Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Foreign Range - Andrew Grey

A Foreign Range, Andrew Grey, Dreamspinner Press
Country singer Willie Meadows is a fake. He’s never ridden a horse, and his “Western” gear comes from a boutique shop in LA. No wonder Wilson Edwards, the real man in those fake boots, is suffering creative block. Determined to connect with the music, Wilson buys a ranch in Wyoming to learn the country way of life, even if he has no intention of running the business. Then Steve Peterson shows up desperate, destitute, and hungry, having just escaped a gay deprogramming hospital run by his father’s cult.
Steve was supposed to train horses for the ranch’s former owner, but the job is gone along with his would-be employer. Luckily Wilson has a temporary solution: Steve can ranch-sit while Wilson does business in LA. But when he comes back, Wilson barely recognizes the place. There are trained horses in the paddock, and the ranch is in great shape. Suddenly he finds himself inspired not by the cowboy lifestyle but by Steve himself.
But the cult is still after Steve, and Wilson’s fear of scandal means he’s still in the closet. Coming out could kill Willie’s career—but denying his feelings for Steve could kill the only part of him that’s real.

This is the fourth book in the Range series and I for one love to revisit Wyoming and the hot and hunky men that call it home.

Willie Meadows needs a place where he can just be Wilson Edwards. The ranch he just bought in Wyoming is that place, the place where he can hopefully re-connect to the music again. And maybe re-connect with himself too.

Steve Peterson shows up at the ranch expecting a job only to find out that the ranch has been sold and no longer has any horses for him to work with. After the hell that Steve escaped from he can't go back.

Can one ranch be the salvation both men are looking for?

This is a beautiful addition to the Range series. The connection between Wilson and Steve is real and powerful. The way they protect each other was wonderful to read. Steve protecting Wilson from the outside world and the possibility of losing his career if their relationship ever got out, and Wilson protecting Steve from the very real threat that his father poses.

Strong new and recurring secondary character's added more "family" to the story. I loved Maria and Alicia and how they gave the ranch that homey feel. The threat of Steve's father and "hospital" made me sick but gave the story a realness and an edge that made the book even better.

Mr. Grey is the master at building sexual tension between his character's but there is always the emotional attachment as well that just makes the romantic in me give a deep and satisfied sigh at the end of his books.

If you are looking for a quick romantic read about some emotionally guarded but hunky cowboys then saddle up and take a ride on the Range series.

RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries This book was given to us by Dreamspinner Press. Many thanks.
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