Western romances endure in popularity with stories of schoolteachers and sheriffs, but these clever authors have set the spirit of those stories in modern times with rodeo romances. It is fun to see some lady rodeo riders appearing in adventures too!
|I got the idea for this list from reading a blog post from Sarah M. Anderson about how she worked for a long time on her female rodeo rider story. Rodeo Dreams is now available for readers to enjoy, featuring June Spotted Elk and her pursuit of rodeo riding championship in a tough, male dominated environment. Not even sexy Travis, who is battling his own dreams are recovering from injuries, is able to distract June enough to quit.|
|Carolyn Brown also spotlights female rodeo riding in her holiday story Just a Cowboy and His Baby. Gemma wants to win the buckle for Pro bronc riding, and travels most weekends to competitions. Trace desperately needs the cash prize. Their flirtation grows until suddenly Trace is landed with a baby from a previous girlfriend. Neither shelves their rodeo riding goals, but Gemma and Trace add some new priorities to their future in this memorable novel.|
|In Joanne Kennedy’s How to Handle a Cowboy, Ridge was forced to leave his rodeo career behind after some injuries, and now spends his time teaching kids at a last chance foster home how to ride and rope. Social worker Sierra Dunn wants to return to inner-city work but soon sees the rewards of working with Ridge. The ways of the West appeal to her in this fast read with a wonderful supporting cast.|
|Brenda Jackson’s Taste of Passion introduces readers to appealing hero Luke, another recovering rodeo rider. He thinks he can get better staying with lovely attorney Mac, as neither wants romance in their lives. But neither can deny the attraction that heats up between them. This is another engrossing read from the popular Madaris series by bestseller Jackson.|
|In Flirting with Texas , beloved contemporary Western author Katie Lane shows what happens when two westerners try to escape and live in New York. Jenna ends up trying to save a runaway horse in Central Park, and finds herself right alongside rodeo star Beau. Both were trying for a new life in New York, but soon feel the pull of each other as well as that of hometown Bramble, Texas.|
|Jill Gregory’s Blackbird Lake, Carly has been keeping their daughter a secret from rodeo champion Jake, not wanting her child exposed to that lifestyle. When he returns to small town Lonesome Way, Carly can’t deny that their passion from that long ago affair still thrives between them. Jake wants to be part of their lives in this sexy yet sweet second chance romance.|
|It is hard to list Westerns without classic author Linda Lael Miller, and her rodeo star romance The Creed Legacy is a reminder of why she continues to please voracious romance readers. Brody Creed has enjoyed the wild lifestyle on the rodeo circuit, but a reunion with his long estranged twin and a trip home reminds him of another life he could enjoy. The last thing Carolyn needs is a wild cowboy, but Brody and their feelings surprise her.|
The excitement of the old west flavors contemporary Westerns with these feisty rodeo stars.
Bio: Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens for over seventeen years in her work as a librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground, was published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at http://www.amyalessio.com/.
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