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The Barons, six tight-knit siblings--loud, daring and loyal--are about to discover that love can be as rough as the rodeo. Bestselling author Donna Alward introduces the exciting Texas Rodeo Barons series with her charming prequel novella, Rodeo Rebel. Back in the ring As the first female bull rider in her circuit, Megan Robertson needs to focus. But all she can think ab The Barons, six tight-knit siblings--loud, daring and loyal--are about to discover that love can be as rough as the rodeo. Bestselling author Donna Alward introduces the exciting Texas Rodeo Barons series with her charming prequel novella, Rodeo Rebel. Back in the ring As the first female bull rider in her circuit, Megan Robertson needs to focus. But all she can think about is her ex, Pax Lantry. Megan knew their paths would cross again--she just wasn't prepared for the effect it would have on her. More surprising than the old heartache is the jolt of pure attraction she still feels for him.Even after five years, Pax has never gotten over Megan. All it takes is seeing her, just once, for him to know that their connection is as strong as ever. But he's committed to his family's ranch and Meg has her own demanding career. It seems as if Pax and Megan have moved on, so why can't they let each other go? Don't miss the first heartwarming novel in the Texas Rodeo Barons series, The Texan's Baby.


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The Barons, six tight-knit siblings--loud, daring and loyal--are about to discover that love can be as rough as the rodeo. Bestselling author Donna Alward introduces the exciting Texas Rodeo Barons series with her charming prequel novella, Rodeo Rebel. Back in the ring As the first female bull rider in her circuit, Megan Robertson needs to focus. But all she can think ab The Barons, six tight-knit siblings--loud, daring and loyal--are about to discover that love can be as rough as the rodeo. Bestselling author Donna Alward introduces the exciting Texas Rodeo Barons series with her charming prequel novella, Rodeo Rebel. Back in the ring As the first female bull rider in her circuit, Megan Robertson needs to focus. But all she can think about is her ex, Pax Lantry. Megan knew their paths would cross again--she just wasn't prepared for the effect it would have on her. More surprising than the old heartache is the jolt of pure attraction she still feels for him.Even after five years, Pax has never gotten over Megan. All it takes is seeing her, just once, for him to know that their connection is as strong as ever. But he's committed to his family's ranch and Meg has her own demanding career. It seems as if Pax and Megan have moved on, so why can't they let each other go? Don't miss the first heartwarming novel in the Texas Rodeo Barons series, The Texan's Baby.

30 review for Rodeo Rebel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Rodeo Rebel by Donna Alward is a 2014 Harlequin American Romance publication. The short story has the distinction of featuring a female bull rider, something that as forward thinking as I would like to believe I am, I don't think I would aspire to. Naturally, Megan takes a lot of heat from the men on the rodeo circuit for daring to ride bulls, but it wasn't the disrespect of the men, or the bull riding competition that has Megan distracted. It was running into her old boyfriend, Pax, that has he Rodeo Rebel by Donna Alward is a 2014 Harlequin American Romance publication. The short story has the distinction of featuring a female bull rider, something that as forward thinking as I would like to believe I am, I don't think I would aspire to. Naturally, Megan takes a lot of heat from the men on the rodeo circuit for daring to ride bulls, but it wasn't the disrespect of the men, or the bull riding competition that has Megan distracted. It was running into her old boyfriend, Pax, that has her struggling to maintain her focus. Pax broke Megan's heart and never fully explained why. He felt like under the circumstances the kindest thing to do for the woman he loved was to let her go. He would only hold her back from her goals and dreams. But, it never occurred to him that Megan would take the break up so hard, that she would still be nursing a broken heart, or that his feelings for her were as strong as ever. But, the same problems they faced years ago are still staring them in the face. But, is love enough for the relationship to work? This super short story is enjoyable enough, a nice afternoon diversion or lunch break read. However, there wasn't anything here that hasn't been done a hundred times over. It was really similar to book I just finished a week or so ago, in fact. So, while I did like the statement made that nothing is off limits for women, even the male dominated sport of bull riding, the story itself was just OK. 3 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dorine

    RODEO REBEL by Donna Alward is a short, sweet, and enjoyable prelude to her Texas Rodeo Barons series. It convinced me to look for more by her as an author, especially anything Contemporary Western, a sub-genre of romance I crave second to Historical Westerns. See the review in full color at TheZestQuest.com. Why is this book in Dorine’s TBR? I collect freebies and I believe this is one of the digital books I downloaded for free from Amazon. I haven’t tried Donna Alward’s books before, but I heard RODEO REBEL by Donna Alward is a short, sweet, and enjoyable prelude to her Texas Rodeo Barons series. It convinced me to look for more by her as an author, especially anything Contemporary Western, a sub-genre of romance I crave second to Historical Westerns. See the review in full color at TheZestQuest.com. Why is this book in Dorine’s TBR? I collect freebies and I believe this is one of the digital books I downloaded for free from Amazon. I haven’t tried Donna Alward’s books before, but I heard about them through reading friends, so she had been on my list to try. Plus, I’ve missed reading the American Romance line from Harlequin, so that appealed to me. First, I must say that I have missed being a part of the TBR Challenge! I was determined to find something to fit this month’s theme of “family ties” because I needed to get back on a schedule. But, even that didn’t matter as much as I wanted something short and entertaining that I could gobble up in a couple hours. This book fit! That also means that my review will be short and sweet because I have so many more I need to write. Anyone else struggling with reading and writing reviews during this “thing that shall not be named”? I have experienced reading and writing ruts before, but this current state of world affairs pushed my creative side into a hole. I’m happy to say that this book and several others have cured me of my reading frustrations. If I’ve learned anything, I’ve realized that my reviews have been too long for me to sustain during this time. So, short and to the point is hopefully where I’ll go for a while to catch up. Fair warning! What did I like about this book? It was super short – only 69 pages per Goodreads. It had likable lead characters I could easily care about. Even though this could be considered a great misunderstanding theme, the author handled it well, and convinced me it was worth finding out how it all worked out. I always enjoy a story about a couple who reconnect later in life and give their relationship a second try. This one is easy to believe because it’s perfectly understandable how much they’ve grown as people in their careers and emotions. Most of all, it took me away into a stress-free world for two hours of comfort reading. As far as the “family ties” category for the challenge, this one is a stretch. I think it’s best to say that family kept them apart, then helped bring them back together. We don’t get to know the family that much, except through each character’s thoughts, but it’s evident that family is a big part of who they are. On a personal note – I hope you find this review helpful, and that you and your family are doing well during this time. I miss chatting with all of you. Easy to read in one sitting, RODEO REBEL by Donna Alward is the perfect book for some sweet romance, a little rodeo fun, and a happy-for-now resolution. The best part? The female lead is the rodeo star! Review by Dorine, courtesy of TheZestQuest.com. A digital copy was provided by Amazon for free in a previous promotion. Thanks in advance for following links and sharing this review on social media.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chryssa

    If you want a short novella, interesting and fun, with cowboys and riding bull girls, then this is for you! Beyond the misunderstandings of what-ifs and words unsaid, love will find its way, no matter the years passing. Pleasant and fast, it introduces a very intriguing Texan series. ...don't you just love a good cowboy story? It's all about those beautiful...horses~! If you want a short novella, interesting and fun, with cowboys and riding bull girls, then this is for you! Beyond the misunderstandings of what-ifs and words unsaid, love will find its way, no matter the years passing. Pleasant and fast, it introduces a very intriguing Texan series. ...don't you just love a good cowboy story? It's all about those beautiful...horses~!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    A short sweet reconciliation between Megan and Pax. Pax and Megan had been in love when they were 20 and 22. But fate dealt Pax a bad hand and he in turn dealt badly with it when he dumped Megan without an explanation. Several years pass, and Megan has become a vet and also rides the rodeo. They meet at the rodeo where Pax is checking on his animals. I really enjoyed the push and pull between the characters. Megan is missing a lot of the facts and Pax is still thinking that he can make all the d A short sweet reconciliation between Megan and Pax. Pax and Megan had been in love when they were 20 and 22. But fate dealt Pax a bad hand and he in turn dealt badly with it when he dumped Megan without an explanation. Several years pass, and Megan has become a vet and also rides the rodeo. They meet at the rodeo where Pax is checking on his animals. I really enjoyed the push and pull between the characters. Megan is missing a lot of the facts and Pax is still thinking that he can make all the decisions for the good of everyone. Don't worry, Megan doesn't let him get away with it ; ) It's a short story, but there's a lot packed into it. It's a pretty safe read. No OW or OM. Both were sexually active while apart but not forming lasting attachments or being sluts. Basically they never got over each other as evidenced when they first meet again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tonileg

    Western contemporary second chances romance with a female bull rider and certified Vet, Miss Megan Robertson gets a second chance with her childhood first love, rancher Pax Lantry. So much miscommunication that I had to stop reading for a while and then just forced myself to finish it. Cute fluff piece with the usual HEA, but very developed, well it is a short story after all. 62 pages and kindle freebie 2 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trashy Katie

    This story was way too short to provide the characters with enough space to develop and change so the ending could work. Also, if a guy dumped you 5 years ago after a single summer and it took you YEARS to get over it, you have some serious issues.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jen_C

    I just could not like the heroine much and the Hero did a stupid thing in letting her go the way he did. He does his groveling though. “For God’s sake, it was years ago. Are you saying we can’t even have a friendly conversation after all this time?” He followed her past the end of the stalls until they were in a more private spot—in front of the heavy equipment dealer. “Friendly?” she whispered harshly. She faced him, looked up into his eyes. “I don’t know how to be friendly with you, Pax. You br I just could not like the heroine much and the Hero did a stupid thing in letting her go the way he did. He does his groveling though. “For God’s sake, it was years ago. Are you saying we can’t even have a friendly conversation after all this time?” He followed her past the end of the stalls until they were in a more private spot—in front of the heavy equipment dealer. “Friendly?” she whispered harshly. She faced him, looked up into his eyes. “I don’t know how to be friendly with you, Pax. You broke my heart. And you did it like it was nothing.” She snapped her fingers in the air. “Don’t say that.” “So you broke my heart.” Tears stung the backs of her eyes. He tugged on her hand. “I did and I’m so, so sorry. I’m telling you what happened. But there’s something more you need to know.” “More?” He blew out a breath. “This is the hard part. I don’t like to admit that I was wrong, but I was. Totally. Because we were in love. It was a completely flawed plan. I never stopped loving you. When I saw you at the rodeo, I wondered if it was all in my head, that maybe it was the thought of you I was still in love with. But it wasn’t. It’s you. All it took was one dance. One kiss. Nothing’s changed for me, Megan. You still have the power to break me. And the power to make me into the man I want to become. Someone you can count on. Someone you can love forever.” He looked away, inhaled deeply, then turned back again. “I don’t deserve a second chance, Megan, but I’m standing here asking for one anyway.”,/i>

  8. 5 out of 5

    Babs

    A nice new read for me from a great author. Pax comes back into Megan's life after letting her go and breaking her heart 5 years ago. When she is thrown off a bull in a rodeo she gets rushed to the hospital as she is uncoinsious. Pax stays with her night and day for a few days as they try and work things out. Can Meg risk her heat being broken again? A nice new read for me from a great author. Pax comes back into Megan's life after letting her go and breaking her heart 5 years ago. When she is thrown off a bull in a rodeo she gets rushed to the hospital as she is uncoinsious. Pax stays with her night and day for a few days as they try and work things out. Can Meg risk her heat being broken again?

  9. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    If only we could only fall in love this quickly

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    This is the first in several stories of Texas Rodeo Barons. This is about Megan and Pax who had a past friendship. She is a bull rider who has loved Pax for so long but he married someone else. He is now a widower with four holy terrors for sons. She has been able to help when she is in town. Now she is injured and he steps into help her heal. I have enjoyed many stories by Donna Alward and will be looking forward to the rest of this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dorel

    This is the 2nd book I read by Donna Alward. I liked that Megan is good at a mans sport. Other than that this book's story line was boring, their was no chemistry or romance. This is the 2nd book I read by Donna Alward. I liked that Megan is good at a mans sport. Other than that this book's story line was boring, their was no chemistry or romance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    A quick read to introduce you to the Barons. This was a short, cute romance involving a friend of the Barons. Worth reading.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Epperson

    This is a wonderful read. The author brings a storyline that will pull the reader in, but the well developed characters will keep you turning the pages. Megan Robertson and Paxton Lantry have known each other for years, but 7 years ago her broke Megan's heart. They had a summer romance and she fell head over heels in love with Pax, but suddenly after returning to "vet" school Megan got the "I think we should break up phone call. Needless to say she hasn't heard from him in all these years, but k This is a wonderful read. The author brings a storyline that will pull the reader in, but the well developed characters will keep you turning the pages. Megan Robertson and Paxton Lantry have known each other for years, but 7 years ago her broke Megan's heart. They had a summer romance and she fell head over heels in love with Pax, but suddenly after returning to "vet" school Megan got the "I think we should break up phone call. Needless to say she hasn't heard from him in all these years, but knows he's managing the family ranch, Lantry Meadows. After finishing school and joining a practice, when not working she competes at rodeos in barrel racing and recently bull riding. I admire her because she hasn't let a broken heart stop her from finding happiness. Pax has had a lot of responsibilities since he was 22 and he is doing what he's always wanted even though it happened a lot sooner than he expected. His only regret was letting Megan go, but he knew it was the right thing to do. Sometimes we all make the wrong decision even though our heart's are in the right place. Can you change a decision once it's made? Sure, but should you? That is Pax's problem. The circumstances really haven't changed, but neither has his heart. After seeing Megan again and talking is he willing to fight for her love or walk away again? Is Megan willing to trust Pax again and put her heart on the line or will she walk away?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Char (1RadReader59)

    This was a summer romance with plans to go somewhere called dreams. At the end of the summer Megan Robertson leaves the ranch with tears falling after giving herself many times fully to the owners’ son Paxton Lantry who she fell in love with and he with her. The both had plans of using all forms of multimedia, phones, writing and weekend visits to keep their budding relationship growing. They both had high hopes that they could make this work. They knew it would be hard because Megs would have This was a summer romance with plans to go somewhere called dreams. At the end of the summer Megan Robertson leaves the ranch with tears falling after giving herself many times fully to the owners’ son Paxton Lantry who she fell in love with and he with her. The both had plans of using all forms of multimedia, phones, writing and weekend visits to keep their budding relationship growing. They both had high hopes that they could make this work. They knew it would be hard because Megs would have a full load of classes. Her goals of becoming a Vet were mapped out. Pax on the other hand always knew he wanted to take over the ranch from his dad one day. It’s in his blood he loves it. Just a few days after moving into her dorm there’s a message on her machine saying that things were never really going to work out for them. The long distance would get old and it was best if they just broke up. She tries calling him back for days, emailing too and nothing…until 5 years later at the rodeo… This is a short but a nice HEA with cowboys, need I say more? Really, there is a lot of heart in this short. The author brings in the emotional conflict between Megs and Pax to make you want to continue reading. I give this book 5 stars. I received this Free on Amazon. Follow us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Willams

    "She'd never gotten over Pax Lantry. She'd loved him too hard. And she was scared to death she still did." There's just something about cowboys and rodeos! This was a nice, simple read leading into the series. I liked Megan from the start. She knew what she wanted with her life and she went for it. Although, I think she was crazy to try bullriding! Whew!! When she sees Pax again for the first time in five years, you can tell they never stopped loving each other. Pax left because his life was back "She'd never gotten over Pax Lantry. She'd loved him too hard. And she was scared to death she still did." There's just something about cowboys and rodeos! This was a nice, simple read leading into the series. I liked Megan from the start. She knew what she wanted with her life and she went for it. Although, I think she was crazy to try bullriding! Whew!! When she sees Pax again for the first time in five years, you can tell they never stopped loving each other. Pax left because his life was back at his ranch, and he felt they couldn't balance their lives together being so many miles apart. He left Megan brokenhearted, but she never lost that love for him. "She wasn't fooling him one bit. He'd hurt her, when that had been the last thing he'd wanted." A scary occurrence brings them back together, but will it have the strength to keep them from breaking apart all over again? Oh, I love me some rekindled love!! No matter if it ends the way you want or not, you get the feels:) I really enjoyed this novella, and it makes me want to read this whole series! Great read. "All it took was one dance. One kiss. Nothing's changed for me, Megan. You still have the power to break me. And the power to make into the man I want to become. Someone you can count on. Someone you can love forever."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gerd

    Megan Robertson and Paxton Lantry are old sweethearts that lost sight of each other for some years, after Meg went to study as a Veterinary and Paxton decided to break up with her after being hit by fate. But when years later they meet again at a Rodeo, the spark between them is still alive. I enjoyed this story for the most part, only the backdrop irked me a bit. I'm not a big fan of the idea of bull riding, in fact I think of it as being nothing short of animal cruelty - so, a Vet that wants t Megan Robertson and Paxton Lantry are old sweethearts that lost sight of each other for some years, after Meg went to study as a Veterinary and Paxton decided to break up with her after being hit by fate. But when years later they meet again at a Rodeo, the spark between them is still alive. I enjoyed this story for the most part, only the backdrop irked me a bit. I'm not a big fan of the idea of bull riding, in fact I think of it as being nothing short of animal cruelty - so, a Vet that wants to also build a career in bull riding rodeo? That made it difficult to root for Meg at the start. Or to really get into the story at all. I know, no real bulls were harmed in the making of this story, it still doesn't sit easy with me in that regard. Otherwise the surroundings are perfect and all of the primary characters are decent people, on top there's definitively more between Paxton than just sexual desire which is always a plus in Romance. It feels that Pax made the only right decision when he let Megs go, acting in her best interest instead of his own, and that’s what love should be about – or at least what it should be like in a Romance novel. So all in all, my personal moral misgivings not withstanding it's a love story I can recommend.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Short, cute, cheesy. Sometimes I find the trope of exes meeting after a breakup, that was obvs just a misunderstanding to be sort of a cop out. Like, instead of the author introducing two new characters and how they fell in love, have an already established relationship. But this was just a short prequel to the rodeo barons series, so whatever. Megan's character was fierce!!! I love an independent romance heroine. Pax was hot and muscular, what more could a girl want? Good read, although there w Short, cute, cheesy. Sometimes I find the trope of exes meeting after a breakup, that was obvs just a misunderstanding to be sort of a cop out. Like, instead of the author introducing two new characters and how they fell in love, have an already established relationship. But this was just a short prequel to the rodeo barons series, so whatever. Megan's character was fierce!!! I love an independent romance heroine. Pax was hot and muscular, what more could a girl want? Good read, although there wasn't much of a plot and character development. No sex, I guess this was a clean romance? I'll definitely check out the rest of the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Megan has finally found a place in life where she feels comfortable, happy? Its hard to determine. This was until Pax walked back into her life. One day in his company again and she is completely reevaluating what she wanted from life. Pax is going through emotions of his own. I devoured this novel. I wish for a life where a tall hot cowboy falls in love with me. This novel brought my dreams to the forefront and made me want to believe in love again. I would love to read more novels from this au Megan has finally found a place in life where she feels comfortable, happy? Its hard to determine. This was until Pax walked back into her life. One day in his company again and she is completely reevaluating what she wanted from life. Pax is going through emotions of his own. I devoured this novel. I wish for a life where a tall hot cowboy falls in love with me. This novel brought my dreams to the forefront and made me want to believe in love again. I would love to read more novels from this author and definitely would recommend this novel as a great read. Clean romance

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I love that these two had a past. It makes a short story so much better when the characters already had a past you don't know about. Pax & Meg were great. Both missed and loved each other still. This story was nice they had their past and norther moved on still being in love with one another. I loved it. Then Meg had her accident and everything spoiled from there. This book I would've loved to have been a full novel. It was a nice story. I've never read this author and I enjoyed it. I love that these two had a past. It makes a short story so much better when the characters already had a past you don't know about. Pax & Meg were great. Both missed and loved each other still. This story was nice they had their past and norther moved on still being in love with one another. I loved it. Then Meg had her accident and everything spoiled from there. This book I would've loved to have been a full novel. It was a nice story. I've never read this author and I enjoyed it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donna Porter

    This is a very short read only 62 pages. Megan Robertson loves being a vet and riding bulls and barrel racing in the rodeo. Paxton was her true love when they were young but he broke her heart. Five years later she sees him at the rodeo and old feelings surface. She doesn't understand why he sent her away and broke up with her, but she realizes she still loves him. This is a sweet short story This is a very short read only 62 pages. Megan Robertson loves being a vet and riding bulls and barrel racing in the rodeo. Paxton was her true love when they were young but he broke her heart. Five years later she sees him at the rodeo and old feelings surface. She doesn't understand why he sent her away and broke up with her, but she realizes she still loves him. This is a sweet short story

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christine Woinich

    I enjoyed this short story. Megan and Paxton were interesting characters, and I understood how they split up. It was a very real situation that could happen. Knowing that this was like an introduction to a series, I read for stiff set up, but it did not feel like that. I hope to read the following novels and will be curious as to how Megan and Paxton (if they show up) continue to grow. Thank you for this introduction.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kaffi

    ~!~ Well written clean romance ~!~ ~!~ Well written clean romance ~!~ I must say that I am impressed! The amount of backstory and character development that is artfully wound into such a short story is truly amazing. This is a stand-alone, no cliffhanger, clean, sweet romance with a nice HEA ending.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)

    4 stars Quick intro to the Texas Rodeo Barons continuity. I really enjoyed this short novella. Most of the action takes place at the rodeo, and heroine Megan rides bulls, in addition to barrel racing with her trusty horse Samson. The one that got away shows up, and since she never got over Pax, she's in for an emotional weekend. 4 stars Quick intro to the Texas Rodeo Barons continuity. I really enjoyed this short novella. Most of the action takes place at the rodeo, and heroine Megan rides bulls, in addition to barrel racing with her trusty horse Samson. The one that got away shows up, and since she never got over Pax, she's in for an emotional weekend.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dayna

    I didn’t actually realise this was a novella when I started it (I’m not great at reading blurbs once I purchase a book…) so it was a lot quicker than I had expected, but perfectly in keeping with a novella. It was enjoyable enough, a perfectly sweet romance with nothing particularly outstandingly bad or I guess good either. I liked it, but it won’t be memorable for me

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    No cowboy love can resist a reunion romance - especially when the rodeo rebel is our heroine! Not sure I can recommend reading this on a plane though. Donna's books always squeeze my heart and I wind up a bit weepy, in the best way. No cowboy love can resist a reunion romance - especially when the rodeo rebel is our heroine! Not sure I can recommend reading this on a plane though. Donna's books always squeeze my heart and I wind up a bit weepy, in the best way.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I enjoyed reading this. I'm only giving 4 stars cause there r a few errors in this story. The plot was great. I would recommend this to friends. I really like Meagan as a bull rider. U DON'T see much of that while reading books. All in all good story I enjoyed reading this. I'm only giving 4 stars cause there r a few errors in this story. The plot was great. I would recommend this to friends. I really like Meagan as a bull rider. U DON'T see much of that while reading books. All in all good story

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Good Story This is a really good story that shows you can work anything out if you love each other. The characters make you hope for them to do the right thing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Ok Ok good book but felt something was missing. How did she do in the rodeo after she was hurt? how did jet do? just needed a little more information.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Quick short read.. This is a new author for me, liked her writing style. I will definitely try out the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Is a great book to read

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