Saturday, December 21, 2013

Crooked Tree Ranch

Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Publisher URL: www.totallybound.com
IRBN/BIN: 9781781848715
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer Dragon Minx

When Jay Sullivan loses his job to downsizing, he’s determined to find another to provide for his small family. But marketing positions are difficult to find in New York City and after numerous interviews, his prospects are zero. That changes when he answers an ad for a dude ranch in need of a marketing expert and suddenly Jay and his family are moving to Montana.

Nate Todd and the other co-owners of the Crooked Tree Ranch know their ranch is in financial trouble. If it’s going to survive, they need an expert to help with marketing the business to make it profitable again. Nate’s not happy about hiring a marketing guy who doesn’t know ranching and or prepared for the changes that his arrival brings with him.

Crooked Tree Ranch is the first release in RJ Scott’s new Montana series. It’s a well written and plotted story that flows smoothly and kept my attention from beginning to end.  I like the strong family theme and how the author wove Jay’s sister and her children into the plot. They’re a nice counterpoint to the problems Nate and his family are having with the ranch. Bringing all the individuals together into a larger cohesive family takes some creative juggling from the author but works out nicely in the end. Ultimately this aspect of the story shows how Nate and Jay put family first…they’re both protective of the people they love. 

I like Nate and Jay. Ms. Scott did a great job forming their personalities and I really appreciate that she allowed their relationship to grow over time. In fact, having their initial interactions start off rather rocky is a nice change. There are issues to be dealt with by both men but that’s what makes them so interesting and real. Nothing cardboard about these guys. I look forward the next one.

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