Review: Wild Horse Springs by Jodi Thomas

Wild Horse Springs by Jodi Thomas
Series:  Ransom Canyon (# 5)
Release Date:  January 24, 2017
Publisher:  HQN Books
Pages:  368
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



In the heart of Ransom Canyon, sometimes the right match for a lonely soul is the one you least expect.

Dan Brigman may not lead the most exciting life, but he’s proud of what he’s achieved: he’s a respected lawman, and he’s raised a bright, talented daughter on his own. But finding a lone, sparkly blue boot in the middle of a deserted highway gets him thinking maybe the cowgirl who lost it is exactly the shake-up he needs.

After losing her baby girl, Brandi Malone felt like her soul died along with her daughter. Now singing in small-town bars to make ends meet, she’s fine being a drifter until a handsome sheriff makes her believe that parking her boots under his bed is a better option.

College grad Lauren Brigman has just struck out on her own in downtown Dallas when a troubling phone call leads her back home to Crossroads. Her hometown represents her family, friends and deepest hopes, but also her first love, Lucas Reyes. Will Lauren’s homecoming be another heartbreak, or a second chance for her and Lucas?


Review: Thomas is one of my favorite authors.  I’ve loved her Harmony series along with many of her other books and Ransom Canyon has not disappointed.  So far I’ve read and enjoyed books three and four in the series, Lone Heart Pass and Sunrise Crossing, respectively and the prequel novella, Winter’s Camp.  All were five star reads that I highly recommend to anyone who loves romances set in the west with cowboys, alpha males and lots of loving and romance.  I plan on reading the first two books in the series that I’ve somehow missed, Ransom Canyon and Rustler’s Moon, so I can get some of the backstories.

Thomas doesn’t just tell a story – she weaves one.  The different pieces of the story are interwoven and flow seamlessly from one tale to the next.  The characters are complex – even the ones we’ve met before.  This is Dan and Brandi’s story but it’s also Tess and Cody’s and Lauren, Tim and Lucas’ and Thatcher’s too.  Their interactions are real and continued to add another layer to the story. The descriptions of the land, the town, the homes and businesses, the ranch and even the building of the gazebo made me feel that I was there.  There are highs and lows throughout but we never dwell too long on any one since with little effort the author captures our attention from the first page to the last.  The pages kept turning late into the night since I always needed to see what would happen next.

There are injuries, gunfights, tears, sadness, loss, fear, anger, helplessness but also laughter, happiness, happily-ever-afters in the  offing, sweet talk, loving and love.  There are second chances at love and those that thought themselves alone and unlovable might just be surprised.  There is wonderful closure with enough loose ends that can only lead to another Ransom Canyon book and left me wanting more.  I was happy to see that the author said there will be another four books in the series.  YAY – Go Jodi!

Favorite Quote:  A boot.  One tall blue woman’s boot stood proud on the center stripe.  The kind of fancy boot with rhinestones and stitching in the leather from the ankle up.  One like cowgirls wore to dance in until the bar closed.  One that would never be worn to work cattle.