Some Rodeo Fiction for Grownups

Since the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is now in progress (and running through the 21st), this seems like a good time to highlight some good rodeo related fiction. Perhaps not strickly 'westerns' in the traditional sense, they still feature cowboys (and cowgirls), horses, cattle and other livestock we all associate with the west. Enjoy!

Cowboy Up! by Mike Flanagan
Book one of his Rodeo Riders trilogy, received five star reviews on Amazon. The other two titles in the series, Rigged to Ride and Final Ride, also received accolades.

Last Go Round by Ken Kesey with Ken Babbs
A fictionalized account of the first Pendleton Roundup by master storyteller Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). Cowboys from three different races competing for prizes in the rodeo competitions. Great characters and lots of period details.

Hey Cowboy, wanna get lucky? by Baxter Black
Too professional rodeo cowboys, Cody and Lick, find that dealing with women can be more hazardous than bronc riding on a bad day. Hey Cowgirl, need a ride? continues the misadventures of the two cowboys.

Lady Buckaroo: a western story by Suzanne Lyon
A novel about a female steer rider who rides her first steer when she is only fifteen years old.

Try by Lily Burana
Rodeos and romance can be a volatile mix.

Virgin of the Rodeo by Sarah Bird