Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hold on tight! It's a Rank #REVIEW @DRGrahamBooks

Hold on tight! Rank by D.R. Graham is a wild ride. 

Cole grabbed my arm. "You don't need to do this. I got myself into this mess. I'll live with the consequences."
I exhaled and slid Shae-Lynn's pink armband over my forearm. I kissed it, then did a prayer before climbing into the chute. "This isn't about you anymore. I got something to prove."
BLURB
Rodeo is all Billy Ryan and his brother Cole have ever known -- until one deadly wreck changes everything. With their mom requiring full-time care and Cole dealing with his own demons, Billy needs to step up to take care of his family. So he walks away from his future as a champion bull rider. Convincing himself he didn't quit because he lost his nerve...

Barrel racer Shae-Lynn, the sweet good-girl-next-door, grew up with the boys on the rodeo circuit. She's the only person who knows Billy better than he knows himself. She could help him get back in the ring, but there's a limit to how many times she'll watch him make the same mistakes. Especially when it comes to her heart.

When Cole's gambling debts get out of control and the bills at home pile up, Billy has no choice but to enter a winner takes all bull riding event. He needs Shae-Lynn by his side, but that isn't going to happen unless he figures out a way to cowboy up and prove he's good enough for a woman like her.

Intense, emotional and complex, this is Friday Night Lights meets Nicholas Sparks' The Longest Ride... with edge!

REVIEW
Rank is a sweet romance between two lifelong friends, made all the more intense by the cast of characters surrounding them. While they make their way on the rodeo circuit, their lives pull them in different directions and then catapult them together again. The author gives details about the character that allow readers to understand their perspectives but I ever felt a true connection. Still, I wanted them to come together and find their HEA - these two young people deserve it after everything they go through. Readers who enjoy contemporary western romances will enjoy this book.

RATING
3 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us by the author through NetGalley. Many thanks.
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