Wild Horse Springs (Ransom Canyon Series #5)

Wild Horse Springs (Ransom Canyon Series #5)

by Jodi Thomas

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373799275
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Series: Ransom Canyon Series , #5
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 129,779
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas is a fifth-generation Texan who sets many of her stories in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. She is a certified marriage and family counselor, a Texas Tech graduate and writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. She lives with her husband in Amarillo, Texas.

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Wild Horse Springs 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story moves right along , enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have loved the entire series! I am not going to tell you the store in my own words. Read the book it is good!
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
It started with a fancy-tooled cowgirl boot. This exciting, emotional novel is a treat to all who love Jodi Thomas’ novels. She writes of characters who are flawed just as her readers are, who are broken but not beyond repair. Whether broken in body or heart, most look at themselves with a too-critical eye. This reader finds a little of herself in each character in this fifth offering in the Ransom Canyon series. Sheriff Dan saw the boot standing upright on the highway line and picked it up, thinking he would ask around for the owner as it is custom tooled. His search led to a country-western singer at one of the two local nightclubs. He and Brandi want to get to know each other for just the time she is in town. Dan hasn’t had a date in years, having raised his daughter Lauren after his wife left. Brandi doesn’t pick up guys wherever she goes. They both simply want to enjoy the time she is in Crossroads, Texas and they will both have memories to take out and look at in the months and years to come. Lauren has lived in Dallas since leaving college, and has not hit the big time as her daddy thinks. She would rather move back to their little hometown where everyone knows everyone else. Her best friend Tim calls her to come back to visit, as a once-homeless teen they had mentored has been arrested for robbery and assault. Thatcher admits to hitting the owner of a truck stop, but maintains that he was returning the goods for someone else. He refuses to give away the identity of the little girl with the red coat as the men where she lives promise to take it out on her. Lauren calls their old friend Lucas, now an attorney in Austin. As love triangles go, Lauren has been trying to let Tim down easily, as she doesn’t love him in the way he needs. She had her heart broken by Lucas, and won’t fall for him again. At least until she sees him. Cody is a Texas Ranger who was shot and left for dead a couple years ago; he’s barely put back together, unable to return to work yet – if ever. One night he is riding full-out on a half-wild horse, caring little about whether he is tossed into the canyon at Wild Horse Springs. When he lands at the bottom and is trying to decide if he can crawl out of the canyon or die there, several little girls surround him. Then comes Tess, a park ranger, who has the girls on a star gazing trip. She is a take-charge woman, trying to patch him up until medivac arrives. What she does to organize his house and care for his horses is more than many wives would. This delightful novel is a unique blend of romance, humor, crime, arson, even some wild west gunfire as these folks’ lives intersect. The characters are very likable, easy for this reader to be invested in. There are many moments of spicy daydreams and a few moments of said dreams coming true. The people of Crossroads are honest, hardworking folks who are willing to pull together to find bad guys or help those in need. The sheriff works around the clock far too often, but he has a child to find, a young kidnapped man to, an arsonist and the men who threatened to harm the child. I highly recommend this novel, particularly to those who enjoy women’s fiction in the new west with liberal helpings of humor, suspense, and romance. From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway and here is my honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
So much going on in this book! Ms. Thomas weaves a number of characters' stories into this one--Dan and Brandi, Lauren and Lucas, Cole and Tess, Thatcher and Hailey (that last one is not a romance--Thatcher's 18 and Hailey's 5!) --along with a strong thread of suspense running throughout. It could have easily all been too much, or too confusing, but I'm happy to say it wasn't. One couple doesn't get to an HEA (yet--fingers crossed that they will at eventually!) but everyone else reaches a highly satisfying point by the end of the book. I loved that the main couple, Dan and Brandi, are older than the usual romance hero and heroine (actually, come to think of it, Cole and Tess are slightly older too). The romance universe absolutely needs more main characters finding romance when they're past their 20s. The way that Dan and Brandi started out too was adorable--finding her blue sparkly cowboy boot on the side of the road made their meet cute one with a Cinderella flair. This book, though it's billed as fifth in the series, worked just fine as a standalone. It's my first book from Ms. Thomas, actually--and it definitely won't be my last! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: You shouldn’t cuss, mister. We heard you way back in the canyon yelling out words I’ve seen written but never knew how to pronounce. The manager said once that drunks were like fish – they smelled if left out overnight. You do have a death wish, don’t you? I’ve already told you I’m not the kind of girl who does well on dates… All right, but it’s been my experience that I am terrible when it comes to men. My prom date brought me home at nine, then went back to the dance. I’m not sure the two losers who broke into my cell had a clear plan. They might have been hired killers, but they looked like they were paid in quarters. ‘About our marriage.’ Her smile was so sweet he knew it was poison. ‘ I don’t believe in divorce, Ranger Winslow, so I guess I’ll have to make myself a widow.’ He tried to smile, but he wasn’t sure she was kidding. My Review: Wild Horse Springs was packed with a cavalcade of odd and quirky characters. Written from a third person POV, I frequently smirked at Ms. Thomas’s use of wry humor and amusing observational details. I enjoyed this entertaining and eventful tale with several active storylines and unsolved crimes. The small town was unusually bustling with activity and appeared to have suddenly become a hotbed of crime, and unfortunately for the sheriff, just when he’d finally found a possible love interest with a feisty singer who was passing through. The writing was entertaining, enjoyable, and easy to follow.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
From the opening sentence of the book, you walk into the small town life, the slower pace, the caring, and nosy neighbors, the community that will always back you up. And it is so easy to get lost on the pages, the drama, trouble, and life of the characters as they are trying to find their way forward. It is like visiting old friends for those who are following series, as things pick up from where it was left off in the last installment. I'm sure you could read this story as a stand-alone, but to get the nuances and the past that has molded their lives to come to this point they are now in, I would recommend reading the series from the start. There are several main characters in the book, they all get their chance to tell the events from their point of view, giving vivid and rich images of the fall and winter in the Crossroads, Texas. Dan Brigman, the lovable sheriff of the town has been in the previous stories of the series and has always been one of my favorite characters. With his smart, caring, solid character he has kept the town safe, and in my opinion, no one deserves a chance of love as much as he does. And Brandi Malone was the perfect match for him. I enjoyed their story and the attraction and adoration they have for each other. The thought of the sheriff having a wild affair made me smile, and root for them to make it work. His daughter, Lauren Brigman, with the love triangle that has been developing since high school between her, Tim, and Lucas gets more fire again. Young Thatcher is in a middle of all the drama and trouble developing in town, one of the characters that always brought a smile to my face with the witty dialog and observations. One of my favorite storylines in the book was the two rangers, park ranger Tess and Texas ranger Cody. The humorous undertones, the sparks flying as they bicker and quarrel, yet the obvious connection bringing them to each other's arms again and again. I truly felt I had had a lovely and lively visit with good friends as I finished the book. The action, turmoil, crimes giving more spice to the story and bringing the characters together, while the romance and attractions building the relationships moving the plot forward. The stories always leave me wanting more and looking forward to visiting the Ransom Canyon again, finding out how life is treating the good folks of Crossroads, Texas. An epic saga of life, loving and living. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
The Ransom Canyon series continues with Wild Horse Springs. Even if you have not read the series, you will love the stories woven throughout the book. Jody has the ability to capture my attention in the first chapter and I am hanging on the edge of my seat wanting to know what will happen next. I read the book in two days. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a captivating story, romance and characters that you fall in love with. Sexual content: 2-3, There are physical scenes but most of the action is behind closed doors. Definitely chemistry between the characters that sizzles on the page Violence: some physical fighting, gun fight, and one beating (although not described in detail, it was heartbreaking) Alcohol: some of the scenes were in a bar where Brandi was the singer I received this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
ARC Review: Wild Horse Springs (Ransom Canyon) by Jodi Thomas Finding the strength to pick up and keep going when the road of life takes a detour. Never an easy task, but through the bumps and bruises is how we learn lessons and find courage. Through the eyes of three people, Ms. Thomas takes readers on an inspirational tale of love, tragedy and the surprising twists that keep us guessing throughout the years. For Dan, Brandi, Lauren and Lucas, the journey is one of second chances, faith, healing and finding happiness. A beautiful message in a breathtaking story. Wild Horse Springs is a must have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is and Rp but you are humans and you have a horse of your kind.....you will name them what you want! <p> Res 2: is where you ride andractice with your horses. <p> Res 3: are there stalls and you may go in only to talk or groom them. <p> Res 4-whatever: are dorms but you have to have a roomate! <p> Rules: 1) if you are gonna do 'that' go to your dorm or find a book. <p> 2) this is a proper school so the uniform is <p> Boys: a polo a sweater a tie and dress pants and shoes of there choice. <p> Girls: a polo a sweater, a tie and a skirt, and either flats or high heels. <p> 3) don't really use that much of foul language <p> 4) everyone has tl be nice to each other! <p> Please be nice to this and we all must talk british!
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