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 can’t fix the past, Leighton, I can’t erase it, no matter how hard I wish I could. Hell, I can’t even promise that I’ll ever be able to forget it. The only thing I can do is make sure that each day I live is worth somethin’, from this day forward. I could spend the rest of my life stuck livin’ for nothin’, or I could work my ass off to make sure that I make up for my past mistakes, so I can make sure they become mistakes I learn from and finally find a way to live for everythin’.”
Maverick has lived his life for the rodeo. He made quite a name for himself, leaving behind everyone, and everything, from his hometown. But when his rodeo dreams are cut short and he’s forced to come home, he’s also forced to face everything he had tried to run from, this includes Leighton.
Home is not what he left it, and the people in it have changed as well. When he decides he’s home to stay, his family is ecstatic, but Leighton is devastated. To have this man back in her space after fighting her heart against him for years is not something she wants. Fighting becomes passion, passion become regret, and finally things begin to change.
This is a wonderful second chance romance, filled with loads of ups & downs. Family plays a major role and there are also some secrets hidden away. If you’re a fan of Harper, you’ll enjoy this dive into the western side of romance.