Publisher: Pocket Books
Pub Date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Print ARC from publisher
Rating: 4.5 stars
Blurb:In Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?
Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?
Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?
Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!
Review:This was wonderful. I had no problem at all getting lost into Lost Rider and being unable to return. Sloan has an easy way with her writing that makes it feel as if you aren't reading at all. Maverick is a whole lot of sexy goodness all wrapped up into cowboy boots and a stetson. as a professional bull rider, you take a bunch of risks; and Maverick has taken one too many hits too his body that it's more than dangerous to continue. Leighton was the girl he left behind to follow his dreams and leave behind all the hurt and pain he had to endure growing up.
Leighton is the beautiful, strong, and loving best friend of Maverick's little sister. Ten years ago, she took a chance and told Mav how much she loved him and that she always had. Leighton is then left with a broken heart when Maverick leaves without a goodbye. When a family tragedy strikes the Davis family, Maverick has no choice to make it back home. Back home to where he left a lot of things unfinished...mainly the girl he truly cared for but had no room for in his lonely life.
Love is powerful and will hit you hard when you aren't expecting it. I enjoyed watching Leighton and Maverick fight their way to the finish line. The pain that he had to go through in his childhood is heartbreaking and you're able to see why he keeps the world at arms length. Leighton to me is the perfect contrast to Maverick. She's the light and sun that he needs in is life.
Second chance romance and cowboys are such a good mix. I think that this is a start to a truly great series. I can't wait to dive back into the world that Sloan has created. Overall, I totally and completely recommend this wonderful and beautiful book. It gives you such a nice feel and I think she got small town Texas down just right. I've lived in a small town in Texas, and I know how everyone and their momma knows everything about everyone.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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About the Author:Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.
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