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Cowboy to the Rescue (Meadow Valley)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  42 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 buttons. Li
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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
Review coming soon.
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. 💝
Marsha Spohn
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Christina Montminy
Enjoyed my first book by A.J. Pine, it was sweet with a little bit of angst & a whole lot of sexy fireman/cowboy. I enjoyed the slow stop & start to the relationship of Carter & Ivy which usually frustrates me but not this time. The slow growth of the characters was well done & in a sweet but sexy way. Watching them slowly give in to their fears at times was heartbreaking but as their relationship grew stronger I was impressed by Ivy’s strength & determination not to let her ...more
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
Wendy Leonard-Richardson
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cowboy to the Rescue is a sweet quick read. It is the introduction of a new series set in rural Meadow Valley and a great start in my opinion.
This is the romance of Carter and Ivy. Ivy is a long time resident whereas Carter is new to the small town. She recently lost her firefighter brother and has a lot of fears about losing another...and Carter is a firefighter. But the two have instant chemistry. They must navigate her fears and insecurities as well as his job uncertainty given his probation
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This introduction to Meadow Valley is amazing!!

Ivy has just returned home to Meadow Valley and it's not going smoothly. There's a fire in her dress shop, there's the usual small town gossip, and the new lieutenant at the fire department pushes all of her buttons. Carter is the new guy in town and is trying to adjust to small town dynamics. He might push all of Ivy's buttons but he can't afford the distraction of a beautiful woman when he's trying to prove that he deserves the position he has an
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
Ashley (A Stack Above The Rest Blogg)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book I have read from this author. I really enjoyed the book and it is a nice short read for those looking for a HEA with a twist. Things do transpire quickly in the relationship between Lieutenant Dreamboat and Ivy, but considering the length of the book that was expected. This book touches on grief and loss and the sacrifices our first responders make to serve and protect. It was a good read and I would recommen ...more
Becky Burciaga
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A. J. Pine’s Cowboy to the Rescue has all the requisite elements that make a story hard to put down. Right out of the gate I found myself immersed in Ivy’s captivating world...the same way I’m sure the author intended Carter to feel at their first encounter. As Carter and Ivy’s romance gains traction, you’ll find yourself turning the pages to be further immersed within their world of heartbreak, tension, action, and a perfected scripted romance.

This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the P
Melena Torretta
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-arcs
A great intro into AJ Pine's upcoming Meadow Valley series!

Ivy and Carter were sweet, engaging characters who both had difficult experiences that have affected them. Their hesitation to jump into a relationship despite their attraction felt realistic, and the novella length worked well for their story.

There are a few other characters that were introduced and I am looking forward to reading their stories too.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for an honest review.
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. 🙂
Allyson || ❤️
A quick read romance about a small town, big dreams girl falling for the new guy in town. Ivy has gone through a lot, and would like to steer clear of firemen, until she met Carter. Carter is a fireman who wants a fresh start, and this small town is the place to start and to stay focused until he meets Ivy. 

It was a cute little romance novella. It kept my interest, but I felt the characters were not well developed. Also, I thought it was kind of lacking in the "heated romance" department.

Karen Roma
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A. J. Pine has penned an interesting and captivating introduction to her brand-new Meadow Valley series with this wonderful prequel. Cowboy to the Rescue has all the mandatory prerequisites; great world building, well-developed characters, and an engaging storyline. Heartbreak, angst, intense chemistry and a believable romance are just some of the elements that make this an enjoyable read. I can’t wait for the first full-length story in the series!
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cowboy to the Rescue is the prequel novella to author A.J. Pine's new Meadow Valley series. I must say that the author has done a superb job starting this series. The writing style is easy-to-read. The characters are very likeable. Ivy and Carter have quite an attraction to each other and I thoroughly enjoyed reading along with the development of their relationship. I am really looking forward to what further tales Ms. Pine has to spin about Meadow Valley.
Brooke Stover
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great novella and introduction to a new series set in Meadow Valley. For being a novella there was a lot of character and world building which you don’t always get with such a short story.

Ivy and Carter’s story comes together perfectly. Ivy didn’t want to fall for a firefighter and Carter wouldn’t give up who he was for a woman. Can they find a happy medium and make it work? Can love help Ivy overcome her fears?

I’m excited for the rest of this series.
Lady M.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a complete story considering how short it is, I just loved it so much. It's hard to believe so much detail and emotion could be squeezed into something that I read in just a couple of hours. I've read a couple of books by this author before and look forward to more. I love that the stories and characters feel so real, the plots are nothing crazy and over-the-top.
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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