Love will grow through the cracks you leave open.
Ranch hand Roe Davis absolutely never mixes business with pleasure - until he runs into his boss, Travis Loving, at the only gay bar within 200 miles.
Getting involved with the ranch owner is a bad idea, but Roe's and Travis's bedroom kinks line up against one another like a pair of custom-cut rails. As long as they're both clear this is sex on the side, no relationship, no interfering with the job, they could make it work.
Shut out by his family years ago, Roe survived by steadfastly refusing to settle into so much as a post office box. As his affair with Travis grows into more than just sex, Roe's past catches up with him, threatening the thin ray of happiness he's found, reminding him it's well past time he went on his way.
Even a loner gets lonely, and at this point, there's nowhere left to run. The shame and sorrow of what he's lost will stay with Roe wherever he goes - until he's ready to let love lead him home.
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Don't listen to this one in Public. Whew.
Iggy Toma. He is a fantastic, very professional-sounding, talented narrator.
I think the title is perfect, to be honest, and wouldn't change it.
I bought the ebook version of Nowhere Ranch a while ago but it was languishing in my TBR queue because while I loved Heidi Cullinan’s Love Lessons series and bought all her other books after finishing it, I quickly found out after reading a few of her backlist titles that her older stories veered more toward the BDSM spectrum which I generally don’t go for in Romance. Nowhere Ranch definitely falls in the BDSM category, though it does have well-drawn characters unlike the empty, cardboard ones that proliferate in most of these types of stories.
I liked Roe, which is a good thing because the story is told entirely from his POV, in first person. My main problem with BDSM stories is that I have a hard time wrapping my head around how someone would get off on being humiliated by someone they love, or humiliating the person they love, but that’s a personal hangup. There are long, detailed explicit scenes in this story, especially in the beginning and the middle, and they are seriously K-I-N-K-Y, definitely not hearts-and-flowers (and thankfully not marinated in purple prose) which gives way to what I’ve come to expect from Heidi’s works. Solid characters, family drama, good supporting characters, and while not on the same level as Love Lessons (since this is after all, a completely different kind of story), a decent romance between Roe and Travis which was still believable regardless of how their relationship started as a purely sexual one.
Now, the narration. At this point I have to say I love Iggy Toma and I bought the audio version mainly because of him. Usually I tend to read the ebook version of a story first so when I listen to the audio and get distracted, I don’t get lost. But with really good narrators (like Iggy), my attention is focused on the story. He has such a pleasant reading voice and enunciates each word really, really, well. Even when I’m doing other things while listening to him, it’s still easy to follow what’s happening in the story. There are no distracting sounds, like breathing or swallowing, or background noise when I'm listening to him. And I’m amazed at how he read the extremely explicit scenes without breaking stride, tone staying consistent. I’ve come across other narrators who sometimes either sounded like they were getting carried away during the sex scenes or obviously uncomfortable. Not Iggy, though, and it made getting through those scenes less uncomfortable than it otherwise would have been if I’d been reading the ebook ( probably would have skimmed those parts). I am so glad this came out in audio with someone who's become one of my favorite narrators since I don't think I would have been able to finish it if I'd been reading it myself.
Recommended if you love Heidi Cullinan, and/or Iggy Toma, BDSM-y May-December romance (Roe is 25, Travis 42), a whole lotta kink, and drama in your M/M stories.
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