Great book a rodeo cowboy finds the woman of his dreams I would usually never pick up a book that centered around a rodeo because it just isn t my thing But I received Rodeo Dreams and One Rodeo Season in an omnibus in my very first Ever After Box, so I gave it go June is a strong female lead who is tired of everyone telling her she can t do things just because she s a girl or Indian or poor, like bull riding Travis is a great scarred hero, but could be a bit much He continually projected this fears on June and went from protective to aloof so fast I got whiplash Getting to their HEA was a fun ride with some interesting and amusing minor characters that added humor and drama.Overall, Sarah M Anderson is a great storyteller and I really enjoyed June and Travis s story. 4 starsReally liked this one Haven t read anything like it before, and I loved how determined June was to make her dreams come true While riding bulls is one of the last things I d want to do, June saw it as both her calling and her ticket out of lifelong poverty Hero Travis could be a wet blankie, but after almost dying after coming off a bull, and suffering through a lengthy rehab, his heart was in the right place With few options outside of the rodeo, he s clawing his way back up to the top because he knows that his career has a rapidly approaching expiration date With June s help, Travis sees an alternative to the bleak future he envisioned after his competition days were over I enjoyed all of the rodeo details, as well as how strong June was She s not going to let anyone or anything get in the way of acomfortable future for her and her mother, and it was nice to see a heroine with so much bravado I believed she could ride the hair off of anything, and cheered along as she did just that.
This story focuses on the unlikely heroine of woman bull rider, June Spotted Elk, a lakota Sioux,and Travis Younkin, an experienced bull rider, who was almost killed on the bull that she is determined to ride in order to apply the winnings to help one of their friends who was injured by the same animal.But all that comes at the end and only after the reader sees how these two hide their attraction in their unlikely friendship with a couple of gay cowboys afraid to come out to their buddies in the rough and ready world of rodeoing.Although I anticipated that all would finally end in a happily ever after, getting there was a hard ride, one that included any number of surprises and a climax that promised anything but June and Travis getting together I won t spoil it by telling you how things end, as I m sure you ll want to find out for yourself. The plot seemed perfectly suited to my taste and yet I didn t find the story very engaging I liked the characters, the rodeo setting and the slow build of the relationship but the presentation was plodding There was nothing wrong with the writing or dialogue but nothing really sparkled.In typical romantic fashion the story is told through the alternating viewpoint of the two main characters, June and Travis They didn t have a whole lot of chemistry and the couple of sex scenes were lackluster The author choose to narrate both June s first failed seduction attempt and her later successful attempt through Travis viewpoint, which was a really odd choice June is a very bold character and I would have like to know what was running through her head as she reenacts the kind of scene that would beat home in a movie targeting teenage boys, than a romance novel aimed at women Without her viewpoint, it was off putting, rather than sexy.I was also perplexed as to why June felt the need to ride bulls for financial security At the very beginning of the story she is in the process of completing her coursework to graduate from college with a teaching certificate which should lead to a decent standard of living for her and her mother And yet bizarrely she thinks if she doesn t win enough money, she ll have to accept a teaching job and then she wouldn t be able to afford heating in the winter Have to also say, I had mixed feelings about the whole beard subplot Mitch came across as a giant ass wipe and I don t have much interest in reading his book I have no idea how he got his reputation as the heartbreak kid because he never seemed the least bit charming and his constant use of the world girlie got on my last nerve We are told that Mitch and Travis are good friends which should have added a lot of emotion to the plot and yet they never had any interactions that would suggest anything beyond professional familiarity. I enjoyed Rodeo Dreams I liked June s grit and determination I really liked Paulo and Mitch. Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a rodeo Ever wondered what would happen if a woman dared to ride bulls with the guys Here s your chance to get a look at the Rodeo Dreams of June Spotted Elk as she tries to prove she can ride with the best of them.June has always been able to ride whatever comes her way, despite her father s criticism and the jeers of the guys And she always lands on her feet She just wants to do what she loves and make enough money to get her mother and herself out of poverty She doesn t count on falling hard for Travis Younkin, a bull rider who s trying to make his way back to the top of the circuit after a devastating wreck He claims to only be looking out for June s safety, but June just sees it as a vote of no confidence in her abilities.Travis is reluctant to have June on the circuit for a number of reasons He really doesn t want to see her get hurt, since he knows all too well what a rank bull can do to the human body He also realizes that June is a good rider and she could knock him out of contention for the top spot He s leery of getting too close to her, since his last girlfriend was the distraction that led to his wreck and dumped him as soon as he was injured But he can t ignore the fact that June is a talented rider, who just happens to be one of the most beautiful women he s ever seen So he may have to put his heart on the line to help her, protect her, and help make both their rodeo dreams come true *DOWNLOAD EPUB ⇸ Rodeo Dreams ⇭ Love Is One Unpredictable Ride Ride Straight To The Top Of The Rodeo Circuit That S June Spotted Elk S Dream Yes, Bull Riding Is A Man S World, But She Won T Let Anyone Not Even A Sexy, Scarred Stranger Get In Her Way Seasoned Bull Rider Travis Younkin Knows What It S Like To Make It To The Top And Then Hit The Bottom Back In The Arena To Resurrect His Career, He Can T Afford A Distraction Like June No Matter How Far He Ll Go To Protect Her From The Danger No Matter How Deeply The Stubborn And Beautiful Rider Gets To Him I really enjoyed this book I loved the strong females character who followed her dreams even when no one else believed in her The main male character was also very interesting, because he had been hurt both physically and emotionally and worked hard to overcome both There was great chemistry between the main characters, and it held my interest from start to finish.The only problem that I had with the book was the cover itself The story s main female character was from the Lakota Sioux tribe, and the cover seems to depict a white woman I like my book covers to reflect the characters of the book and this one just missed the mark therefore, I deducted one star.I recommend this book It is a very good read Normally I d never pick up a book with rodeo in the title because it s really not my thing, but I ve met Sarah M Anderson at various author events and she is fabulous, so I gave this one a try I m glad that I did She has serious storytelling skills, and I was immediately sucked into the story Plus damaged heroes are my catnip, and I loved June Spotted Elk She s a great balance of kick butt and vulnerable Good stuff.