I Kind of Loved It!
If you’re looking for a beautiful story about second chances, family, and finding your place, Lost Rider is the book for you!
In Lost Rider we meet Maverick and Leighton, two characters who are destined to be together, at least in Leighton’s 16 year old brain, until Maverick breaks her heart and runs off to chase his dreams. Now it’s ten years later and Maverick is back, his dream is gone, and he has to make amends not only with Leighton, but with his brother Clay and sister Quinn. When we first meet Maverick he’s angry and not a very likeable character, but as we get to know more about him and why he hurt Leighton the way he did, my heart started to break for him and I understood why Leighton loved him as much as she did.
Leighton has grown up since the last time she saw Maverick, she’s no longer the little girl who walked away from him at the bonfire, she’s been broken and bruised, but she also has fought for everything she’s gotten and she’s made a life for herself. She’s built up walls, but she has Clay and Quinn and her bakery to keep her happy. She doesn’t want to be happy that Maverick is back in town, but a little part of her can’t stay away.
Watching Maverick and Leighton go back and forth with their fighting and laying everything out there was amazing to watch. I was rooting for these two to make it, but I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy road. I loved how Leighton didn’t make things easy for Maverick and how Maverick needed to fight for Leighton. Watching Maverick atone for everything he put Leighton through as well as explain why he did what he did all those years ago opened up a lot of wounds for Leighton, but helped put things into perspective. He not only had to make things up to her, but also to his family. Quinn definitely was the easiest to make amends with, Clay and Leighton not so much.
Not only is this book a love story, but it’s also a story about family. The family life Maverick left wasn’t so great, but thankfully he had two amazing siblings, who understood why he left. He hurt them by leaving and he had to make peace with them, and there were some things he had to come to terms with, and things he had to share with his siblings as well. A lot of secrets came out in this book, and yes, this is a love story, but it also was watching Maverick find his place outside of the rodeo. He had a lot of proving himself to do, and I loved watching him figure out what he was going to do with his life, and when it was all said and done, I loved what he decided to do. When he puts his mind to something, he goes big!
This was a beautifully written story full of love and second chances. I adored Leighton and Maverick but I also enjoyed the secondary characters as well. I can’t wait to read Quinn’s story next and am looking forward to more books in the Coming Home Series. This was a perfect start to what I know is going to be an amazing series from Harper Sloan. The story flowed beautifully and it was one I was unable to put down. I laughed, I cried and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen with these two characters that were destined to be together!
I have received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review.