A man of few words, Ranger Jay Daniels values the calm, quiet solitude of the Great Smokey 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?
'Happy Trail' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Park Ranger series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
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Review: Park Ranger 1: Happy trail
Happy Trail by Daisy Prescott is the fifth book in the Smartypants Romance series - a set of interconnected standalones set in the Penny Reid multiverse of awesome romance - and is the first book in the Park Ranger series.
The story of Ranger Jay Daniels and Olive Perry was a fun, romantic, quirky easy-read that I was completely enamored with. The awesomeness of Olive continuing her hike, the hilarity of some of her inner (and outer) monologue, and the slow build of her bond with Jay. And then there was Jay - Holy hot bearded swoony gentle giant beasty man! Yumm! There was not one thing I didn't absolutely love about this story. The hiking information was something I never knew so BONUS educational value **wink**. The ranger's perspective of Green Valley was intriguing. And of then there was Cletus! Loved it! Enjoy!
Under pretty wrapping, they found the gift of each other.
Happy Trail is book one of the Park Rangers series in the SmartyPants Romance Universe. Green Valley has some more good folks up on the mountain and they have stories to tell. There are a couple of small appearances of familiar GV faces.
This is a super slow burn that gives readers time to know both characters stories and hangups. I loved Ranger Jay Daniels and Olive "Snowbird" Perry getting to know each other on the trail and snowed in the cabin. The Appalachian Trail is as much a character as Jay and Olive. I felt pleasingly immersed in the hiking culture as Snowbird muses of her five months on-the-trail learning curve with the thru-hikers, dude bros and hiker trash. It's fate when she finds the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds. I confess to a lot of Googling and slackpacking is my only considered option should the opportunity arise. Lol
Prescott gives us people seemingly very different but as we learn their secrets they are so very similar. Society and social media are not friends of this pair who have been hiding inside their own skin.
Olive is wonderfully quirky and her runaway mouth is hilarious. Jay thinks so too as he begins to cast off his grumpy ways and open up to her beauty and charm. I marked many more comments and passages than I normally do because the banter and inner awkward thoughts made me laugh so often. One of Jay's observations made me a tiny bit swoony. "Even in the dim light from the fire, she's beautiful. Dirty and honestly more than a little smelly, she still has trouble written all over her face."
The pair don't spend a lot of time together but it's clear they both feel a big spark. The time they do spend together is completely alone with very little distraction and only conversation for entertainment.
I was thrilled with the ending. It fit them perfectly. I look forward to bumping into them in the coming Park Ranger books.
Loved Olive and Jay 💕
I loved this book. It fit perfectly in with the Pennyverse (Penny Reid books). I liked Olive and Jay quite a bit. What happened to Olive made me upset but I guess if it didn’t happen things wouldn’t have turned out the way they did. I loved going on this heartwarming journey of discovery with them.
Definitely a must read.💕