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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 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!