Review: Lost Rider by Harper Sloan
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?
Have you ever picked up a book and just known you were going to love it? No? Yes? Well, Lost Rider was just that type of book for me. I’ve been a fan of Ms. Harper’s work for quite a while now so this was an instant one-click for me. From the moment a pie flew into Maverick’s face, I was hooked. Sloan as this ability to weave in humor to heartfelt and emotional scenes in her books. Lost Rider is no different. It’s underlying dark tones of the Davis Family closet of skeletons is perfectly balanced with the light humor throughout the book.
Just like Leighton, I was head over boots for Maverick. Even though he made a misguided young man move before getting out of dodge, his heart was always back in Texas with her. No matter how hard he tried to ride away his feelings for her. And, the same went for Leighton. Love has a funny way of enduring the most painful words and long distances when it’s real, true love. It’s stories like these that give anyone hope that someday lost love will come back to us.
Lost Rider is a heartfelt, emotional ride on the back of the world’s largest and meanest bull. Sure the bumps and bucks are hard to get through, but at the end of that eight seconds ride, it’s all worth the pain. Perfect start to an amazing series to come.