Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Andrew McFerrin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 04/01/2015
Length: 05 hours 25
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Western
Stories from the Range: Book Seven
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.
This story very much follows the specified mold the previous Range stories have followed. A man down on his luck and out of money meets a ranch hand who saves his life/protects him and they are instantly attracted to each other. But both men have serious emotional issues that need to be resolved before they can love again. Then sex/instalove happens and all is perfect in the world.
Despite the fact that each story pretty much follows the same pattern with just the names and details changing, I have enjoyed this series. The books are quick easy reads with a prescribed ending that I know will be happy and leave me satisfied.
This story was a good addition to this world, even if it was predictable and eerily similar to the previous stories. Brian and David are given a second chance to not only be together, but to fix things from their past. Both men have histories and grow throughout the story. Their connection is obvious and their love is promising. Ranch life as always was interesting and this time there were some life threatening situations added into the mix for some additional tension.
I enjoyed seeing more of Phillip in this story. Usually Wally and Dakota take the lead in steering the outcome of the stories, but Phillip finally got some page time and it was good to see him as a more mature character.
I am going to say that I am finding that this series is losing its charm. The predictability and similarity is starting to overtake the simplicity and warm feelings I usually have. So hopefully, this series will be retired soon, or maybe some new blood and storylines will be introduced.
Andrew McFerrin as always did a good job reading this story. The characters were easily identifiable and the emotions were clear.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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