Review: One Rodeo Season by Sarah M Anderson

May Contain Spoilers

I am a big fan of Anderson’s writing, so I try to read her books as soon as they are released.  I loved Ian, but Lacy – I didn’t have such warm feelings for.  She loudly, and repeatedly, insists she doesn’t need anyone’s help, despite the fact that she so obviously does.  She grated constantly on my nerves.  Ian, on the other hand, made mistakes when he was younger, and strove constantly to be a better person.  This is somewhat of a challenge, because of his hot temper, but he tries oh, so hard, for the entire book.

After wrestling Lacy’s prized bull to the ground, he invites her ire and earns himself an earful.  Shortly after, he plays the white knight when she is harassed by another stock contractor, yet again earning another tongue-lashing, because, you know, Lacy has this covered.  She doesn’t need anybody’s help.  Ever.  And so begins their uneasy relationship, as Ian, an outcast in the rodeo himself, is driven by his sense of honor to look out for Lacy. 

I enjoyed getting to know Ian better, and meeting up again with June and Travis from Rodeo Dreams.  Lacy and June’s struggles to excel in a male dominated world resonated with me, and Ian’s strong, supportive presence made him the perfect hero. I only with Lacy had appreciated him earlier, and that both of them had trusted each other enough to share their deep dark secrets earlier in the story.

Grade: B / B-

Review copy provided by publisher

About the book

When his past collides with her present, only true love can survive the wild ride…

Bullfighter Ian Tall Chief is determined to get off the reservation and onto the pro circuit. After a wild youth, and some big mistakes, he’s found his focus. The only person who can break his concentration? Lacy Evans, owner of the Straight Arrow Ranch. 

But the beautiful cowgirl is dealing with problems of her own. She’s running the ranch alone, after her parents’ deaths. The macho rodeo world is not ready for a female stock contractor. And she’s discovered her parents were keeping secrets from her—ones that rock the very foundation of her identity. Can she trust Ian to be the good man he claims to be?