sarah mayberry is a must-read, must-buy author for me. i love, love her novels. but she hasn't published much recently, which made me sad. luckily the wait is over, and tanner is the delightful start to the american extreme bull riders tour book series. every novel in the series takes on one of the bull riders, each book authored by someone different as a standalone.
tanner opens with evie forrester's arrival in kansas in order to surprise her longtime crush-possible boyfriend troy, a bull rider on the tour circuit. she runs into tanner harding first, and he protects her from the humiliation of catching troy with some other girl. but since she bought nonrefundable tickets and planned to stay with troy and liquidated her savings to get to the states from australia, she's kind of stuck. when tanner realizes the dire straits she's in, he swoops in with a helping hand.
he's kind to her. and evie can't help but wonder why. but he makes no demands of her, even though evie is startled to realize that she wouldn't be opposed to any demands coming from him. he's actually super dreamy. when the sexual tension blows up between them and they fall into bed, evie and tanner are happy to enjoy the unexpected fling.
but when tanner is injured and learns that he may never play again, evie steps up in a big way to help him through it. helping him retreat to his colorado ranch, she gets a glimpse of what life could be like with this amazing man. but her life needs to go through melbourne. she is on the last year of completing her veterinary degree and transferring at this stage would put her behind for years. tanner knows he can't ask evie to stay, even though he wants to. at the same time, how can he let her go, when the two weeks that they've spent together have saved him from losing everything.
there's a simple enough solution, and they do eventually see it. and their journey to that moment is utterly enjoyable. i'm glad sarah mayberry is back.
**tanner will publish on may 9, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/tule publishing (montana born) in exchange for my honest review.