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!
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Harper Sloan’s romance has all the passion and heartbreak of a great country song. Forced into early retirement due to injury, rodeo superstar “Mav” Austin Davis finds himself back home in Pine Oak, Texas. Local girl Leighton James has always loved the surly cowboy, but she can't forget how he broke her heart years ago. We love a redemption story—and we adored beastly, grouchy Mav, a hero with a tough exterior and a soft heart.
Sloan (When I'm with You) hits it out of the park with her first Coming Home contemporary western romance, the tale of a lonely cowboy and the hometown sweetheart who has never stopped loving him. Rodeo rider Maverick Davis hightailed it out of Pine Oak, Tex., the minute he could, desperate to escape his abusive father. But in leaving, Maverick deeply wounded Leighton James, the shy girl who had loved him since they were children. A decade after his departure, Maverick's father has died, and Maverick's high-profile rodeo career is ended by a serious injury. He returns to his hometown hoping to forge a new life for himself. Leighton has closed herself off from love, instead channeling all of her energy into her successful bakery, the PieHole. Now that Maverick is back, she struggles to overcome the hurt and to trust the love of her life to treat her more kindly the second time around. Maverick is a perfect hero: multilayered, complicated, deeply damaged, yet blooming with the new promise of love. Leighton is appealing and real, as are a strong supporting cast of characters whom readers will be glad to follow into sequels. Sloan enhances the gripping story with country songs that open each chapter. This absolutely spectacular effort catapults Sloan to the top of her genre.
A second chance romance has Maverick coming home 10 years after crushing Leighton's heart at the tender age of 16. There is a lot of heart to this story and it starts out pretty rough with the way Maverick handled Leighton, but then you start to learn why he was so harsh and how he truly feels.
The book starts out with Maverick coming home for the first time after leaving town 10 years prior, but we also get flashbacks to when they were teenagers to show the bond they had before he left. Maverick is bitter and angry, not only from losing his bull riding career, but also his father's funeral. A father he ran away from as soon as he turned 18.
To get away from his abusive father, he severed the bond with Leighton and he soon realizes how much he he has to repair with her. It starts out a little rough but I liked that this author didn't dwell too much on them apart, but more of the couple working things out together. The second half of the book was a lot sweeter than I was expecting.
Maverick may have needed to heal the most but we see that his sister and brother also have very deep wounds. This book set up both siblings nicely for their own story to come.
ARC provided by Netgalley.
This book was okay but it just missed the mark for me. It was too long with very little happening as far as the storyline went and I would have liked to have seen more in the epilogue.
This book could have been summed up in three chapters instead of thirty🙄