I do like to read enemies-to-lovers romances and Tough Luck Cowboy definitely delivered that trope in spades. This story is the second book in the Crossroads Ranch series and the author did a fabulous job filling in the history and backstories of the characters from the first book. I did not feel lost with the previous characters interactions at all, if anything I felt like I knew them just as if I had read the previous book and it only encouraged me read Jack's story. This story though is about Luke and his insecurities. It was because of his insecurities that he lost out on a good thing with Lily in the first place. Since that fateful night that he met Lily he has been nothing but a jerk to her but only as a cover for what he was truly feeling because what he truly wanted could never be. I get that Luke felt that he had to use anger and disdain to keep his desire for Lily in check but I can't say I was a fan of that because he was pretty brutal at times. Lily for her part had no idea that he had ever had any feelings towards her other than disgust. Now that she had hit the lowest point of her life the last thing that she needed in her life was Luke and his cutting remarks. Both Lily and Luke had more going on in their heads than what was seen on the surface and I am glad that the story was told from both their points of view, otherwise this romance might not have been very convincing. There was much drama and tension throughout but as Luke and Lily started dropped their facades a sweet romance started to unfold and I found myself enjoying it very much. Also, I am a sucker for grand gestures and there was a very grand romantic gesture in this story but it didn't work out as planned, which made it humorous, and I always love humor in stories. In addition to romance and humor, this story included a cast characters who had issues stemming from childhood and it added a feeling of brokenness to them. Their past had very clearly affected them all and that comes through in their interactions. Lily and Luke could have both made better choices but they were being ruled by issues stemming from their fathers and they lacked maturity in ways. Much of the tension and drama between these characters could have been solved from simply communicating. It didn't make for a bad read but there were times when it was frustrating. Overall, Tough Luck Cowboy was a great story that clearly illustrates strong family ties and has a very satisfying enemies-to-lovers romance. This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Tough Luck Cowboy
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What's the saying, bad luck comes in threes? If so, Lily Green is due for something good. First, her divorce is finalized---on her birthday, no less. Then the first job she lands for her catering company turns out to be for her ex-husband's wedding. To top it off, she's stuck working the event with Luke Everett, the sexy-as-hell best man who's never been able to stand her. When can a girl catch a break?
For years, Luke has kept his feelings for Lily safely hidden. Hitting on his best friend's ex-wife would definitely break the cowboy code of honor. But ever since an injury sidelined his rodeo riding, the two of them keep getting thrown together. It's only a matter of time until his true feelings come to light. When that happens, it will either be the biggest mistake of his life, or a sign that his luck is about to change.
"Cross my heart, this sexy, sweet romance gives a cowboy-at-heart lawyer a second chance at first love and readers a fantastic ride." -- New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ryan on Second Chance Cowboy
Grand Central Publishing
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