Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan [Review]

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!

3 Second Chances and Cowboy Stars
Lost Rider is a standalone and is part of the Coming Home Series. I haven’t read a Harper Sloan book in a while. In fact I haven’t read a book by her since her debut book. She has a mega fan base and I was curious to see how much her writing has changed.

I love a Southern cowboy book. I’m from Texas and my husband owns acers of land with a family that has a Southern accent and all. Suffice it to the say, the accent, the jeans and cowboy hat does it for me.

Leighton and Maverick had feelings for each other, but Maverick needed to pursue his dreams and go ride the bulls. The book starts with a few flashbacks and the chapters go from present to past. Normally I don’t like flashbacks, but in this case, I really wanted it. I wanted to see the love Leighton and Maverick had for each other (if they had it at all).  I kind of wish the entire book alternated between present and past (crazy I know!).

Its ten years later and Maverick is back and you know how it goes. Lots of pain, anger and drama from Maverick’s siblings and of course Leighton.

Lost Rider has mild angst. A lot of people are angry with Maverick and he kind of has to make amends with everyone. He isn’t your sweet hero though. If you want the strong alpha lead, holds-no-hands kind of man, then he is it.

There is some nice dialogue in the book, but the inner monologues / narratives were long. I’ve never been fond of these, but I know a lot of readers like it because it really tells you how the characters feel.

Leighton and Maverick work on the issue of Maverick leaving throughout the book. I’m not sure if I cared too much to why he left or how he felt in the situation. I guess I wouldn’t have mind if there was another obstacle to overcome.

I did like the side characters. Maverick’s siblings are adorable and they have a strong relationship with Leighton which kept the angst level mild in the book (like I mentioned before). The next book will be about Quinn, Maverick’s sister.

Overall, Lost Rider was a pleasant read. There are some things I didn’t care for due to my particular reading style, but I can see why a lot of people love Harper Sloan so much.

An ARC was provided

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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