Back in the Saddle

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?


“The prodigal is coming home.” That sentence alone intrigued me. I was unsure whether I would like this novel because the whole story line is more for adults—not sappy teenagers, like myself.  But, I did not start the novel, already thinking that I would not like it. Whenever I start books, I go in with an open mind, which is exactly what I did.

The cover was wonderfully done. Horses are beautiful, and I love it when I cannot see the whole face of the main character on the cover. It allows me to picture each character how I want him or her to look.

I really enjoyed this book. There are just a few minor areas which I did not like, but overall this was a wonderful book. I really liked the brothers’ bantering and how Angelina could stop it whenever she wanted—even if it was with just a rolling pin!

I am super excited to read about the other brothers in Herne’s next books in the Double S Ranch series.

So, it may just be because of my age or my taste in books, but I would give this novel 3 stars. It was good and well written, just not an absolute favorite in my contemporary collection.


Title: Back in the Saddle

Author: Ruth Logan Herne

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


This review was written with my own opinions and words.


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