Betrayed by his fiancée and his best friend, Chase Garrett heads out on the road with the American Extreme Bull Riders Association, determined to ride hard and keep a wall around his heart. But during a competition, three-year-old Riley Barrett bursts through that barrier when he throws himself into Chase’s arms, insisting Chase is his daddy. And Chase’s walls collapse further when he meets Riley’s mother–beautiful, vulnerable, sexy Maddy.

A widow for only a year, Maddy Barrett is stunned by her son Riley’s outlandish assertion that Chase is his father. She tries desperately to convince Riley that his father has not come home to them. When Chase and Maddy join forces to help her son, she finds herself falling fast for the sexy, hard-working bull rider—wishing he truly could be the man for Riley, and the man for her.

Titles in the American Extreme Bull Riders Tour series include:  Tanner by Sarah Mayberry – Chase by Barbara Dunlop – Casey by Kelly Hunter – Cody by Megan Crane – Troy by Amy Andrews – Kane by Sinclair Jayne – Austin by Jeannie Watt – Gage by Katherine Garbera

Title:  Chase
Series:  American Extreme Bull Riders Tour #2
Author:  Barbara Dunlop
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 16, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

One little boy is going to tug hard on your heartstrings, and perhaps break your heart just a bit.  Riley is convinced that the bull rider in the ring right now is his daddy come back home from heaven.  His name is Chase, he rides bulls and the resemblance is enough that a very young boy could see his father in the face of a stranger.  Trouble is that their first names may be the same, their last names so similar when spoken over the loudspeaker but the truth is that Chase is no boy’s father, even though he’d almost thought he would be until that dream was shattered by the truth.  No, Riley was in for a world of hurt when he finally had to accept that his daddy has not come home, but Chase cannot bring that pain to this little one… or to his mother.

Chase is one of those stories that will tear your heart apart – and put it back together again, differently but no less whole once again.  Riley is truly the star of this story.  His innocent belief and trust will make it possible for the adults to start believing in their own brand of magic, and healing, and attraction.

The story description is enough to give you an idea of what an interesting story this will be.  The rest should be up to you to discover.  Chase and Maddy make a believable couple.  Both have to overcome their pasts and make way for a future that includes one little boy’s trust and love.  It’s a precious, satisfying story that I enjoyed and would recommend for any Romance reader.  You looking for your next book hero?  Well, his name is Chase.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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