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- Publisher: Love Lane Books Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 26 Jun. 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0731SXFSL
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The Rancher's Son: Montana Series, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The sex scenes in this were of the 'in the dark' kind and did nothing for me as a reader, or for the tale - sorry. As mentioned, there will be a third book in the series, and the way this ended, made me wonder if all 'happenings' were being reserved for that.
ARC courtesy of the author and Enticing Journey Book Promotions for my reading pleasure.
Still, Ethan is much easier to like and fall in love with. Yes, he pretty much left behind his friends and his father on the farm, because it hurt him too much to be reminded of his missing brother Justin and his missing friend Adam at the Ranch. The fact that everyone else had given up hope to find either Adam or Justin alive drove them apart. However, he has a good heart and the fact that he never gave up looking for Justin and his childhood crush Adam actually pays off, when he gets a call about a beaten-up guy with Amnesia, who mentioned the words ‘Ethan’ and ‘Crooked Tree Ranch’. He became a police detective, because he wanted to protect people and was good at it, but also because he wanted to get the tools and connections to be able to find Justin and Adam.
While he doesn’t recognize the photo of the severely beaten-up man, the few words the man remembers seem too much of a coincidence and he has to follow up with this lead, personally. He does not hesitate for a second and his boss and partner know it is something he HAS to do. When he arrives and meets the man, he realizes that under all those bruises is a man he knows. Or used to know. Adam, his childhood friend, first crush, the boy he kissed and fell in love with. Twelve years later he has grown into a handsome man and can’t remember what happened to him or Justin.
Now, Amnesia is something that is used quite often as plot device, so some characters conveniently forget vital information until the author feels like the time is right for them to remember it. But it is not a plot device here, it IS the plot and I felt it was used in a knowledgeable and authentic way. And it was absolutely crucial for the story.
From the very beginning, this story feels different. In other books by this author I’ve read, romance is always the big focus of the story, even if other aspects like family in Montana 1 are very important as well. Somehow, though, this story resonated with me in a very powerful way from the very beginning and feels like more than a love story. There is a young love that never got a chance, a terrible tragedy that broke a family apart and a desperate search that finally bears fruits after twelve years. So many important and heart-breaking things have happened before the story even really starts and I could feel all the emotion and heartache in every beautiful word the author committed to page.
There are moments so unbelievably painful that they can rip a family apart or bring it closer together. Moments that can show people what’s really important or take away their will and reason to go on. Adam and Justin’s disappearance was such a moment and Adam’s sudden appearance after more than a decade is one as well. This one, though, is filled with hope and potential and love and happiness. It means Adam is alive, it could mean Justin is out there as well. It could mean there is hope for a broken family and hope for an untried love. Readers can feel all these old feelings rising again in Ethan and how the air between Adam and Ethan is charged with potential. They were in love twelve years ago and the chemistry and attraction is not gone, just because Adam does not remember the history of the relationship. Yet.
But there is more than potential that kept me at the edge of the seat. There is the mystery of what happened during the past twelve years, the fear and hope about Justin’s fate and the danger Adam might be in, that can be felt as a constant tension throughout the book. I must admit, I have read a lot of action-filled stories where character I really liked were chased by bad guys over and over again. None of them felt as suspenseful, though, as Ethan and Adam alone in a car, trying to figure out their relationship, even as every new memory could blow everything up. As this mystery is slowly uncovered, the guys I almost instantly fell in love with and rooted for, are dancing on a dangerous minefield.
I loved that while the attraction and the chemistry and the feelings between the main protagonists can clearly be felt, they take their time. For me the circumstances make that a necessity and the way they interact felt real and credible to me. RJ Scott handles the relationship between Ethan and Adam expertly and with great sensitivity. Adam is ultimately vulnerable. He does not recognize Ethan or himself, nor does he remember his own life. Why did Justin and he leave? Where did they go? Why did they never come back or contact anyone? Is there someone waiting for him? Is Justin alive? There are so many questions, but he knows he can trust Ethan, even if he can’t remember him. And more than a former boyfriend, Ethan is Adam’s protector. Adam’s friend. Adam’s family. Even if Adam never remembered anything again and never developed romantic feelings for him again, Ethan would be by his side and help him.
Before anything else, they are friends and family and that is a beautiful thing. BUT, let me be clear. They DO have attraction and chemistry and feelings that develop between them or were never truly gone. They do explore the connection that is still between them after all these years and they fit together perfectly. They belong together and their romance will warm your hearts even as their love scenes are so hot and passionate that you can burn yourselves, if you are not careful. But in my opinion, the family drama, mystery and romance balance each other perfectly and are equal partners in this story.
‘Crooked Tree Ranch’ was a story about family and in a way, this one is as well. But where book one in this series was about two families, who were perfect for each other, fell in love and merged into one, this book is about a broken family with a very complicated relationship and the hope to get closure for the devastating event that drove them apart. Where book one was a beautiful comfort read, this one is heart-breaking and had me at the edge of my seat with tears in my eyes. It feels MORE emotional, MORE personal, MORE suspenseful… just MORE.
I have read many of the author’s books and really like or even love them, but this one feels special. A few books like ‘The Heart of Texas’, the entire Texas series and to some extend ‘The Christmas Throwaway’ have always struck the right chord with me and many other readers, but this book might just be my new favorite. I’m convinced it will end up on many favorite book lists for this year and even many all-time favorite book lists. RJ Scott has outdone herself!'
I will stop here, because I really don’t want to take away too much from the mystery and the enjoyment of reading this book. Still, I’m having trouble letting go of these characters. There are still so many complex relationships that could be explored and aspects of the mystery that yet have to be revealed that I’m sad the Montana series does not continue with these same characters, like the Texas series did. We did meet characters from the previous books again and even got to know some in a different way, but they were not the focus of the story. I want Ethan and Adam to always remain a focus and am convinced that there is much more to tell about them. Having said that, I will reveal that the story ends with a major cliffhanger for the next book, even though Ethan and Adam find happiness and the ending of the book made me content.
The next book in the Montana series, ‘A Cowboy’s Home’, can’t get here soon enough.
Believe me, you will want to read Sam’s story!!!
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars.
RGR received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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OMG how i loved this book, i really enjoyed the 1st in the series but this one just had a bit of everything.
So this is Ethan and Adams story.
Ethan has been looking for his brother and his friend for over ten years, when he is contacted about a John Doe he hopes its his brother, however what he finds is so much more.
Adam is trying to piece his life back together, after a brutal attack he is left with no memories. He is under the care of Ethan his best friends brother, together they try to bring back Adams memories.
This to me was a true love story, there wasn't much sex but i really liked that as we got to know the couple too.
Honestly this book had so many twists and turns that i can't wait for the next book, i am fully invested in this series.
This is a fantastic romance and mystery book, rolled all into one. With flashbacks that help and hinder his progress, Adam is trying to remember his past. He feels comfortable in Ethan's presence and wants more. Ethan is still burning a flame for Adam, but is wary of starting anything both because of Adam's injuries, but also for the fact that Adam can't remember if he is in a relationship, has a wife and/or children, anything.
With a slow build up between these two, a rebuilding of trust, and enough flashbacks to throw a stick at, this book will pull you in and yet still leave you wanting more.
The Rancher's Son tells the full story (or as full as it can get right now) of Adam and Ethan. You are not left wanting anything more from these two. HOWEVER, you are left wanting a whole lot more of the full story as it promises to be a good one, with nail-biting twists and intrigue aplenty.
Emotional, exciting, slow-burner, this book has it all. Thoroughly enjoyed every word and I can't wait for book 3! Most definitely recommended!!!
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Very well written love story
Really interesting plot.
Look forward to the next book