- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1019 KB
- Print Length: 381 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373608659
- Publisher: Mills & Boon Superromance; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KDIC2D2
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,053,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jane is a Native American college student who has never wanted to be anything but a bull rider. Unfortunately, it's a man's world and no one wants to let her in to the boy's club, no matter how good she is.
Thankfully, an owed favor gets her foot in the door, and after that, she only needs to prove herself... over and over again. Jane can ride with the very best men in the circuit, but they don't want her there.
Some of the other riders are jerks, but Travis Younkin tries to warn her away out of true concern. He nearly died in a bull-riding accident and he really believes the same thing could happen to Jane. He tries to push her out at every opportunity, but she is determined to make her dreams come true. She is sick and tired of people telling her what she can and can't do and she is not going to take it, even from her childhood idol and the sexiest man she has ever met.
I liked Jane. She had pluck. She is resourceful. And she is unwavering. Travis was a little more of a mixed bag. He has good intentions and his history makes some of his behavior understandable. Sometimes, though, it got old watching him project his fears onto Jane, even after she had proven her skill. I liked his struggles with his own recovery and how Jane's affections helped him jump back into living, both emotionally and sexually. Early on, the sexual tension is good and the love scenes paid off.
But I had some issues. First, there was a bit of repetition, like in how many times Jane ruminated on how Travis was stealthy for a white man. I think I read that at least four times. I also took issue with Travis's reaction to learning the secret of a secondary character. It was almost enough to make me stop liking him entirely. Not cool. Please don't disconnect me from the hero this way. (It also bothered me some that we never really learn how old he is. He could have been anywhere from 25-50.)
Overall, though, I liked it fairly well. It wasn't deeply emotional. It was more a story of words than feelings if that makes sense. But I liked the vein of female strength and empowerment. I liked the dynamic between the hero and heroine. And I thought the ending was satisfying.
But all that comes at the end and only after the reader sees how these two hide their attraction in their unlikely friendship with a couple of gay cowboys afraid to come out to their buddies in the rough-and-ready world of rodeoing.
Although I anticipated that all would finally end in a happily-ever-after, getting there was a hard ride, one that included any number of surprises and a climax that promised anything but June and Travis getting together. I won't spoil it by telling you how things end, as I'm sure you'll want to find out for yourself.
June has always been able to ride whatever comes her way, despite her father's criticism and the jeers of the guys. And she always lands on her feet. She just wants to do what she loves and make enough money to get her mother and herself out of poverty. She doesn't count on falling hard for Travis Younkin, a bull rider who's trying to make his way back to the top of the circuit after a devastating wreck. He claims to only be looking out for June's safety, but June just sees it as a vote of no confidence in her abilities.
Travis is reluctant to have June on the circuit for a number of reasons. He really doesn't want to see her get hurt, since he knows all too well what a rank bull can do to the human body. He also realizes that June is a good rider and she could knock him out of contention for the top spot. He's leery of getting too close to her, since his last girlfriend was the distraction that led to his wreck and dumped him as soon as he was injured. But he can't ignore the fact that June is a talented rider, who just happens to be one of the most beautiful women he's ever seen. So he may have to put his heart on the line to help her, protect her, and help make both their rodeo dreams come true!