Title: Last Chance Rodeo (formerly, The Long Ride Home)
Author: Kari Lynn Dell
ISBN: 9781492695240
Published: 2019
Pages: 304


This book actually pissed me off a bit. I don’t think I’ve actually ever been pissed off with a book before. I suppose there’s been times I’ve been upset with characters, but not actually mad at them for their actions. One thing I’ve never liked with a story is when a character is continually stepped on about something. I’m okay when the character goes from being kind of weak but then finds their strength once a story gets into the groove of things, but with Last Chance Rodeo I found myself getting pissed off at the main character, David Parsons, quite a bit.

I was expecting David’s character to be strong, and I don’t mean physically but mentally. He continually let Mary walk all over him when it came to David finding out that he had his horse that had run off one night after a rodeo. He never seemed to be able to think for himself; there was always someone else around putting thoughts of how things should be going when it came to getting his horse, Muddy, back into his possession when the obvious was right there in front of him the entire time. It annoys the hell out of me when a character can’t ever seem to think for themselves. Occasionally someone brings something to your attention, that’s normal, but the entire way through the story, no!

Not only did David not call the police when he found out that Mary had taken Muddy back to her hometown after he had found out that she had the horse, but he also let her make him believe he was responsible for paying the reward money for helping him find Muddy. That just makes no sense to me at all and it went on and on for almost the entire book. I love when books bring out emotions in me, but not to the point where I’m so mad at the storyline that I actually consider not finishing the book because I’m so angry at how it was written.

About Last Chance Rodeo

One thoughtless moment cost David Parsons everything – his irreplaceable horse, his rodeo career, and his fiancee. After four long years he’s finally tracked his horse to the Blackfeet Reservation and is ready to reclaim his pride.

It should be the happiest day of his life, but the troubled teen who’s riding Muddy now has had more than his fair share of hard knocks, and his custodial aunt Mary Steele will do whatever it takes to make sure losing this horse isn’t the blow that levels him. David finds himself drawn to both woman and boy, and is soon faced with a soul-wrenching dilemma. Claim his horse and claw his way back into the spotlight or lose everything he ever thought he wanted… and gain everything he never thought he’d need?

Sadly, due to Kari Lynn Dell’s passing in August 2020 we will no longer get any new books from her but you can find a list of those that she did write here on her site – Book List.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?

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