Bull Rider

Title: Bull Rider
Author: Jade Buchanan
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short story (42 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Aunt Lynn

THE BLURB

Wanna ride the Bull? — Wes Scott’s life is turned inside out by the most enticing cowboy he’s ever met.

Radio DJ Wesley Scott is celebrating his new posting with a Welcome to Canada party thrown by his co-workers, but he can’t keep his eyes off the mechanical bull in the corner or the tall, dark and burly cowboy beside it. Isaac “Bull” Fintan — former bull rider and current rancher — captures Wes’ attention with his scrolling tattoos, swaggering walk and smoky drawl, but it’s the invitation to a private party-for-two that has him panting for more.

THE REVIEW

Originally released as part of the Fabulous Brits Anthology, Bull Rider has — along with the other stories in the collection — been released as a standalone and is the first tale by this author that I’ve read.

Londoner Wes is newly living in Alberta, Canada, as a DJ on a British Army Training facility when he and some co-workers visit a country bar. There he meets Bull, a huge, tattooed cowpoke who sets his sights on Wes. Wes has a thing for domineering alphas, and Bull certainly fits that description. After a more-than-satisfying one-off, they fail reconnect before leaving the bar, and Wes laments not having a way to find the hot man again. Is there a way to locate Bull and see if there is a possibility of taking it further?

I found this is a short, but satisfying read full of steamy smexxin and a surprising level of character development for the length. I liked both protags, though we get to know Wes better as the third-person narrator. Realistic, yet hopeful, Wes is self-aware enough to know that what he is doing with Bull is both unusual for him and maybe just a little outside of his comfort zone, but loving every minute of it and wanting more. I thought that Bull was complex enough based on the little we see him — and through Wes’ eyes — that although he definitely fit into the dominant alpha mold, he was also caring and sensitive. Another example of opposites attracting, beta meets alpha here in a way that shows us that after the story is over, these two just may be able to find their way just fine.

As I said, there is a lot of smokin’ smexxin here, including a very imaginative scene early on in Bull’s truck. Let’s just say that the Chinese acrobats I saw over the weekend have nothing on these two — especially Wes, who does something that if I hadn’t already seen it done on XTube, I’d have to go and look it up. 🙂

OVERALL

If you are looking for a fairly short, but fun and steamy read, be sure to pick this one up.

12 comments

  • This book had no interest to me from the title and generic cover. Even the blurb was just… meh. Then I read this review and the curiosity drove me crazy. That scene was…. I am going with unique, not bad but really different. I liked the characters very much will read more by this author. Would not have happened if not for this review

  • Lynn
    Like everyone else who read this review, I have to read this book to find out what Wes and Bull did that surprised even you. 😀

    • Ha! I bought this last night and I knew it had to be one of two things which xtube had also educated me on. 0_o It was a fun read. 🙂

  • I’ve never read anything by this author either, but this sounds interesting. A story that manages to be satisfying with steamy sex AND good character development despite a short lenght? Looks like it’s worth it 🙂 Thanks for the review 🙂

  • Well heck….now I have to go buy it too;)
    Seriously curious, and since I am ME, I can’t stand to STAY curious…gotta know what you are talking about….thanks, I needed something “fresh” today!

  • I knew I had read this story but I couldn’t remember the details so I reread it. Definitely a unique scene in my reading experience. And Wes is a cutie.

  • Oh, I remember this one! Wes was, if I remember correctly, kind of cute. And I never read anything similar to what Wes did before or after reading this story. I think people are going to read it just to find out what it was. XD

  • Hi Tam. I would definitely pick up other titles by this author after this one. And yes, the act is not something we see every day in these books. You’ll need to read it to find out 🙂

  • “who does something that if I hadn’t already seen it done on XTube, I’d have to go and look it up.”
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    LOL Funny Lynn. Now you have me curious. I do like Jade’s stories if for no other reason than they are unabashedly Canadian. No vague unknown city, you know they are set in Alberta, no questions. Sounds like a fun read I’ll definitely add to my list

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