Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator:: Andrew McFerrin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 5 Hours, 25 Minutes
At a Glance: I really enjoyed Andrew McFerrin’s narration of the story.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Most of the time ranchhand David rescues stray cattle, but this time he and his fellow cowboys Wally and Haven save a stranded motorist. David is surprised to find his former high school classmate nearly frozen in his car. After learning that Brian Applewright’s boss fired him from his ranch for being gay, they invite him back to theirs to take a job.
David and Brian moved in different social circles at school, but working together brings them closer. However, David has a rocky history on the ranch. The foreman is his ex, and he only recently returned after a heartbreakingly unsuccessful attempt to find greener pastures. He can’t risk his heart getting close to anyone.
But on a ranch, nature has a way of forcing an issue. When a snowstorm threatens, David and Brian head out to mend a fence and round up some stray cattle. David gets injured, and they must survive in the snow, cold, and wind. It might be the start of a relationship… or the end of their lives.
Review: Brian Applewright has left the Flying C Ranch, looking for another job. He was suddenly let go after three years for being a bad worker and problematic troublemaker. He’s lonely and feeling lost and is not sure if he can trust anyone. He spins out in a snow storm and has no options but to stay in his car and keep warm. Brian is not sure how much time has passed, but he’s getting colder and starts to think this is the end for him.
Brian is rescued by Haven, Phillip, and David—a man Brian realizes he knows from high school. They take Brian back to their ranch and call Dakota, who is a doctor, to come have a look at Brian. After Dakota leaves, Phillip finds out more of Brian’s story. Brian needs a job badly, and tells Phillip what jobs he can do and asks if they need help on the ranch. Phillip tells Brian that Haven and Dakota do the hiring, so he needs to talk with them. Haven gives Brian a chance and hires him.
David Newsome came back to the ranch after leaving because of a bad breakup, and David has trust issues and jumps to conclusions. As he and Brian reminisce about high school and get closer, David lets gossip get in the way of their budding relationship.
Andrew Grey developed a really great story in A Chaotic Range. This novel brings back most of the guys from the start of the Range series, and it gives some history about how both ranches came to be and how everyone got together. I really enjoyed Andrew McFerrin’s narration of the story. I’ve listened the first couple of audios in this series, and the voices didn’t seem to fit the characters. This time, for me, they all fit. He made a clear distinction between Dakota, Wally, Haven, Phillip, Gus, Mario, and Gordon, as well as the other characters.
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