Andrew Grey blends the very different worlds of a symphony conductor and a cowboy in this enjoyable romance.
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Aspiring orchestra conductor Marshall is exhausted after months of auditions without a single job offer. Marshall’s friend, Terry, recommends a change of scenery and points Marshall in the direction of a dude ranch run by former bull rider Indigo Santana. Marshall is understandably skeptical, but his friend is convincing, and Marshall needs a break, so he agrees to go.
Indigo captures Marshall’s attention but leaves him confused. Indigo’s confidence is shot after an injury ended his rodeo career, and he walks with a slight limp. He hasn’t been anywhere near a bull since he was hurt, and he’s not the most accommodating host. After all, the only reason he keeps guests is because his family ranch is all but bankrupt.
Marshall’s attraction doesn’t go unanswered, which leaves him with a huge dilemma. He’s torn between the possibility of love, something he’s searched for all his life, and the career he’s worked toward for as long as he can remember, which is miles away. From his side of the fence, Indigo doesn’t see how the ranch could ever be enough.
Symphony conductor Marshall Harrington has come to the Circle R dude ranch in Texas for some much-needed rest after a string of unsuccessful auditions and finds a bonus in an immediate attraction to the Circle R’s owner, Indigo Santana. In one week, their lives change as they meet and then grow to care for one another. At the end of Marshall’s stay, they are faced with the dilemma of distance and the reality of having to say goodbye in order to remain true to each of their life’s passions.
I enjoyed the time I spent with the men at the Circle R. A sweet story filled with romance and tenderness, A Courageous Ride is a gentle journey that mainly takes place over the course of one week in the lives of two very different men. Both characters are likable and strong, and I was particularly drawn to Marshall’s background as a classical musician. Life on a ranch is portrayed in wonderful detail with a delightful family of secondary characters who are engaging and play significant roles in the lives of the main characters and their budding romance.
If I could ask for something more from this story, it would be for just a bit more emotional connection to the characters and less side story. I felt that outside issues brought into the plot by an ex-boyfriend were a distraction from getting to know the characters in more depth. I would have loved to see more anger and frustration from Indigo’s past and further description about his injury and recovery. I was also hoping that Marshall would display a more external passion for his music. Although he composes, we don’t discover until rather late in the book that he plays the violin. We never get to witness him play nor see the effect that might have on his soul and those of the other characters in the story. As a lover of music of all kinds, I was excited to see a main character with this kind of background and would have liked to see him perform on a personal level and bring that passion to the pages.
Overall, A Courageous Ride is a charming, low-angst love story that brings a cowboy and a classical musician together in a touching, quick-moving romance. It blends the two different worlds of the main characters together well yet brings into focus how distance and differences can impact a blossoming relationship. I recommend it for a tender read and an enjoyable escape to the land of cowboys, campfires, and nights under the Texas stars.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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