Eight-Second Ride by Anne Jolin


Eight-Second Ride by Anne Jolin

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?

You guys, I feel like I have been waiting for this for forever! And I know it hasn’t been forever, but all the teasers Anne Jolin shared just pushed me over the edge of excitement for the next book in the Willow Bay Stables series.

ESR Teaser 2

See what I mean? Owen is absolutely swoon-worthy. I think every woman might need her own Owen Daniels.

Obviously from the synopsis, we realize that Owen has no idea the vet caring for his horse is a woman. Which is hilarious because his sisters and Branson are totally in on it. That is something that I really love about this story is this family. If you read the first book in the series, “Change Rein”, the family dynamic just keeps moving right along and I loved that. I feel like reading this series is as much about the Daniels family as it is the love story between Owen and Rayne.

Anne Jolin writes her characters in a really direct way, which for me, I love. Owen is interested in Rayne and he does not even try to hide it. He doesn’t play games, or dance around it. He is very interested in her and he has no issues letting her know. When he learns more of about Rayne’s past, he’s still totally into her. I respected his character so much for that. I feel like in other stories, when the man learns about something in the woman’s past, its like he starts questioning everything and then he needs the characteristic break. Owen isn’t like that. I just want to squeeze Anne Jolin with happiness for that.

Rayne has to be one of my favorite characters to watch evolve. She starts out with this absolute resolve to not have anything to do with Owen. Then she slowly starts letting him in, but she still remains steadfast in her beliefs and feelings. There is a pivotal moment in the story where Owen is having a talk with his father, Larry, about his riding and Rayne’s issues with it. I loved that moment because I think its the first time that Owen really and truly sees everything from Rayne’s eyes. I also loved seeing that wisdom and realization come through after a talk with his own father. For me, the family connections in this story are icing on the cake. I also have a lot of admiration for the fact that even in his 30’s, Owen is man enough to talk to his father about needing advice or insight.

I absolutely loved Owen and Rayne. I cannot recommend this book enough and I am already looking forward to reading Aurora’s story next.


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