Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Chaotic Range

Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-63216-150-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

For David, daily life on the ranch is pretty simple. It’s mending fences and taking care of the cattle but when a snowstorm rolls through the area, they find a stranded motorist almost frozen in his car. He's surprised to discover that the stranger is Brian Applewright, a guy he knew in high school, and that Brian's ranch boss fired him for being gay.

A new job on the ranch is a wonderful turn of events for the unemployed Brian and gives him a chance to get reacquainted with David, his high school crush. After a recent break-up David has issues of his own to deal with, and starting a new relationship is something he’s not interested in. But circumstances and human nature has other ideas and it isn’t long before the attraction of their earlier years is back and stronger than before. The question is whether they can move past the pain of their previous mistakes and make a life together.

A Chaotic Range is the newest release in Andrew Grey’s Range series. Due to the overlapping characters and the continuing use of the same location, I recommend the books be read in order.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 months since the release of a book in this entertaining series. I always look forward to each one and was beginning to think the series had come to an end and I’d missed the notice. With this long awaited release, fans can be assured of another well written and plotted story that fits wonderfully into the family of books.

The book begins with the life threatening snowstorm in which Brian is stranded. It’s well written, allowing the reader to feel all the pain and despair he experiences in this situation and how he got there. The rescue and the opening scenes with the men from the ranch are equally gripping and reminded me why I enjoy this series so much. The descriptions of ranch life are nicely done but those involving the storms are particularly vivid. 

I like David and Brian and while there aren’t a great many details about their high school years, there are enough to understand their renewed attraction. These two have a lot of baggage and I really expected them to have more trouble moving past them, but they move quickly into a relationship—really too fast, considering their pasts. Seeing the nice integration of several of the previous characters was enjoyable and it certainly grounded the story in the established setting. So despite my niggles, I enjoyed it and will be looking for the next one. Happy reading.

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