Title: The Lone Rancher
Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: John Solo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press/Dreamspun Desires
Run Time: 4 hours and 54 minutes
At a Glance: Did I like The Lone Rancher? No, not really, but John Solo did a great job.
Reviewed By: Kathie
Blurb: He’ll do anything to save the ranch, including baring it all.
Aubrey Klein is in real trouble – he needs some fast money to save the family ranch. His solution? A weekend job as a stripper at a club in Dallas. For two shows each Saturday, he is the star as The Lone Rancher.
It leads to at least one unexpected revelation: After a show, Garrett Lamston, an old friend from school, approaches the still-masked Aubrey to see about some extra fun…and Aubrey had no idea Garrett was gay. As the two men dodge their mothers’ attempts to set them up with girls, their friendship deepens, and one thing leads to another.
Aubrey knows his life stretching between the ranch and the club is a house of cards. He just hopes he can keep it standing long enough to save the ranch and launch the life – and the love – he really hopes he can have.
Review: Did I like The Lone Rancher? No, not really. Nothing to do with Andrew Grey’s writing—he is the master of storytelling. What I didn’t like was how Aubrey was so ashamed of being a go-go dancer. I understand Aubrey wanted to only be a rancher, but let’s not forget that go-go dancing saved the ranch. In my opinion, the club sounded pretty nice and the club owner, Fletcher, was a good guy. He respected his dancers.
The story didn’t have Andrew Grey’s usual depth of detail. I would have liked more character detail on pretty much everyone. Aubrey’s dad was cool, but his mom was portrayed so stereotypically that it kind of made me cringe. But again, let me remind you that even though I didn’t like the storyline, it’s an Andrew Grey story and is worth reading.
Narration: Here is a really good example of what a narrator can do with a story. When I read the book, I read it with my Midwest accent. When John Solo read the book, he read it with a Texas accent, speaking with an authentic drawl. It was kind of cute and a really good example of a narrator who “owns” the voices and the setting of the story. John Solo did a great job!
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