Set within the world of art and bull riding, The Bull Rider’s Keeper by Lynn Cahoon is a tale of love, family, and finding yourself within the crowded expectations of those around you. The third in her Bull Rider series, Keeper is the story of bull rider Jesse Sullivan and art gallery manager Taylor DeMarco.
A champion bull rider, Jesse Sullivan is hiding a secret from most of his family: he’s an artist and plans to leave his cowboy ways behind him to focus on his art. Taylor, the manager of her family’s art gallery, is determined to maintain the legacy her late grandfather built and shared with her. Unbeknownst to her, Taylor’s parents have different plans for their daughter and the gallery. All of this leads to our couple’s meeting with there’s an instant attraction, and more, igniting Cahoon’s story.
The Bull Rider’s Keeper is a true love story as it delves not only into romantic love, but that of familial as well. The secondary plot featuring Jesse’s mother Angie is a heart-warming story of second chances. Angie is a dynamic, lovable secondary character who plays an important part in Taylor and Jesse’s love story, meddling as only a mother can.
Cahoon really shines in this story, bringing back to life characters from her previous novels and creating likable new ones. Her writing style is clean and crisp with a nice balance of plot development with education about the world of art and bull riding, two very different entities, but ones she handles like a pro. Jesse is the total package, tough cowboy and sensitive artist who loves his mother. And while Jesse was easy to love from the start, Taylor proves to be a bit more of a challenge to warm up to, but once she leads with her heart rather than her brain she easily wins over the reader.
Cahoon is a multi-published author, though this is the first of her stories I’ve read and one I received in exchange for a review. As talented as she is, I would love to see more from her, see her stretch her skills into something extraordinary because I believe she really has the ability to do so.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance. While Keeper can certainly be read as a stand-alone book, I think reading the first two books in the series would really shed light on Jesse’s background. I may have to go back and give both a try myself!!
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