottle. For a love story for Walker to work he would have to make huge strides. Readers will not be disappointed.

When asked by his family's ranch and vineyard's new employee, Violet Chastain, ask him to pretend to be her boyfriend when around her parents, he finds this to be a grea
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
My goodness, I’ve so enjoyed this fantastic Crossroads Ranch series! And while I absolutely loved Jack and Luke’s stories, I was really looking forward to Hard Loving Cowboy and Walker’s story.

And what a story it is! In this final book, we finally see the true connection and “family” between these wonderful men and the women that love them.

And we finally see just what Walker’s made of—the grit and gumption. What really makes him tick. And I couldn’t help but root for him to finally realize who
Jacqueline Francis
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. It was another great cowboy romance with characters who have depth, problems, passion, and more. It was a nice change to read about characters with some very real, very serious issues, and yet still coming out with finding love. If you want a fun, get away from real life book, this pick probably is not for you.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
4 stars
Donna Repsher
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
As usual, I'm reading my first book by this author and, as usual, it's the third or fourth book in this series (there was a book #1.5), so I was fairly clueless when it came what happened in the previous novels, but the author did a fairly good job of filling in some of the gaps, and it worked just fine for this reader as a standalone novel. I was able to discern that all the novels in this series relate to the brothers who now own and operate Crossroads Ranch, located in the Napa Valley, and wh ...more
Jess (ireadergosum) Reviews
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 thro ...more
Avid Reader
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Hard Loving Cowboy (Crossroads Ranch #3) by A.J. Pine
3 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Addiction
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This is Walker's story. He has struggled with alcoholism for as long as he can remember. With a less than ideal childhood and a family who won't quit, Walker only has one option: go to rehab and make it stick.

Walker's life is one where he measures himself against his brothers. Walker sees what they have and he's not sure if he's jealous or if he nev
Bette Hansen
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Walker's story in this third book of the Crossroads Ranch series. While each of these stories can be read standalone, i think they are much more enjoyable if read in order. Understanding the family dynamics as the three brothers work together to save the family ranch builds throughout each of the books. Walker has always been the troubled brother of the three seemingly going down the same alcoholic path as the father. With the strength, love, and support of his brothers Walker i ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved Hard Loving Cowboy. The story of the youngest in the Everett Family trying to fight his way to existence among not only with himself but trying to prove himself to his family and the woman who all of a sudden is taking up everything in his life.

I loved Walker vulnerability with his addiction to alcohol and how it has played such a huge role in his life. He may not have been that open with those around him but seeing him work through the demons of his past in order to find his futu
Heather 123
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF 18%

I just couldn't get into this book. The story of how Walker and Violet met was cute, but honestly I found it incredibly immature and irresponsible especially given she knew she was at the place where she was supposed to have a job interview.

Walker having a job at the winery just didn't fit with his back story especially being straight out of recovery. I could see having him work at the ranch if he needed a job but then having nothing to do with the winery. But having an alcoholic at a w
Seema Rao
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Readable ~ Sexy ~ Sweet

tl; dr: Grumpy cowboy vineyard own falls for hot, smart colleague

The story involves a recovering alcoholic whose family is getting into the wine business and his hot new employee, the multi-racial Violet. The book is well-written, particularly the male protagonist and the sex scenes. It's worth noting this book has insta-love, fake boyfriend, and pretending not to be dating/ dating. In general a solid romance novel. My only real criticism is that the author didn't give eno
Latifa Morrisette
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When one drunken night goes too far and a brother that has had enough, Walker knows that he has hit rock bottom. Now he has to just survive sobriety. When Violet literally steam rolls her way into his life he just goes with it. What started as a fake relationship turns to more, he has to navigate his way through foreign territory. I loved this book. Walker and Violet are polar opposites but somehow they make it work. A.J. Pine did a phenomenal job with this book and I'm ready for more.
This series has been such a delight for me.

Loved the dialogue in this book!!!! The tension!!! There was just so much joy and great moments with the whole crew... perfect ending to a great series.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading about the Everett Bros! I’m sad to have read the last book in the series. Guess I’ll have to read them again.
Judy Churchill
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I waited for this one to be released. After reading the first two books in the series I had to see how Walker figured his life out. It was good because I knew all the characters and I love that.
Typically, I am not the biggest fan of the fake relationship trope but in Hard Loving Cowboy I found that I was loving it! The introduction between Walker and Violet was quite hilarious and completely unanticipated. Neither Violet nor Walker were looking for any complications in their lives. In fact, Violet’s life was as complicated as she could handle but when Walker had given her a lift home after quite an eventful day, she found herself in an unexpected predicament. Walker did come to the res ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
**** 3 1/2 Stars ***
>>>>> My Synopsis(Review follows:) <<<<
Walker Everett has spent years drowning his pain and sorrow at the bottom of a bottle. When he finally hits rock bottom he decides to enter rehab, and turn his life around at his brother's request. It's not been easy for the cowboy, but he's been taking it day by day, one sober step at a time. When Violet enters his life, there's something about the warm and intriguing young woman he just can't seem to resist--even though he knows he sho
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

A great ending to this series! I loved this whole series so much and am sad to see it end.
Walker has always been a hot mess and Pine lifted him up and gave him room to work through his very heavy baggage. His friendship and the subsequent relationship was lovely to experience. I appreciated that he had to buckle down and work through his issues and that he showed his family how capable he truly was.

*copy provided by publisher
Sandy S
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

RELEASE DATE:March 26, 2019

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 b
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

HARD LOVING COWBOY is the final story in the Crossroads Ranch series and I’m sad to see these characters go… but have hopes to see them again in cameos in another series (according to the author). If you’ve read the entire series then you know of Walker’s battle with alcoholism, even before he acknowledged that problem and, of course, the brothers’ father was mentally and physically abusive toward them before they were removed from his influence by a family member. I
Jenn_COBB - Collector of Book Boyfriends

After reading countless books by many talented both new authors and well established ones I found myself in a weird book funk place.
My interest wasn’t even near what it used to be and desire for reading was slowly fading away and I was losing a piece of myself.
So I said to my friend and co-blogger to just pick a book out for me to read and she sent me Hard Loving Cowboy and the rest is history.

I have never heard or read anything by this author but that will change because after the prologue alon
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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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