Thursday, January 24, 2019

Review - Second Chance Cowboy

Author:  A.J. Pine
Series:  Crossroads Ranch #1
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:   Forever
Format:  Print ARC
No. of Pages:  320 
Date of Publication:  February 27, 2018
My Rating:  4 Stars

Once a cowboy, always a cowboy 

Ten years ago, Jack Everett left his family's ranch without a backward glance. Now, what was supposed to be a quick trip home for his father's funeral has suddenly become more complicated. The ranch Jack can handle---he might be a lawyer, but he still remembers how to work with his hands. But turning around the failing vineyard he's also inherited? That requires working with the one woman he never expected to see again.

Ava Ellis broke her own heart the night she let Jack go. She was young and scared---and secretly pregnant with Jack's baby. Now that he's back and asking for her help, Ava sees her opportunity to right the wrongs of the past. But how will he feel about the son he's never known? Could this be their second chance---or their final heartbreak?

“Cross my heart, this sexy, sweet romance gives a cowboy-at-heart lawyer a second chance at first love and readers a fantastic ride.” 
Jennifer Ryan – New York Times bestselling author

Don't miss this second chance love story, the first book in an all-new cowboy romance series by A.J. Pine!


Jack Everett never wanted to look back. He never wanted to come home. A quick trip to settle things after his father died and he can move on with his life. However, nothing goes as planned and his stay is extended. He must deal with his two brothers and the lives they are leading now. More importantly, Jack must deal with Ava Ellis and the bombshell that is dropped on him.

Ava took control of her life ten years ago when she broke up with Jack. But now he is back, and there are things that she is forced to share with him. She suffered heartbreak more than once when it came to Jack, and she is really worried that her heart will break yet again..

Jack has very good reason for never wanting to come home, even if he has loved ones there. After the tragic loss of his mother, his father spiraled out of control, including nearly killing Jack at one time. The memories are just too much to bear. Mostly aware of his painful life, Ava is mostly aware of what Jack went through because when they were eighteen, they were in a relationship. So, she has her reasons for Jack no longer being a part of her life.

From the outset, Ava learns that she is pregnant, yet she let Jack go anyway. She has raised their son on her own and has plans on continuing to do so. As mentioned, heartbreak was involved. He went on and became a bigwig lawyer, and she has struggled ever since. There is definitely a chance for Jack and Ava to rekindle their love, but the secrets and the past must be dealt with effectively first.

I enjoyed this story by A.J. Pine. Second chance stories allow the romantic in me to wonder what condition a heart is really in when two people come back together for altogether different reasons. In the pages of these stories, it is rather pleasant to see challenges and feelings handled. Kudos to the author for delivering a warm, satisfying tale. I was able to devour this book in one sitting.

Second Chance Cowboy is part of he Crossroads Ranch series and is followed by Saved by the Cowboy and Tough Luck Cowboy, which were published in 2019. Hard Loving Cowboy will be released in March, 2019.

Many thanks to Forever for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is a 2-in-1 Special bonus novel in Carolyn Brown's Cowboy Brave, That review is included here on this blog.


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. When she finds that 25th hour in the day, she might indulge in a bit of Netflix and Hulu, nourishing her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. She hails from the far off galaxy of the Chicago suburbs where she resides with her two amazing kids and three little devils disguised as cats.

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