This book is about culture and family and how people from different areas can find themselves inexplicably happy when accepting other individuals for who they are.
This is about the blending of 2 families. Jay, his Sister, Niece and Nephew are from the city. When Jay is forced out of his job due to downsizing and the possibility of finding employment in the city is extremely difficult. Jay decides to expand his search parameters in the job search, he runs across a dude ranch in Montana that is looking for a full time marketing director. The job comes with a home, minimal compensation and a horse. This is how Jay and his Family find themselves at the Crooked Tree Ranch.
Nate and his Brothers run the Crooked Tree Ranch and they are losing market share to competing dude ranches in the area. The Ranch needs someone to market them and that is where Jay comes in.
This is a non angsty story as the reader knows what is eventually going to happen. The pacing of the story was well done, it kept my interest throughout the whole time. The reason I liked the pacing so much is that it felt real, a possible real time sequence of events that felt natural as the family from the city melded with the family in the country. This is also a feel good story due to the nature of the acceptance that is shown for everyone. We say on a daily basis that what 2 men or 2 women feel for each other is as natural as heterosexual relationships and that is a strong point in this story. One of my favorite scenes is when Jay is giving Nate a BJ in his office and Luke (that is Nate’s youngest brother) comes into the office after knocking and says “You do know this office has windows”, I think I snorted, it’s actually one of my favorite lines in a book.
If you noticed I gave the book a 3.5 star rating and you are probably wondering why. This book had everything for a 5 star rating until the end. The ending rushed up on me so fast it felt like a herd of mustangs running from a pack wolves. Once Nate and Jay accepted the need for each other the ending came up suddenly, I would have really enjoyed seeing them spend some time together as a couple, I felt like I was denied that privilege. Whether or not I’ll get the ending that I needed in book 2, I’ll just have to see when I read The Rancher’s Son.
When a cowboy, meets the guy from the city, he can’t know how much things will change.
On the spur of the moment, with his life collapsing around him, Jay Sullivan answers an ad for a business manager with an expertise in marketing, on a dude ranch in Montana.
With his sister, Ashley, niece, Kirsten and nephew, Josh, in tow, he moves lock stock and barrel from New York to Montana to start a new life on Crooked Tree Ranch.
Foreman and part owner of the ranch, ex rodeo star Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Todd has been running the dude ranch, for five years ever since his mentor Marcus Allen became ill.
His brothers convince him that he needs to get an expert in to help the business grow. 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.