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Lost Rider (The Coming Home Series) by…

Lost Rider (The Coming Home Series)

by Harper Sloan

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Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, hes off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he's never taken much of a shine to, but now that its 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 Mavericks childhood, his younger sisters 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?… (more)



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If you are a sucker for second chance romance, Lost Rider needs to be at the top of your TBR. Their story is one for the ages! See full review on The Book Disciple ( )
  thebookdisciple | Oct 9, 2018 |
I LOVE me some Harper Sloan!! I was so excited I finally got around to reading this book! *sigh* I wanna marry Maverick...seriously. I know Harper said this was a BIG step out of her comfort zone, and I am here to say she nailed it. I love this story of two people that should have been together for years, and were not due to stubborness. The characters were so alive, and well developed and the story...I am a sucker for cowboys, was just wonderful. So do yourself a favor and read this. This story is told in alternating views. ( )
  KGarner | Aug 4, 2018 |


This book is what I think of as a quintessential western romance. You've got the small town, supportive mother-like figure, the best friend, and the gossipy townsfolk. There are so many darlin's, honeys, and talks of going for a ride (*wink wink*) you'll be transported to the south faster than you can say "Well butter my biscuits!"


Maverick Davis is the definition of a damaged alpha hero, in my opinion. He is quite frankly an asshole at the beginning of the book. (I prefer my heroes more beta than alpha, but that's a discussion for another day). He doesn't make the best decisions, and let's his tongue loose before even thinking that his words might do damage to someone else. Thankfully, the Maverick at the end of the story is much more healed, and much less of an asshole.


Personally, I love second chance romances. Things don't always work out the way you want the first time, but in this story our Hero and Heroine get a second chance to make it right. The unrequited love aspect added a heartbreaking twist that keeps the reader on their toes.


The journey each of our protagonists take throughout this book is one helluva ride. You learn about each of them at the same time that they are learning about themselves. Their personal growth throughout this book is quite astounding. There are lots of inner-monologues for both the Hero and Heroine, so if you like getting a first hand look into the psyche of the main characters, you'll love this.


Now, this is kind of subjective depending on what type of romances you're used to reading. For me, I considered the love scenes in this book to be super steamy with the door left wide open. Personally, I could have done with less steam and probably been happier. But everyone likes something different when it comes to their books - and that is what makes reading so great! There is a book out there for everyone. So, if you like your love scenes steaming off the page, then I don't think you'll be disappointed here.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This review was originally published on Books For The Living.
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  BooksForTheLiving | Apr 17, 2018 |
4 "Coming Home" Stars for the story and narration.

Can you ever truly leave your first love behind? Lovers of small-town, cowboy romances will feel the draw of Lost Rider. With a classic backdrop this younger sister's best friend and her bull-riding hero who she pined for as young teenager has a coming home feel to it. Even with a ten-year absence, can this couple who once longed for each other but for who the timing wasn't right get there 2nd chance? Moreover, the adept narration by narrating duo of Elizabeth Louise and Jason Carpenter make this a smooth listen for audiobook lovers.

Maverick Austin Davis never felt the love of a father. Always treated harshly as compared to his older brother and younger sister, Maverick is determined to leave his small Texas hometown to chase his dreams of being bull-riding royalty. Even the sweet, and several years younger, Leighton Elizabeth James can't change his motivation--though she does tempt him. Knowing that she was capable of following him, Maverick leaves in a fashion that he knows will leave her no choice and determines to never look back.

10 years later and one concussion too many, Maverick heads back home after a successful bull-riding career. His father has passed on, leaving room for him to come home and mend fences with the others that featured prominently in his early years, including his siblings and most importantly Leighton.

But Maverick storms home in one hell of a misunderstanding as he mistakes Leighton for his older brother's girlfriend--and accuses her of only seeking his money (now that his father has left him their property). Can there possibly be a 2nd chance at romance with such a terrible beginning at a second try? Moreover, did Leighton wait for him all these years?

The narration is performed in the typical dual narration style, with Jason Carpenter performing the chapters from Maverick's perspective and Ms. Louise performing the ones from Leighton's POV. This style works well to differentiate the viewpoint shared and I had no trouble getting into the story.

My favorite part of the narration was Leighton's parts. I've always enjoyed Elizabeth Louise's narration style. She has a pleasant voice that naturally endears the heroine to the listener. She also does a good job of differentiating the female characters from the male ones and even produces natural sounding males (a feat which sometimes is difficult for female narrators).

I also was able to follow Mr. Carpenter's narration with no trouble--though I must admit that his female characters sounded less genuine. Additionally, I felt his narration was a bit flat and I would have liked to feel the same emotion that I got from Ms. Louise's rendition. All that said, it could just be that most of his parts were Maverick's--and as a cowboy, you would expect him to be a man of even keeled emotion. So perhaps Mr. Carpenter was just being true to his role.

All in all, if you're looking for a comfort listen, Lost Rider may just do the trick. However, I would be remiss if I didn't note that I definitely felt like I would have liked a little more intrigue. For example, it's hard to believe that after a decade with no contact, Leighton never truly moved on. In fact, we get a sense that there was a natural hook for where her attentions may have strayed because its alluded to, but the storyline never really explores this angle beyond just dropping a hint a two. Other than that, there is one minor, though not totally unexpected twist. Nonetheless if you're looking for a sweet second chance at love styled romance, then Lost Rider may just be the fix you're looking for.

Source: Review copy provided for review purposes. ( )
  B.J.O. | Jun 10, 2017 |
4 swoon-tastic stars
Hot hunky damaged man, with rippled abs cowboy, who dumps his life breaks a few hearts and searches for redemption in the heart of his childhood friend, that he nearly destroyed. Their bond to each other is strong but the damage is deep and dense with scar tissue that may not ever be softened. There is hot cowboy riding, smoking hot kisses, and swoon worthy moments galore is this first book in a series I am looking forward to continuing.
The female main character. Leighton, owns and operates a bakery called The Pie Hole. She makes delicious pies for work and fun. Who wouldn't love her and want her every happiness ? She is the girl you want you want at your back, trust worthy loyal and steadfast. She loves pure and hard, but her trust is not so easy to earn back once it's been shredded and broken. I just loved her.
Maverick, this boy can pull his inner jerk out. He may be a uber hot cowboy but he acted like a massive donkey. He had good reason, he just never told anybody about the reasons. He preferred to carry that chip on his shoulder and darken his life even more. He was down and digging a deeper hole. Till life kicked him one time too many and he was forced to return to his center and realign everything in his life.
Very enjoyable read. I liked the characters, felt for them, could relate to them, would like any of them as friends, that is a winner. ( )
  TheYodamom | Apr 9, 2017 |
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