Bull Rider, by Suzanne Morgan Williams is the second of the 2010 Lone Star books on my blog.
Let me just say that I love this book. It is a great layered story that goes beyond the title of Bull Rider....one of family and their expectations of who you should be versus who you are; of strength and trials of life; of military service and dreams deferred. It is, ultimately, a story of familial love and hope.
Cam O'Mara comes from a ranching family with a proud bull riding heritage that he really wants no part of. Cam is a skateboarder, not a bull rider. His older brother Ben is serving in the military in Iraq, and when Ben comes home with a tramatic injury that changes his life drastically--no more championship bull riding for him--and falls into despair questioning who he is now and what kind of future can he possibly have? Cam makes a pact with Ben dealing with bull riding and not losing hope which involves lying to get into a bull riding competition in order to win the large prize purse.
While this is a "guy" book, it isn't only for the guys, I assure you. While this is a book about bull riding and the military it isn't only for bull riders and military families, either.
It is a book for everyone that has ever had family expectations, a dream for the future, and hard knocks to overcome.
In short, it is a book for everyone.