Winter at Mustang Ridge

Winter at Mustang Ridge

by Jesse Hayworth

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Warm up with this heartfelt romance in the Mustang Ridge series...
Grateful to her twin for keeping Mustang Ridge in the family, Jenny Skye agrees to return home for a month so her sister can get away. It’s the middle of winter, and only a few year-round staffers, her family, and the animals will be there. But the globe-trotting videographer is soon in way over her head at the dude ranch dealing with reservations, her redecorating-obsessed mother, and the town's hunky new veterinarian.
Despite his adventurous past, Nick Masterson is putting down roots in Mustang Ridge. When a stray dog, a missing family member, and a snowstorm conspire to throw him and Jenny together, there's no denying the blaze of attraction. But can a relationship that began in the heat of the moment turn into something more for a woman who's always been eager to put her hometown behind her?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451419156
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 636,281
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jesse Hayworth, the author of the Mustang Ridge series, is a farm girl from way back, complete with tractors and livestock. Now farmless and driving a Subaru named Roo, Jesse lives on the East Coast with a cranky tabby she rescued from an auto shop and a beloved husband, who rescued her from Visit her at

Randye Kaye is an accomplished voice talent, actress, singer, broadcaster, and author. She received a Listen-Up Award nomination and starred reviews for Ben Behind His Voices, which she also wrote, bringing together the various facets of her career.

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Praise for Summer at Mustang Ridge
“A superb read: a gorgeous setting and a beautiful love story.”—New York Times bestselling author Catherine Anderson
"Warm, witty and with a great deal of heart, Summer at Mustang Ridge is an instant classic."—New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins

“Jesse Hayworth has just become one of my favorite authors.”—New York Times and USA Today bestseller Kristan Higgins

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Winter at Mustang Ridge 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Learned new facts about Wyoming and some history. I liked the characters as they stayed true to themselves throughout. Of course, feelings get in the way. Ranch life was hard but family mattered.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
as a follow-up in the mustang ridge series, this is a very pleasant read. it is a romance between two people that have to realize what is important in their lives. changes have occurred that they were not prepared for and now must search their hearts for who they are and what they want. written with feeling and the characters will catch your attention and your heart. ejoyed every word of this story and i think you will too!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it Great story about love and snimals. Friendky.
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Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
I love this series!! It is filled with humor, and the budding love between the 2 main characters. A wonderful read!
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Jesse Hayworth brings readers the second book in her Mustang Ridge series, Winter at Mustang Ridge. This is a great character driven series that features a family owned dude ranch. Readers who have heard about dude ranches or watched movies like City Slickers will have an idea of what they are in for with this series. Hayworth has created engaging, realistic characters and her use of humor is fun and entertaining. This is a great book for those cold winter nights. A cup of cocoa and a heart warming romance. What I liked: This is one of those series' that just warms your heart. I was somewhat skeptical about a modern day dude ranch, but the idea quickly grew on me when I read the first book in the series, Summer at Mustang Ridge. I immediately fell in love with the Skye family and their business. In the second book, Winter at Mustang Ridge I was looking forward to meeting one of the wayward members of the family, who found her fulfillment in life, off the ranch... far, far, away. I Jenny was certainly worth the wait. She is girl with an itch for a warmer climate, for the far flung jungles and her work on the film crew of a reality television series. I thought she had tenacity and spunk. But she also had a deep sense of family and when Krista needs a break from the ranch for 6 months, Jenny goes home. I loved the whole idea of the dark sheep returning to the fold. She was different from the rest of the family and that was ok. She was just like them in all the ways that counted. I loved her caring spirit and her love of animals. Rex was one lucky dog! And so was the new Vet in town, Nick. He was handsome and strong and he loved animals. How could she go wrong? The problem was, he was ready to settle down in Mustang Ridge and she still had the urge to pick up and travel around the world. Nick was so calm and reassuring most of the time. I thought he was the ultimate good guy. I'm glad he didn't finish last. It took some time for him to understand Jenny and that she was worth his time to compromise. I thought he made a great hero. The romance between these two was sweet. It wasn't saccharine sweet, but just enough to make me feel all warm and fuzzy. There was a little spice here and there, but it wasn't out of place and felt like it belonged to the story and to these passionate characters. It wasn't forced nor did feel contrived. The romance was just what I wanted to relax with. What I didn't like: There were several comedic moments in this book that were absolutely a joy to read. My only qualm with this book was that there wasn't more of them! I truly enjoyed this one and can't wait to read the next. Bottom Line: A modern day dude ranch is a far cry from what one might expect. I loved the idea and thought it was original and refreshing. The characters were exactly what I wanted. Realistic, easy to relate to and all around good people. This a great series, give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book as well as others in this series. You can picture the ranch while reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second Book in the Mustang Ridge series and it is again a real Winner!! Twin sisters grew up on the ranch... One went on to be a successful world traveling photographer and the other stayed home and turned a working ranch into a Dude Ranch... When Jenny was needed home to cover for her sister while she went off to learn more about updating the services at the ranch the fun begins... You won't want to miss the fun and romance that happens during a short period of time... Again the supporting characters add a lot to the story and I could not put the book down... Loved it!!!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Winter at Mustang Ridge by Jesse Hayworth is the second book in her Mustang Ridge series, and there is also a novella. Mustang Ridge is a great place to spend on vacation, and for us readers, it is a perfect place to spend your free time imagining yourself at the dude ranch. I know I would personally love to go to Mustang Ridge, but maybe not in the harsh winter. Jenny Skye is our heroine in this book. Jenny is a photographer, who works on various video and reality television projects. Jenny loves what she does, but decides to come home to Mustang Ridge to allow her twin sister, Krista to take her version of a vacation, a 6 week training class to learn more about making Mustang Ridge a success. As soon as Krista has left, she calls Jenny to rescue a stray dog that they saw while driving away. Jenny finds the dog, who gets hurt during the rescue attempt, and takes him to the vet. There she meets the new vet, Nick Masterson, our hero. There is an immediate attraction, between Nick and Jenny, and of course the dog, named Rex (nicknamed Sexy Rexy). What follows is a cute slow build relationship that starts out as a friendship. It was a lot of fun watching the two of them enjoy their no commitment relationship as friends, and eventually as lovers. Jenny isn’t staying, as she loves her career; and Nick having had a relationship go south after he moved to a small town like Mustang Ridge to help his family, doesn’t want commitment either, since he knows where Jenny’s heart is. For the majority of the story, we just get to enjoy the two of them, and their families, as we get to see more of our favorite characters, such as Gran, who is still cooking up great food; Foster, Shelby, Krista, and the rest of the group. It was nice to see the ranch in the slower winter months, even with the harsh snowy weather. I love Krista, though she wasn’t in this story a lot, but I am happy to see she will be having her own story in the next book. We totally fall in love with Rex, as does everyone in the family. It was such a heartwarming story throughout the book, and then nearer to the end some sad moments that kind of bring tears. No, nothing really bad. One of the best things I love about Jesses Hayworth’s writing is how she can personalize things. You hear Rex’s exuberant thoughts, or even between Jenny and Nick. Hayworth has a knack for making you feel comfortable with those loud thoughts, and it flows so nicely and makes it feel more personal. Jesse Hayworth has created a wonderful, sweet, and fun series in Mustang Ridge, and Winter at Mustang Ridge was a delightful and fabulous relaxing romantic read. Jenny and Nick were a great couple, who were a joy to read, as well as having great chemistry. If you love a simple and sweet contemporary romance; a great couple; a family atmosphere; a small town; and the setting in a dude ranch, you need to read this series.
AngiMac1 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Jesse Hayworth and this series. I got addicted to her books when I read her Jessica Andersen Nightkeepers series about the Mayan prophecies. (GREAT series if you haven't read it yet). But I love her contemporary romance books, too. I grabbed the first book in this series as soon as it was available and couldn't wait for the next one to come out. The world she's created at this ranch is so vivid I want to go there. I loved the romance, the adventure and the characters. Oh, the dog is wonderful!! I can't wait for Harvest at Mustang Ridge!!
bemiown More than 1 year ago
REVIEW I've read SUMMER AT MUSTANG RIDGE and it was a wonderful book. WINTER AT MUSTANG RIDGE didn't disappoint at all. I can't wait to read Book 3. In WINTER AT MUSTANG RIDGE we have Jenny, who loves photography and adventures. She plans the trip to the ranch in Wyoming to be just temporary. Then enter the hunk of a cowboy, Nick. He's a vet and hasn't been in town long. The author wrote a sweet love story that develops between Nick and Jenny. The author has written this book as a continuation from the first book. A wonderful, sweet, clean romance with a city girl and a cowboy. I hope the author, Ms Hayworth intends on writing many more of this series cause it is wonderful. An easy, good paced, enjoyable read. I hope everyone who loves these kind of reads, will get themselves a copy and follow Jenny and Nick and where their love takes them. I would give this book 4 COWBOY HATS. I was given a complimentary copy of WINTER AT MUSTANG RIDGE from the author, Jesse Hayworth for my honest opinion. No other compensation took place.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I've been eagerly awaiting this second book in the Mustang Ridge series. And I was rewarded for my patience with another wonderful story. I love everything about Mustang Ridge EXCEPT that I don't live there. Oh, well. At least I can visit through these fabulous books. I was captured once again from the very first page until the very last with a great cast of "real" characters and a great love story, too. Yippee. My only complaint? I now have to wait for the next story in the series by this author. Hurry, Jesse Hayworth, hurry. You've got all your readers enthralled.
ShirleyGold More than 1 year ago
I am a reader of detective, literary, middle grade/young adult (I'm a teacher), nonficiton, and more,  but when it comes to Romance, there are a handful of favorite writers I choose. Jesse Hayworth,  I took Winter at Mustang Ridge to the gym, where I read it on the treadmill, to the super, where I  read it in line, and, of course, in bed, before I turned out the light. (Could make a ribald joke here,  but I won't.) Gee, I guess you could say I couldn't put it down. Maybe part of the charm was that, as a teenager, I was a horse nut. Still, there's so much more here and it's subtle but sucks you in.  A read that's a great ride.. 
Susannah_Hardy More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review--and am I glad I did. I've not read the previous book in this series but it didn't matter. Winter at Mustang Ridge delivers in a big way. Adventurous photographer Jenny returns temporarily (or so she thinks) to the family ranch in Wyoming. But she doesn't count on meeting Doc Hottie (Nick)--the new vet in town. The love story between these two unfolds slowly, naturally and beautifully and builds to a satisfying conclusion. I felt like part of the Skye family and actually wished I could take a real-life vacation there. Cover up with a handmade afghan and curl up on the couch with this one--just don't have anything else planned, because you won't be going anywhere until you finish the book. I'm almost glad I haven't read Summer at Mustang Ridge yet. Now I'll have something to tide me over until the next book (Harvest at Mustang Ridge) comes out. Kudos, Jesse Hayworth!
JG_Chianese More than 1 year ago
Jesse Hayworth has once again given us a delightful, heart-warming and fun story to take us away from our everyday lives and remind us of the importance of home and family and that sometimes when you're least expecting it love will find you. Nick and Jenny are wonderful, fun characters that you will instantly like. Rex will steal your heart and make you cry (well, I did) in the end for him. And then, of course, we get more of Gran, Mom and Dad and glimpses of Krista. We get to check in with our favorite cowboy - Foster and his lady love, Shelby as well as get to know Big Skye and learn about the cowboy way of life. One of the things I loved about Winter at Mustang Ridge is it demonstrated how even the simplest of relationships can get complicated (a fun fling or family dynamics), but that if you open your heart and you talk to those you love, everything can be worked out again. Loved, loved, love this book and looking forward to Harvest at Mustang Ridge next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tug-at-your-heart romance. Once again, Jesse Hayworth allows us into the Skye family and their ranch at Mustang Ridge. This time we see the dynamics of this close knit group through the eyes of Jenny, the globetrotting videographer who has come home to help out during the winter.  Jenny thinks she'll be pretty bored until she meets sweet, gorgeous vet, Nick Masterson.  The two are hopelessly drawn to each other and set logical boundaries for their relationship, but what starts out as a winter fling, ends up meaning a whole lot more to both of them.   This is a book I'd call a comfort read.  This book is like wrapping yourself in a favorite blanket--warm, soft and full of wonderful feelings.  Don't miss. it.
joy1226 More than 1 year ago
In true Jesse Hayworth style, the second in her Mustang Ridge series reflects her astute sensitivity and understanding of horses, dogs, and cats, as well as her deep sense of family. Like Summer at Mustang, Winter at Mustang Ridge brings us “home” to Skye Ranch. We experience life off-season through traveling photographer and granddaughter, Jenny, who has come home for a few weeks to help out. As Jenny adjusts to being home, she is forced to deal with her quirky mother, who is hell bent on change. Jenny quickly connects with Nick, the new vet who goes out of his way to tend to an injured stray dog Jenny has rescued. Jenny photographic skills come into play when she is asked to provide pictures to promote the ranch. As her love for Nick and home deepen, her departure looms. Needless to say, I loved this book and was sorry to turn the last page. But I am encouraged. Per the teaser for "Harvest" at the back of the boat, the next in the series is in the works.
DDWing More than 1 year ago
Jesse Hayworth has proven once again she is the master of world building.   Whether writing fun, contemporary, western, romances as Jesse Hayworth   or dark, dangerous Adventures as Jessica Andersen, she will transport you to a time and place so believable you’ll be confused when you can’t find your friends on the next page. Winter at Mustang Ridge grabbed me at the first page and never let go.   I love romance because it has a happily-ever-after, but it’s the wild ride to the ending that I enjoy the most.  As a mother of a child or two with wander-lust, I felt like I knew Jenny from the first time she stepped on the page.   Being away from home and family for months at a time and suddenly being dropped back in can be like falling down the rabbit hole.  Add in the potential of a vacation romance, a dog with ADD and some parents who are struggling with retirement or rather what their version of retirement should look like and life gets interesting. Nick.  Ahh – Nick.  First off, why haven’t I ever found a vet like Nick?   This man has incredible patience, and a cutting sense of humor.   He’s also the type of guy you want to bring home to help train your dog and cuddle with after with a nice glass of wine.  Oops.  Side tracked.  Love the secondary characters Jesse throws in to keep Nick on his toes.  Ruth is hoot and I’m sure we’ve all had an aunt or co-worker like Ruth and just weren’t quite sure how to handle her.  Pull out a pen and take notes, Nick has it down to an art.  Nick also had a case of wander lust, but when it came to family, there was no decision for him.  He is deeply devoted to his family, just as Jenny is to hers .   While I was reading this book, I was transported to a picturesque, winter wonderland  ranch in Wyoming, I realized that Jesse had nailed all of the intricate family issues and struggles that play on Jenny and Nick so well that she could have been writing about a family in New England or Florida.  Big Skye is my father, through and through , although he never rode a horse, but is stubborn and leaves his phone behind and  worries us constantly.  The complicated mother – daughter issues are ageless.   At the heart of Mustang Ridge is family and watching Jenny and Nick navigate their way through both of their family’s  assorted issues while they fall in love is magical.     I highly recommend this book and look forward to the others coming out in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for a great read? Then Winter at Mustang Ridge by Jesse Hayworth is perfect. Jenny Skye just came home to help her family. She can’t wait to get back to her job behind the camera on a sexy, tropical reality show. That is until she meets local veterinarian Nick who shows her just how hot winter in Wyoming can be. What I love about this book is how real the characters are. I just wanted to fall into the book headfirst and join the party. The author doesn’t need gimmicks, her characters are alive and vibrant. This is a book that I will read again. And I can’t wait for the next book.
ARJules More than 1 year ago
This series is a breath of fresh air (if you will excuse the cliché-ness of the expression). With all the stresses of life today - jobs, bills, the economy, well, you know the drill - it is really nice to be able to curl up with a book and escape to a place like Mustang Ridge. Miss Hayworth crafts a world that one would love to live in, or at the very least, book your own vacation reservation to the Mustang Ridge dude ranch. Who wouldn't want to pull up a chair and have one of Gran's muffins?? (That was not a euphemism so get your mind out of the gutter!) Okay, the men who work there MIGHT be a stronger reason to visit. Just sayin'. One of the things that I love about these books is that I can relate to, and connect with, the characters. A lot of books these days have characters that are very hard to relate to. Personally, I'm not going to be some billionaire playboy (hopefully not since I'm female), or volunteer as tribute to some sadistic, brutal contest where I have to kill a bunch of people (let's hope!), so it's hard to relate to these characters on a personal level and put myself in their shoes. But the character's in Hayworth's novel feel like friends or family members. They are people you would like to know and hang out with. You care about them. When they are happy, you're happy. When they are hurting, you hurt for them. I loved the first of the series, and I have to say, I love this book just as much. I related very much to the main character, Jenny, who has trekked back to Mustang Ridge from the jungles in Belize to help on the ranch while her twin sister, Krista is away. When Jenny saves an abandoned, injured dog, she meets veterinarian Nick Masterson. My question is, why can't MY vet be like that?? So unfair. (What can I say, hot men+animals=winning combination.) I won't bother recapping what happens, but I will say that I loved seeing Nick and Jenny's relationship grow. Okay, and it might have made me look around town for a new vet, but I can't find one that is Nick-worthy. Damnit Hayworth!! To make a long story short... ish, I really loved this book. If you haven't started this series, definitely pick up Summer at Mustang Ridge, Sunset at Keyhole Canyon (novella), and Winter at Mustang Ridge. You won't regret it!!