8 Second Ride by Shannon Nemechek – Review by Stephanie Chapman

8 Second Ride8 Second Ride by Shannon Nemechek
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you are looking for a quick read with great character development, Shannon Nemechek’s 8 Second Ride is for you. The story opens with Tuck McGraw in a panic. He is running behind for work at the Four Leaf Ranch, and dreaded the possibility of being the errand boy for Jessie Flanagan. Jessie was the snobby daughter that felt the need to flaunt her body and money to impress others. When Tuck arrives, he discovers that he made the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Liam decided to give a party that evening in Tuck’s honor.
Just as Tuck is feeling at the top of the world, along comes Jessie, and he has been assigned the task of taking her shopping in town. On the way to town, Tuck begins to give her a reality check of how he thought she was ugly inside. Unfortunately, on the ride back, Tuck receives a call from the PBR. His trip was completely paid for, but Jessie interrupts the call and adds herself and her best friend to the list. How will Tuck handle the sudden intrusion of Jessie with his future in the rodeo circuit? Why does she want to go?

The character development of this book is a favorite feature of mine. The back story and motivation for Tuck flow well with his actions throughout the story. I was surprised at the abrupt ending as it left me wanting to read more. This is a book for mature adults; the profanity and sexual innuendos are not appropriate for young adults. This is a book that made me feel like everyone should follow their dreams no matter how difficult they may be to achieve.

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