EIGHT SECOND RIDE by Anne Jolin
Series: Willow Bay Stables #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
— SYNOPSIS —
Owen Daniels lives his life eight seconds at a time. The thrill of anticipation that comes with sitting on twelve hundred pounds of untamed power is unparalleled. The adrenaline rush that floods his system when the chute opens is one of life’s most unique and natural highs.
Ride eight seconds bareback on a bucking bronco—that’s his life.
When Owen’s stock horse, Remington’s Lady, is injured midway through the rodeo circuit, he trailers her back home to Willow Bay, Alberta, to remain in the care of the local vet, Ray Brookes.
Months later, with a truck bed full of buckles, Owen comes home to collect his Lady from the man he trusted to help her recover. Only Ray happens to be short for Rayne, and Rayne happens to be a woman.
And this woman wants nothing to do with a cowboy fresh off the circuit. As far as she’s concerned, he can take his buckles, boots, and spurs right back on out of her life.
Will Rayne keep them from holding on to their eight-second ride? Or will love buck out of the chute in time for a perfect score?
My Review –
5 Trusting a Cowboy isn’t easy Stars!!
Thank you so very much HEA Book Tours PR & More for sending me a copy of Eight-Second Ride!! I’m very honored and grateful!! 🙂
Having read Ms.Jolin’s work beforehand and the first book in this series I could not contain my excitement when I saw this book on my Kindle!! I’ve loved horses for as long as I can remember and to see them featured in such fantastic stories makes me so stinking happy. This story is about how two people meet and the lengths they have to go through to either go their separate ways or stay together. Learning to trust someone and giving them your heart fully is easier said than done which I really liked the fact that that was shown in this book.It’s quite hilarious, beautiful, suspsenful, heartbreaking, and sweet. There are many twists that I did not see coming whatsoever which was a pleasant surprise. Ms.Jolin not only created a love story that grips at every single one of my heart strings but a story about overcoming the past and learning how to live again. Ms.Jolin has really become one of my favorite authors!!
Owen Daniels was a character that was a Bronc Rider and a Cowboy through and through. Coming back home to collect his horse Lady from the vet should have been simple and not shocking but it was just that with Rayne Brookes walks into his life. The way he cared for his horse really warmed my heart. I loved the relationship he had with his father and sister’s London and Aurora. The playful banter between all four of them cracked me up to no end. Even though he was a bit rough around the edges and brazen as I’ll get out he had a huge heart that anyone could see. The determination he had when it came to having to do with anything concerning Rayne was entertaining to read unfold to say the least. He didn’t give up no matter what which I adored. In the end I hoped love would rival the thrill and intensity of those eight seconds so that he could be happy because he sure as heck deserved to be.
Rayne Brookes was a character that took over her fathers position as Veterinarian. Those eight seconds could change everything forever and she knew the risks of them in the rodeo all too well. After what had happened years previously she’d become closed off towards people especially Cowboys. The way she interacted with animals especially horses was so incredibly sweet. As the story progressed i was anxious to find out the details of her past to see what exactly had hardened her heart. To say she was full of surprises would be putting it mildy. She was very stubborn and at times I couldn’t help but want to shake some sense into her. I liked that she stood her ground even though it didn’t work at times when it came to Owen which was rather funny in my opinion. She was relatable in many ways especially how it was hard for her to let others in. In the end I hoped she’d take a chance on love and overcome her past.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a read that’s sweeter than honey and hotter than the unforgiving heat of the summer. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll smile, you’ll blush, you’ll get angry at times but most importantly you’ll be along for the ride that is Rayne and Owen’s story. It shows true struggles and its very realistic to the point that I swear during some parts I could smell Hay along with fresh air. This book is short but in no way did it make things rushed or incomplete feeling in the end. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I smiled throughout reading and I loved that I did it so much my cheeks hurt in the best way possible. I totally wish Owen was my cowboy and he’ll forever be one of my top book boyfriends!! I can’t wait for Rein In!! If you haven’t already One-Clicked this amazing romance Buy it Today!! You won’t regret it!! I hope you enjoy it and pick up the first one while your at it as well!! 5 Stars all around!! 🙂
— EXCERPT —
<style=”text-align: left;”>Shoving the last (a bit too large) bite of bran muffin into my mouth, I push out the doors that led to the clinic’s driveway.
There was a dusty red pickup truck with a horse trailer hitched to the back blocking my view of the barn. Sidestepping around it, I opened the file in my hand to refresh my memory. We’d had Lady here for a little over four months, but I liked to cover all the bases with an owner before we discharged an animal from our care.
“Oh, here she is!” I heard Nora boom over the flat land.
Next was a deep and gravelly voice. “She?”
Lifting up my head, I choked on my muffin.
That was literally all I could see. A ten-gallon, tan cowboy hat and a Wrangler-clad ass. Somewhere in between, I was pretty sure I’d skimmed over some pretty impressive muscles, but that butt…
My coughing (from my choking) must have encouraged him to turn.
I declared the front wasn’t so bad either.
He stood at what I had to guess was at least six foot four and stretched across the broad expanse of his chest was a faded black T-shirt. The man looked rough, not in a bad way, but in the kind of way that made you wish you could spend a lifetime curled up in his lap. A five o’clock shadow darkened his hard jaw, and eyes as green as the summer grass watched me as I stopped a few feet from him.
“I’ll be on my way,” Nora muttered and disappeared across the parking lot.
The silence left in her wake made me uncomfortable so, after swallowing, I decided to fill it.
“Ray Brookes.” I held out my hand to him, and he studied it.
Eventually, he slid a much larger, calloused hand into mine and squeezed. “Darlin’, I’ve met Ray Brookes, and you sure as hell ain’t him.”
“Oh.” I tugged at my hand a little as a result of the odd backhanded compliment, but it didn’t budge. “I’m sorry.”
“Nothin’ you need to be apologizin’ for.”
He was rough around the edges but charming in a way that cowboys so often were. They were a legend after all, weren’t they?