When widower and land baron Cole Reardon acquired the Turner Grain Corporation, he didn’t know the company sponsored a bull rider. He refuses to support thrill-seekers dumb enough to get on the back of a crazed animal. He’s not willing to risk his fortune and livelihood when he has his daughter’s well-being to consider. Not even when the bull rider is the sexiest woman he’s ever seen.
Bull rider Florentine McDougal plans to turn pro after the season championship, fulfilling her lifelong dream of succeeding in a man’s world. That is, until Cole Reardon shows up and threatens to break his sponsorship contract with her. Now everything she’s worked for is less than eight seconds away from being destroyed.
Cole distracts Florentine with his sexy mouth and unreasonable demands, and he’s not going to compromise his integrity. But she’s not going to let him loose until she has pro status. And neither will come away from this dust-up unscathed.
Florentine is back on the rodeo circuit and she is determined to finish on top, regardless what the men think. She has dreamed of riding in the PBR for as long as she can remember and be an inspiration for young girls everywhere. She loves her family and they are extremely supportive of her. They are a tight knit family and when you hurt one, you have an enemy in all.
Cole Reardon became Florentine’s sponsor when he bought Turner Grain. He wants her to let him out of the contract because he can’t condone someone taking unnecessary risks with their lives. His ex-wife was that way and it led to her death and his daughter having to grow up without a mother. Cole is drawn to Florentine even though she is the exact opposite type of person that he wants a future with.
This family is such an inspiration and you can’t help but fall in love with them. They have had to come to terms with their father’s death, while finding the love of their lives. They stick together and watch each other’s backs and when they love, they love with such fierceness and depth.
Florentine is trying to get through the rodeo trials and place in the finals so she can have some time off with her family. Her sister is getting married and it’s time for their annual 4th of July barbeque. She just wasn’t expecting to use the time recuperating from a bull riding injury. She is conflicted because she is attracted to Cole but he just wants out of their contract. The more she is around Cole and his daughter the more she realizes she wants more out of life. She can still be a positive role model for young girls and have the family she desires.
Cole is a sexy cowboy and a single father. He is concerned about his young daughter and is looking for a wife that will be a good influence in her life. He is torn because he desires everything about Florentine, except her bull riding. Her spirit and fire call to something in him that he thought was long dead but he can’t risk having a woman like that around his daughter. The more time he spends with her, the more he realizes that there is more to Florentine than meets the eye. That underneath that brazen bull rider lurks a sensitive, caring woman that he could easily fall in love with.
Florentine and Cole are explosive together, like fire and gasoline. They are both stubborn and set in their ways but both are very lonely. They are good for each other but they can’t see past their differences until they spend some time together on the McDougal ranch. I loved watching the transformation in Cole and seeing the relationship between him and his daughter grow.
***Be sure and stop back by on Saturday, July 21st and check out my Interview with Debra and a chance to win a copy of Rodeo Rebel***