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- Print Length: 266 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1947636162
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- Publisher: Tule Publishing; 2 edition (August 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073G1DLBG
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- Lending: Enabled
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Austin: A Western Cowboy Romance Novel (American Extreme Bull Riders Tour Book 5) Kindle Edition
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Kristin is a socially awkward perfectionist who gave Austin a verbal beat down back in high school. Austin is a successful bull rider, but we all know that career can be a short one. When Austin runs into Kristin at a bar, she pretends to not know him, and almost gets away with it.
I really liked the characters in this story. As much as Austin may have wanted revenge, he was always a gentleman towards Kristin. Kristin's character struggled a lot with how to deal with her feelings and social situations. I really enjoyed how they both grew and changed after their encounter.
Austin Harding is drinking with his friends from the AEBR at a casino in Reno when he recognises the waitress as an old school-fellow, Kristen Alexander. At school Austin had a crush on Kristen until she gave him a brutal public set-down. Now he's a successful bull-rider and she's recently been laid off from her cubicle job and has been forced to work as a waitress in a Reno casino in order to cover her rent.
Kristen always had a plan, school, college, career, marriage, children - until she gets laid off and realises that her perfect life is rigid and inflexible.
Part of Austin wants revenge on Kristen and the other part wants to look after her, so when she loses her job he agrees to help her get home to Marietta. Can opposites attract and can they find some middle ground?
I loved this book, poor Kristen was sooo shy and everyone judged her for being an Ice Princess when really she was just socially awkward. Austin thought he knew what he wanted from life but associating with Kristen makes him realise that he has no clue what to do with his life after bull-riding. This was full of second chances and changing your life. Austin and Kristen were flawed but lovable characters that I would love to have dinner with.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Kristen is having a run of bad luck, mostly self-inflicted. The girl with a plan, the girl most likely to succeed, is struggling. After being laid off from her dream job crunching numbers in Reno, she has been unemployed for weeks. The only position offered to her is as a server at a bar. Despising the suggestive costume she’s forced to wear, she puts on her best face and knuckles down to do the best she can in a job she doesn’t like. When Austin Harding, boy most likely to amount to nothing, ends up in her bar, she is aghast. He can’t recognize her, and he can’t tell her twin sister where she’s working!
Austin thinks that karma might be the sweetest thing ever when he sees the girl who gave him a very public set down in high school slinging drinks in a bar. Kristen always had a plan, and when he sees where she’s working, he thinks that her plan hasn’t served her very well. He, on the other hand, was always slacking off in school, because his career aspirations involved sticking a bull for eight seconds, and now he’s one of the best bull riders in the country.
When Kristen finds herself out of a job again, with no money to get home to Marietta, she has to bum a ride off Austin. And so begins their unlikely reunion, as well as their opposites attract romance.
I could so relate to Kristen. She is shy and so socially awkward that people immediately form a not so positive impression of her. Thinking that she’s stuck up and aloof, she has few friends. It’s little wonder she lost first a job that required team work with her co-workers, and then a job that necessitated a friendly, outgoing personality for her customers. So. Not. Kristen. As the hours go by in the close confines of Austin’s truck, she is forced to confront her shortcomings. She is not a risk taker, and the thought of living her life like Austin has, terrifies her. Then she realizes how little she has to show for her obsessive planning, and maybe it’s time for a little spontaneous behavior.
Austin is a likeable hero. He doesn’t want to help Kristen. She made him question himself after berating him by her locker in high school, and even if he deserved a piece of her mind, he wasn’t ready to face that he might not be as great a guy as he thought. Now he’s just concentrating on staying healthy enough to make it to the AEBR finals. Kristen is a headache he doesn’t need. But as they spend time together, he starts to appreciate her wit and enjoy her company. But whatever they have can’t last, because he is always just a few seconds away from being stomped on by a bull.
I really enjoyed this one. The relationship felt natural, developing over time. Both Austin and Kristen have to face personal shortcomings, and accept that they have flaws. There is compromise. There is awareness of others’ feelings. The HEA is completely believable. Jeannie Watt delivers a satisfying read again!
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Austin is another story in the series of sexy Bullrieders. So this one is an interesting one between a former school friend.Read more