The Wildest Ride by Marcella Bell
A Closed Circuit Novel, Book 1
HQN Books, (August 10, 2021)
Marcella Bell delivers a bold, uplifting romantic novel in THE WILDEST RIDE (August 10; $16.99). Rodeo meets reality-TV with this never-before-seen Closed Circuit competition, where an undefeated city-boy champion goes head to head with his world-class, kick-ass female rival. Romance ensues as they battle for the million-dollar prize.
“One of them would walk away with enough money to save the thing they loved the most in the world, and the other, wouldn’t.”
This is a fantastic book centered around a reality competition rodeo show. The main characters are interesting and I loved their connection. It’s a slow burn romance. I like the diversity in the characters. It got a 4 star simply because I didn’t care for the start of the book and almost put it aside. I started to really enjoy it around chapter 4. I enjoyed the descriptions of the events of the rodeo, I liked the banter, I liked the characters and thought the secondary characters added depth. The author really fleshed out the main characters so you got a sense of who they were. I liked that Lil was an extremely strong woman, yet you knew she was a bit broken inside. I thought AJ was the perfect cowboy to come into her life. They both challenged each other and healed each other. The plot moves a good pace, a bit of steamy romance, and a HEA!
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (July 16, 2021)
ARC provided by @htpbooks via @Netgalley
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At thirty-six, undefeated rodeo champion AJ Garza is supposed to be retiring, not chasing after an all-new closed-circuit rodeo tour with a million-dollar prize. But with the Houston rodeo program that saved him as a wayward teen on the brink of bankruptcy, he’ll compete. And he’ll win.
Enter Lilian Sorrow Island. Raised by her grandparents on the family ranch in Muskogee, OK, Lil is more a cowboy than city boy AJ will ever be. It shows. She’s not about to let him steal the prize that’ll save her ranch, even if he is breathtakingly magnificent, in pretty much every way going.
The world watches on as reality TV meets rodeo in a competition like no other. In front of the cameras, Lil and AJ are each other’s biggest rivals. Off-screen, it’s about to get a whole lot more complicated…
Marcella Bell was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is a registered yoga teacher, an avid reader, a honeybee enthusiast, and a lover of travel, corvids, and karaoke. A wife, mother, and child of a multicultural household, Marcella is especially interested in writing novels that reflect her family history, as well as the people and places she’s known throughout her life.