Farrell "Elle" Hawthorne has pushed her fear of helplessness away by becoming a skilled rodeo bullfighter. She meets bronc-riding champion Chase Lomax, who is 14 years her senior, and they share an attraction both in the arena and outside of it.

Chase dreams of winning his sixth world bareback championship, despite nearing age 40. But an accident throws both him and Elle completely off their games. A crisis of confidence plagues them as they struggle to deal with problems and people from their pasts, as well as confront the scary, burgeoning love they feel for each other.

Dellin has a smooth, easy-to-follow storytelling style. She introduces readers unfamiliar with the ins and outs of rodeo life to a new environment. Although the progression of Elle's personal conflict seems unevenly addressed through the novel and a bit incomplete even at the end, the author has managed to create an interesting heroine who has forged a feminine identity in a predominantly masculine world. (May, 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel