Friday, August 16, 2019

"The Bull Rider's Secret" by Jill Lynn ... and a GIVEAWAY!

Jill has agreed to give away one print copy of this book (US ONLY). You can enter by using the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post. (Giveaway ends August 23, 2019. If you are the randomly chosen winner, I'll contact you.) 

Will the truth keep them from a second chance?
The next 
Colorado Grooms romance

Letting bull rider Jace Hawke back into her life breaks all of Mackenzie Wilder’s rules—just like he broke her heart years ago. But he’s working at her family’s ranch while recovering from a rodeo injury…and chipping away at Mackenzie’s tough-girl exterior with each passing day. Which is the bigger mistake: falling for Jace again…or letting him go without a fight?


     "Do you want to go home? I feel bad dragging you out here when you're so exhausted."
     "Actually, the nap helped." Her shoulders inched up sheepishly. "I feel rested. Sorry I conked out though."
     "The two-hour ride was pretty boring without anyone to talk to."
     "Two hours?" She said up straighter, took in the rock formations and evergreens that lined the drive. "Where exactly did you take me? I've been asleep that long?"
     "I'm kidding. It was only about forty-five minutes."
     "Oh." She whacked him on the arm. "If you're trying to thank me, you should probably tone down the jerk and up the doting, adoring admirer."
     "Noted." If only sparring with Mackenzie was a full-time career. Jace would have job security for life. "You ready, old woman? Or do I need to get you home in time for Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and a TV dinner?"
     She flashed a sassy smile. "I'm ready. You're going to be sorry you ever started this with me, Hawke."
     He had no doubt she was right.     

Q & A with Jill...

Q:  How did your latest story come to be?
A:   Mackenzie was such a strong Wilder sibling that I wanted to write a match for her who broke through her tough-girl exterior. Enter Jace Hawke. He’s all the things she’s not, and she’s never been able to resist him. (Which only makes her more upset!)

Q:   Ha! I bet it does. Which character in the book is most like you?
A:   I’m most like Mackenzie in trying to be tough and do everything myself. But she’s way stronger than me. 😊 I’m more of a wuss than she is!

Q:   Who would play your characters if a movie was made of this book? 
A:   Drew Van Acker and Blake Lively

Q:   Ooh, good choice. Favorite line from your book? 
A:   Loving someone else isn’t an option. I don’t even like other people half the time. - Mackenzie

Q:   That's a great line! What's the takeaway you hope readers get from your book? 
A:   I hope readers are reminded that we’re much stronger with God than without him.

Q:  So true! What can you tell me about your writing process?

A:   I love quiet when I write. Time to myself—to get into the process—is the best thing for me. I don’t listen to music, although I know a lot of authors do. I’m more of the hunker down and zone out into the writing type of author. I love it if I can write without distractions!

Q:  I'm one of those people who need music in the background 🙂What can you tell me about your next project? 
A:   Readers will “meet” Evan Hawke in this book and hopefully will be pleased to find out that he’s getting his own story. I recently signed a contract for books 4, 5, and 6 in the Colorado Grooms series, so that’s what I’m working on now.

 Congratulations on the contract. I'm sure readers will be pleased with that news. Thanks so much for taking the time to share a bit with my readers.

My review...

Lynn’s latest is the third installment in the “Colorado Grooms” series, though it could be read as a standalone.

Mackenzie Wilder is not impressed to see the man her brother hired to help out on their ranch: Jace Hawke, her ex-boyfriend who broke her heart when he left town—and her—to follow his dream of riding bulls. Will she give in to those old feelings she still harbors for Jace, or will she let him walk out of her life again?

Jace needs a job while he’s recovering from an injury, and the Wilder’s ranch seems like the perfect opportunity, even though Mackenzie’s attitude toward him makes things a bit challenging. Can he break through her tough exterior?

This is a sweet, quick read with relatable (flawed but authentic) characters and scenarios. Mackenzie is a strong, spunky heroine who’s easy to like. As with most Love Inspired reads, there is some predictability, but that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of this story. Themes include trust, faith, and second chances. Readers of the series will appreciate seeing some familiar characters, though it’s not necessary to read the first two books in the series first.

Lynn has a way with words that pulls the reader in. Here are two of my favorite lines that show how Jace has his work cut out for him:

  • Whoo-ee. The amount of loathing streaming from Mackenzie was enough to heat the town of Westbend in the dead of winter.
  • "If you're trying to thank me, you should probably tone down the jerk and up the doting, adoring admirer."

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.

About Jill...

Jill Lynn is an award-winning author, hot mess, loud laughter, and coffee addict who lives with her husband and two children near the beautiful Rocky Mountains. She writes the kind of stories she likes to read—ones filled with grace, humor, and happily-ever-after. Her new release, The Bull Rider’s Secret, is in stores now, and her current giveaway can be found at

Where to find Jill online...

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  1. Leslie, thank you for having me!! This was fun.

    1. You're very welcome, Jill. Thanks for being here!

  2. Yes, I've read many of Jill's books and enjoy them very much! Thanks for the fun author interview, book excerpt and review. I already love the snarky, witty banter between Mackenzie and Jace!

    1. Trixi,

      Glad you're familiar with Jill's books and that you enjoyed the post. :)

      Yes, the witty banter is quite fun!

      Good luck, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. I haven't read any of her books. I do think I will love this book to start.

    1. Danielle,

      This would be a great one to get you started!

      Good luck, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. You're a new to me author, but this book looks great!!

    1. Trudy, glad to introduce you to a "new" author :)

      Thanks for stopping by my blog, and good luck!

  5. Replies
    1. Dianna, I'm glad I could help you find a "new" author.

      Thanks for visiting my blog. Good luck!

  6. Yes I have read other books by Jill. They are always fun to read and filled with real emotions.

    1. Deana, I agree.

      Good luck, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

  7. This author is new to me, but she had me with the word "Secret" in the title!

    1. Janice,

      :) I think you'll really enjoy the book.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog. Good luck!