Monday, February 27, 2012

An Unsettled Range

Title: An Unsettled Range
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-330-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

When Liam Southard runs from his abusive father, he doesn’t expect to wind up in a ditch or to be rescued by two gay ranchers. Suddenly he finds himself with a new job, people who care about him and best of all, he’s seeing his life as a gay man from a different angle. Then the new guy to the area points a rifle at him.  

Troy Gardener’s life is a mess and after moving into his uncle’s hunting cabin, he just wants to be left alone…he really didn’t mean the gun thing…it wasn’t even loaded. Apologizing to Liam becomes a priority as is getting to know the younger man. Having lots in common doesn’t guarantee a worry-free relationship as they soon learn when Liam’s father arrives, followed by a mining company threatening the ranch’s water supply. Can they deal with Liam’s dad while figuring out how to prevent the destruction of their world?  

An Unsettled Range is the newest release In Andrew Grey’s Stories from the Range series and it’s another well-written and enjoyable read that fits well into this family of books. Because of the returning characters and relationships, I recommend the books be read in order. 

Troy cheating on his wife is a touchy subject, but Mr. Grey handles it with his usual care and finesse. He shows Troy’s distress at the pain he caused his wife in a realistic manner and it wasn’t long before I was hooked.  His sorrow isn’t just at home but it continues at the cabin but there, he isn’t the only one hurting. Liam’s life is far worse. The imagery of his lonely walk down the highway where he eventually falls into the ditch too tired to go on is heart wrenching, so have a tissue handy.  

I adore Liam. He’s such a warm and caring person despite the life he’s had. And when he meets Troy, the sparks fly…even after the gun incident. Both of these guys are vulnerable and the author has depicted those qualities perfectly. Yet they still have strengths, especially Liam. There are plenty of twists and turns, whether involving Liam’s father, the mining company or Troy’s wife and daughter, to keep your attention.  

Overall you’ll find it a heartwarming and entertaining story that’s filled with angst, pain and drama but it’s not a rollercoaster ride kind of story. Instead the pace is steady as Troy and Liam learn how to love each other and deal with the changes in their lives as they help to save the ranch.  

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