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Stranger Ranger by Daisy Prescott

Overview
Stranger Ranger (Park Ranger, #2) by Daisy Prescott

Title: Stranger Ranger
Author: Daisy Prescott
Series: Park Ranger #2
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
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: SmartyPants Romance
Year: 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘Sweat has dampened spots on his faded navy T-shirt and he’s wearing jeans, not shorts or hiking pants.

Synopsis

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 At seventeen, he blew out of town like an angry tornado only to return fifteen years later withdrawn and secretive.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?

Thoughts

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…

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Happy Trail by Daisy Prescott

Overview
Happy Trail (Park Ranger, #1) by Daisy Prescott

Title: Happy Trail
Author: Daisy Prescott
Series: Park Ranger #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 30th June – 7th July 2021
Pace: Medium
Format: eBook, Novel
Publisher: SmartyPants Romance
Year: 2019
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘”Ed wants you to return as soon as possible.”

Synopsis

A man of few words, Ranger Jay Daniels values the calm, quiet solitude of the Great Smoky Mountains. Never quite fitting in with either side of his family, he prefers the company of birds and trees to people.

Yeah, he’d most definitely prefer a bird—any bird, any bird at all, take a vulture for instance—to the human-tornado hybrid that just blew onto his peaceful stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

The path of true love never has run smooth for Olive Perry. After getting dumped and promptly abandoned in the middle of her multi-month hike, Olive swears off men. Determined to finish the long trek by herself, she doesn’t need a prince—or broody and taciturn ranger—to save her.

Yet, when an early snowstorm threatens the mountains, and Ranger Daniels is charged with getting hikers to safety, that includes hot-tempered Olive Perry. Snowed in and forced to share an abandoned cabin, can Olive’s heated intensity melt Jay’s cool reserve?

And if so, will this happy trail lead to true love? Or will their time together be just another bump in the road?

Thoughts

For someone who has been loving the Penny Reid books, I have taken a while to dive into the rest of her SmartyPants Romance world. And as the very first furrow into this journey and world…. I think I picked a good one with Happy Trail. This was fun, light and had just enough connection to the Winston Brothers whilst also being an amazing and independent journey on its own.

I really enjoyed how Prescott was able to weave cultural identity and that feeling of being split throughout this story. Jay’s crisis of personhood, being centred around his half Japanese heritage was so well written. And it also highlighted the ways in which we make assumptions about “belonging” based on a person’s looks.

I really enjoyed Olive’s character arc throughout this story. She is fun and quirky and has zero filter (something I too tend to have issues with). Yet, she does a lot of maturing throughout this story. At the beginning of the hike she is another spoilt girl with no clue as to who she is. But, as she hikes and learns how to feel comfortable with herself… she really becomes her own, wonderful strong person. One that I continuously fell in love with.

Even though this story had a bit of an insta love feeling, the relationship is ultimately based on getting to know one another. Alright, it happens in a very short amount of time. But its built on a foundation of conversations, not lust. I also love that although Olive feels the pull of her feelings for Jay, she does hesitate and refuses to just dive right into his life and an identity as his girlfriend. She even finishes her goals before taking that final step. Which all made me very, very happy.

I loved this book. And although I got a free eBook version, within chapters I went online and ordered not only the paperback version, but also the next book in the series… Stranger Ranger. Now I just have to be patient and wait for them to arrive…

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