Review: Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

Lost Rider by Harper Sloan
Series: Coming Home (# 1)
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 401
Source: book provided by NetGalley for 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?

 

Review: LOST RIDER: Maverick Davis has been forced into retirement from the PBR due to having suffered one too many concussions. Though he would rather stay mind-numbingly drunk, he must return to the small town he grew up in, a town he swore never to return to, to show support for his brother and sister.

Though he loves his brother and baby sister, Maverick would prefer that they come to him whenever they wanted to see him, not the other way around. He has not gotten over the anger that he has carried for the last ten years towards his abusive father and only went to his funeral because he found it hard to say no to his persuasive sister.

Maverick is an absolute jerk and barely changed in the whole book. He was nasty towards Leighton and kept insulting her time and time again. Leighton forgave him much too easily and I found that nearly unforgivable. She isn’t a weak character, she just couldn’t resist him no matter how much she wished she could.

I love western books and this is truly a western romance. I’m also a big fan of first person stories and was excited that we could get Maverick’s POV and Leighton’s every other chapter.

If I had to talk about one thing I didn’t like (besides Maverick’s pompous nature), it would be the language used. As a woman of faith there are words that I don’t say nor allow in my house. There are also several hot as fire, graphically written sex scenes that didn’t hold back.