Rough Rider by Victoria VaneRough Rider by Victoria Vane

Rough Rider

byVictoria Vane

Mass Market Paperback | January 14, 2015

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Book #2 of Hot Cowboy NightsTwo wounded hearts? Janice Combes has two loves: bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect-until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.Daring to dream again? Dirk Knowlton is living the cowboy dream. Life should be good-roping, branding, bucking broncs, riding bulls-but there's a void he can't seem to fill. After getting hung up by a bull, he wonders if this is really the life he wants. Restless and rebellious, he joins the Marines determined to prove himself? but there's a certain cowgirl he can't forget.When a battle-scarred Dirk returns to his Montana ranch he finds Janice has come back home to lick her own wounds. When old dreams have turned to dust, can two wary hearts take another chance on love?Hot Cowboy Nights Series: Slow Hand (Book 1) Rough Rider (Book 2)Sharp Shootin' Cowboy (Book 3)Praise for Victoria Vane: Erotic and sexy? absolutely marvelous." -Library Journal, Top E-Book Romance of 2012 "The Mistress of Sensuality does it again!!" -Swept Away By Romance Blog "With Ms Vane's trademark prose and touches of humor-this is once again a brilliant story by a gifted writer." -RomanticHistorical Lovers Reviews"
Victoria Vane is a multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of the Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers Goodreads group and the Romantic Hist...
Title:Rough RiderFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.88 × 4.19 × 0.82 inPublished:January 14, 2015Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1492601152

ISBN - 13:9781492601159

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from raw & real This novel is absolutely unforgettable. Vane grabbed my attention with the fast paced, realistic story, and kept me hooked throughout. Her eloquent yet raw and real writing allows readers to really connect with the tale. Action and emotion take centre stage in this novel. Vane brings rodeo to life, while at the same time telling a compelling take that will have you in stitches and in tears. I will admit that I did wonder what exactly happened with Rachel & Wade. You get the basic gist of it, but it’s not spelled out for you. The main characters in this novel definitely make the story. Not only are they well developed, complex characters, but the ordeals that they’ve lived through pull at your heart. I absolutely loved getting to know them both, and thoroughly enjoyed them as individuals. Their relationship was also fantastic. It wasn’t easy, nor was it a sure thing, but it was oh so very real. The passion and real love, as well as the heartache and the doubt all shine through. The twang in the dialogue between the characters is also fantastic. It really brings these characters to life. It was like I could really hear them speaking. Every time I read a new work by this author it’s better than the last. I couldn’t put this one down for a second. I’d highly recommend it to those who enjoy romance with some heat & a healthy dose of western flavour. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A sexy cowboy & the woman meant to tame him. Janice Combes grew up around tough talking, rough acting cowboys so she was used to how they acted around each other, and her. She was one of the crew when it came to rodeo life and the men, who rode the bulls she took care of and carted from rodeo to rodeo. She may understand them, but it didn’t keep her from wanting one particular cowboy to look at her the way he looked at the Rodeo Queen. Dirk Knowlton loved the rodeo, the freedom of the road, and when his long-time girlfriend started making noises about getting married and settling down, he did what any self-respecting cowboy would do, he bucked and ran. Ending up on the doorstep of the woman he’d watched grow up, one he’d watched his buddy, Grady, take notice of and discovered he didn’t like it, surprised him. What happened next surprised him even more and haunted him for the next ten years? Phew! Some cowboys are definitely hotter than others. ROUGH RIDER by Victoria Vane treats us to one hot cowboy and the only woman meant to tame him. We first meet Dirk Knowlton in SLOW HAND, book one of the Hot Cowboy Nights series. Whereas Wade was dreamy to die for, Dirk came across as a complete and total ass. All the more reason why I wanted to read his story. Yeah, he was still a bit of an ass in this one, but once you learned why, everything made sense. ROUGH RIDER started out a bit slow for me. I appreciate Victoria’s research into rodeos and bull riding, but maybe I didn’t need quite so much time in the bullpens with talk about manure. *laughing* Once things heated up between Janice and Dirk, this story took off like a lightning flash. Grady was just creepy enough to keep us hoping Dirk would rescue Janice from his clutches, but goofy enough to keep us thinking Janice could handle him on her own. What happens isn’t all that surprising but what is learned later, is most definitely surprising. Nope, not going to tell you anything more. I highly recommend reading ROUGH RIDER, book two in the Hot Cowboy Nights series by Victoria Vane mainly because if you read SLOW HAND, which I definitely recommend, you will want to read this one too. If for no other reason, but to find out what bug is up Dirk’s well shaped butt and why Janice would even begin to be interested in the curmudgeon. This one is hot, hot, hot, and in the end, very sweet. Victoria gives us a wonderful happily-ever-after. ***eARC provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Date published: 2015-02-03