Friday, July 27, 2012

Foreign Range

Title: Foreign Range
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61372-550-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Willie Meadows is a country music star but a cowboy he isn’t. He’s tired of the LA lifestyle and the idea of leaving California to start a new life sounds perfect. So Willie sells his houses and buys a ranch in Wyoming, in hopes of adding some realism to his songs. His life turns upside down when Steve Peterson arrives; a young man promised a job training horses by the ranch’s previous owner.  

Steve’s scared, hungry and on the run from his cult-leader father. When he gets to the ranch, he doesn’t even have gas to get back to town. He doesn’t know what to do and is thankful Willie hires him to take care of the property. Being attracted to the boss isn’t something Steve expects but when he realizes his feelings aren’t one-sided, he’s thrilled. But what to do? His father’s men are still after him. And what happens if someone discovers the truth about Willie? Can his career survive being outed? Can they? 

Foreign Range is the latest release in Andrew Grey’s Range series. While it’s possible to read this book as a standalone, I’d recommend it be read in order to get a better feel for the series and the recurring characters.  

I always look forward to new releases in this series and Foreign Range fits perfectly in its family of books. It’s a bit different from the others, with Willie’s background being so far removed from Steve’s, but Mr. Grey works his creative magic weaving these dissimilar men into a believable couple. The characters have nicely developed personalities, interesting backgrounds, intriguing problems and realistic life situations to deal with. I enjoyed the descriptions of the ranch at the beginning. They’re so vivid, it pulled me into the story immediately…and the emotional dialogue between Willie and his manager really sets the tone for the scene and their uneasy relationship throughout the story.  

As much as I like Willie, I like Steve even more. He’s had a rough life and carries with some heavy emotional scars, but he has hidden strengths I really appreciate. I wanted him to have a happily-ever-after. I enjoyed the addition of Willie's housekeeper and her cute little daughter to the cast of characters--it added a real sense of family to the story. I also enjoyed the scenes at Wally and Dakota's ranch at their party. Getting to see what was going on with their life was nice and it was a good way to pull the characters from the previous books into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining look into the lives of Willie and Steve and I can’t wait for the next one. Happy reading.

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