Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
In the latest Mustang Ridge novel, sometimes a little change is exactly what a person needs…. Ever since striking it big on a gemstone claim in the Wyoming mountains, Sam Babcock has known luck is on his side—except when it comes to the people he loves. When he forms a surprising connection with an alluring newcomer staying at his friend Wyatt’s ranch, Sam starts to question everything he thought he knew….
Needing time and space to heal, former daredevil Danny Traveler is camping out in a valley beyond Mustang Ridge Dude Ranch. She wants to take care of herself for once—and a sexy cowboy might be just the distraction she needs. But when Danny discovers there’s much more to Sam than meets the eye, she begins to long for more than a casual fling. Can she convince the confirmed bachelor that it’s worth changing his ways for a chance at long-term happiness?
This series is heartwarming and engaging to read. I have enjoyed getting to know the characters that run this dude ranch as they create a fun, entertaining place for people to visit.
Danny Traveler is a good friend of the owners of the ranch and has come to find herself again. She experienced a horrific fall and it scared her, she has not been able to do the risky activities she use to do and is very claustrophobic. Krista and Jenny have offered her a place in Blessing Valley overlooking the horses that graze, it is not far from the ranch and she jumps at the chance.
Sam Babcock is Wyatt’s best friend. He found rare gem stones several years ago with his father and they became rich overnight. Soon after, his father died in a tragic motorcycle accident and Sam as had a hard time since, he still has the motorcycle in the garage, which says a lot. When Sam and Danny meet for the first time the attraction is apparent and they gravitate toward each other at every chance they get, yet each has issues to sort through.
I have truly enjoyed this series, each book has taken us back to the beautiful state of Wyoming and the Mustang Ridge Ranch. They say there is something magical about staying a week at the ranch, siblings that were fighting are hugging each other by the end and couples that are showing a strain in their marriage have renewed faith in their relationship.
Danny has come to the ranch to regroup. Her good friend Jenny invites her to stay as long as she wants and she relishes the quiet and peacefulness of the valley. When she needs supplies she returns to the ranch and that is where the healing begins. Gran, Jenny, Krista along with many other residents make her feel at home and welcome. She begins to feel like herself again, only different as she does not want to return to her old life and balks whenever her parents talk about coming home, but it could also be that she found Sam.
We got to know Sam in the last book and I am so happy we get his story as I liked him immediately. He made it rich several years ago when he found rare, expensive gems in the area yet you would never know that he had money. The attraction between Danny and Sam is apparent from the moment they meet but they both are struggling with issues and each in turn pushes the other away at different times. Danny uses her new friends to help her overcome many of her issues and is ready to commit before Sam. But with Sam the past is painful and it is only when he realizes he may lose Danny that he faces his demons, or maybe it is the fact that his friends call him all kinds of stupid.
Secondary characters are key to the story, the ranch is a tight knit community and we have seen many characters in previous books. It is fun to be around them again to see how each is progressing in life. Although the book centers around Danny and Sam, Krista and Wyatt’s wedding is a huge part of the story as there are bachelor and bachelorette parties to plan, dress shopping to do and of course the big event that happens toward the end of the story.
The plot progression is well done, there is some drama between the ranch visitors and of course between Sam and Danny as they work through their issues but they are small and are quick to resolve. This is the fourth book and does follow several characters throughout each story however the author does a great job of keeping the reader informed so it can easily be read as a standalone.
This is just a nice sweet story that I truly enjoyed, I am looking forward to Ashley’s story, Wyatt’s little sister he has tried to corral for several years.
I give Firelight at Mustang Ridge by Jesse Hayworth 4 stars!