Book #2 of Hot Cowboy Nights
Two wounded hearts...
Janice Combes has two loves: bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect-until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.
Janice Combes has loved Dirk Knowlton for years. With Janice's job as the provider of bucking bulls, and Dirk as a bullrider, both on the rodeo circuit, their paths cross regularly. But Dirk is involved with the rodeo queen and Janice is just his good friend.
Fast forward ten years. Dirk is back on the family ranch, after returning home from the war, trying to save his heritage, and knocking heads with his younger brother. And Janice has returned to Twin Bridges, Montana to look after ...more
Dirk was such an ass in the first book so naturally, I wanted to read his book. And boy, Dirk was definitely a character and his story with Janice was definitely more to my liking than Slow Hand. And the reason for that was I felt the connection between Janice and Dirk from the very beginning until the very end.
I wasn't annoyed with Janice too much. She definitely made some wrong decisions but she thought they were the right ones based on the facts or evidence she got. I couldn't ...more
4.5 Stars! A strong, well written, enjoyable second installment in this hot cowboy series!
I make no qualms about the fact that I am a huge fan of this author's historical romance, and truly believe that this genre is her "true calling", but after reading Rough Rider, it's easy to see that this talented author is capable of writing just about anything.
Dirk was not a character that endeared himself to me in Slow Hand, but knowing that his past was a tragic one, I allowed him his bitterness and ...more
Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heat Level ~ 4 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 4 Stars
Ending ~ 4.5 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 5 Stars
Rough Rider was a cowboy romance that totally took me on one heck of a ride!
This book starts out with the heroine Janice Combes outfitting the rodeo circuit with her family’s bulls. She is a hard worker and knows her job well. She has carried a torch for Dirk Knowlton for years but he only seems to have eyes for the rodeo queen Rachel Carson ...more
Ms. Vane continues to make me very happy. Very. With this installment of her wonderful Hot Cowboy Nights series she’s given me a Western Contemporary Romance that infuses the rich details of Rodeo and ranching life seamlessly into a hot, sexy story with enough angst to keep me turning the pages - quickly.
I wasn’t sure she would be able to pull it off, as I’m not crazy about books that start out with the hero being enamored with another woman – and the ...more
Grabbing her flank ropes and hook, she methodically moved down the row of massively muscled, shifting, snorting bovines. Janice spoke in low, calm tones as she handled each animal. She knew every bull in the circuit by name, and endeavored to handle each one with the care and respect they deserved. To her annoyance, Grady followed her, jabbering on about nothing, while she flanked her bulls. It was damned irritating how the cocky S.O.B. refused to be ignored.
I didn’t really like Dirk in SLOW HAND. He was too surly and carrying a huge chip on his shoulder but, in ROUGH RIDER, Ms Vane rolls the clock back 10 years and we see a very different Dirk. At 22, he hasn’t really figured out ...more
Not that I've spent very long compiling that list or anything.
The point is, you don't need to know much about what billionaires or mountain men or nerds or rockstars or cowboys actually do all day to ...more
This is the love story of Janice Combes and Dirk Knowlton. They definitely had a slow building romance that life just got in the way. Changed by war, strife and hard times both Janice and Dirk find themselves back where it all began. The become very different and wary people trying to find the connection they once shared.
Dirk was a jerk in Vane's first book, so I was thrilled to see how he became suched a hard person.
Their story truly was ...more
Wade was the tortured hero type but his brother Dirk was the one the fence kinda guy who showed up late for dinner every dang time!
A few other reviewers have mentioned how well researched this book is. ...more
Oh I did enjoy these two. Took them long enough to figure out their HEA and get their act together but it was worth it. I did have issues with the formatting and big time jumps that weren't marked but other than that it was a great read.
Mmmmm Vane writes downright tasty and lickable men of the cowboy variety. Seriously. *fans self* Yums!
Alright. So, Janice and Dirk's story is a long and rocky one. These two met ...more
Wow! Did this one go in a different direction than I expected. Since I had met Dirk in Slow Hand, I expected this book to pick up where that one ended. That is not what happens at all. At first I was a bit taken aback with the start of the story, but it was interesting to get what happened from the beginning. Now I have probably confused you, but all will be revealed.
Janice Combes is a rough and tumble kind of girl. She has just become the new ‘chute boss’ for ...more
Beaten down by having lived with a self-centered unfaithful husband, Janice Combes is finally free to make a decent life for herself and her son. She returns to Twin Bridges, Montana to scrape together the means to support her family. Life sure didn’t turn out how she’d once dreamed. Once considered a nice girl with hopes of taking over her father’s ranch - she lives paycheck-to-paycheck - using her body for maximum effect to garner betters tips as a ...more
He was at the top, had his rodeo ...more
Janice grew up in Montana. Surrounded by herds and cowboys, she epitomises the phrase "tomboy". She doesn't match up to the Rodeo queens and although she knows she's filled out since high school, she just can't compete. She's either one of the guys or completely invisible.
She's always pined for Dirk. Ever since setting her eyes on him, she's wanted ...more
Fun read--sexy and romantic.
Janice has lived her life in the shadows and working hard carrying a flame for a ...more
After Slow Hand, Victoria Vane continues the story of the Knowltons with Rough Rider. Not only does it give the backstory of how Dirk and Wade became estranged but reintroduces a minor character in the previous installment - Janice - and the pivotal role she played in Dirk's life.
Dirk was the town's golden boy: tall, handsome, a rodeo champion, and boyfriend to its prettiest girl, Rachel. However, teen stardom ...more
Janice Combes grew up around tough talking, rough acting cowboys so she was used to how they acted around each other, and her. She was one of the crew when it came to rodeo life and the men, who rode the bulls she took care of and carted from rodeo to rodeo. She may understand them, but it didn’t keep her from wanting one particular cowboy to look at her the way he looked at the Rodeo Queen.
Dirk Knowlton loved the rodeo, the ...more
Author: Victoria Vane
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Series: Hot Cowboy Nights # 2
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Rough Rider" by Victoria Vane
"Two wary hearts ...
Janice Combes has two loves, bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect-until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping ...more
Victoria Vane is a bestselling award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her books have received many accolades to include the 2016 Red Carpet Award for Jewel of the East, 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations as well as Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. Look for her ...more