Colt didn't know what was waiting for him... Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne (Blog Tour Review)

Back in the Saddle
(Double S Ranch #1)
by Ruth Logan Herne
Christian Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
March 15th 2016 by Multnomah

Summary

The prodigal is coming home.

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?

 
  
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My Review

BACK IN THE SADDLE was enjoyable from beginning to end! Between the opening scene where the two love interests meet under less-than-favorable circumstances, the the ranch work and cowboys, sweet kids, complex family relationships, believable and inspiring religious elements, and a romance that develops from attraction, friendship, and respect, this story had it all and more. Would definitely recommend to those who enjoy inspiring romance.

I loved these characters! Angelina was full of spunk, heart, smarts, and beauty. She was equally matched by Colt who has issues to work through, band whose tough shell and sardonic outlook on life can't stand against the way Angelina, the town, the ranch, and his family tug on his heart. I loved their interactions and really all the interactions and dialogue between all these characters. The kids added so much to this story and they were spot-on for how I would think kids these ages and with their backgrounds would act. I loved all the family, ranch, and town dynamics. There was seriously so much personality in this book.

I also loved the pacing and the twists and turns of the story. There was some drama, some scares, some emotional struggles (I would have liked to delve even deeper emotionally), some lovely and sizzling romance, and an inspirational element that all kept the story moving at a steady pace while keeping me engrossed. I loved the sparks and chemistry and the relationships and how they were challenged and mended as the story progressed.

This is the first book in this new series and I'm hoping the next two will focus on the other two brothers (and maybe their neighbor, Lucy). I can't wait to visit this family and the Double S ranch again! Highly recommend!
 
Content: Clean

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Ruth Logan Herne

Ruth Logan Herne has more than half a million books in print, including fifteen Love Inspired contemporary novels. Back in the Saddle is the first book in her new western romance series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.



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