Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Back in the Saddle: A Novel (Double S Ranch) by Ruth Logan Herne

Book Description:  It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding...and why. 

Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor.  And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

My Thoughts:  Another new author for me, Ruth Herne writes a contemporary western . . . pretty much like the cowboys of today. 
The story introduces Colt Stafford, a worker on Wall Street.    But as Wall Street is known to do,"it" has made a poor man of Colt.  Colt decides to return to his father's ranch. 
When he makes his way back home one of the first people he meets is Angelina Morales, his father's house manager.  
Angelina has some "issues" of her own.    
As  Colt and Angelina work on the ranch and become acquainted they begin to have feelings for each other.  
But  Colt, much like the prodigal son, feels that he needs to prove something to his dad.    Angelina works hard but finds it hard to come to grips with Colt.  
As Wall Street begins to recover Colt feels that the draw to return to wealth and power but yet  . . . he enjoys the ranch.
 An interesting read that includes cowboys, horses and love.

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Series: Double S Ranch
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (March 15, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160142776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601427762

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