Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-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 ten 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?
4 out of 5 stars
The Earth must be off its axis because I’ve read two cowboy books in a row! Cowboys aren’t generally my thing, but I enjoyed this book.
Maverick Davis is a rodeo star who just found out his career is over due to too many head injuries. He returns to his home town of Pine Oak, Texas when he receives news about his father. Maverick HATES his father (for reasons that become clear later in the book and make YOU hate his father as well) but his siblings need him. Home is also the place that hold Leighton James, the girl who has been in love with Mav since birth practically.
Leighton owns a pie shop called The Pie Hole. I LOVE that name! When Mav rolls back into town, he doesn’t recognize Leigh and assumes she’s his brother’s girlfriends. She’s no longer than ugly duckling little girl she was ten years earlier.
Leigh was a really awesome character. She was strong. She was tough. She had been through a lot in ten years and didn’t automatically forgive Mav and move on. Mav had a lot of growing up to do, and he was able to do that with Leigh’s help.
There was a side story that involved Mav and his childhood, and how it affected his siblings, Quinn (who is Leigh’s best friend) and Clay. That part of the story was quite believable and really made you understand who Maverick was and where he was coming from.
My biggest complaint would be the length of this story. It was WAY too long and WAY too detail heavy. I liked all the characters, including Jana, Leigh’s employee; she was really funny. I like small town stories, and this one didn’t disappoint.
I’m a big Harper Sloan fan, so if you like her and you’ve liked her books, I would recommend this one!