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?
4 Star Review by Ashley
I'm not gonna lie, cowboys aren't my favorite type of book boyfriend but then again, I hadn't met Owen Daniels yet. Hello sexy cowboy. From the first page my heart was racing and I found myself hiding so I could finish Eight Second Ride as quickly as possible.
How could I not fall of Owen with that twang I could hear so clearly as he spoke. And his heart- my goodness...he was so giving of his time and effort to who and what he loved. But when he set his sights on the sexy new vet in town, it was game on, because he wanted her. Too bad Rayne wasn't having any of it. She wasn't interested in Owen and what he was trying to sell to her. But Mr. Daniels would not be denied. I loved his scheming and how he wooed himself into her heart with his kindness and generosity. Especially where Ryley was concerned.
I won't give you the nitty gritty on what happens between these two because there is a lot going on. Anne Jolin took me on an emotional roller coaster with this one. I got butterflies and the girly giggles but I also had to close my eyes and take a few deep breaths. There were hard, soul searching, gut wrenching choices that had to be made. Painful pasts and unknown futures were examined. I loved that Owen sought out the often hilarious but always honest opinion of his dad. And yes, there were a few London and Aurora sightings in this one as well. But I think that the most special part of this book was Owen's relationship with Ryley. It gave them both something they didn't know they were missing. And seeing the big cowboy show his softer side is what sealed the deal for me and Rayne, too.
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— HELL ON HEELS --
— EXCERPT --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?
— ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ANNE JOLIN --
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks.
I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion.
Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that?
If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.