Two Shots Down by T. S. Joyce

Two Shots Down is blazing his way up the ranks as one of the top bull shifters in the Pro Bull Shifter Riding Circuit. He has a chip on his shoulder a mile wide, and everything to prove. With a dark reputation as a cowboy killer, he has wrecked every interview he’s done in his career. He’s the bull shifter everyone loves to hate, and he’s just fine with that, except there is one he cares about. One woman whose life he ruined. One woman he damaged. One woman who probably doesn’t even know he exists. When that one woman stands up for him and the other top three bull shifters of the circuit and offers to manage them, he knows he’s in for a bad time. She drags ghosts with her, and they’re haunting him. All he needs to do is get from event to event and buck those riders off before that eight-second mark. But during the most important time of his career, Cheyenne is tearing down his walls. And for the life of him, he can’t figure out if that’s a good thing or a very, very bad thing.

Cheyenne left the PBSR years ago when tragedy altered her life forever. She used to represent the riders, but now she’s turning traitor and switching sides. She’s taking heat from everyone to represent three titan bull shifters who don’t even understand what she’s trying to do for them and want nothing to do with her. She’s in way over her head, but she did this on purpose, to get to know the man who demolished her life all those years ago. She needs to know if Two Shots Down is really the monster he pretends to be, or if he might be the only other person on earth who could understand what she’s healing from. These bull shifters are rough, and violent, and intimidating, but Two Shots Down is showing her a softer side to the bulls. He’s funny, and caring, and protective of her always, and sexy as hell. The more time she spends with him, the safer she feels with the monster.

Now it’s up to Two Shots Down. If he wants to be a part of Cheyenne’s team, he has to win events…and that means being the biggest, baddest bucker in the world.

This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Titles in the Battle of the Bulls series include — Two Shots Down – Dead of Winter –

Title:  Two Shots Down
Series:  Battle of the Bulls #1
Author:  T.S. Joyce
Published:  August 31, 2020
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I am, quite frankly, always fascinated by the imagination of T.S. Joyce.  And this time, I believe, she’s outdone herself with the Battle of the Bulls series.  Usually, the animal and the human share a body, an outlook but, for the most part, are an equal half of the other.  This time we aren’t getting cowboys who ride bulls in the rodeo… we get the bulls who are trying their best to buck off those cowboys to deny them that 8-second victory.  That reversal of roles is reinforced by their names, the names of their bulls are used as nicknames throughout… but I found myself thinking (and substituting) Dalton whenever Two Shots’ nickname was used.

Three titan bulls, the biggest, the baddest, and the most dangerous on the circuit are about to get the representation that they never expected in the form of one woman who should hate them all with a passion since her husband was accidentally killed by Dalton when his glove wouldn’t release and he was trampled under the bulls’ hooves.  But, Cheyenne is out to prove something to herself, to the others who are on a hate campaign against her, and these three bull shifters.  She wants answers, and she wants them from Dalton – the shifter who changed her life in many ways… and is about to do that again on another level.

This series takes place in the world of the Kaid Ranch series (and we get a quick cameo but this isn’t their story so it’s just a mention).

I adored the banter between Two Shots Down, Dead of Winter, and Quickdraw – these three titan bull have an attitude, pranks, issues, and a respect for each other hidden behind barbed words, and their interactions brought a reality to their story that I cannot wait for the next books to arrive.  Dalton and Cheyenne are so good together.  Sure, there is the past to be dealt with but the passion between them, the right mate feeling makes them one of my favorite couples to date.  Add in some danger, some confrontations, a lot of giggles from the bull shifters’ pranks and actions, and a whole lot of sizzling, steamy moments and you’ll find a story to enjoy on every level.

If you love getting in on the beginning of a series, if you love a really good Shifter Romance then you’ll want to check out Two Shots Down and get started on the Battle of the Bulls series… now.

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