Hey Guys, I am so pleased to welcome you to my stop on the Lost Rider blog tour. This book by bestselling author Harper Sloan is released today! So you can head over to your preferred seller and pick it up straight away with no delay! Below you will find my review and all the links you will need for Harper Sloan and Lost Rider. Thanks to InkSlinger PR for having me on the tour.
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!
Maverick Davis, is the moody cowboy, an injury has killed his career in the rodeo and he’s been drowning his sorrows at the bottom of a bottle. Now his Father who he hated has died he is returning home to see his siblings and work out what life is supposed to look like moving forward.
Leighton James, was the awkward girl who grew up on the ranch next door to the Davis clan. She is Maverick’s younger sister’s best friend almost since birth, and his older brother has taken her under his wing since the death of her parents. She was also crazy in love with Maverick when they were teenagers and he was, to put it politely, an asshole about the whole situation.
Now that he is back, Leighton doesn’t feel very forgiving and he is feeling very guilty and so begins a game of cat and mouse although at times I’m not sure who was playing which part.
I loved the way that Harper made the dynamic in this book slightly different, it didn’t feel whimsical which these novels sometimes can. There was an existing and deep connection but there were deep-rooted trust issues which this couple had to work out and try to understand if there was something which could overcome those issues or not.
The determination Maverick shows once he sets his mind to knowing what he wants, once he gets past his fear and admits how he feels is moving and Leighton quite understandably is cautious, although at times she really lets her guard down only to then rush it back up again in fear of getting hurt.
I loved that Leighton is a strong independent businesswoman. She’s looked after herself, she doesn’t need anybody else, but she knows that she wants her people around. She has a great support system and she loves the people she has in her life.
Maverick is as stubborn as a mule, he struggles to see what’s in front of his eyes in most areas of his life and is quite lost (hence the book title!). He’s very much got used to being alone but has completely isolated himself emotionally not just physically. Through the book we see him start to break down that isolation and open himself up not just to Leighton but his family aswell.
This was a really enjoyable book, I’m really looking forward to reading more in the series and seeing how other characters are developed further, I really enjoyed reading about all of the Davis clan so I’m hoping this series will continue to focus on these characters.
Sending a huge thanks to Harper Sloan, Pocket Books and InkSlinger PR for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
About Harper Sloan
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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Title: Lost Rider
Series: Coming Home #1
Author: Harper Sloan
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Adult
Publisher: Pocket Books | Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 25 April 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
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