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Crooked Tree Ranch Audiobook

Crooked Tree Ranch: Montana, Book 1

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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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    Lily G Blunt 07/05/2017
    Lily G Blunt 07/05/2017 Member Since 2014

    Lily reads, writes, and reviews m/m romance.

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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    IAN United Kingdom 25/05/2017
    IAN United Kingdom 25/05/2017 Member Since 2012

    Love listening to what the Americans call 'Cozy' mysteries. Which have no 'graphic blood, guts and gore.' I listen to other genres too.

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    "When a city slicker, meets up with a cowboy..."

    When a city slicker, meets up with a cowboy. Anything can happen under the blue Montana skies...

    Nate Todd knows things have to change for Crooked Tree to survive. He just doesn’t know how much of an effect Jay Sullivan will have on his life.

    On the spur of the moment, with his life collapsing around him, Jay Sullivan answers an ad for a marketing expert on a dude ranch in Montana. With his small family, he moves lock, stock and barrel from New York to Montana to start a new life.

    Foreman and owner of a third of the ranch, ex rodeo star Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Todd has been running Crooked Tree Ranch. His partners in the business convince him that he needs to get an expert in to help the ranch survive. He knows things have to change, but when the new guy turns up, with a troubled family in tow, he just isn’t prepared for how much.

    I have to admit, that I have a thing for cowboys! *grins* And loved this, the first book in the Montana series.

    Watching the love blossom in this story, is like watching the ice melt off the Montana mountains...once the thaw comes, the beauty underneath shines through.

    This audiobook was narrated by Sean Crisden, and he makes the story just flow easily, with his sexy gravelly voice.

    I voluntarily reviewed this Audio Copy of this book. Supplied by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kindleaddict 19/05/2017
    kindleaddict 19/05/2017

    younela

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

    I would definitely recommend this audio to everyone that loves complex characters, a good mystery and a lot of feels. Not to mention there's a good amount of humour in this book too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think, Jay was my favourite because of his. Commitment to his family and then his obvious attraction to Nate and a he ranch.To be honest all


    Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favourite?

    To be honest, all of a them. He brings every single voice to life.


    Any additional comments?

    As an Ebook I love this series, listening to the audio just adds that extra something. I would strongly recommended either or preferably both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Tams (TTC Books and more)
    JUSTIN, TX, United States
    09/05/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • HockeyfanT
    TX USA
    27/06/17
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    "Crooked Tree Ranch"
    If you could sum up Crooked Tree Ranch in three words, what would they be?

    friends and family


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the family relationships. No matter what was going on, taking care of family was the most important thing to both Jay and Nate.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favorite?

    Jay, though I think Sean Crisden did a great job with every character, as he always does.


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

    It definitely had highs and lows, but it wasn't a laugh out loud or cry hysterically kind of story.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book, and I recommend it both for the story and for the narration.

    I was given this book at my request, in return for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Belen
    United States
    21/06/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    London
    25/05/17
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    "Enjoyable, witty and uplifting"

    It's a gentle tale with a satisfying conclusion. Starts slowly but builds nicely. The narrator is very good. Wish it had been longer perhaps with some more detailed physical descriptions of the protagonists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    19/05/17
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    "Enjoyed"

    I enjoyed this book. I really liked how things turned out. Kinda the way I would like things to turnout for me, in a similar fashion. I do think that the book should have been co-narrated, using a guy and female for the voices. Although, in my personal opinion, it was a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RachelM
    08/05/17
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    "Fabulous!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jay - because of the way he held his family together no matter what.


    What does Sean Crisden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As always Sean's narration is spot on.


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

    I'd forgotten how amusing this book could be at times, it made me laugh out loud a few times :)


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story already and the whole series is one of my favourites, I can't wait to listen to the rest of the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lifesavr
    599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
    03/05/17
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    "City guy meets cowboy!"

    This isn't anything that is a surprise. I like the characters, which is basically two families finding love and support by being together as one!😗

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becky C
    USA
    27/04/17
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    "A family love story set in Montana"
    Where does Crooked Tree Ranch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A top romance audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crooked Tree Ranch?

    Too many to mention.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first audiobook narrated by Sean Crisden. I will look for more.


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

    As I was listening to this book I started laughing out loud at the antics of the emo teenager, who was just trying to get attention, and the love-starved frustration of a gay cowboy. This isn’t a rom-com but it has a healthy dose of humor to balance the angst that results from a failing ranch, an unemployed head of the household, and a battering ex-husband. RJ Scott writes about families that get themselves into messes and then have to find their way out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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