Due to his newfound faith, Ethan Greene is a new man. And he wants to be a better man in the area of romance. Although he has dated before, Ethan's "old" method of pursuing love- brash and coming on strong- hasn't produced the lasting love he now seeks. So, taking a more patient, chivalrous route Ethan is trusting in God to fulfill his heart's longing to find that one special woman. His interest is piqued when champion barrel racer, Brynn Bowman, arrives at Three Rivers Ranch to convince Ethan to re-join the rodeo circuit he left behind years ago and join Tanner Wolf as roping partners. When Ethan agrees, a romance blooms between him and Brynn just as he had hoped. Since they compete in separate events, however, Ethan and Brynn find their time together is limited. When their tours go different routes and as Ethan is considering staying permanently with the rodeo as Brynn is planning her exit, the two face insecurities and struggles that may destroy their fragile romance.
Ethan's story in Eight Second Ride is probably one of my favorite stories thus far in the Three Rivers Ranch series. In past novels, Ethan is portrayed as arrogant, overconfident and overbearing in his pursuit of dates. However, Isaacson beautifully transforms his character in this novel reflecting his change of heart- and dating tactics- with his newfound faith. Ethan is more gentle (and gentlemanly!), humble, and just plain endearing! Isaacson also does a superb job navigating the reader through the complexities and emotional roller coaster of Ethan and Brynn's unique long-distance relationship. Sweet love story!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.
Liz Isaacson is the pen name for Elana Johnson as she writes inspirational romances. She loves all things cowboys, and will write romance in Texas, Montana, and anywhere else she can find horses and mountains. Find her at http://lizisaacson.com.