Author: Amy Andrews
Series: American Extreme Bull Riders Tour #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 8th August
Cocky, young Aussie bull rider Troy Jensen has been busted down to the pro-circuit. He needs wins and points to get him back into the big league and a shot at being crowned champ but an injury forces him off the circuit and into the arms of the woman fate keeps putting in his path.
The first time local Doc Joss Garrity meets Troy, she’s brandishing a lug wrench. The second time, he’s dragging her delinquent teen son home. The third time, he’s in her ER. How he ends up convalescing at her house she’s not quite sure. But it does make it hard to ignore him and their simmering attraction.
As Troy gets to know Joss, he starts to see a life after bull riding for the first time. But can Joss risk her heart on another man who may not come home one day?
Source: ARC provided by Tule Publishing via NetGalley
I’ve not read much of the Extreme Bull Riders series, but I like Amy Andrews so I was happy to give this a go, and if you like easy romance reads with a dose of heat and some rodeo riding, then you might enjoy this.
I really liked Troy. He’s a younger man (27 to Joss’ 34), but although Joss makes something of it at first, it never seemed like much of an issue to me. Sure, he lives a rootless life, but that’s as much to do with his background as his age. He’s never had a reason to stop in one place and he’s got no one to either go home to or need him back. And despite his reputation, he’s a pretty good guy. He’s laid back and charming when necessary, understanding when the situation calls for it and a whole lot more patient than Joss sometimes deserved.
Because while Troy might act his age, there were plenty of times when Joss doesn’t. She’s an ER doctor and mother to a teenage son, yet her emotions are all over the place. She really struggles with keeping Troy at arms length – even though she’s the one moving closer to him rather than the other way around. She makes all the moves and frequently tells him she doesn’t want him, or that nothing is going to happen between them, often while climbing all over him. While I understood her concerns towards the end, she really could have handled everything better.
On the whole, though, I liked this. It manages to sketch out tragic and difficult pasts without delving too deep, the characters are interesting, the hero is great and the sexy moments are hot. If you like bull riders and unexpectedly dependable heroes, then you should enjoy this one.
Troy is out August 8th.
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