Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Jeff Gelder
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 02/15/2013
Length: 05 hours 53 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Western
Stories from the Range: Book One
After a year in medical school, Dakota Holden returned home to take care of the family business full time and help his father cope with multiple sclerosis. Devoted to his family, Dakota allows himself just one week of vacation a year, which he spends in some exotic location having all the fun he can stand. On his last vacation, a cruise, Dakota struck up a friendship with Phillip Reardon, and it fills an important role in Dakota’s life.
So when Phillip decides to take Dakota up on his invitation to visit the ranch, Dakota is happy to see him and meet his veterinarian friend, Wally Schumacher. Despite Wally’s inclination to help the wolves Dakota’s men shoot to protect the cattle, he and Dakota find they have a lot in common, including a fierce attraction. But they’ll have to decide if the Wyoming range is big enough for Dakota’s cattle, Wally’s wolves, and their love.
This was one of the very first M/M audio books I ever listened to. I remember it fondly because it was an easy book to listen to and left me with a very satisfied feeling.
A Shared Range was a slow, steady, easy story. And that is exactly why I enjoyed it so much. It was a quiet story that didn’t require me to think too hard. It was a peaceful escape from reality while I watched Dakota and Wally’s love develop in the midst of ranch activities and family issues.
There were times I thought things were superfluous, like Wally and Philip’s road trip to Wyoming. But overall, I loved the way this story was structured. I really enjoyed the cohesion and flow. Wally and Dakota formed a lasting bond, but it happened within the framework of ranch life. It was not set apart from daily life. It was natural progression that fit with the setting.
I know a lot of people want action or adventure or some mystery, but sometimes I just want a good love story. And that is what I found here. There was character and relationship growth. There was emotion and I easily connected to Dakota and Wally. I loved Dakota’s father and that story element added to the emotions. This story filled a void I didn’t know was missing in all the books I have been reading lately. It was just a good peaceful love story and it hit the spot. It was an easy listen and I enjoyed it.
Jeff Gelder did a great job narrating this story. He did the voices well and portrayed the emotions well. There were some awkward pauses but overall, it was a good narration.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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