by Soraya Lane
Series: River Ranch #2
Published on May 29, 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
BACK IN THE SADDLE. STRAIGHT TO THE HEART. . .
At the Ford family ranch, getting thrown from a horse is a part of growing up. But one cowboy is still learning the ropes when it comes to falling in love.
Tanner Ford has been riding bulls and busting broncos his entire life. So when he takes a hard spill—and sustains serious injuries—he refuses to believe his rodeo days are behind him. He’s determined to restore his body and revive his career. There’s just one problem: the finest physical therapist in town just happens to be the only woman he’s ever loved.
Lauren Lewis knows she made a huge mistake when she walked away from Tanner. But she was young, ambitious, and focused on her medical career. Now, after all these years, Tanner’s back—and, in spite of his injuries, looking better than she allows herself to admit. She agrees to work on Tanner’s big bruised muscles until he’s back in bull-riding shape again. But how can Lauren resist the smoldering attraction between her and her old flame. . .and find a way to live without him?
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Following Cowboy Stole My Heart, the second in the series All Night with the Cowboy follows Tanner, a bull rider who’s forced to face his past if he hopes to do what he loves. While not my favorite book, this second-chance romance has a lot to offer fans of the trope who also love cowboys.
In the last book, Tanner’s shown as not allowing himself to get close to women and in this one we learn the reason is Lauren, his high school girlfriend who broke his heart. I liked that, despite the hatred and resentment Tanner built up after she left him, he is able to come around and let it go, to be happy. I think it showed a lot of character growth, especially when he starts recognizing his mistakes rather than repeating them.
Lauren had to deal with her own emotional baggage and handled Tanner’s attitude really well while also maintaining the professionalism her job required. Granted, it felt a bit too convenient that she’s the best physical trainer for Tanner to work with to recover from his injury, but it’s a romance novel. I expect a bit of “convenience” in the plot. I think the fact that she still had feelings for him but was also fighting against their past and present interactions made her really relatable and, in turn, I really liked the scenes from her perspective.
Where I struggled with this romance was the fact that it never went anywhere. Yes, the actual plot moved forward, things happened in the literal sense, but every time their relationship started to move forward they would bring up the past again. Rather than let the way they hurt each other before shape what not to do in the future, I felt like it defined most of their relationship in the present.
All Night with the Cowboy is a sweet second-chance romance. While it takes a while to really go anywhere, the relationship is solid and I found the characters interesting enough to keep on reading to the end!