Sunrise Crossing: Ransom Canyon #4 by Jodi Thomas

Sunrise Crossing: Ransom Canyon #4 by Jodi Thomas

The second title I’ve read in the Ransom Canyon Series from Jodi Thomas, the fourth in this contemporary romance with a western theme is now available. Please read on for my review and an excerpt from

Sunrise Crossing

Many characters and story arcs come to play in this book, and while it was nice to have several different couples in different stages of steam, I couldn’t help but be captivated by Yancy’s story.  He’s a character with plenty of baggage, most due to his stint in prison. But he’s truly one of the good guys: reliable, honest, hard-working and completely unable to reconcile his past mistakes with thoughts of a happy ever after.  But, things may just start to change for him.

Tori is all the headline news of the moment. A ‘missing’ artist, her desperate moves away from her controlling family has led her to rely on Parker (a gallery owner) to make a change. When she’s ‘discovered’ hiding in a property that Yancy is checking on, the game could be up for her bid for freedom.

Their attraction was solid – and Tori is a person who takes people at face value, a new experience for Yancy in meeting new people. He’s attracted, she’s attracted, but the fact that everyone is looking for Tori may put their connection and friend Parker in jeopardy.   When you add in the two other romances that are developing (Parker and Clint as well as Fifth and Madison) there are plenty of hearts and flowers in this one.

Jodi Thomas has managed to create characters that aren’t always instantly engaging, but they do grow, learn and find moments that ring true for readers. The intermingling of multiple romances in various stages of development and connection with the tension from both Tori’s escape and the return of Gabe to his hometown, adding several more questions and concerns to the story, you won’t be disappointed if you are a fan of this series.


Sunrise Crossing: Ransom Canyon #4 by Jodi Thomas

Title: Sunrise Crossing
Author: Jodi Thomas
Series: Ransom Canyon #4
Also in this series: Rustler's Moon
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystery Elements, Western
Published by: HQN Books
ISBN: 0373789300
Published on: 30 August, 2016
Source: Media Muscle/Book Trib
Pages: 384
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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Return to peaceful Crossroads, Texas, where community comes first and love thrives in the unlikeliest places… 

Yancy Grey is slowly putting his life back together after serving time for petty theft. As he rebuilds an old house, he finally has a sense of stability, but he can't stop thinking of himself as just an ex-con. Until one night, he finds a mysterious dark-haired beauty hiding in his loft. But who is she, and what secret is she protecting? 

The art gallery Parker Lacey manages is her life—she has no time for friends, and certainly not lovers. But when her star artist begs Parker for help, she finds herself in a pickup truck, headed for the sleepy town of Crossroads. A truck driven by a strong, silent cowboy… 

Gabe Snow has been a drifter since he left Crossroads at seventeen after a violent incident. When he accepts a job in his hometown, he'll have to decide whether he can put the worst night of his life behind him and build a future in the community that raised him.

A copy of this title was provided via Media Muscle/Book Trib for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Read an Excerpt


January 2012


VICTORIA VILANIE CURLED into a ball, trying to make herself small, trying to disappear. Her black hair spread around her like a cape but couldn’t protect her.

All the sounds in the airport were like drums playing in a jungle full of predators. Carts with clicking wheels rolling on pitted tiles. People shuffling and shouting and complaining. Electronic voices rattling off numbers and destinations. Babies crying. Phones ringing. Winter’s late storm pounding on walls of glass.

Victoria, Tori to her few friends, might not be making a sound, but she was screaming inside.

Tears dripped off her face, and she didn’t bother to wipe them away. The noise closed in around her, making her feel so lonely in the crowd of strangers.

She was twenty-four, and everyone said she was a gifted artist. Money poured in so fast it had become almost meaningless, only a number that brought no joy. But tonight all she wanted was silence, peace, a world where she could hide out.

She scrubbed her eyes on her sleeve and felt a hand touch her shoulder like it were a bird, feather-light, landing there.

Tori turned and recognized a woman she’d seen once before. The tall blonde in her midthirties owned one of the best galleries in Dallas. Who could forget Parker Lacey’s green eyes? She was a woman who had it all and knew how to handle her life. A born general who must manage her life as easily as she managed her business.

“Are you all right, Tori?” Parker asked.

Tori could say nothing but the truth. “I’m living the wrong life.”

Then, the strangest thing happened. The lady with green eyes hugged her and Tori knew, for the first time in years, that someone had heard her, really heard her.

About Jodi Thomas

A fifth-generation Texan, JODI THOMAS sets the majority of her novels in her home state. With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence. When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and "checking up" on their two grown sons.