Review: Comeback Cowboy by Roxanne Rustand

19401506 Comeback Cowboy, a contemporary, sweet read, was a great book to sit back and relax with. This is not inspirational fiction, but is a clean and enjoyable story. It has a strong hero. A man who is not only strong on the outside, but also in his commitment to those he cares about. It also has heartbreak. There is heartbreak from the past for Jake and Kristen that hovers in each of their minds at all times. There is even heartbreak (and the chance for reconciliation) for some side characters. And there is the reality that sometimes mistakes were made in the past that really can’t be undone. There is a lot to love about this story. Add to that the thrill and danger of the rodeo scene, and the fact that the hero is a handsome bull rider trying to heal from an injury, and you have a book that was a quick and enjoyable read. I really liked watching the relationship and attraction build between Kristen and Jake. (5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.



The odds have caught up with ex-bullrider Jake Landers, who was badly injured last year. Cowboys, bullfighters, and clowns on a given rodeo circuit are often close—cheering each other on, helping one another, seeing each other most weekends throughout the season. Jake not only faces the loss of his career and the only life he’s known, but will now lose touch with the people who have become his second family.

Buying a faltering rodeo company is his ticket back into the life he loves. The one person who can help him succeed is the woman he stood up at the altar ten years before, and now they’ll have to work together for the next six months. If she’ll agree…and if dark secrets from the past don’t tear them apart once more.

Author’s note: this book was originally published as Rodeo! for Harlequin Superroomance, but has now been fully revised and edited, and it is now a sweet romance/light romantic suspense for those who enjoy a warm, emotional romance without graphic love scenes. This version is in keeping with the three sweet Harlequin Heartwarming novels I’ve done.

I hope you will enjoy it–and that you will let me know what you think in reviews, or by email ( Thanks so much!



Roxanne Rustand is an award-winning author of thirty romance and romantic suspense novels. She also contributed to the serial mystery, ORCHESTRATED MURDER (a trade paperback for Iowa Public Radio.) She now writes inspirational fiction, and is completely thrilled about this change in her career!

Back in 1995, Roxanne’s first manuscript won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart in Long Contemporary, and in 1998 her second manuscript was a Golden Heart finalist. More recently, A Man She Can Trust (a February, 2006 release) won RT Bookclub Magazine‘s award for Best Superromance of 2006.

Roxanne was nominated for RT’s Career Achievement Award in 2005.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, International Thriller Writers, RWA, Author’s Guild, Novelists Inc., the Faith, Hope and Love chapter of RWA, RWA’s Mystery & Suspense Chapter, Christian Writer’s Group International, and the Heart of Iowa Fiction Authors.

Out on their acreage, Roxanne and her husband have three horses, two border collie mixes (one adopted from a shelter–a sweetie named Elmo), and an abundance of barn cats who much prefer cat food to mice. Roxanne has a Master’s Degree in nutrition, is a registered dietitian, and until leaving her position to write full time, she worked as a clinical dietitian at a residential psychiatric facility.

You can connect with Roxanne on her website/blog, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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