Title: Crooked Tree Ranch
Author: RJ Scott
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Montana #1
Main Characters: Nate and Jay
Release Date: December 2013
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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Sexual Intensity: hot
On the spur of the moment with his life collapsing around him Jayden Sullivan answers an ad for a marketing expert on a dude ranch in Montana. With his small family he moves lock stock and barrel from New York to Montana to start a new life.
Foreman and owner of a third of the ranch, ex rodeo star Nathaniel 'Nate' Todd has been running Crooked Tree Ranch. His partners in the business convince him that he needs to get an expert in to help the ranch survive. He knows things have to change and but when the new guy turns up, with a troubled family in tow - he just isn't prepared for how much.
This is a book about two different families struggling to survive.
Jay's the head of his family which consists:
*His sister Ashley who got pregnant at fifteen, suffers from depression, and sent her ex to prison for beating her and her son.
*His fifteen or sixteen year old niece who's in the grips of rebellion...goth dress and attitude
*His six year old nephew Josh who they've just discovered is dyslexic
This family has lived in NYC their whole lives, but Josh is pretty much the breadwinner for the family and when he loses his marketing job with no alternative in sight, they begin to look at other directions.
Nate's the head of his family which consists of:
*Gabe, his younger brother
*Luke, the youngest who's 17.
Nate has his own dyslexic issues and is also struggling to keep the family dude ranch afloat....something that's become harder and harder as the economy depresses. Hiring Jay is a last-ditch effort and Nate honestly doesn't think it's going to work.
Both of these families are definitely dealing with their challenges brought on by losing their support systems (parents) early in life. That was the one thing that truly worked in this book. The two families complimented each other so well and made them a cohesive and stronger unit as one. I loved that aspect of it.
Then there is the whole Montana ranch portion of the story...Oh my, LOVE! Luke is a photographer and Jay is trying to showcase the beauty of the ranch. As a result, there were so many really visual descriptions of the scenery that I just loved. I felt like I took a quick trip to Montana in this book and it was beautiful...and romantic....and so fun!
This is only my second RJ Scott read, but I can guarantee you that I will be adding more of this author's books to my TBR pile. She writes beautiful stories that leave me feeling better for having read them and I love that in a book!