Title: Lost Rider
Series: Coming Home Book 1
Author: Harper Sloan
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
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?
Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!
I was really looking forward to this book. The author is quite new to me but I have to say she is becoming one of my favorites. Her stories just seem to suck me in from the very start. This was one of them books. Maverick and Leighton were so good together. But God did Maverick make things hard on her. They had known each other for forever they grow up together Leighton is his sisters best friend and they are close so she was always around. Maverick liked her and they were close in there own way but he couldn't let her get to close cause he had plans and they were going to happen no matter what. His life growing up wasn't great, his father was just a mean man. It wasn't to bad for his brother and sister but still not great. The only thing that made him happy was his brother sister Leighton and his dream of being a rider which his dad hated so he had to get away from the small town of Pine Oaks and him doing that he had to push Leighton away but God he did it in the worst way.
Leighton is a great girl I really liked her. She as had a crush on Maverick forever she can remember a time when she hasn't had a crush on him. They had gotten close but she knew his dreams and they were what was going to take him away from her but if he asked her to go she would even at a young age she knew he was the man she wanted. But one night the man of her dream tore her heart in two and she didn't think she could get that back. Then after 10 years of him being gone he's back and the feels she had buried came back even though she didn't think she could let him back into life again.
There was so much drama in this book and i have to say there was time when i didn't like Maverick at all he has a mean streak and he really knows how to hurt someone but then when you get to see him being all nice you cant help but fall for him. There was so much heart break in both there's lives but they were so meant to be together even with everything that had happened between them. They were so hot together the sexual tension was crazy hot and once they started getting close it was hard to stay away.
I would highly recommend this book. It's really good the story had great flow and the characters were just brilliant. I m dying to know more about Clay and Quinn Mavericks brother and sister there is still loads to know so really excited about that.
Lost Rider is the start to Harper Sloan's brand new series, Coming Home, and her first release in Western Romance. This book follows Maverick Davis as he returns home after too many concussions have taken him off the Rodeo circuit. When he left town ten years ago it was with plans to never come back, but now that his father has passed and he no longer has his career, he knows it's time. He never expected to return to Leighton James looking as gorgeous as a model and hating his guts though. She was once the only person he could confide in, and now she doesn't even want to speak to him. Now he just has to change her mind and make up for the past.
I really enjoyed getting to know these characters and I especially adored Maverick. This may be a new adventure for Ms. Sloan but this Hero kept true to what I've come to expect from her writing - true Alpha-ness. Even when he was working his hardest to get back into his family's life, his possessiveness over Leighton was clear as day and I loved seeing that. There were many scenes that had me swooning all over the place, and I will be re-reading this many times because of that.
There were a few scenes in the past, which usually I'm not a big fan of, but with this story it worked well being mixed in. It gave us more of a clear picture of how close Maverick and Leighton were at times in the past, and why him leaving hurt her so much. I really liked that we got that insight into their relationship and it made me connect with Leighton on a stronger level. She was a good heroine that kept things interesting since she didn't give into Maverick right away, which was fun to see.
This is one cowboy that everyone needs to meet. Even if you're not into the Western genre I would still highly recommend this book. It was sweet and sexy, with a hot Alpha Hero, and a romance that will have you swooning.
Lost Rider Playlist:
Austin - Blake Shelton
Boys From The South - Pistol Annies
What Ifs - Kane Brown
This Is How We Roll - Florida Georgia Line
Strip It Down - Luke Bryan
Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) - Big & Rich
Rodeo - Garth Brooks
Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.