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An Unsettled Range by Andrew Grey

An Unsettled Range

An Unsettled Range by Andrew Grey

Series: Stories from the Range, Book 3
Published by: Dreamspinner Press on January 8, 2012
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Liam Southard may be at the end of the line. He ran away from his abusive father for the promise of a job. But when he got there, he was sent away. And he hasn’t been able to find work since. Hungry, thirsty, exhausted, and overheated, he passes out on the side of the road. But he’s fortunate when two men find him and bring him home to get cleaned up and back on his feet. He’s even more fortunate when he learns they’re willing to give him a job on their ranch.

Troy Gardner needs some time alone. So he’s gone to his uncle’s cabin to live with his thoughts for a while. When he’s startled by a young man wandering onto the property, he turns a gun on him and tells him to leave. And within moments he regrets his action. Because not only has the man done nothing wrong, he is one of the most beautiful men Troy has ever seen. And so he sets out to apologize and make things right with Liam.

But even though there’s a mutual attraction between Troy and Liam, both men have baggage from their pasts that might threaten the chances of a lasting and meaningful relationship.

If you know the formula that Andrew Grey’s stories tend to follow, you’ll see it in this one. As is typical, both men come to the relationship with an issue that needs to be sorted. And they work together to eventually try to solve it. In this one, though, the supporting cast (all the guys from the previous books in the series) provide a different sort of backdrop for the story. And it has that much more of a hook as a result.

A Helping of Love by Andrew Grey

A Helping of Love

A Helping of Love by Andrew Grey

Series: Of Love, Book 3
Published by: Dreamspinner Press on March 15, 2012
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Peter Christopoulos had it all. He was attractive and athletic, with the possibility of being an Olympian one day. But since his accident three years ago, he’s had to adjust to a completely different life. And while being in a wheelchair isn’t so bad on its own, it’s hard for Peter when no one seems to look past the chair to see him. Even so, he’s managed to become a successful salesman in the restaurant supply industry. And it’s on a job that he meets Russ Baker, an attractive chef who gets Peter going.

Russ is in a relationship, which leaves Peter disappointed at first. After seeing Russ and his boyfriend interact one day, however, the disappointment turns to concern. And Peter is there for Russ when he finally gets up the courage to leave his abusive relationship. Peter’s support touches Russ, and he decides to give Peter a chance and see where things go. Around the same time, Peter learns he has a half-sister that he’s never met and that his mother was never able to track down. As they both navigate their new emotional realities, Peter and Russ need to decide together what it all means for the two of them.

One of the nice things about this series is that you get to see the characters from past installments. It helps to underscore that this all taking place in the same world, even though the books focus on one couple at a time. The connections provide a solid backdrop for the story without having to explain who the side characters are in any in-depth way.

My only issue with this book is how quickly Russ rushes into the relationship with Peter. Granted, it’s not an impossible sort of thing. It just struck me that he doesn’t really take any time to get over his trauma. And then things just seem to settle in an odd sort of way.

But the way Russ’s friends gather to help and support him is inspiring…

The Lone Rancher by Andrew Grey

The Lone Rancher

The Lone Rancher by Andrew Grey

Published by: Dreamspinner Press on February 15, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

Aubrey Klein cam home to help his family when they were in trouble. His parents haven’t been the best at managing their money. As a result, they are in danger of losing the ranch. He can’t let that happen. And he would do whatever it takes. Which is how he ended up dancing at a club in Dallas on the weekends. And he figures he’s safe. It’s far enough away that people shouldn’t recognize him. And his moniker, The Lone Rancher, allows him to wear a mask that makes that even less likely. But when Aubrey sees his old friend, Garrett Lamson, at one of the shows, he’s in trouble. He doesn’t think Garrett recognized him, but he’d be lying if he told himself Garrett wasn’t attractive. The two end up running into each other after the show, and their friendship rekindles. And it doesn’t take long for them to both realize they want something more. Something that might inspire both of them to come out to their families and be open about who they are.

But Aubrey still hasn’t told Garrett about his weekend activities. Would Garrett mind, though? After all, he was at one of the shows. He must have some appreciation for what Aubrey is doing. But it’s one thing to watch someone up on the stage and another to have that person be your boyfriend, right? And it’s not like Aubrey is proud of it. That’s why he’s kept it a secret. But he plans to stop as soon as the ranch is safe. So maybe he can just stick it out until then and Garrett will never have to know. If he can live with the guilt…

This is something different from Andrew Grey and I enjoyed every moment of it. A unique story with interesting characters placed in situations that are both tense and entertaining. I’ve been trying to think of another book with a similar storyline, and I can’t think of one. Yes, there are some similar themes, but nothing with this type of story. Which is quite a feat when it comes to new M/M these days.

Needless to say, I recommend this one. It’s sweet, fun, and a bit frustrating at times. The hallmarks of a great romance novel, for sure.

The Lone Rancher at the Dreamspinner Press website

A Serving of Love by Andrew Grey

Serving of Love

Book Info

Title: A Serving of Love (Of Love, Book 2)
Author: Andrew Grey
Published: May 23, 2011
Pages: 200
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Sebastian Franklin is the front of the house manager at Cafe Belgie and is looking forward to the challenge of running the restaurant while his boss is on vacation. But it’s just his luck that someone decides to rob the place the first night he’s in charge. Luck strikes twice, however, when the robber is thwarted by a customer who stumbles on his way into the restaurant. And the third time’s the charm when it turns out the customer, Robert Fortier, is tall, handsome, and possibly interested in Sebastian. They two spend time together and discover that their mutual attraction is quite strong. But there are some complications. For one, Sebastian’s ex-boyfriend, Gabriel, has resurfaced in his life. Although Gabriel hurt Sebastian greatly, he’s too kind-hearted to send Gabriel away when he’s in need. And then there’s the issue that Robert, recently elected as a judge, is just starting to come out. The fact that he wasn’t open about his sexuality before the election might become an issue to some people in their small town. But even with all of their troubles, Sebastian and Robert might be best suited to get through this if they try to do so together.

This was a nice little gem of a story. The relationship is quite complex, but it builds in a very realistic and engaging way. The side characters really round out the world in which Sebastian and Robert live, making for a complete and interesting plot. I’ve read the first book (and you don’t have to do so to enjoy this one, but I’d recommend it), and I’m really enjoying the crew of Cafe Belgie. There are two more, and they are on my to-read list!

Love Comes Around by Andrew Grey

23153207Title: Love Comes Around (Senses, Book 4)
Author: Andrew Grey
Published: September 19, 2014
Pages: 200
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Connor grew up in foster care and has worked hard to make good for himself. He’s started his own business as a carpenter and has found success in his work. While completing some repairs at the local orphanage, he meets Dan who is there dropping off one of the kids after a brief stay at his house. Dan wants to hire Connor to make some renovations to his house, but Connor is initially reluctant because of what he thinks of Dan’s character. But what starts as a misunderstanding paves the way for friendship and possibly for something more as Connor is asked to help Dan make his home ready for a new addition.

The fourth book in Andrew Grey’s senses series, this is yet another great installment. The way these books tell complete complex stories that focus not only on the relationship but also what it means to find love, to love yourself, and to be a part of a family is wonderful. I feel like there’s no other word for it. I’ve enjoyed every one and this is no exception.

While these books are part of a series, they can be read as standalone books, too. The main characters in one book are secondary/background characters in others, but knowledge of the rest of the series isn’t necessary.

Love Means… No Fear by Andrew Grey

9709849Title: Love Means… No Fear (Farm, Book 4)
Author: Andrew Grey
Published: December 27, 2010
Pages: 210
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

After being the victim of an attack that leaves him in pain and with mobility issues, Raine goes to the ranch owned by his friends Geoff and Eli to complete his recovery. While Raine is there, Eli’s brother Jonah shows up to spend some time during his Rumspringa. Despite Raine’s first impression of Jonah, he can’t help finding himself drawn to him. But can Raine, an out gay man from the city, truly win over Jonah, a sheltered young man from an Amish community who is still learning about the outside world? And even if he can, is it worth it when Jonah is likely to just go back to his community at the end of the year and Raine is headed back to Chicago?

While I felt like the last two installments in this series had some rather stark similarities, this one seems a bit fresher. Granted, there is the theme returning from the first book as one of the main characters is coming from an Amish community and is faced with learning about the outside world and himself, as well as decisions about where he wants to end up in the end. But the characters here are very different, as are their circumstances. I also feel like this installment included a bit more bedroom scenes that previous books – the plot to sex ratio is heavier to the latter when compared to the early parts of the series.

Overall, Andrew Grey continues to add to the world he’s created, slowly introducing more wonderful characters into the mix.

Love Means… Freedom by Andrew Grey

8488897Title: Love Means… Freedom (Farm, Book 3)
Author: Andrew Grey
Published: July 4, 2010
Pages: 210
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

Stranded in a winter storm, Stone finds himself taken in by Eli and Geoff and given a place to stay on their ranch. He’s appreciative of their help but is even more pleasantly surprised when they offer him a job and invite him to stay on. Preston, unable to walk and recovering from a car accident, winds up at the farm for therapeutic riding lessons. Although Stone and Preston don’t get on well at first, they eventually see past their initial interactions and acknowledge their mutual attraction. But with Stone’s history and Preston’s father insisting he can’t be gay, can they make it work?

I always enjoy going back to visit Geoff and Eli and company. There’s just something I find comforting about their world and end up engrossed in this series of books. Both Stone and Preston go through quite a bit in this installment and their development as characters is moving. The only thing that didn’t really work for me was that this seemed to be very close to the formula of the previous book, so it didn’t seem very unique.

Content warning: [mention of prior sexual assault

2014 in Review: #4 & #3

ID-10088833Now that 2014 has drawn to a close and 2015 is here and upon us, I wanted to take some time this month to reflect on the best of what I read this past year.  I read way more than I ever have in a single year (306 books!) and while a few of them were not ones I’d recommend, most books were compelling and engaging reads.  While everything I’d recommend is either already here on the blog or still to come (I’ve some reviews already queued out into March), I’m going to highlight the 10 books I read in 2014 that I rated a whopping 5 stars.

Note: These are books I read in 2014, not necessarily published in 2014.

#4 – Something Like Winter by Jay Bell

Tim and Ben’s story is told quite well in Something Like Summer.  This follow-up gives readers the story from Tim’s perspective, filling in the holes about what happened in Tim’s life when he and Ben were apart and then continues the story beyond the first book.  And it’s masterfully written, incredibly engaging, and beyond moving.  I do think that reading the first book helps make this one more poignant, but it can also be read as a stand-alone if one is so inclined.  See my full review of Something Like Winter.

#3 – Love Comes Home by Andrew Grey

Gregory Hampton is a single father dealing with the knowledge that his 10-year-old son is slowly going blind.  All he wants is to find a way for his son to be happy, and that may mean having to put his own happiness on hold.  But when Tom Spangler shows up in their lives, he learns that both might be closer than he expected.  See my full review of Love Comes Home.

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A Troubled Range by Andrew Grey

10551626Title: A Troubled Range (Stories from the Range, Book 2)
Author: Andrew Grey
Published: March 25, 2011
Pages: 200
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
Dakota Holden’s neighbor, Kent Jessup, has had a bone to pick with his father for…well, as long as Dakota can remember. The two have never gotten along. But when Dakota helps Kent’s son, Haven, during a storm and ensures he makes it home safely, the two seem clear that the rivalry isn’t something that is going to continue to their generation. And when Haven meets Dakota’s friend Phillip, it appears he may have more in common with Dakota than he thought…and more reason to visit Dakota’s ranch. But Phillip is only visiting temporarily, and Haven knows his father wouldn’t take too well if he ever found out his secret…

A great follow-up to A Shared Range. I really liked Phillip in the last book, so I was glad to see him return in this installment and embark on his own journey to find what makes him happy. There’s also something so endearing about Haven that I found truly drawing me in and keeping me for the duration. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where this series continues from here…

A Shared Range by Andrew Grey

8839364Title: A Shared Range (Stories from the Range, Book 1)
Author: Andrew Grey
Published: September 20, 2010
Pages: 208
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

Dakota Holden gave up medical school when he learned his father was ill and trying to hide it from him. Someone needed to run the family ranch and he was it. So back home he went–and back into the closet–only getting away for one week each year. On one of these trips he meets Phillip who eventually decides to take a vacation of his own to visit Dakota and brings along his friend, Wally. Dakota and Wally hit it off, but Wally presents his own challenges for Dakota: Can he be out and still have the respect of his friends, family, and employees? And Wally’s need to help all animals–including the wolves preying on the area ranches’ livestock–can only serve to make it that much harder for him to fit in if Dakota somehow convinced him to stay…

There is a lot going on in this book. It’s just over 200 pages, but by the end of it, you feel like you’ve just read something much longer. Andrew Grey has constructed this story very well and he really brings these characters to life. I wanted to reach into the book and shake Dakota on more than one occasion and I would love to invite Phillip over for coffee. These guys are great!