Review - Cowboy to the Rescue by A.J. Pine

Cowboy to the Rescue by A.J. Pine
Series: Meadow Valley
Publisher: Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Date Read: August 30, 2019
Length: 144 pages
Source: NetGalley
Before A.J. Pine launches her Meadow Valley series in December, take a peek at this world with a new novella.

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.

New to small-town living, Carter is determined to prove himself, both at the station and at the fledgling dude ranch where he volunteers. That means no mistakes, no distractions, and definitely no Ivy. Yet there's something about the sassy shop owner that he just can't resist. As things heat up between them, Carter's more certain than ever that she's the one. But can he convince her they have a future worth fighting for?

Look for the first novel in the all-new Meadow Valley series, MY ONE AND ONLY COWBOY, on sale December 2019!
My Review

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 in a single evening and had a great time with it. 

Ivy is opening her own store in Meadow Valley.  She grew up in the town knows everyone and is looking forward to opening her store and featuring some of her own designs.  She didn't plan on an electrical fire but she was prepared to deal with it.  Carter is new to Meadow Valley and its fire department.  They meet when he shows up at her store after the fire and he insists on going by the book and checking things out. 

These two have such great chemistry from the start.  Ivy is determined not to get in a relationship with a firefighter while Carter will not let anyone get in the way of his career.  As long as they ignore his profession, everything is perfect.  I really liked them together and thought that they had a lot of common ground.  It was a lot of fun watching them fall for each other over the course of the story.

I would definitely recommend this novella to fans of contemporary romance.  It was a really well-done romance filled with wonderful characters.  I am looking forward to future installments in this series!

I received a review copy of this book from Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley.
About the Author

A.J. Pine writes stories to break readers' hearts, but don't worry-she'll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, A.J. has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality-romance. Naturally, her own books have the same. When she's not writing, she's of course reading. Then there's online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. You'll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago 'burbs.

A.J. Pine's Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. I feel like I've heard of this author before, but I can't put my finger on it. Glad you enjoyed this novella, I may have to check out her upcoming series.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  2. i love to read shorts and prequels. they are a great introduction to a series or a new author
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. I haven't read one of her books yet, but I've been meaning to. Glad this novella had some depth and good development.

  4. I haven't read this author but this does sound like a book I could get into.

  5. I love novellas to get a taste of an authors style!

  6. You know I cant say no to a cowboy

  7. I have been wanting to sample Pine's work, and from what you mentioned, this might be a good place to start.

  8. This sounds like a fun read and I could use a shorter book right about now. I haven't read this author but now I want to!

  9. Always love seeing such a great recommendation for a contemporary novella!! I have been wanting to pick this author up

  10. I have this author on my to try list. Sounds like a fun peek into the new series.

  11. I haven't read this author. A novella can be a great way to get a look at the world. Great review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  12. Novellas are a great way to get you interested in a series. I'm glad this worked out well for you!


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