Review: Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first read by this author and the first in her ‘Coming Home’ series. I really liked the blurb and that’s the only reason I chose to read this.

It took me several attempts to get through. I’d start reading and get bored with Maverick and his complete all compassing selfishness. His is the first point of view that we as the audience is introduced to and that first impression is a lasting one. Maverick is a completely unlikable hero. And remains that way throughout for this reader.

Leighton and Maverick grew up on adjacent farms and have known each other most of their lives. Since she was old enough to know Maverick, Leighton’s always had a crush on him; that crush would eventually turn to love as she grew into her teenaged years. During a could this get any worse encounter with Maverick when Maverick was sixteen, she overheard what he really thought of her. To say she was devastated is an understatement and of course, it was the end of the world in teenage years.

Maverick does go away to join the circuit as a rider. It wasn’t only to be a rider, of course, because I’m sure the fame and stardom that comes with success isn’t too bad either. Here’s where I started having trouble with Maverick’s motivations – the whys didn’t add up. Having the talent to ride a horse could be a natural thing, with practice comes skill – I understand all that, but his desires related to riding…just didn’t make sense.

Coinciding with his decision to return home, Maverick father dies and he gets back In time for the funeral of the man that everyone –especially Maverick– hated. Maverick’s reason for leaving has a lot to do with the man who raised him, and let me just say I wish that story was told instead. I wish Maverick’s father was a living part of the storyline because that might have proved more substantial to Maverick and Leighton’s romance.

For the ten years that Maverick’s been gone, Leighton’s parents died and she opened a pie shop which made her happy and a nice living. Don’t ask me if Maverick contacted her when her beloved mother died, because then I’d have to tell you the truth. Once Maverick’s back in town, all things become secondary to her feelings for him. She’s quick to have him in her bed with very little communication between them. I can’t take it seriously when that happens. I just can’t.

Their romance was quick and in a hurry but everyone seemed to like it and it made perfect sense to Quinn, Maverick’s sister, but most importantly, Leighton’s best friend. I didn’t understand how she could be so gung-ho over Leighton and Maverick’s quick reunion knowing that he’d hurt her best friend so badly. But then again, Leighton and her big fake breasts were all as happy as a pig in mud.

There’s nothing about Leighton or Maverick that made me happy and would entice me to keep reading this series.

‘Even after I purposely hurt her deeply, that love never died. God, what did I do to deserve this woman?’

Not a darn thing, Maverick, not a darn thing.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: D

*ARC provided via NetGalley

Click to purchase: Amazon

Lost Rider
by Harper Sloan
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books

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