Coming Home to Mustang Ridge by Jesse Hayworth – Review, Interview & Giveaway
Coming Home to Mustang Ridge
Mustang Ridge series – Book #5
by Jesse HayworthRelease Date: August 4, 2015
After putting all her savings—and then some—into purchasing a vintage clothing shop in downtown Three Ridges, Wyoming, Ashley Webb is determined to succeed come hell or high water. Problem is, she’s never been good at long-term commitments. And when Ashley crosses paths again with the incredibly sexy cowboy she got cozy with at her brother’s wedding, she can’t help being distracted.
Tyler Reed isn’t looking to settle down—he tried that before and got burned. Not to mention that the new head wrangler at Mustang Ridge Dude Ranch has other things on his mind. Things that are far more important than helping out his boss’s pretty—but flaky—sister…even though there’s some serious chemistry between them. When Ashley turns out to be very different than he expected, he’s tempted to go against his better judgment. What’s a cowboy to do when the wrong woman lassoes his heart?
Coming Home to Mustang Ridge by Jesse Hayworth is the 5th book in her wonderful Mustang Ridge series. I enjoy anything written by Jesse Hayworth/Jessica Andersen, as I have loved her two series (Mustang Ridge & The Nightkeepers). Mustang Ridge is such a fun and delightful series about the Skye family and their ranch.
In Coming Home to Mustang Ridge, Ashley is our heroine and is Wyatt’s sister. Right from the start I loved Ashley, and it was so great to see the friendship between her and the heroines of the previous books….Krista, Jenny, Shelby, Danny. Of course, I also adored our hero, Tyler Reed, who has come back to Mustang Ridge to work for Krista. Tyler is also a musician, and when he was last at Mustang Ridge, attending the wedding of Krista and Wyatt, he had a one night stand with one of the bridesmaids, whom he has not forgotten.
When Tyler sees Ashley with her friends at the bar, where he is singing, he recognized her as the girl he has not forgotten. When he meets up with Ashley outside, he is shocked to learn she is Wyatt’s sister, and he backs away, as Wyatt is his friend and technically his boss. Ashley agrees, and tells him to keep that one night a secret.
Easier said than done, as Ashley has just bought the store she has worked in, and was determined to make it a success. There are financial aspects which must be met, and Ashley gets the help of her friends to have events to bring in people. Tyler is forced to help with supplies, equipment that the Skye family offers to Ashley, and they both find themselves becoming closer and closer, as they learn more about each other. The chemistry between them both was hot, and I totally rooted for them to be able to overcome some obstacles that threatened to keep them as friends with benefits.
I love the family background of this series, the Skye family members, the wonderful friendships, and all the regulars we have come to love continue to play big parts in the stories. I will say that in this book, I was not a fan of Wyatt, as I thought he was too unbending towards Ashley, and even Tyler, though I knew it was because he loved and worried about her. Still, I did not like him as much as I did in the previous book. Kudos to Jesse Hayworth for continually giving us wonderful, fun and sexy romances in Mustang Ridge, and forcing us to always go back home to this fabulous family and ranch. If you have not started this series, I suggest you do so, and start with Summer at Mustang Ridge.
Reviewed by Barb
Copy provided by Publisher
Hi Jesse. Thank you for taking the time to revisit us at The Reading Cafe, to discuss your new release “Coming Home to Mustang Ridge”, as well as to give us an update as to what you have in store for us next.
Jesse: Thank you so much for having me back! I always love hanging out at the café with a cup of tea (maybe a glass of wine, depending) and something sweet to nibble on while we chat about hunky cowboys, sassy cowgirls and sweet Wyoming sunsets!
TRC: For those who are new to your series, can you please tell us the premise of the Mustang Ridge series?
Jesse: Mustang Ridge is a long-time cattle ranch that spitfire cowgirl Krista Skye convinced her parents and grandparents to help her convert into a high-end guest ranch, complete with a chuck wagon, overnight trail rides, and theme weeks—everything from Singles Week to Reunion Week. Take the men and women who live and work on the ranch, add in a new crop of guests each week, and top it all with the residents of nearby Three Ridges, Wyoming, with its spunky mayor and Wild West persona, and you’ve got a whole lot of lives and loves to read about!
TRC: Would you please give us a brief description of Coming Home to Mustang Ridge?
Jesse: Have you ever had a wedding hookup that was super fun at the time, but got complicated after the fact? That’s what happens to Ashley when she gets friendly with the super-sexy country guitarist at her brother’s wedding at posh Mustang Ridge Dude Ranch, only to have him turn up more than a year later as the ranch’s new head wrangler. She’s determined to make her new business venture a success, and he’s got a quest he’s put off far too long, but when they’re thrown back together, sparks fly!
TRC: Last month you released a novella, Starting Over at Mustang Ridge. I always enjoy spending time with the Skye family in each of your books. Krista, Jenny and Shelby are so much fun with your newest heroines. How many more books do you anticipate for the Mustang Ridge series?
Jesse: Thank you so much for loving them! That means a ton to me, especially on the hard days when the words just won’t get out of my head and onto the page exactly right … As for future books, I definitely plan on returning to Mustang Ridge! I would love to do a holiday novella and go from there. Stay tuned (and sign up for my newsletter) for what’s next.
TRC: Have you any thoughts of returning to the Paranormal genre or another genre, and writing again as Jessica Andersen?
Jesse: Most definitely! I think my first stop as Jessica Andersen will be a new medical romantic suspense series. It’s in the works, release dates TBD. At some point, I will also return to paranormal romance. I’d love to do another Nightkeeper book, and I have a new series nudging at the back of my brain.
TRC: This is awesome news.
TRC: Would you like to share with us what you are currently working on, and what you have in store for us in 2015/2016?
Jesse: See the next question, please. LOL!
TRC: How has the birth of your son, Wallaby (online name) changed your writing habits? Do you have specific times and places to write? I love your stories on your blog about Wallaby and Arizona.
Jesse: Awww, thanks. Becoming a mom after all this time (and through lots of heartache as we fought the issues that come with deciding to start a family after forty …) has definitely changed things for me in a whole lot of ways. It’s all for the better, but I sure don’t have the luxury of locking myself in my writing cave for hours on end anymore! Arizona—who is a rockstar as a daddy—gets up with the little one in the morning, giving me a couple of hours of uninterrupted writing time.
We’ve been doing that about a month now, and I’m starting to find my writing groove again. But I’ll confess that I haven’t had the most productive 2014/15, as far as writing goes, which means I don’t have any firm release dates I can share with you right now … but stay tuned. I’m writing and loving it!
TRC: Would you like to add anything else?
Jesse: I’d like to give a shout out to my pet nonprofit, Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue. (beechbrookfarm.homestead.com) I started volunteering at BBFER so I would have something to do other than fret about getting (and staying) pregnant, and while it may not have saved my life, it definitely saved my sanity and made me much easier for Arizona to live with.
Being hands-on with formerly abused and neglected horses, miniature horses, donkeys and mini-donks as they’re being rehabilitated and adopted into new homes … it’s a really special thing, as are the outreach programs targeting at-risk youth and differently abled adults. I’ve learned far more than I expected to through volunteering, and these days, little Wallaby does chores right along with me!
TRC: That’s one picture you will need to share on your blog….Wallaby doing the chores with you.
TRC: Thank you, Jesse for visiting us again to talk about your new release. We wish you good luck with Coming Home to Mustang Ridge.
Jesse: Thank you so much for having me! It’s always a pleasure to kick back in the café and talk about the books we love
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