The Bull Rider’s Keeper by Lynn Cahoon

The Bull Rider’s Keeper by Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (98 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Jesse Sullivan isn’t afraid of any thing, any man, or any bull. But when he decides to take a chance and carve out a life outside his rodeo career, he feels like he’s walking on shaky ground. In typical Jesse style, he jumps at a chance to purchase Main Street Gallery, a Boise tradition in the art world.

Taylor DeMarco has two goals for the next year. Getting the gallery on sound financial ground to prove to her parents that she can keep her grandfather’s legacy alive is the first one. Moving out of the house and into her own condo by the Boise River is the second. When she finds her folks are selling the gallery to Jesse, she vows to stop the sale, no holds barred.

When sparks fly between Jesse and Taylor, family gets in the way of reason, and they have to decide what is more important, their desires or keeping Main Street Gallery open and successful.

I really enjoyed the opening scene to this book! The hero, Jesse walks in on the heroine, Taylor, wearing just her bra and panties and he’s smitten from there on out.

Jesse is a likeable character, and I although I liked Taylor too, when the two come into conflict over the art gallery, I was cheering more for Jesse. The dialogue in this story is natural sounding and I liked the setting too. There’s art, a gallery, bull riding, and of course, the West which I felt Ms. Cahoon did a great job describing.

Although this story is only 98 pages long, it packs a lot of plot. The secondary characters were also well-drawn, and once again for such a short read there are a lot of them but each has his or her own thing to add to the story, and the developing tension between Jesse and Taylor.

Bottom line is although it’s a classic romance plot of two people attracted to one another but in conflict over a common goal, if you’re looking for a quick romance story to read on the deck or by the pool, this might be a good one for you.

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