Monday, April 4, 2016

Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle
Double S Ranch, Book 1
Ruth Logan Herne
ISBN: 978-1601427762
March 2016/320 pages/$9.99

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?


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. Find out more about Ruth at her website.


Back in the Saddle is an enjoyable first book in the Double S Ranch series that introduces us to the Stafford family, beginning with the oldest son, Colt. What a cast of characters! Colt and his brothers are tough as nails on the trail yet they each bear scars from events in their lives. I loved Colt's dad as his illness caused him to reevaluate his life and priorities and endeavor to right the wrongs he committed against his family and the town. Angelina's mysterious past adds to the drama, while her steady presence and strong faith draw Colt to her. I loved this story and the way the family worked together,even in the midst of conflict. The setting was a bit of a surprise, as I would have guessed it was set in Texas or Wyoming, not the Pacific Northwest area of Central Washington! I'm looking forward to reading more about this family in future books. Grab a copy of this engaging novel today.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Multnomah Publishing & Litfuse Publicity Group for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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