REVIEW: Lost Rider by Harper Sloan
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!
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“Head over boots, cowboy. Head. Over. Boots"
Lost Rider is the first standalone book in the new Coming Home Series by Harper Sloan.
It’s a second chance for Maverick Austin Davis and Leighton Elizabeth James at a happily ever after. Leighton has known Maverick since she was a child, and probably been in love with him just as long. But Maverick has been out of the picture for 10 long years. And things have changed.
Second Chance Romances are my favourite. I love the tension and the suspense of the will they/won’t they moments. The angst and extra love/hate feelings that come with a history full of love and hurt. It’s an extra layer to normal romances stories that I adore.
Lost Rider had those extra feelings in spades. I really liked the dynamic between the 4 main characters and the little family that they had built themselves. Considering the reasons why Maverick had left and what brought him home it was a testament to the characters that Harper had created.
While I did really like Lost Rider I also felt like it moved a little fast for me. I like a slow burn second chance romance with a bit more angst and time where the wronged party doesn’t quite forgive so easily. I felt like Leighton forgave Maverick for the hurt he caused her a little too quickly. However some people are far more forgiving then others and while I would have liked it to take a bit longer it still fitted in with the plot and character development well.
The relationship development for Maverick and Leighton had an easy flow to it making Lost Rider a heartwarming and easy read.
The character development for Maverick was complex and maybe a little fast. Considering the angry boy he was when he left and the angry man he was when he returned he seemed to forgive himself for everything quite quickly. But again this did work in well with the story line.
Lost Rider was a quick and easy read for me that I enjoyed from beginning to end and I an’t wait for the second book in the series, Kiss My Boots, to get some more of Quinn and her brash yet endearing personality!
Meet the Author: Harper Sloan
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.