If I had to summarize Winter at Mustang Ridge in just one word I would chose Enjoyable. This novel is not the best I have ever read nor is it by any means the worse novel I have ever read. It has the right amount of balance and I did quite enjoy the written words of the author Jesse Hayworth.
The very first thing that drew me to the novel for review was the title. I think it is such a great choice for a western romance! It drew me into reading the novel. The title fits the book perfectly. It’s unique and different, but it works. So I am happy with that!
There is a drawl back to this novel however and that is the romance. Yes, it’s there but I think the scenes could have been a little hotter. I'm not insisting that the novel contain Erotica scenes, but the chemistry could have been hotter for my own taste. The book I think is more of a lightweight romance which will appeal to readers that are uncomfortable with more raunchy scenes.
We find our heroine Jenny Skye returning home to the family ranch never desiring to be a cowgirl, but her twin sister who has kept the ranch alive and productive needs to getaway and so Jenny returns home for a single month. What could possibly happen within a single month's time? Well, it doesn't take long before Jenny becomes overwhelmed by the few ranch hands. Its winter and help isn't always easy to come. And then of course there are the animals in need of attention. Thankfully, there is always Nick Masterson, the town's local Veterinarian to save the day!
Nick has had quite the adventures in his past and now he is settling roots in Mustang Ridge. With the aid of a stray dog, a missing family member and snowstorm, fate will see that Nick and Jenny end up together. But a relationship that was created in the heat of a single moment can't be meant to last. Or can it?
This story is an enriching read. I found it to be a rather perfect read when nestled up on the couch, watching the snowfall and being consumed by the town of Mustang Ridge and its inhabits. I will be looking to read more from Hayworth in the future as I believe she is an author that will be around for years to come.
Winter at Mustang Ridge is the second book of the Mustang Ridge series. The first book is entitled Summer at Mustang Ridge.
The Skye family rebel never wanted to be a cowgirl ... and she sure didn't plan on coming home for good.
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?