Title: Bull Rider
Author: Jade Buchanan
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Length: Short story (42 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Aunt Lynn
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.
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. 🙂
If you are looking for a fairly short, but fun and steamy read, be sure to pick this one up.