Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Betting on the Bull Rider (Elliotts of Montana Book 2)” as Want to Read:
Betting on the Bull Rider (Elliotts of Montana Book 2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Betting on the Bull Rider

(The Elliotts of Montana #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Opposites attract, and then they'll ignite

Alice Bloom plays by a book of rules that’s crushing her alive. She’s resigned to her safety-first lifestyle until she meets local heartbreaker Jake Elliott. Jake is everything she’s not – smooth-talking, fearless, and inconveniently gorgeous. She has every intention of steering clear, until Jake proposes a sexy bet. And then it’
Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by Tule Publishing
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Betting on the Bull Rider, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Betting on the Bull Rider

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.28  · 
Rating details
 ·  36 ratings  ·  28 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Betting on the Bull Rider (Elliotts of Montana Book 2)
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, small-town
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
A quote (from ARC):
“All of a sudden, he felt a rush of affection toward this woman who was so fundamentally different from him. She lived her life easing people into acceptance. He lived his life running away from it.”

An unlikely romantic couple stars in “Betting on the Bull Rider”, by Kaylie Newell (Tule Publishing), where an unpredictable and adrenaline junkie bull rider falls reluctantly for a bit quirky, disciplined heroine.
I liked
Phylis Carpenter
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alice's Mother passed away from an illness that they kept away from Alice until near the end. Thinking this would be easier for Alice in the long run. But it wasn't. Alice is afraid of everything if she loves something she could get her. So she has lived her life trying not to be attached to things or people. She works and lives at a funeral parlor that her Dad runs, her best friend Dana does the embalming and Alice comforts the family in their time of sorrow.

She is manning the door of the fune
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Betting on the Bull Rider is the second book in Kaylie Newell’s heartwarming The Elliotts of Montana series. Jake Elliott is big, bold, and a lady killer. He’s well known for championship bull riding, and his steadfast lack of commitment to any woman. He meets funeral director Alice Bloom… and the ride of his life no longer involves 8 seconds on a mad bull. Alice is everything that Jake isn’t. Jake lives life spontaneously. Alive is thoughtful, methodical in everything she does. Opposites do att ...more
Bonnie Gonzales
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book two of Elliots of Montana and I was given a copy in exchange for my review.
Alice is instantly attracted to Jake the first time she sees him, oh but the night at a bar with some Tequila shots and Jake trying to teach her how to drink one, he is so attracted to her even though she is definitely not his type and this is where I get attracted to the story.
Interesting characters and a plot that holds my attention, this one gets my recommendation.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Betting on the Bull Rider by Kaylie Newell
Balls-to-the-wall bull rider Jake Elliott, and straight-laced funeral home director Alice Bloom have absolutely nothing in common. Or so they think. But when a chance encounter brings them together one hopping Saturday night, Jake can tell he’s finally met his match. Lovely Alice isn’t shy about looking him in the eyes and telling him he’s too wild, too reckless for her blood.
Alice has good reason to be wary- dealing with dead people every day has taught
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Betting on the Bull Rider takes us back to my favorite fictional small town of Marietta, Montana for the second title in The Elliotts of Montana series.

It would be so easy to categorize this story as an opposite attracts trope, and in many ways it is – but I saw it in a different light, as two people who have some deep-seated emotional fears that they have allowed to take over controlling parts of their lives. They simply needed the right person to knock them out of t
I received this arc from Tule Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in the series. Book 2 is about Jake Elliott and Alice Bloom. Alice is a Funeral Director in her family’s business. She meets Jake one day when he comes to a visitation at her funeral home for his elderly neighbor. Then they meet again at the Wolf’s Den bar. Jake sees her with a couple of tequila shots. She looks out of place and unsure how to down the shots. She shared that it’s her birthday and sh ...more
Opposites do attract.

Alice Bloom grew up in a funeral home and like many children who grew up in families who are in the business was considered odd by the other kids in town. Plus she dealt with her mom's death and has a few hang ups. But most important is she never dates and dresses way to conservatively for her age. And she has a lot of phobias that she is aware of but doesn't want to deal with getting over them.

Alice meets Jake Elliott one night at the local bar. Jake Elliott is a bull ride
Sandi Ramirez
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-challenge
Come back to Sleigh Bell Farm by way of a Hot Bull Rider and a Nerdy Cute Funeral Director. There is enough Sizzle between these two to wake the dead. Jake Elliott is our bull rider that I have wanted to get up close and personal with myself since meeting his family in the first book "Christmas at Sleigh Bell Farm". This book can be read as alone but why when you can get to know the entire family? Anyways Jake is our bull rider and if you know anything about bull riders you know they are fearles ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was surprisingly sweet and touching with moments of humour thrown in to soften what might otherwise have been awkward moments. Bull rider Jake Elliott and funeral director Alice Bloom couldn’t have been a more unlikely pair if they’d tried, yet each of them was busy protecting their hearts by pushing away things that might hurt them.
Until he met Alice, Jake was living for the thrill, making his way through the buckle bunnies that followed him around the circuit, and making sure he got
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What can I say, while rodeos cowboys may have any power over me, books written by Kaylie Newell definitely do. Betting on the Bull Rider, her latest Elliotts of Montana Series, caught me from the beginning funeral home scene, never letting go until the very final scene. As always I wanted to read, read and read more until finished. Then I was sad that it had finished, meaning the book was over, not that the ending was sad.
Honestly, I thought that the Harlow Brothers would forever hold Newell bo
Laura D
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alice Bloom is the funeral director at her family's funeral home. She had a bit of a rough childhood losing her mom young and being the "weird" kid who lives at the funeral home. Now she is in her early thirties and has little more than her work. Jake Elliott is the small town famous bull rider. He is currently recuperating from a shoulder injury. He is known as a player. He doesn't do relationships but buckle bunnies are fair game, after all he is a 28 year old male. They meet when he attends t ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book of opposites attract but is some ways very much the same from their childhood. Alice is the local funeral director and does not like to take risks and likes life in order. Jake is gorgeous bull rider, who is all about taking risks and living life to the fullness. After their first meeting they can not deny the chemistry that they share but can two opposites finds common ground.

Loved these characters, with childhood memories that they both need to learn to not let it dictate the r
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alice Bloom and Jake Elliott were as different as night and day. Alice lets her fears rule her life. Being a funeral director, she knows how precious life can be, so she refuses to take chances with anything dangerous. Being a bull rider, Jake is an adrenaline junkie. When Alice and Jake meet, there is an instant attraction, but Alice knows it can never go far because she couldn't handle Jake's risk-taking lifestyle. But when they become friends and after a series of harmless bets, Alice just mi ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alice bloom is thirty four and helps run a funeral home with her dad. Jake Elliott is a bronc rider and meets Alice when he attends a funeral. Can there be immediate connection between them? Alice feels like she never has ,just looking at him. When they meet unplanned later at a club he sits with her while she wait for her friend. What happens after this encounter is a wonderful story of a women who sees death all the time and the fear for what Jake does . what he feels is maybe there is more to ...more
Debbie Caswell
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet romance about total opposites who can't deny the attraction between them. The book flows well and is a sweet romance that will keep you engaged until that last page

Alice Bloom is a woman working in an area usually done by men She is the local funeral director and her job just emphasises her believe that life is fragile and that you should never take risks. Jake Elliott is her total opposite as a bull rider his life is full of risks and adrenaline. Can these total opposites actual
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Alice, the local mortician, is a socially shy person full of fears. Then there’s Jake, a cocky bull rider, recovering from an injury. Their meeting turns into a competition of who can face things they normally steer clear of. This bet eventually leads to a connection and a friendship where they shared more of the things they hide from everyone else. There’s plenty of times that they disagree on things but one issue is too much for Alice to handle. But Jake is easily dismayed. It takes time for t ...more
Sherri Babb
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is the second book in this series and it is about Alice and Jake. There is an instant attraction between these two when they first meet. Honestly they are complete opposites in how they view life. Jake lives life on the edge and Alice is way more reserved. The more time they spend together the more their feelings grow. This book is a really fun read. It will take you on a journey that you are not soon to forget. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great read by Kaylie Newell. The story of Jake and Alice is very sweet and I found myself not wanting it to end. When the first met they both thought there wasn’t much in common between them but truth be told, they had more in common than they thought. They were both afraid of getting too close, of opening their hearts and lives, and of getting hurt. Will they run away from each other? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jake and Alice are such an unlikely match in that from the outside one is an anxiety ridden funeral home director terrified of risk and one is a bull rider who lives a life of risk. When they come together though you see a deeper understanding of each other. The author did a wonderful job of creating a match that seems so unlikely but has a deep connection. Well worth the read.
Kay The Book Lover
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
There was a couple spots that jumped to quickly but over all I liked this book! Sweet hometown girl afraid of challenges. Sweet talking, cocky cowboy who takes to many risks. I loved how this turned out and that they both took bets against the other!
Rachel Kennedy
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A case of opposites attract for Jake and Alice. They set up a bet, but neither bargained falling for each other.

A great read, full of great characters - looking forward to the rest of this series.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a voluntary and honest review.
Debra  M.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved these quirky characters Alice and Dana they take life one day at a time and believe life is sacred. Alice meets Jake the Bull Rider who takes chances with his life every time he gets on a bull for 8 seconds. He knows his odds end up paralyzed for life or death but he likes the thrill.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy revisiting Marietta.

What I liked:
The writing style
The characters
Part of a series: Elliotts of Montana

I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC from Tule Publishing.
Paula Pugh
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sweet story! Two opposites find they have more in common as they work together (mostly) to overcome their hang ups.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Louise Bird
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
They both had “fears” to face. Could they do it together, read on and find out!
Christina Montminy
I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet, sexy, funny & sad. Jake & Alice are great together, one a bull rider, the other a mortician. They’ve both been hiding from life & a chance meeting at a funeral & in a bar brings these two together. They push each other’s buttons & make a bet that they can get the other to do something not them at all. As they spend time together they fall hard for each other but it’s not going to be easy. This book gave me a fun ride on the emotional roller coaster, defi ...more
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tule
I really enjoyed Alice and Jake’s story in Betting on the Bull Rider by Kaylie Newell, book two in her Elliotts of Montana series. This is a story of two people who were totally different, one a bull rider and the other a funeral home director, who are drawn together. Alice is afraid of truly living her life; at least until she meets the handsomest bull rider she ever seen. Jake is an adrenaline junkie, pushing life’s boundaries and tempting fate. Their friendship began as an “I can get you to d ...more
Linda Tillman
rated it it was amazing
Aug 21, 2020
rated it liked it
Apr 22, 2020
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Montana Cowboy Romance (Wyatt Brothers of Montana, #1)
  • The Sheriff's Baby Bargain (Angel Point, #1)
  • One-of-a-Kind Bride (Home to Texas, #1)
  • Counting on the Cowboy (Riverrun Ranch, #2)
  • Cowboy Wild (Tangled Up in Texas, #3)
  • Scoring Position (Texas Playmakers, #3)
  • Lone Star Homecoming (Texas Justice, #5)
  • More Than a Cowboy (Carmody Brothers, #3)
  • Sweet Texas Charm (Sweet Texas Secrets, #3)
  • Meet Me in Montana (Property Sisters of Montana, #2)
  • One Hot Texas Summer (Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge, #1)
  • Sweet like you (Honey Springs #1)
  • A Spark of Romance
  • The Baby Contract (Four Irish Brothers Winery, #4)
  • Her Secret Cowboy (Blood Brothers Book 3)
  • Picture Perfect Bride (Cupid's Corner, #2)
  • How to Catch a Cowboy (Riverrun Ranch, #3)
  • Kiss Me in the Summer
See similar books…
Kaylie Newell lives in Southern Oregon with her husband and two daughters. She’s the proud author of over a dozen romances, including the RITA® finalists, Christmas at The Graff and Tanner’s Promise.

Other books in the series

The Elliotts of Montana (2 books)
  • Christmas at Sleigh Bell Farm

News & Interviews

According to some historians, the month of April is actually named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, by way of the Romans....
46 likes · 26 comments