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“Bull Rider: Another Heart Bites the Dust” is a cowboy/cowgirl romantic suspense by Maggie Carpenter. It combines good characters, an intriguing story, and plenty of steam for an entertaining story.
Bailey is a talented trick rider on an emotional mission more dangerous than her riskiest athletic stunts; she’s searching for the horse that stole her beloved mare and the horses of her two close friends. Traveling with the rodeo circuit makes it easier for her to make inquiries and search. She is well aware that what she’s doing is dangerous, so she always tries to get a cowboy to accompany her when she looks at horses that might be her own. Rick is a professional bull rider. He’s on the way to having his most successful year ever and needs to focus on his career. Bailey, though, is a delightful distraction. She’s got something of a reputation for the way she dates and ditches cowboys, but he senses there’s more to her than meets the eye. Despite that, he’s still shocked when he finds out what she’s really up to. He wants to help her – but he’s also determined to keep her safe.
The author does a good job of creating a world in which her characters live. Bailey and Rick are both interesting and multidimensional, each having depths that most people never see. His desire to help her is as strong as the instant attraction between them. Their steamy connection is intensified by moments of domestic discipline. There are a nice array of secondary characters (including some villains!) who each add even more depth and interest to the story. I enjoyed the ending, and hope to see some of the other characters in future books by this author.