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Rodeo Dreams (Rodeo Dreamers #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Love is one unpredictable ride

Ride straight to the top of the rodeo circuit—that's June Spotted Elk's dream. Yes, bull-riding is a man's world, but she won't let anyone—not even a sexy, scarred stranger—get in her way.

Seasoned bull rider Travis Younkin knows what it's like to make it to the top—and then hit the bottom. Back in the arena to resurrect his career, he can't
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2014)
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Katie Michaels
Sep 17, 2014 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
I’m not normally a big reader of contemporary romance, but I am always such a sucker for a scarred hero, I couldn’t turn this one down. I found it to be a quick and easy read. I ended up enjoying it for the most part, though I had a few small niggles that kept it from being a home run.

Jane is a Native American college student who has never wanted to be anything but a bull rider. Unfortunately, it’s a man’s world and no one wants to let her in to the boy’s club, no matter how good she is.

Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
May 10, 2015 Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) rated it really liked it
4 stars

Really liked this one. Haven't read anything like it before, and I loved how determined June was to make her dreams come true. While riding bulls is one of the last things I'd want to do, June saw it as both her calling and her ticket out of lifelong poverty. Hero Travis could be a wet blankie, but after almost dying after coming off a bull, and suffering through a lengthy rehab, his heart was in the right place. With few options outside of the rodeo, he's clawing his way back up to the t
Kate Vale
Jul 24, 2014 Kate Vale rated it really liked it
This story focuses on the unlikely heroine of woman bull rider, June Spotted Elk, a lakota Sioux,and Travis Younkin, an experienced bull rider, who was almost killed on the bull that she is determined to ride in order to apply the winnings to help one of their friends who was injured by the same animal.

But all that comes at the end and only after the reader sees how these two hide their attraction in their unlikely friendship with a couple of gay cowboys afraid to come out to their buddies in th
The plot seemed perfectly suited to my taste and yet I didn't find the story very engaging. I liked the characters, the rodeo setting and the slow build of the relationship but the presentation was plodding. There was nothing wrong with the writing or dialogue but nothing really sparkled.

In typical romantic fashion the story is told through the alternating viewpoint of the two main characters, June and Travis. They didn't have a whole lot of chemistry and the couple of sex scenes were lackluster
Jul 11, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a rodeo? Ever wondered what would happen if a woman dared to ride bulls with the guys? Here's your chance to get a look at the Rodeo Dreams of June Spotted Elk as she tries to prove she can ride with the best of them.

June has always been able to ride whatever comes her way, despite her father's criticism and the jeers of the guys. And she always lands on her feet. She just wants to do what she loves and make enough money to get her mother and herse
Sep 21, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the strong females character who followed her dreams even when no one else believed in her. The main male character was also very interesting, because he had been hurt both physically and emotionally and worked hard to overcome both. There was great chemistry between the main characters, and it held my interest from start to finish.

The only problem that I had with the book was the cover itself. The story's main female character was from the Lakota Sioux tribe,
Jan 09, 2015 Robyn rated it really liked it
Normally I'd never pick up a book with "rodeo" in the title because it's really not my thing, but I've met Sarah M. Anderson at various author events and she is fabulous, so I gave this one a try. I'm glad that I did. She has serious storytelling skills, and I was immediately sucked into the story. Plus damaged heroes are my catnip, and I loved June Spotted Elk. She's a great balance of kick-butt and vulnerable. Good stuff.
Jenn Cunha
Jan 21, 2015 Jenn Cunha rated it liked it
Shelves: given-to-judge
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book to judge for a romance contest.

I really wanted to like this book more than I did...really. I mean, bull riders? What's not to like? The issue came with the fact that there were so many moving parts. I couldn't keep all of the different riders straight, and then you start adding in June's family, Mitch's mom, Travis' ex, plus all the people working around the rodeo. I couldn't remember who supported June, who hated her, etc. I did like the story, I tho
Another lovely romance from Anderson -- I look forward to more books from her in the SuperRomance category (my favorite category from Harlequin).

I loved that June was such a strong, unique heroine. How many heroines have you read about that ride bulls?

I also really enjoyed the peak into Mitch and "the Brazilian". I would love for their romance to be told! I'll happily beg and bribe, Sarah! :)

Jul 24, 2014 Debby rated it it was amazing
Talk about a ride! I received a copy in a Goodreads give a way and I could not put it down! I just got it yesterday and thank goodness my husband was out of town because I could not put it down. I fell in love with June and Travis and their friends. It kept me guessing and I was not disappointed in the end. Great read!
3.5 stars

I enjoyed the aspect of a female bull rider. I also enjoyed all the terminology and background that was included in the story. the characters were fun and easy to get to know and the storyline moved quick.
Harlequin Books
"Excellent descriptions and a novel story idea make this a must read. Anderson gives readers an inside peek at rodeo riding on a small scale. Her characters ring true, and the skill with which she ratchets up the tension is admirable" (RT Book Reviews). 4 1/2 stars
Aug 05, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
LOVED the main female character, and the development/progression of the male protagonist was good. Probably 3.5.
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May 21, 2014 Sarah Anderson added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A book about a female bull rider? June is my toughest heroine yet!
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