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Cowboy to the Rescue

(Meadow Valley #0.5)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  69 reviews
From "a fabulous storyteller" (Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author) comes a western romance about a cowboy who isn't afraid to break the rules.

All designer Ivy Serrano wants is a fresh start. But instead, her Meadow Valley homecoming includes an electrical fire, a trashed custom dress, and a very handsome fireman who knows how to push all her b
Kindle Edition, 119 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Forever Yours
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Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Cowboy to the Rescue by A.J. Pine is a prequel novella in the contemporary romance Meadow Valley series. As with most romance series each book will change main characters so the can be read as a standalone or in any order. The books of the series however do give updates on the previous characters for those that follow from the beginning.

Coming from a firefighting family the very last thing Ivy Serrano ever would want would be to fall for a firefighter herself knowing all too well the danger they
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was a really good shorter read. I have really wanted to read more of A.J. Pine's work so I just couldn't resist the opportunity to read this novella. This was a wonderful introduction to the upcoming Meadow Valley series. I had a great time getting to know some of the characters in the larger community and look forward to getting to know each of them a bit better once the series really gets going. I was able to read this novella
Aug 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
💝 ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 💝
Robin Loves Reading
It is the day of the grand opening of her new shop and the smoke detector goes off. Ivy Serrano does not want to panic, but she can't lose her business. Not now. Not after finally getting what she wants to make her mark. She finds the source of the fire, a faulty wire, and quickly puts it out. However, the smoke detectors are still blaring. That is not the only sound she hears. Sirens are getting closer and closer. When the firemen get there, she tells them she has it under control. However, the ...more
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

I was happy to see that Pine had a new series out. Her new Meadow Valley series starts out with the quick, fun novella.

Right away you get a feel for both Ivy and Carter. Right away you understand why Ivy might not be too happy to get involved with a firefighter after losing her brother. It's totally understandable. It's also understandable that the heart wants who the heart wants. Sometimes it makes your choices so
WTF Are You Reading?
Ivy Serrano and Lieutenant Carter Bowen could have the romance of a lifetime.  And they both know it.
They have in fact, known it since the day that the dashing fire fighter tried to fight the fire that our "not so damsal in distress" had already conquered.
Her fire.
To be exact.
In her shop.
Started by the faulty wiring in her mini fridge.
A fire that she then put out with her fire extinguisher.

Only to have Carter show up with rugged good looks, flashing blue-grey eyes, a no-nonsense demeanor, and so
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

COWBOY TO THE RESCUE gives us a peek into the beginning of the Meadow Valley series with the first book being released in December of 2019. I love prequels, they give me just enough to decide if I want to continue on with the full series, and often introduce me to the secondary characters who may be playing a part in the series at some point. It’s a novella-length story and this one will have you waiting for the rest of the series to begin.

Ivy and Carter first meet af
Tiffany Reads It All
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s no secret that I love a good cowboy romance. But a hero who’s not only a cowboy but also a firefighter? A.J. Pine’s novella, Cowboy to the Rescue, delivers the goods!

Clothing designer Ivy Serrano is opening her own shop in the small town of Meadow Valley. But luck is not on her side when a fire breaks out on opening day. As fate would have it, new-in-town Lieutenant Carter Bowen is one of the first on the scene.

Sparks fly between Ivy and Carter right away, but Ivy has a strict No Dating Fir
Jessica Figueroa
Ivy is a designer opening up a shop when she comes to find a electrical fire gets sparked causing the local firefighters to check things out. Carter is a the new guy an a Lieutenant firefighter and was on the job see things out for himself. Carter isnt' interested in distractions being that hes the new guy trying to prove himself and Ivy is a bit heartbroken with the loss of her brother who was a firefighter. So things are a bit complicated.

This was a cute little contemporary book. I enjoyed see
Sandra R
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A small town romance between shop owner Ivy and firefighter Carter. There's lots of fun banter between the H/h as they get to know each other. The writing is fine and the story is easy to read and there are a few side characters (eg townsfolk). I do prefer to read a book with more angst, sizzle, tension and drama, but if you prefer to smile over a couple falling slowly for each other in a home town setting, then this story is for you. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. 🙂 ...more
Jenny - Book Sojourner
3 to 3.5 stars
Cute and sweet. Cute couple. Am interested in reading the rest of the series.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

Ivy Serrano comes from a firefighter household. Her father was a Captain and her brother, Charlie, was a lieutenant. As we all know, there is a lot of risk and danger that comes with that career. Unfortunately, Ivy lost her brother Charlie in a fire involved accident. The grief that Ivy continues to hold on to, even two years later, is such a heavy load for one to carry. Ivy has told herself that she will not date anyone who has a life
Christine (Queen of Books)
Thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley for a free e-arc for review.

This was a really cute story! Ivy is working through some fire-related grief when she develops an unstoppable crush guessed it, a firefighter. What made this novella for me was a) the friendship between Ivy and Casey (yay, for main characters with friends) and b) the writing! I'll refrain from quoting, because I recognize I read an arc, but suffice it to say, I like A. J. Pine's voice, and will try
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was fine. Yes, fine. It was a quick intro and set up for the new Meadow Valley series, which I am excited about.

I really enjoyed Pine's previous series, Crossroads Ranch, so I have pretty high hopes for this one. This first book/novella was not as strong as her previous books. The main couple meets and falls for each other pretty quickly. I'm not opposed to instalove but it didn't blow up my skirt all that much either.

I enjoyed meeting some of the inhabitants of the town, mainly
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it

I couldn’t get into this one. It’s seems I’m now 50/50 on whether or not I like books by this author.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first A.J. Pine book. It probably wasn't best to start with a novella though. I felt like everything was too rushed, especially what happened in the end. I just didn't feel it was what the ending needed. One of those "too much, too fast endings".
I will give the next book in the series a try as I did like the small town and some of the other side characters.
I received an advance reader copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I felt an immediate connection to these delightful characters who find each other annoying upon their first meeting but that annoyance quickly leads to breathless kisses despite their best efforts to keep from getting involved. Based on my enjoyment of this introduction novella I can predict future books in this author’s new series are going to be one click purchases for me. Ivy is still deeply grieving the loss of her brother and Carter is mourning the loss of his father’s approval and though I ...more
books are love
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

Love love love Carter and Ivy. I love how Carter is everything Ivy needs and makes her feel safe and yet independent as well. He doesn’t think she can’t handle herself but instead wants to be by her side. They don’t start out with the best of meets. And Carter’s life isn’t easy at the firestation for many reasons but he soldiers on and believes in love and himself and dreams.

When Ivy meets Carter it is because of a fire at her store. He didn’t know who s
Madison  Monroe
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
The book has committed the ultimate sin in the book lover's world. This book has teased me and left me yearning for more and it does not feel good either. I want more of this couple and most importantly, I want me a firefighter cowboy to boot. One my favorite authors, A.J Pine, has done it again and I cannot wait until the next book in the Meadow Valley series is released. I'm so excited, can you tell??? Okay, okay..calm down girlie, you have to tell the good people what you think of the book. O ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of those authors that I swear I’ve read before, yet can find no record of doing so. Her name is so familiar, probably from seeing it over an over in numerous places. But it made me think I had to have read something of hers by now. Anyway, the reason I read this particular one is because *it was included in my eARC of Sara Richardson’s First Kiss with a Cowboy. I almost skipped it seeing as I have a million other books to read, but decided to give it a go since it was short and inclu ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy from the Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley and liked it so much that I purchased a copy.

What a wonderful start to the series. Two of my favorites cowboys and firefighters! What isn't there to love. We were introduced to some great secondary characters along with Lieutenant Carter Bowen, a new transplant in Meadow Valley, and Ivy Serrano, a born and bred resident. Carter leaves Houston for Meadow Valley as his father is extremely unhappy that Carter
Title: Cowboy To the Rescue

Series: Meadow Valley Novella

Author: A.J.Pine

Genre: romance


Forever Yours

September 3rd ,2019

Rating: 4.5

All designer Ivy Serrano wants is a fresh start. But instead, her Meadow Valley homecoming includes an electrical fire, a trashed custom dress, and a very handsome fireman who knows how to push all her buttons. Lieutenant Carter Bowen may set off sparks of his own, but the last thing Ivy needs now is town gossip . . . or to risk loving another firefighter.

Ivy owns a dress shop in the small town of Meadow Valley. On her opening day her mini fridge sets off a small fire and introduces her to the new fire lieutenant Carter Bowen. Although there is an instant attraction Ivy has lost her firefighter brother to a fire and has vowed never to get involved with a firefighter.

Carter is only on probation, he is determined to make this new chance work, a huge change from his former life in Houston and his family business. He shouldn't allow the prickly owner
Amber Hughes
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
If you’re looking for a quick, sweet read, check out this prequel novella to A.J. Pine’s Meadow Valley Series!

Lieutenant firefighter Carter Bowen has only been in Meadow Valley for a short time when he meets Ivy Serrano at her new clothing boutique store after responding to a small electrical fire on the premises. The attraction is immediate but Ivy can’t let it go farther than that. After losing her firefighter brother 2 years ago, she won’t allow herself to get close to someone in that profes
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Carter Bowen is the new Lieutenant in Meadow Valley, having just moved to California from Texas for the job. Ivy Serrano has just opened her new boutique after returning home from spending time with her family after her brothers tragic death in a fire fighting accident.

While there is an instant attraction between the two, Ivy is still too raw from the loss of her brother, and is unwilling to open herself up to the risk involved with dating someone in such a risky line of work, while Carter is ad
Marie (daffodilbookshelf)
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ivy has returned to her hometown to set up her clothing boutique featuring her own designs. When a small fire puts her in the path of the fire department's new lieutenant, both Ivy and Carter do their best to deny their mutual attraction. Ivy adamantly won't date firefighters and Carter doesn't want any distractions from proving himself to the department. But will love find a way?

I love a small-town romance! The main characters had true-to-life issues and their story played out with a couple of
Debbie Caswell
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeous book my first by this author but it won't be my last I will now be reading the back list

Ivy Serrano may have had a fire an the fire department may of come to her rescue but she didn't them by the time they arrived she had put out her fire with her fire extinguisher and she didn't need any blue eyed handsome fire fighter with a distracting accent help no siree. Lieutenant Carter Bowen is new to town he has come for w new start he has every intention of blending into the new dep
Karen Hackett
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cowboy to the Rescue by A.J. Pine is a bonus story included in R.C. Ryan’s Born To Be A Cowboy. Designer Ivy Serrano just wants a fresh start, but instead, her Meadow Valley homecoming includes an electrical fire, a trashed custom dress, and a very handsome fireman who knows how to push all her buttons. Lieutenant Carter Bowen is new to small-town living, but is determined to prove himself, both at the station and at the fledgling dude ranch where he volunteers. That means no mistakes, no distra ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
***Provided by the Publisher as bundle with another ARC***

3.5 Stars

I really enjoyed Ivy and Carter. it's a novella, so a little harder to be totally engaged with the story, but it still worked well. I think it was because it was a conflict that I was able to relate to; not personally regarding the situation, but enough that I know how it feels to know that 2 different things (or a thing and a person) are a part of your soul and that giving up either of them isn't going to work.

I loved that they
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh how I loved Ivy and Carter! They both realized early on that they had a special connection even though neither wanted to act on it. Both vulnerable. Ivy with her grief and not wanting to be that close to anyone. And Carter with his wanting approval and acceptance. Their connection was fun, flirty, and immediate. Carter is swoonworthy and Ivy is a woman who could be your best friend. I loved her interactions with her best friend Casey. Reading them two together makes me want Casey to have her ...more
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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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