Lost Rider ~ by Harper Sloan
My Rating: 4
Genres: Romance, Second Chance Romance
Published: April 25, 2017
Read: May 21, 2017
POV: First-person dual perspectives
Series: Coming Home
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?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 Stars to Lost Rider: Coming Home #1 by Author Harper Sloan.
Maverick Davis and Leighton James…….
First I’ll start by saying I really enjoyed this book, the story, the characters and the writing. I have been a Harper Sloan fan since her series Corps Security. And since have read almost everything she has released. Since my love for cowboy romance is exceptionally high, I was so excited to read Lost Rider.
Maverick and Leighton have known each other nearly their whole lives. Leighton has always been very close with the Davis family. Especially Quinn, Maverick’s younger sister who is her best friend. I want to add that I loved the Maverick siblings and can’t wait to read their stories.
Leighton has been in love with Maverick since she was old enough to know what love is. Maverick, even though he was a couple of years older than Leighton, adored her as well. But she never knew it. In fact, Maverick purposely kept his distance because he was leaving town right after graduation with no plans of ever returning. He had justifiable reasons for wanting to leave, as you will learn when you read the book. However, I did not approve of how he cut ties when he left. No, I was not a Maverick fan at first.
A decade later, circumstances bring Maverick home. He wants to make things right with his siblings and additionally fix what he destroyed where Leighton is concerned. Maverick wants a real chance with her. Leighton has always been the girl who owned his heart. Even if she didn’t know it.
I won’t go into details. I will say that Maverick had his work cut out for him, though. Leighton did not make it easy. Good for her!
Every single action Maverick made since he returned home was to make peace with the ones he loved; his brother, sister and Leighton. They came first. Always. Because of Maverick’s actions, I came to respect and adore him. I was able to forgive him for how he left, and the fact that he stayed away.
There is angst and some secrets that when are revealed will not necessarily fix everything, however it is a good start. There were some very emotional moments in this book. Although there was a good amount of romance, I would not describe this book as sugary and sweet. I’ll add that I was so happy with the love that Maverick and Leighton had for each other. The ending of this book was satisfying.
The next book in the Coming Home series will feature Maverick’s younger sister, Quinn. I’m looking forward to that as well as Clay’s story.
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in Knoxville, TN, The United States