She never wanted to love a cowboy. . . .
Rodeo king Tanner Callen doesn't want to be tied down. When he sees Madeline Harper at a local honky-tonk and everything about her screams New York, he brings out every trick in his playbook to take her home. But soon he learns that he doesn't just want her for a night and, instead, hopes for forever. . . .
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About the Author
Erin Knightley is the USA Today bestselling author of a dozen published works, including seven historical romance novels. Initially deciding to pursue a sensible career in science, she eventually came to her senses, leaving her practical side behind in order to write full time. Together with her tall, dark, and handsome husband and their three spoiled mutts, she is living her own Happily Ever After in North Carolina.
Hometown:Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:Newburgh, New York
Education:B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a really fun and quick read. Madeline was a great character that I could easily relate to. She's career driven and love is the furthest thing from her mind. She's in town for one reason only, to make the deal that will send her back to the big city and cement her promotion into her dream job. But this little town seems to like having her around. Before she knows it, she's in a reading group, making friends, and has caught the eye of the town's most eligible bachelor, Tanner Callen. Tanner isn't looking for love either, and when he runs into Madeline the first time he's just looking for a good time. His reaction to finding out she was going to be in town for more than a vacation was priceless. I think one of the things I enjoyed most was the depth of emotion that both characters felt. It was all so genuine and real that it really made both of them pop off the pages and come to life. It showed in every page and their interactions were incredible. And their interactions weren't all sexual in nature, but each one highlighted the sexual tension between them. This was actually a pretty tame romance in terms of sexual context, but it didn't skimp on the chemistry. A great quick read that lived up to its expectations. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Sweet Romance - A nice way to spend an afternoon - Madeline relocates to Sunnybell, TX from NYC. A chance meeting with local hotshot cowboy, Tanner, leads to a brief romantic encounter. Stubborn Madeline eventually learns that small town Texas life suits her perfectly.
Learning to Ride is short and sweet, though the ending is a bit too rushed to be entirely believable. 129 pages doesn't quite give enough room (12 pages of the book are essentially advertisements for other BookShots books--both Flames and the regular line) to really flesh out a romance between two people as different as Madeline and Tanner are, though Ms. Knightley does an admirable job of trying. Her characters are likable and the romance is sweet, and Sunnybell, Texas has that charming, small-town feel so popular in fiction today (though Madeline did see a bit of the not-so-charming aspect of it too, when so many of her coworkers knew her business without her even realizing that the entire town had essentially been talking about her. Ah, life in a small-town!) I was looking for a quick read, though, and was curious about the BookShots books that James Patterson wasn't even pretending to have written himself (yeah, don't get me started on that topic) so this one fit the bill. This book serves as a good intro to both the author and the series, even if it isn't ultimately the most satisfying of romance reads on its own. Book two in the series ( The Return ) is a second chance romance, a troupe which does tend to do better as a novella, since the characters generally have known each other more than a few weeks before making life-altering decisions based on their relationship, so I'll definitely give that one a try when it makes its way into our library. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B-
Being a huge fan of Erin's historical romances, I was thrilled to have won a signed copy of this contemporary novella! Additionally, I love cowboy romances! This was a city girl meets the retired rodeo star and it is love at first sight story. The first "one night stand" they don't exchange names and Tanner assumes Madeline is in town on vacation. He has seen her staying at the local hotel, so he has been waiting for her to come out, so he can make his move. Madeline is in town on business for a 1 year huge assignment, and Tanner isn't even on her radar. Until he is! Whew! There are some misconceptions and conflicting emotions, mostly on Madeline's part, but I was looking forward to my HEA and wasn't disappointed!
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