Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: The Rancher’s Son
SERIES: Montana #2
AUTHOR: R.J. Scott
NARRATOR: Sean Crisden
PUBLISHER: Love Lane Books
LENGTH: 6 hours, 25 minutes
RELEASE DATE: June 26, 2017
A man without memories and the cop who never gave up hope.
When he wakes up in the hospital, the victim of a brutal beating, John Doe has no memory of who he is or who hurt him. The cops can find nothing to identify him and he can’t remember anything to help…except the name Ethan and one recurring place from his dreams. Two words, and they’re not much, but it’s a start: Crooked Tree.
Detective Ethan Allens has never stopped searching for the two boys who vanished. When a report lands on Ethan’s desk that may give new leads, he jumps at the chance to follow them up. The man he finds isn’t his brother, but it’s someone who could maybe help him discover what happened 12 years ago.
What neither man can know is that facing the very real demons of the past could destroy any kind of future they may have together.
I NEED THE NEXT STORY NOW! OMG this one just grabbed me from the get go and then left me wanting so much more!
Adam and Ethan were such great characters. Both men were broken and dealing with so much in their lives. Ethan grabbed my heart because he just wanted to be loved. And poor Adam! I needed to know what happened to him because I was so afraid it was going to be horrific. I needed him to remember to prove that my imagination was so much worse than reality.
And man was I happy when all was revealed! It was such a tense ride and seeing Adam struggle was hard. But the mystery was compelling and it kept me on the edge needing to know what happened. The big revelation was fantastic because it was OTT but in a realistic and believable way and now I NEED the next story!
Finally, I appreciate the way the author handled this romance. It was quiet and steady and appropriate for the situation. Nothing about the rekindling of old love felt forced or took away from Adam and Ethan’s healing. It happened slowly and organically so when these men did take that next step, I felt they had the capacity to make that decision based on more than just lust and attraction. I loved these men together and the sex never felt inserted just to have sex in the story.
Ok so when is the next one being released in audio? I need it now! Please? With sprinkles on top?
Sean Crisden is a hit or miss narrator for me but I think he nailed this one. His reading brought out the tense tone and emphasized the overall feel of confusion and not quite sadness, but not joy either. I think this narration brought out the emotions and highlighted the good in this story. My only issue was that there were few voice distinctions and sometimes I lost the thread of who was speaking. But overall, I really enjoyed this one.