RIDING HIGH by Stacy Finz: Review

Posted December 2, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

RIDING HIGH by Stacy Finz: ReviewRiding High by Stacy Finz
Series: Nugget #8
Published by Lyrical Shine
Publication Date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

When it’s time to get back in the saddle again, there’s no better place than the picturesque mountain town of Nugget, California . . .
A financial whiz with her own advice show, Gia Treadwell is passionate about helping people maximize their potential. But when her boyfriend—make that ex-boyfriend—steals millions with an epic Ponzi scheme, Gia is promptly run out of town. It’s the perfect opportunity to revisit an old dream—one that apparently involves naked cowboys . . .
Flynn Barlow didn’t expect anyone to walk in on him showering at the empty ranch where his family’s cattle have always grazed. Even more surprising, the new ranch owner plans to turn it into a residential training program for women who need a hand up. A smart, gorgeous woman with a worthy cause? In Flynn’s experience, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
Sharing the ranch doesn’t mean Flynn and Gia have to get along, but riding together isn’t the problem. It’s the scorching chemistry they can’t ignore. And if they figure out a way to add trust to the mix, they’ll soon be sharing more than just a ranch.



This series is like comfort food: always a sure bet. I look forward to every new installment with pleasure and I haven’t been disappointed so far. In fact, RIDING HIGH is my favorite of the series to date. It’s well-written, with very likable characters and a very engaging story. The enticing setting, the close-knit and friendly community, and the sweet romance are expected, but Flynn and Gia’s explosive attraction, the heightened drama and the action/suspense in this book gave it a huge boost.

Flynn and Gia were really adorable characters. Flynn is very pragmatic and likes to color within the lines, but he’s also very quick to step up for someone in need. He’s also very dreamy because he’s exactly the kind of man that any woman would want in her life. He’s confident, successful and very attractive. His appeal lies in his well-rounded, impressive background and his ability to move seamlessly between the worlds he inhabits as a former federal agent, a former prosecutor, a defense attorney and a rancher. His cookie cutter family also adds to his draw.

Gia is independent and optimistic, never one to let a bad situation keep her down. She’s something of a hero herself, putting her resources towards helping the less than fortunate. Her attraction to Flynn may have been unexpected but it’s certainly not unwelcome, in spite of the complications and baggage that they come with.

Gia may have been very successful but her roots are those anyone can relate to and her relationship woes are those many women have faced, which makes it very easy to connect with her and like her. 

As usual, Ms. Finz crafts a story that makes you want to pack up and move to this fictional town. I know I do. 

One of the many things I enjoy about Ms. Finz’s writing is that the characters are loosely connected so that each book can be read as a stand-alone and out of order, but why do that when there is so much fun to be had from reading the entire series? 




About Stacy Finz

Stacy Finz is an award-winning journalist. After more than seventeen years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns for the San Francisco Chronicle, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.

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