Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Today's Special - - Jodi Thomas Wild Horse Springs Tour

Wild Horse Springs
By Jodi Thomas
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Release Date: January 24, 2017

Jodi Thomas takes her readers back to Crossroads, Texas, for the fifth book in her Ransom Canyon series. Sheriff Dan Brigman has devoted himself to protecting the citizens of his town and to his daughter Lauren, but with Lauren on her own in Dallas after college, he is newly aware of the empty spaces in his life. No one would ever think that a blue, rhinestone-studded cowgirl boot in the middle of the highway would be the key to adventure and romance for a lonely lawman, but so it proves to be. Tracking down the boot’s owner leads Dan to Brandi Malone, a gorgeous country singer-songwriter who has a two-week gig at a dive just over the county line from Crossroads. From his first sight of her, Brandi has Dan remembering that he is more than a sheriff and a father.

Some might describe Brandi Malone as a drifter as she moves from town to town, performing a couple of weeks in one place before she moves to the next. But Brandi knows she is running from an unbearable loss and from a family in which she was always a misfit. Dan Brigman makes her feel as if she really is the wild, free spirit that he believes her to be. Dan may be just what she needs for the moment, but she and Dan both know that what they are having is a fling not a relationship. However, things have a way of changing when hearts get involved.

Lauren Brigman feels like a failure at twenty-five. After law school, she turned to her dreams of writing rather than take the bar exam, but so far, she is a singularly unproductive writer. Her personal life is no more satisfactory. She has allowed her friends-with-benefits connection with life-long pal Tim O’Grady to continue more from inertia than from affection, and she knows Tim wants more than she can give him. Her heart has never forgotten Lucas Reyes, her first love, but they have lost touch. When Tim calls her with the news that their protégé, eighteen-year-old Thatcher Jones has been arrested, Lauren seizes the opportunity to go home to Crossroads to help Thatcher and to find herself.

Thatcher was only trying to help a little girl who was obviously in trouble, but he ended up in jail, placing the future his benefactors had helped him plan in jeopardy. As if that were not enough, he is kidnapped from his jail cell by the sleaze bags who think he saw too much when he followed the little girl home. Fighting his way free, he finds sanctuary in the home of Cody Winslow, a Texas Ranger and near legend.

Cody is in the hospital recovering from his effort to outrun the demons that have plagued him since the standoff with drug runners that left two of his closest friends dead and Cody on the inactive list. He almost accomplished on his wild night ride in a winter storm what the drug runners had failed to do, but Tess Adams, a Park ranger who was stargazing nearby with a troop of little girls, heard his curses and saved his life. Now Cody is claiming that Tess is his wife and Tess is wondering if that life sentence may be just what she wants most. But before these two can settle their future, they have to protect Thatcher from the thugs who are after him.

Wild Horse Springs is another ensemble romance from gifted storyteller Jodi Thomas. Fans of the Ransom Canyon series will be pleased to see series regular, good-guy sheriff Dan Brigman finally get a romance of his own. Dan’s relationship with Brandi is the central love story, and it develops in stolen moments woven among Dan’s professional duties. Dan and Brandi are older characters who have paid heavy dues, and they easily win the reader’s affection. They deserve their HEA. I only wish that it had been less abrupt and truncated. Cody and Tess are also engaging characters with the kind of quirky appeal that Thomas does so well. Tenderness and humor balance the tension in the relationships of both couples.

Lauren’s future is left open. Lucas is back, but it is unclear exactly where they stand. Whether her friendship with Tim can survive their time as lovers and Lauren’s rejection of him in that role is also unclear. Presumably readers will have answers to these questions as well as more about Thatcher in future novels in the series. The sixth book, Indigo Lake will be released July 18, 2017.

I am a huge fan of Jodi Thomas’s stories that suggest everyone, even the misfits, deserves love and happiness. I always fall in love with her characters who are never cookie-cutter types. Her strengths are clear in this book, but the ending just felt rushed and less satisfying than usual to me. I do recommend Wild Horse Springs to readers who like ensemble romances with a cast of memorable and different characters, but I don’t think this one is quite up to Thomas’s usual stellar work.


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Jodi Thomas’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, January 24thThe Romance Dish
Wednesday, January 25thSusan Peterson
Thursday, January 26thBook Reviews and More by Kathy – Excerpt
Friday, January 27thPatricia’s Wisdom
Monday, January 30thA Bookaholic Swede – Excerpt
Wednesday, February 1stFrom the TBR Pile
Friday, February 3rdBlack ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot
Wednesday, February 8thThe Sassy Bookster
Thursday, February 9thBuried Under Romance – Excerpt and review
Friday, February 10thA Chick Who Reads
Monday, February 13thBooks a la Mode – Excerpt
Monday, February 13thBooks and Spoons
Wednesday, February 15thDiary of a Stay at Home Mom
Thursday, February 16thBewitched Bookworms
Friday, February 17thStranded in Chaos
Monday, February 20thBooks and Bindings
Monday, February 20thPretty Little Book Reviews
Tuesday, February 21stRomantic Reads and Such – Excerpt
Tuesday, February 21stBecca the Bibliophile
Wednesday, February 22ndBecky on Books


  1. Jodi Thomas is one of my favorite authors, and she does write terrific ensemble romances. I have yet to read this series, but it looks like I have a lot to look forward to. Thanks for the review.

    1. Maria, I like the Ransom Canyon series almost as much as the Harmony series.

  2. This would be a new to me author. Thanks for the review.

    1. Give her a try, MsAwesome. The Ransom Canyon series is a great place to start.