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Publisher's Summary

In Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Harper Sloan's Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame, but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a 10-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he's off the circuit and in the horse farming business - something he's never taken much of a shine to, but now that it's his late father's legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick's childhood - his younger sister's best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him 10 years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick's life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen - and Maverick can't help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!

©2017 E. S. Harper (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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  • Cyndi
  • Michigan
  • 01-14-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

If you like a very LOVEY DOVEY type second chance romance this book is for you. I liked the story line and the characters but this might have been a little too much "romance" for me. I don't mean to say that is bad or that their story is sweet and sappy, I just mean that the book revolves around their relationship and once they end up in each others arms they only talk about how much they belong together, how they love each other, how they need each other and how they are going to be together forever. Like I said, not like that is a bad thing but I like a little less love talk and a little more action. Besides that I love the story line and that these two characters have always known they are meant for each other. I love when the characters have a past, that really helps make the love story work for me.

The narration was really good. Loved them both bot these characters.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Perfect Cowboy Romance

Rodeo star Maverick Davis has had one too many falls and now that his career is over, he must decide what he wants to do next. When he learns of his father’s death, he must go home to Pine Oak, a place he left years ago vowing to never return.

Hometown girl Leighton James has always carried a torch for Maverick. He’s been gone for years and she’s managed to move on and create a life for herself. Maverick and Leighton soon realize their feelings haven’t changed, it's just been on pause all these years.

I love author Harper Sloan. This is her first western and it’s the first book in The Coming Home series. It’s fantastic! Maverick and the rest of the Davis family has significant baggage, so this is going to be an exciting series to watch unfold. There’s plenty of angst in this one, but none of it is contrived. There are serious issues to be resolved and I’m looking forward to going along for the ride.

This nearly 10-hour audiobook is a dual narration by Elizabeth Louise and Jason Carpenter. I like this match for the series and hope both narrate the entire series. I have to take a moment and fangirl about Jason Carpenter, where has he been? I’ve never heard of him before. That voice! He can read to me anytime! He goes to the top of my list of male narrators. I will be searching to see what else he has narrated and add them all to my list!

You don’t want to miss this series, I can’t wait for the next audiobook.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This book is ok, the story is good but I have read several that are very similar. The female narrator was horrible, I had a very hard time listening to it.

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excellent performance - super cheesey story

If mind numbing cheesiness​ is what you need, this well performed book will fit the bill. The characters are fun, but the dialogue is elementary & lazy in word choice.

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Sweet but passionate story

This appeared like a simple second chance love story, but it was much deeper than that. this story deals with lost young love, the pain of abuse and the bond of family. this author is wonderful at writing beautiful and passionate love scene . the were excellent. I will listen to book two.

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Sweet and sexy

Well written! Typical boy dumps girl for her own good only to come back and realize what a colossal mistake that was! Very hot sexy scenes that had me blushing and hoping no one could hear the story outside my car! Harper Sloan is fast becoming a new favorite author! I’ve downloaded books 2 and 3 to see how Quinn and Clay “make out”. 😊

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Never found it so difficult to say something good

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If you are writing about ranching, and bull riding get to know the subject. Romance sex sounds like a text book.

What didn’t you like about Jason Carpenter and Elizabeth Louise ’s performance?

It was most likely the script.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lost Rider?

Too many to mention. Can't believe I read the whole thing.

Any additional comments?

Would like chocolate chip pie recipe.

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Love story, written the way they should be!

Would you consider the audio edition of Lost Rider to be better than the print version?

Didn't read print version.

What did you like best about this story?

True love with no ridiculous drama. It was realistic, believable, funny and heart warming.

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Louise and Jason Carpenter – was your favorite?

This was my first book with two narrators, I enjoyed the story coming from both character's views. I think I liked Elizabeth best, but that's a hard choice. I didn't realize it was an X rated book, for some reason during those parts the words didn't seem to just roll off the narrators tongues, like it wasn't natural for them to say them.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed and cried. Loved the humor, especially the humor brought by the supporting characters.

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  • sophie
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • 03-08-18

Ho Hum

Not a bad story - it just goes on and on for too long without anything really happening. There just isn't much of a plot and while it kept me interested enough to finish I started to get anxious for it to be over. Also, long, graphic and somewhat redundant sexual encounters that didn't really add anything to the story.

Unlike some reviewers, I thought the narration was excellent - especially the female. It's probably the only thing that kept me going through the entire book. I'm extremely fussy about narrators, so I find the negative comments a little puzzling.

Not sure I have the tenacity to read the next story in the series. If I do - it will be a while.

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Narration

Jason Carpenter’s narration was good....believable. However, I did not feel that way about the female narrator, Elizabeth Louise. Unfortunately, for me, her narration felt flat - like she was purely reading the lines and not really performing.
I have to agree with another reviewer who said that they often found themselves laughing out loud and rolling their eyes at the dialog , and again, for me, the eye rolling was more frequent when it was the female narrator.