She has a lot of knowledge about rodeos and its shows throughout her books.
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Learning the Ropes was a joy to read and I wish it was longer. Can't wait for the next book Sep 27, Christine Mize rated it it was amazing. How many times have you worked so hard for something, wanting it so badly, only to watch it slip out of your grasp by circumstances beyond your control?
Barrel racer Alicia Kanani has worked so hard to earn enough money to purchase a house and land, so that her father could quit his job and could train horses, while she taught barrel racing Chris Thomas is a champion team roper who also works hard but plays just as hard.
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He and his roping partner, David Greenly, dream of opening their own roping How many times have you worked so hard for something, wanting it so badly, only to watch it slip out of your grasp by circumstances beyond your control? He and his roping partner, David Greenly, dream of opening their own roping school one day. Alicia has had a crush on Chris since high-school, but has never let on about her feelings due to his playboy reputation. Will she be able to see past his reputation to the person he is underneath?
And when she sees her dream of buying her dream ranch slipping away, will she be able to trust him enough to go into business with him, as well as with her heart? I truly enjoyed reading this book. Not only was it well written and the story flowed so easily, and the characters we very well developed.
I enjoyed the peek into the world of the rodeo. I loved watching Ali learn how to trust Chris, not only with her heart but with her dreams too. I loved watching Chris grow up, understanding that his feelings for Ali ran deeper than he realized. I highly recommend Learning the Ropes for anyone who enjoys cowboy romances or coming of age stories. I cannot wait to see what the next book is about. May 30, Nate Brightman rated it liked it. To be honest I had read the other books in the rodeo series and the synopsis for this one just didn't grab me so I didn't go right to it to finish the series as I usually do.
But after reading another series and looking for something to read I decided to give it a shot. It was a good, not great story which is why I only gave it three stars. The drama between Chris, Alicia, David and David's father was interesting. Kline never gave me a satisfactory understanding of why To be honest I had read the other books in the rodeo series and the synopsis for this one just didn't grab me so I didn't go right to it to finish the series as I usually do.
Kline never gave me a satisfactory understanding of why Chris was convinced he wasn't marriage or long term relationship material? His parents had a long and loving marriage. His sister Sydney was in a happy marriage. So why was Chris so convinced it wasn't for him?
I could get on board with the not wanting to date his sister's BFF but not his issues on marriage. Also, I'm not sure why Alicia's parents were so dirt poor if the rich rancher they worked for was the good guy he was portrayed to be? Her lack of self-esteem because of growing up poor was a major relationship issue for her yet Mr. Ludington was portrayed as an all around good guy whom even offered her a good paying job.
It was good to see the author bring back the main characters from the earlier books in the series to play roles in helping Chris and Ali find their HEA. Everyone knows rodeo roper Chris is a player. He has his pick of women, and he seems to pick up all of them.
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But when he sets her up with his roping partner David, Alicia realizes she has to put her unrequited crush on Chris behind her and give someone else a chance, give herself a chance to find something real and maybe lasting. Chris hasn't exactly earned the reputation he has, but he hasn't done anything to discourage the talk, either. Truth is he has no intention of settling down, and the l Everyone knows rodeo roper Chris is a player. Truth is he has no intention of settling down, and the last thing he needs is a woman to distract him when national finals are right around the corner.
But seeing David with Alicia opens his eyes to more than he wants to admit. Stealing the woman he should have kept for himself from his best friend and partner will wreck everything they've worked so hard for. The Verdict: I love it stories where romance blooms between two people who've known each other forever, and Learning the Ropes got it exactly right. Chris and Alicia pretty much grew up together, and while they weren't best friends, there was enough friendship and mutual respect that they didn't want to jeopardize it.
In fact, Chris thought so much of Ali that he set her up with his best friend, a good guy he knew would treat her right and had thoughts of eventually getting married and settling down on his mind. And despite the fact that there were no big fireworks between David and Ali, he was an easy guy to like, and it made sense that she would give a possible relationship with him a shot. Ali's road to happily ever after has quite a few obstacles, but instead of being ridiculous drama thrown in just to advance the plot, it all seemed to fit in perfectly.
There is, of course, the love triangle aspect, with David falling for Ali, Ali hung up on Chris, and Chris realizing that he doesn't want to see anyone ride off into the sunset with Ali. And then there's the rodeo and career part of it. Ali's determined to buy a ranch and give her parents their dream, Chris is set on opening a rodeo school with David, and David's desperately trying to save his family's ranch.
In a rather sad coincidence, those aspirations seemingly in line with each other are at first in conflict, and that adds a level of drama that doesn't really have a miracle ending — a refreshing change from most stories like this. The chemistry between Chris and Ali is great, and David's reaction to them was pretty real — a little pissed, a little happy for them, a little disappointed for himself. It actually made me like him even more and showed he was a real friend, not just some character tossed into the mix to liven things up.
And happily ever after didn't just fall into their laps, which was nice. So often characters give in at a declaration of love, like that wipes away every bit of past and doubt that's been an obstacle, but that didn't happen here. She made Chris prove himself — a few times, really — and it gave their ending a lot more credibility.
The only thing I wasn't fond of was the very ending, not because I didn't want it to happen, but because it seemed rather sudden. Everything had just been cleared up, and it seemed like they could finally really take a step forward together, when suddenly Chris went for a giant leap. It was a sudden acceleration of a plot which had so far been perfectly paced, and I half expected Ali to say no, more in keeping with the characters so far than the tidy wrap up that happened instead.
What makes the story stand out, however, is the incredibly accurate portrayal of rodeo life. Most books with a rodeo setting romanticize it, take unnecessary creative liberties, or simply get it all wrong. It's like the authors want the Stetsons and the Wranglers and the pearl button shirts, but they can't be bothered to research any of it.
But I grew up where every little girl in the calf scramble wanted to be a barrel racer, where jeans were tucked into boots for function rather than fashion, and where cowboy cut suits still come out for funerals. It's nice to read a story that not only gets it right but also shows how relevant that way of life still is. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.
Sep 30, Catherine Crook rated it it was amazing Shelves: romance. Kline became a quick favorite of mine in RomanceLand after I read the first two books in her Rodeo series. We are welcomed back to this wonderful world of rodeo with 3 familiar names. You met Alicia in Rodeo Queen book 1 when she was crowned Princess. You get to see her perform for a brief moment in The Cowboy and the Angel book 2 When I learned this book was Alicia's - I was over the moon.
Alicia is kind, hard working and one of the most deserving people. Her obvious crush on Sydney's T.
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Her obvious crush on Sydney's playboy brother, Chris is where I was sure we were going. And have no fear, Chris will make your heart go pitter patter in this page turning third installment, but T. Alicia and Chris haven't seen each other in a couple of years since their last run-in at his sister's wedding.
Watching Chris and his jealously as it blossoms while watching his partner and longtime friend date is an eye opening look into the incredibly human side of this cowboy. Now there was nothing he could do but cowboy up and ignore this jealously until it faded again.
Friends to lovers is one of my favorite reads due to the friendly and comfortable banter that comes with knowing someone for a long time. That, and you find yourself looking for glimpses of the early on feelings.
Alicia's comfort with Chris's ways and her reactions to them are some of my favorite lines in this book. I can buy? At least he'd made her laugh. He loves Alicia, always has, and wants her happiness. He didn't think he could give her everything she deserved. The way Alicia affected him though was something he couldn't control. Or handle! You find a love triangle worthy of a punch or two, family shame, friendships that stand even the hardest test - a woman, dreams falling apart, dreams coming true, buckle bunnies and a cocky cowboy or two drinking beers.
But, you don't get to that moment without some stubborn moments and a few misunderstandings.
That's the fun part of a romance book after all, right? If I tell you to walk, will you still do the opposite and get in the truck? When Chris is explaining all of his shortcomings, I laughed out loud when David and Derek felt inspired to join in with their contributions: "Don't forget self-indulgent. He smiled against her lips.
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It's always been you. Every other woman has been me trying to find my way back to you. I once told you I could only be with a woman who could outride and out rope me. Honey, you're the only woman who's ever done that," he teased. Sep 29, Cris Conquers rated it it was amazing. From the very beginning I wanted Chris and Ali to end up together.
As sweet as Alicia's moments were with David, he was often flaky and dismissive when he was in a mood over the pressures of dealing with his domineering, manipulative father. She put up with more than enough from him in my book and they really were best suited as buddies than lovers. But Chris, ahhhh, he is another story. Though he has always tried to treat Alicia as just a friend, there has been chemistry brewing between these t From the very beginning I wanted Chris and Ali to end up together.
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