Friday, February 22, 2013

A Volatile Range

Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-334-6
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

In the year since he left the Marines, Gordon Fisher’s wandered the country, sleeping in his car.  He’s out of money and nearly desperate when he’s approached by a group of eco-terrorists and convinced to release some mistreated animals on a nearby ranch. Except they’re rescued big cats being cared for by Wally and getting close results in Gordon losing some flesh.

Mario Laria catches Gordon but he feels sorry for the man when he learns Gordon was duped. He feels worse on discovering Gordon’s circumstances. Wally initially wants him gone, but Gordon needs Dakota to doctor him, so he stays at the ranch as the new hired hand. Despite his past hurt, Mario can’t deny his attraction and starts to fall in love. But the military is looking for Gordon and they don’t know how that will change their future.

A Volatile Range is the newest release in The Range series by Andrew Grey. The setting is the same and there are many returning characters, so I recommend the books be read in order.

It’s a beautifully written story that combines three things that make a good book. A nicely plotted mystery with just enough action to keep it interesting and a believable romance between two people you can care about. In this case Mario and Gordon fit that description perfectly and Mr. Grey’s done a great job developing their personalities. Mario is loving and willing to open his home and heart—and there’s emotionally wounded Gordon. I like this man. He’s suffering from PTSD and I appreciate how well the author handles this sensitive issue of our returning military servicemen. Watching Gordon battle this is pretty heart wrenching.

Add in an interesting premise, a smooth flow, plenty of twists, sizzling sex and vivid imagery and you have why this is one of my favorite books in the series. I really hope that these great guys play a prominent role in a future release or I’ll be seriously disappointed. I don’t know who’ll be featured in the next one but I can’t wait.

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