Author: RJ Scott
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Run Time: 6 hours and 20 minutes
At a Glance: This is a sweet, angst-free romance, so if that’s what you’re looking for, then I recommend it hands down.
Reviewed By: Queue
Blurb: When a cowboy meets the guy from the city, he can’t know how much things will change.
On the spur of the moment, with his life collapsing around him, Jay Sullivan answers an ad for a business manager with an expertise in marketing, on a dude ranch in Montana.
With his sister Ashley, niece Kirsten, and nephew Josh in tow, he moves lock stock and barrel from New York to Montana to start a new life on Crooked Tree Ranch.
Foreman and part owner of the ranch, ex rodeo star Nathaniel “Nate” Todd has been running the dude ranch for five years ever since his mentor Marcus Allen became ill.
His brothers convince him that he needs to get an expert in to help the business grow. He knows things have to change and but when the new guy turns up, with a troubled family in tow – he just isn’t prepared for how much.
Review: There’s a decent, simple plot here. Nate Todd runs a dude ranch that is in need of some strong marketing. Jay Sullivan’s life is falling apart. He’s lost his job, his sister is in an abusive relationship, and his niece is walking down a dangerous path. He accepts the job at Nate’s ranch in hopes it will be a fresh start for both him and his family. And it is.
I enjoyed Nate and Jay’s getting-to-know-you period, though it felt like they went from lovers to in love rather quickly. However, it pretty much worked because their chemistry was so off-the-charts strong. What I really loved was the supporting cast. There are many family members at play here, both Nate’s and Jay’s, and they are all realistic and intriguing. I loved the various couplings.
What didn’t work for me was the lack of drama. This was an enjoyable listen, but the lack of real conflict brought down the rating a little. I would’ve liked at least some conflict, but as it was, there was no doubt that Jay and Nate would end up together and that everything would work out for everyone.
Sean Crisden once more did a wonderful job with all the characters here. His voice matches Scott’s writing tone perfectly. This is a sweet, angst-free romance, so if that’s what you’re looking for, then I recommend it hands down.
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