The Widow and The Rodeo Man is a book by American author, Jackie Merritt, in the Montana Mavericks series. Widow Maris Wyler has been left with 93 unbroken horses that her husband, Ray, an irresponsible drinker and rodeo enthusiast, swapped for their cattle. Rodeo man, Luke Rivers has a $3000 IOU from Ray that he needs to collect after a rodeo fall left him injured and depleted his savings. When Luke comes to the No Bull ranch to collect, sparks fly between him and Maris. Eventually, however, a deal is struck: Luke’s expertise with breaking horses for his IOU and a horse to keep. But neither of them counts on the attraction that flares between them. This slightly longer romance has a little more depth than the average: the characters have depth and appeal and the plot has a few twists. The hero is sexy but principled; the heroine sweet but flawed. A very enjoyable read.