Title: Stranger Ranger
Author: Daisy Prescott
Series: Park Ranger #2, SmartyPants Romance
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 26th – 27th September 2021
Publisher: SmartyPants Romance
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘Sweat has dampened spots on his faded navy T-shirt and he’s wearing jeans, not shorts or hiking pants.
New Park Ranger Daphne Baum is a reformed good girl breaking free from her overbearing family as soon as she turned eighteen, she’s been on her own ever since. The life of a Park Ranger, moving from park to park, suits her just fine. Though still a rule follower, she’s okay with a little sin in her life.
Every generation of Hill men has its black sheep. The general consensus among the family is that Odin Hill is the lucky bastard this go around. At seventeen, he blew out of town like an angry tornado only to return fifteen years later withdrawn and secretive. Living like a recluse in the hollows in the Smoky Mountains, he’s happy to keep to himself and is content to let locals believe he’s the town weirdo. Odin prefers the company of his pet pig to the nosy citizens of Green Valley.
When Daphne discover Odin might be committing nefarious deeds on park land, she vows to find out the truth behind the handsome, yet chaotic, loner. Will the stranger help the ranger discover the difference between being good and doing the right thing? Or will they find themselves on opposite sides of love?
Daphne makes a very, very brief appearance in Happy Trails – she kind of comes in at the end as a new recruit. But she does take some of the spotlight – she’s just too sweet and cute. And very, very quirky. Which just made it all that much more exciting to read a romance that has her front and centre. The fact that the guy she falls for is just as quirky – I mean, who walks a pet pig? Well, that makes me deliriously happy and leaves a huge smile on my face.
Odin is such fun – he’s quirky and incredibly off-kilter. I like that he’s an absolute odd-bod in a town of misfits. That he’s the kind of person who embraces that to his own ends and enjoyment. And that even with his slightly darker past, he finds a way to be happy in and of himself. And that he enjoys Daphne for everything that she is. I like that Prescott’s characters aren’t exactly mainstream – it just makes them all that much easier to bond to and relate with.
Green Valley has got to be one of my favourite places to go to. It is filled with love, fun and quirky characters. Not just that, but the fact that the setting is just overwhelmingly beautiful and easy to imagine. I loved travelling through the mountains and finding peace and happiness in a tiny town in the mountains. This is such an unbelievably beautiful story, filled with great characters and storylines. Beauty and enjoyment that I just wasn’t quite expecting.
Not only is this a great romance, but all of the supporting cast around Odin and Daphne are fantastic. That, and there are so many more potential romances throughout that I’m really hoping are somewhere else in the SmartyPants universe…