Book Review: Tanner by Sarah Mayberry


Book number 47 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge is Tanner by Sarah Mayberry.

‘He’s used to risking it all in the ring, but nothing prepared him for love…

After flying half-way around the world to surprise her boyfriend, Evie Forrester finds herself heartbroken and stranded in a strange city. What could be a total disaster becomes something else when a tall, dark bull rider turns out to be a white knight in disguise. Evie isn’t sure she needs saving, but Tanner Harding is a difficult man to deny. He’s even harder to resist…

Tanner Harding can tame a monster bull with ease, but he never expected to be floored by someone like Evie. Sparks fly between them until injury threatens to end Tanner’s career –and suddenly he’s the one in need of a rescue.

Evie can’t turn her back on her wounded hero and, as Tanner struggles with his recovery, she’s not sure she can guard her heart against him either. Tanner knows Evie has slipped under his skin, but she lives in Australia and his future is under a cloud. Can two people with too many reasons to walk away make the bold decision to stay?’ (Thanks Amazon!)

Tanner and Evie meet by accident when Evie flies over from Australia to surprise her boyfriend, the man she has loved since adolescence who had finally noticed her on his last visit home.  When the surprise does not go to plan, Evie finds herself lost in an unfamiliar country with little money, completely heartbroken and no plans for two weeks before her return flight home.

Tanner Harding is a bull rider, who upon seeing the broken Evie, could not bring himself to leave her alone.  What follows is the two of them leaning on each other for support as they are each faced with heartbreak, injury and threats to Tanner’s career.

This is a love story between two people thrown unexpectedly together in adverse circumstances.  Evie and Tanner do not plan to meet, and they certainly do not expect to care for one another when they each both need that care and support the most.  What happens next is not unexpected – but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.  Sarah Mayberry provides two very likeable characters, both of whom face their own issues and ultimately come out of the other side changed people.  I really enjoyed this novel.  There was a romance which had to overcome barriers and a little bit of sauciness thrown in for good measure.  This is a great piece of escapism which you can lose yourself in for a few hours (preferably with a glass of wine!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📗

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