Litfuse Blog Tour: Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne


Back in the Saddle
by Ruth Logan Herne
Copyright 2016
Multnomah Books
ISBN: 9781601427762

The Story:
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 Thoughts:
Over the years, Ruth Logan Herne has become one of my favorite Love Inspired authors. If you ever want a story that's full of faith, hope, love, and laughter you should make Ruth's books your top picks. This time around with a brand new publisher (Multnomah) Ruth introduces us to a family who is akin to the Cartwright family from the classic western TV series, Bonanza. 

The Stafford family is a bunch of modern day cowboys who ooze all the charm and strength of yesteryear's cowpokes. Colt in particular, in spite of spending years on Wall Street, thrives on the family ranch after a financial scandal leaves him without a job in the city. The kitchen manager, Angelina Morales, who has helped his father run the house while Colt was away, challenges his heart like no city girl ever could.

Their story is sweet and I love the mutual respect they have for each other -- I just wish they had more alone time. With all of the characters and the drama that the town itself faces, I felt it didn't leave much room for their romance to develop in an authentic way. The ending was so rushed. As the first book in a series, things with the family are left open to continue in upcoming volumes (which isn't a bad thing!), but I almost feel as if Colt and Angelina's story would have been better off being drawn out a little more. Kudos to the author for creating such fabulous characters I really connected with though, and props to the art department for making the sexy Colt come to life on the cover! Can I get me one of those cowboys, please? 

~My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars~

* I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

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