LAW AND ORDER 
For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…

PRIDE AND PASSION
And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart…and that, after all these years, his love is true?

Titles in the Moving Violations series include — One Tough Cowboy

Title:  One Tough Cowboy
Series:  Moving Violations #1
Author:  Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick
Genre:  Romance, Modern Western Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published:  January 29, 2019
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  3.5 stars

I’ll be frank and say that I’m torn on ONE TOUGH COWBOY by Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick.  Really torn.  When I’m in the mood for a sexy romance I turn to Lora Leigh – I’m obsessed with her Breeds series and have re-read it several times now.  Yet what I can accept in that series (because of the premise of it) feels uncomfortable to me in this story.

On the surface ONE TOUGH COWBOY is an intriguing, suspenseful romance between two strong people who have a connection from their past and their present.  There is a mystery to be solved, one that grabbed my attention.  It would be an interesting romance between Samantha and Hunter if the explicit sex scenes were cut in half — yes, I really did say that there is more sex in this story than anything else.  Now I love a sizzling, sexy encounter as much as the next reader but there were times when having sex was just… the wrong timing, at the very least.  I wish this had been a story driven, character driven romance instead of a sexual encounter driven one… in my opinion.  Yet, I read what the authors have delivered and go from there.

There are possible triggers in this story for some people such as an attempted rape.  Just be aware of that is all I’m saying.

I want to say that I’ll continue this series because there are secondary characters that I want to know what their story is… but I just don’t know at this moment.  ONE TOUGH COWBOY is a good story, please don’t misunderstand that, I simply felt that the sex overtook the story and I wish that wasn’t the case for me.  Perhaps I just need to stick to the series (Breeds) that I do enjoy and leave it at that.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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