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Friday, August 5, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Eight Second Ride by Anne Jolin

Series: Willow Bay Stables #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance 


Owen Daniels lives his life eight seconds at a time. The thrill of anticipation that comes with sitting on twelve hundred pounds of untamed power is unparalleled. The adrenaline rush that floods his system when the chute opens is one of life’s most unique and natural highs.

Ride eight seconds bareback on a bucking bronco—that’s his life.

When Owen’s stock horse, Remington’s Lady, is injured midway through the rodeo circuit, he trailers her back home to Willow Bay, Alberta, to remain in the care of the local vet, Ray Brookes.

Months later, with a truck bed full of buckles, Owen comes home to collect his Lady from the man he trusted to help her recover. Only Ray happens to be short for Rayne, and Rayne happens to be a woman.

And this woman wants nothing to do with a cowboy fresh off the circuit. As far as she’s concerned, he can take his buckles, boots, and spurs right back on out of her life.

Will Rayne keep them from holding on to their eight-second ride? Or will love buck out of the chute in time for a perfect score?


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Shoving the last (a bit too large) bite of bran muffin into my mouth, I push out the doors that led to the clinic’s driveway.

There was a dusty red pickup truck with a horse trailer hitched to the back blocking my view of the barn. Sidestepping around it, I opened the file in my hand to refresh my memory. We’d had Lady here for a little over four months, but I liked to cover all the bases with an owner before we discharged an animal from our care.

“Oh, here she is!” I heard Nora boom over the flat land.

Next was a deep and gravelly voice. “She?”

Lifting up my head, I choked on my muffin.

His butt.

That was literally all I could see. A ten-gallon, tan cowboy hat and a Wrangler-clad ass. Somewhere in between, I was pretty sure I’d skimmed over some pretty impressive muscles, but that butt…

My coughing (from my choking) must have encouraged him to turn.

I declared the front wasn’t so bad either.

He stood at what I had to guess was at least six foot four and stretched across the broad expanse of his chest was a faded black T-shirt. The man looked rough, not in a bad way, but in the kind of way that made you wish you could spend a lifetime curled up in his lap. A five o’clock shadow darkened his hard jaw, and eyes as green as the summer grass watched me as I stopped a few feet from him.

“I’ll be on my way,” Nora muttered and disappeared across the parking lot.

The silence left in her wake made me uncomfortable so, after swallowing, I decided to fill it.

“Ray Brookes.” I held out my hand to him, and he studied it.

Eventually, he slid a much larger, calloused hand into mine and squeezed. “Darlin’, I’ve met Ray Brookes, and you sure as hell ain’t him.”

“Oh.” I tugged at my hand a little as a result of the odd backhanded compliment, but it didn’t budge. “I’m sorry.”

“Nothin’ you need to be apologizin’ for.”

He was rough around the edges but charming in a way that cowboys so often were. They were a legend after all, weren’t they?


Hey y’all, 
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks. 

I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion. 

Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that? 

If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t. 

Mad love, 
Anne Jolin 


As I do with any book that Anne Jolin writes, I immediately wanted to read Eight Second Ride. It's not my typical type of read being about cowboys and all, but that didn't stop me or make me hesitate at all. And while I don't love this as much as her Rock Falls series, she did make me love and enjoy this book. 

Owen is your typical smooth-talking, slow-walking, drawling cowboy. Determined and relentless, he's the kind of man who knows what he wants and doesn't stop until he gets it. Owen isn't the type to put on airs or beat around the bush - what you see is what you get. He's sweet, thoughtful, a gentleman, and patient. Owen is a good man and I have no doubts you will fall hard for this cowboy. 

Rayne might be attracted to the sexy cowboy, but she's not readily impressed and isn't about to go easy on him, she makes Owen work for it. She puts up a fair fight against resisting him, but you can't really blame her for giving in to the persistent, driven man. I loved that Rayne didn't surrender right away and remained firm on certain things instead of faltering no matter how much it hurt. It might not always seem like it, but she is one strong, tough cookie and I loved her for it. 

With the exception of Hell on Heels and maybe Saving Steele somewhat, I've always know Ms. Jolin to have steamy sexy times and while I was a little disappointed that we didn't really get that in Eight Second Ride - just because I love my steamy moments - towards the end, I actually, truly appreciated that we were able to see Owen and Rayne's emotional relationship more than their physical one. Now, don't get me wrong, I definitely wouldn't have hated seeing that, but it was still nice to see the more intimate, heart side instead. 

Eight Second Ride will break your heart, make you cry, melt you, and make your heart swell. It was beautiful and heart wrenching and wonderful. I loved it and I'm exited for the next book in the Willow Bay Stables series. 

Eight Second Ride is a standalone, it's told from Owen and Rayne's POV, and they do get their HEA. 

~ 4.5 Stars

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