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Publisher's Summary

When a cowboy meets the guy from the city, he can't know how much things will change.
On the spur of the moment, with his life collapsing around him, Jay Sullivan answers an ad for a business manager with an expertise in marketing, on a dude ranch in Montana.
With his sister Ashley, niece Kirsten, and nephew Josh in tow, he moves lock stock and barrel from New York to Montana to start a new life on Crooked Tree Ranch.
Foreman and part owner of the ranch, ex rodeo star Nathaniel "Nate" Todd has been running the dude ranch for five years ever since his mentor Marcus Allen became ill.
His brothers convince him that he needs to get an expert in to help the business grow. He knows things have to change and but when the new guy turns up, with a troubled family in tow - he just isn't prepared for how much.
©2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 RJ Scott (P)2017 RJ Scott
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By Belen on 06-21-17

Enjoyed the narration!

Any additional comments?

Crooked Tree Ranch is the first book in a (so far) four book series. There's a dual POV with slow burn, on page sexy times, some humor, and not a lot of angst.

While I thought the characters are mostly fleshed out, there's a lot that just skims the surface, and I felt like the story was missing some real conflict to drive it forward.

Nate is dyslexic, Jay was in a toxic relationship, Ashley has depression and has been physically and emotionally abused, and her son Josh has dyslexia, but none of this seems to be really explored.

The angst definitely could have been overwhelming from those storylines (especially concerning Jay's sister Ashley), but because everything is only very superficially explored, it kept the story from becoming too OTT.

At the same time, I can't help wishing some of the topics had been explored more.

As for the audio, Sean Crisden does a wonderful job with the narration, as well as with all the character voices, and the timing is really good. It's a smooth, enjoyable listen.

All in all, it's a slow burn romance and the pace of the story reflects it. It's a sweet romance and has a strong HFN/HEA and likable characters.

I enjoyed the narration, and will check out the next book in the series.

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By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 05-09-17

Cowboys, horses and abusive ex-husbands, oh my!

What made the experience of listening to Crooked Tree Ranch the most enjoyable?

Sean Crisden's narration was a definite plus, but I also really enjoyed the way the romance between these two men slowly bloomed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

That's a hard choice, I mean, both men have basically given up just about everything to take care of their family. I think it's this very trait that brings them together eventually. Well, that and the insane, unfightable, mutual attraction.

What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

Everything. He really does an amazing Cowboy voice, that sexy southern drawl. He also makes sure that every character has their own tone, even if just slightly, so you never question who's talking.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh out loud, like, a lot!

Any additional comments?

With Scott's ability to write broken down Cowboys and Crisden's ability to breath life into those words, these two are the perfect marriage. I enjoyed the grit in the storyline, the fact that Jay and Nate didn't just fall for each other, they had to work at it. I'm excited for the other books in this series to become available on Audiobook for my listening pleasure.

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By Jackie Thorogood on 07-15-17

Really enjoyed listening to this

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend this to friends, it's a story of Nate and Jay love, But there it also has two families involved as well. Nate's brothers and himself, Jay's family and himself

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like a few characters. Nate who strength, and love for his brothers, Jay has a different strengths, but loves his family, so much, Then you've meet Gabe Luke, Ashley and Josh,

What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

Sean Cristden, his narration was fantastic, he got the feelings of each character, the book came alive for me, A+++++

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Family, Love on the Ranch.

Any additional comments?

What a beautiful book to listen to, so well written and spoken, I loved it, Nates devotes his family, then along the way Jay with his sister and her children move onto the ranch, This is set in Montana, Would recommend it to everyone.

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By Lily G Blunt on 05-07-17

Very enjoyable story and superb narration

I liked the world RJ created on the Crooked Tree Ranch and the range of characters in this relatively short novel. The city boy and cowboy contrast was nicely done. Life on the dude ranch was world’s apart from life in New York, yet Jay and his sister’s family immediately adapt to life in Montana and away from their home. I loved how the Todds and the Sullivans click and become a big family over the course of the story. The youngest siblings, Josh and Luke, are sweeties. Kirsten is a typical moody emo teenager, but she’s not too annoying, and Gabe is a great brother.

Both Jay and Nate have already sacrificed a lot on behalf of their families, so I was glad they managed to find happiness together. They make a cute couple, even when Nate is in a grumpy mood. Their banter and teasing are a fun part of the story. All except their first meeting—I thought Jay especially acted out of character here, although its purpose was to create some initial conflict between these guys. I’m glad this friction wasn’t too prolonged and their attraction for each other took over.

I liked the romance that developed and how they treated each other, although with declarations of love and ‘forever’ within four weeks it came across as almost insta-love and a little rushed. Although saying that, there’s was a nice build-up to them getting together and going on their first date. I would have preferred the story to extend for at least several months to give the guys time to get to know each other better and to see the result of the work Jay introduced. He was skilled at his job and I could see the marketing strategies he implemented being a success. Hopefully we’ll find out later in the series.

The angst surrounding Ashley and her ex added to the apprehension for the family's future. I was anticipating Henry to cause more trouble than he did, but my interest has been sparked with regard to the two missing sons. I was thinking Henry might have had something to do with their disappearance. RJ certainly packed a lot into this well-written story, but there’s plenty more that needs explaining with these mysteries alluded to and hopefully they will continue in the series. I hope we get Ethan's story and also more from Sam. Marcus is probably hiding something from the rest of the Todds, but what exactly? And who has ultimate control over the ranch?

I liked that the ranch was not totally out in the wilds—restaurants, a town, and schools were relatively near and accessible. My impression of the picturesque scenery and cabins makes me want to holiday on this ranch!

I always enjoy Sean Crisden’s style of narration. His voice and pace make for easy listening. He differentiates the male characters well, although his female voices are often similar. Still a great job and a delightful audiobook. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

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