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?
- Original Title:Eight-Second Ride (Willow Bay Stables #2)
- Author:Anne Jolin
- Rating:8.92 / 10
Dawson Creek Stampede
Dawson Creek, British Columbia - 2004
THE SOUND OF STOMPING BOOTS ripples through the crowd, and I can hear the rattling roar of steel on steel in the chute. One last ride and he’d be done, for good.
The announcer calls the name I’ve been anticipating, and I can see him, lifting his cowboy hat toward the arena. He waves it into the air, and as he finally returns it to his head, he tips the brim in my direction with a wink.
Women hoot and holler, the steady swoon of hearts ensuing.
He’d done this since the beginning and in step with our tradition, I stand on the seat of the bleachers and blow him a kiss. Catching it with his left hand, he tucks my lips into his back pocket.
I’m an ass kisser, who knew?
The announcer then calls the name of the bronc he drew, Hell’s Gate, and the beat of my heart accelerates. It...