Aging bull rider Cody Grainger needs bullfighter Johnny Arrow for more than just protection in the ring. Their bond of trust goes beyond the professional and into love, but while their relationship holds up to the need for discretion imposed by their sport and repeatedly having to watch each other put themselves in the way of dangerous animals, other barriers still tear them apart.
For one thing, Cody is 10 years older than Johnny. But instead of contemplating retirement, he focuses on winning the championship, desperate to stay on top. Johnny is only beginning to find the professional recognition he craves. When frustration leads Johnny to walk away, Cody's season slumps. While they're apart, they both slowly realize they are meant to be together. But machismo abounds in the sport of bull riding, and their pride might be an obstacle too big for love to overcome.
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Ride'em to happiness
Not great, but good.
Yes, give the reader a better connection with Cody.
Knocked Cody down a few pegs. I had trouble relating to him throughout. Words that come to mind are selfish, immature and conceited.
Having not read, only listened, I'd say maybe his voice and bringing the characters to life gave them more depth. I'm not sure I could have finished the book if I were reading Cody.
This was a hard one for me. I really enjoyed McClain's narration throughout for the most part, just a few unsteady voice changes here and there.... Cody kind of drove me nuts though. He was hard for me to relate to, especially when he saw himself as not being selfish all while thinking "as long as I get my way it's okay for me and Johnny" say what now?
I liked the story itself, the rodeo world and the way it was portrayed, described and brought to life with vivid details and descriptives. At times, it was overly descriptive though. I would have liked more attention to detail for the romance and interactions between Cody and Johnny and a little less in the arena.
I suspect that readers who love cowboys and rodeo settings will eat this one up, and the narration definitely gives it an edge.
- Tams (TTC Books and more)