Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
While Brandon loves to go and watch his friend, Nichole, at The American Royal every year, there is no way that he is ever going to climb on a horse. His feet belong on the ground or the ice. As one the of the players of the local minor league team, the Wichita Thunder, all he dreams about is someday moving up to the major leagues. That is, until he meets Nichole’s brother, Brandon.
Brandon grew up in a family that has always been in the rodeo circuit. There was no question that he was ever going to be anything else…until he’s sidelined by seizures and can no longer ride. Then he meets Ethan and he begins to wonder, that maybe, just maybe, his life isn’t over.
Will decades of traditions tear the men apart? Or can they can overcome all their obstacles and be together?
I’m a giant hockey fan and I’ll read pretty much anything if it has a hockey player in it. I picked this up because of that fact. I had never read this author before so I didn’t really know what to expect. This is a short story that was published before in an anthology. I liked the overall plot and I liked the two main characters. My biggest issue was that it was too short. There was a lot going on here. The reader is given a plot that has complicated backgrounds that incorporates dating pasts, familial relationships, careers, and health issues. I was interested in these things but the short page count left me feeling like nothing was complete and I had a million questions still at the end of the book. I would have preferred the author to either make this a longer, more detailed book, or have cut out a lot of the background detail. There is only so much that can be done in a short story in my opinion.
Overall this was an average read. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t love it either. It was my first time reading this author and I did enjoy it enough to try her again.
Cover: I love this cover. I think it is beautifully done and it perfectly captures the spirit of the story.
Published January 17th 2017 by Pride Publishing (first published December 20th 2016)