Always in the shadow of his over-achieving brothers, youngest brother Ryder fell in love with rodeos as a teenager and soon became the most successful bull and Bronco rider in the state. The ultimate playboy, Ryder likes to party hard, and he often makes bad decisions… including gambling. He’s so used to winning that he doesn’t hesitate to up the stakes one night, betting more than he can handle—his third of the King Ranch.
Chloe has seen Ryder on the rodeo scene, but she’s also noticed him at the bar where she works. She’s trying to work to save enough to put herself through college—she completed two years before she had to bail her dad out of a bad debt—losing all her savings in the process. Her father gambled all her life, and she had it tough as a kid, but the one thing she does know how to do is play—and win—at any kind of card game. When she finds Ryder in trouble, she makes him an offer—she will win his ranch back, if he pays her college fees and promises to walk away from gambling, for good. But while she’s winning back Ryder’s cash, what she doesn’t count on is winning his heart.
Ryder has an ego the size of Texas. As the top rodeo rider in the state, he is used to always winning and isn’t afraid to up the states when he wants something big. Unfortunately, he gambles away his part of the family ranch. He meets Chloe at a rodeo and is intrigued by the girl that won’t say yes. Chloe is trying to make enough money for her tuition and doesn’t have time for anything fun. But, she feels sorry for Ryder and offers to help him win back his ranch…for a price.
Ryder is very full of himself and doesn’t take no for an answer. I didn’t really like his character at the beginning, but he grew on me. Chloe is so full of sass and attitude – I LOVED IT!! After being hurt one too many times by her own father, she doesn’t take any crap from anyone. I really liked the dynamic of Chloe helping Ryder out of a tough situation. It’s much different than the hero saving the heroine’s day. The story was sweet, fun, and funny at times. The trip for Vegas brought out strong emotions for Chloe and Ryder’s response was great. I adore these two together.
This story also sets up the rest of the series. The rest of the King family is on that has had some tough times, but they came out together in the end. Having been raised by his grandparents, they taught Ryder and his brothers about running the ranch and what it means to be family. I can’t wait to read more of this series and get to know the brothers even better.