Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Troubled Range

Title: A Troubled Range
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-830-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

The Holden and Jessup families may have ranches situated next to each to each other but the two families are far from neighborly. The elder men, Jefferson Holden and Kent Jessup, hate each other and have for years, but their sons, Haven and Dakota, don’t know what happened to cause such animosity. The younger men doesn’t harbor the same ill will toward each other, especially after Dakota helps Haven out when he’s left stranded alone on the open range during a violent storm. Bringing Haven back to his ranch allows him to meet Dakota’s friend Phillip Reardon, starting a chain of events none of them expected.

Phillip isn’t afraid of admitting who he is or the type of person he’s attracted to and quickly sees Haven is hiding who is really is. The men almost immediately start a hidden relationship, which puts them both under a huge amount of stress. To make matters worse, there’s something odd going on with Haven’s surly father, fencing’s been cut and animals injured and a long held secret finally revealed could ruin all hope of a future with Phillip.

A Troubled Range is the sequel to A Shared Range and as such, the titles should be read in order.

I have to admit this story sucked me in from the very first page. It’s clear from the opening that Haven’s father has a bad attitude toward just about everything in life and that they don’t have a good relationship. It’s also just as readily obvious Haven is nothing like his father…he’s a good man and that he tries his best to stay under his dad’s radar. From here, the plot quickly moves forward when Haven gets caught in a storm and he’s rescued by Dakota, pulling the characters from the previous release into the story when he brings the younger man back to his ranch for safety. It’s a great way to bring the various members together in a believable manner and allows Haven and Phillip to meet and become lovers. Trust me; the sparks definitely fly between these two from the moment they meet.

Mr. Grey has once again used all his creative flair, thrown in some interesting twists and turns, mixed in love, passion and desire with some betrayal, giving you all the things needed to keep your attention from the first page to the last. So if you have a thing for sexy cowboys, romance, mystery and don’t mind a little angst, then I think this story will make for an entertaining addition to your growing pile of Andrew Grey keeper reads.

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