Lost Rider by Harper Sloan
Contemporary Western Romance. Can stand alone.
I am a huge fan of Harper Sloan’s writing. I loved her Corps Security Series, and her Hope Town Series were all 5 or more stars for me. While I don’t normally gravitate towards cowboy or western reads, I have read some that I really enjoyed, so I expected Harper to wow me.
Lost Rider by Harper Sloan felt like a traditional western romance. It was written really well, but it felt like it could have been written by a 70 year old in 1986. It was a romantic, swoony, sweet and sexy second chance romance, but there was nothing that stood out as special or unique. I felt like it was missing that Harper magic, and like it was an assignment to write the most traditional cowboy romance possible. I liked the book. It was emotional, I highlighted a ton of great quotes, and I liked the characters, but we were in the character’s heads a lot, and not much happened.
Ten years ago, Maverick Davis left town for good, and left behind a heartbroken Leighton. Leighton was his sister’s best friend, and she loved Mav for as long as she could remember. After spending that time as a champion bull rider, Mav got the news that he can never ride again and risk another head injury. So he headed back home for his father’s funeral after 10 long years and plans to stay.
“I don’t need to see those emerald green eyes to know that the face shadowed from view belongs to the only man I’ve ever craved more than Nanny Jo’s famous chicken and dumplings. I would recognize him in a pitch-black room. Well, I’ll be damned. Maverick Davis has finally come home.”
He was a total dick at first, but as we get to know him, we sort of understand why. The only two things, in his mind, that keep him together are riding and Leighton. Even if it’s been 10 years since he’s seen the latter.
“All I had wanted, my whole life, was to be the best damn cowboy the rodeo had ever seen, but all it took was once glance in her direction and none of it mattered anymore. All she had to do was walk into a room and I forgot it all.”
When Mav left, he cruelly broke Leighton’s heart deliberately thinking it would be easier that way, but Leighton took him back so easily! He deserved some torture after the ass he was.
“I’m on my way to having it all again, and hopefully, God willing, I’ll have it with this girl always by my side. This is my second chance at everything, and I’ll be damned if I fuck it up.”
Maverick was so sure of his feelings for Leighton, once he had her, there was no going back.
“We didn’t know it then, but these bonds were always unbreakable. It was just a matter of time before they snapped us back where we belonged. Together.”
- Excellent writing and editing.
- So many amazing quotes!
- I love a second chance romance.
- I loved the flashbacks to when they were kids together.
- Traditional romance and traditional western romance lovers will LOVE Lost Rider.
- It was all too easy. He should have had to grovel more.
- He was so introspective and self-aware of all of his thoughts and feelings. It was all too neat and tidy.
- Felt a bit long and repetitive.
- Nothing really happened. I felt like I needed some action, suspense or angst.
The Down & Dirty:
“Head over boots cowboy.
Rating: 3.75 stars, 4 Heat