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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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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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love this series

it is so worth it you won't be disappointed it is so much but it is one of my favorites

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Interesting start to a series, can't wait for more

I really enjoyed the narration. Sean Crisden really brings the characters to life with his different voices for the characters and he emotes very well. I would listen to him anytime.

I really like the set up to the series. The ranch seems like a nice place to live and I love the three Todd brothers that partly own and help run the ranch. I worry about the aging rancher that is also a part owner, he seemed so nice, though there were a few moments that a certain attitude bled through and I began to question the nice guy. There is no real conclusion to that so I don't know if we'll get more insight in book two.

In this book, the ranch is having financial troubles and they bring in a marketing consultant to help bring in more visitors. The new hire, Jay, brings his family, a sister and her two children. Jay's family really meshes well with the brothers. Though Jay doesn't exactly get along with Nate Todd right away. It's a battle of wills between them. They both find out the other is gay and though attraction is there, Nate fights against it until jealousy makes it impossible.

It's a sweet story between them. Once Nate decided to let go and engage in a love affair with an employee, there was not a lot of tension in the book. Most of the conflict in the book takes place between other characters and trying to save the ranch. A crusty, set in his ways ranch hand isn't real keen on political correctness but I have a little sympathy at his loneliness. My favorite part though, is when he joins with Jay to stop a bullying abuser.

I really did like the book, but it lacked a little bit of excitement for me. I'm really looking forward to reading book 2 of this series which seems to hold a bit more mystery and I hope we will get to revisit the ranch and the characters from Crooked Tree Ranch.

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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.

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Crooked Tree Ranch

~ 4.5 Stars Overall (book & audio) ~

This book is great, a really good introduction to the start of this Montana series. RJ Scott writes the best books! The characters in all of this author’s series so far have been well developed, and the books usually have a sweet, interesting and fun feel to them without a whole lot of unnecessary angst. And I feel like in this book specifically, we get a definite family vibe included as well since we learn about all of the extended family members, too; it’s not just focused on the two main characters. I liked this series enough after I read the first few books that now the audio is out for the first few in this series are out I had to add those to my library too so I can listen to this series as well as read them.

Nate and his two brothers (Gabe and Luke) own one-third of Crooked Tree Ranch. They end up needing some extra help getting the word out about the ranch in order to increase their revenue to keep from losing the ranch and everything they’ve ever known. That’s where Jay comes in. Jay and his Sister Ashley, and her two kids decide to make the move to Crooked Tree when Jay gets laid off his previous job. It’s hilarious to see how they move from the “Big City” to experiencing ranch life first hand. Jay and Nate have a really funny and awkward first and second encounter with each other creating some instant dislike. But it’s fun watching them trying to work together, navigating their relationship, thoughts and feelings and then bending to each other’s ideas of what would work best in bringing the ranch into the future to make more sales. This book is pretty short with how much is packed into it. We get the background story for the main characters in this book. We get a cute added bonus watching the relationship of Gabe and Ashley grow without taking away from Jay and Nate’s story. As well as getting set up with the backstory of some of the smaller characters we will see in the next few books as well. Overall, I really liked this one and think it was decently paced with a good premise and storyline. From previously reading these (to now listening to the audio) we get a really solid series with this set of books.

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Something is missing...

I enjoyed the plot, and the characters. For it being short the characters seemed real and were developed nicely.

However, that being said, I thought the writing could have been better. For some reason it felt very distant. Like the story was being told from an outside source. This made me feel not as involved in the characters lives. This was the case for the steamy parts as well, which the author flew through. It was pretty much over when it started.

But like I said, the plot was good. Just thought the writing could be done differently.

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Crooked Tree Ranch

The book Crooked Tree Ranch is a feel good book that is an easy read plus keeps your interest throughout the book!! Can't wait to read the next one!!

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Worth a listen

I’m usually a little wary of ranch/cowboy stories because they tend to have little substance in my opinion, but this was a nice story. Nothing too dramatic and over the top, but it also kept my attention. The worst part of the audiobook was the narrators voice for the women of the story. It was terrible. But I was able to ignore that small downside and I enjoyed everything else.

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  • CK
  • 02-02-18

Slowww start, got better when I skipped ahead.

The narration was very good and made the story more enjoyable. But there was too much set up, it took forever for the main characters to meet and then the romance developed really quickly. I would have liked to see more development of their romantic relationship. However, the characters were memorable and made me want to listen to the second book in the series.

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Family First

Jay ready or not is in for some changes in his life. And a new start seems like a good idea for the rest of his family. Nate wants what is best for his family and the ranch and know changes need to be made. Both of these men are loving and caring. They have both taken on the task to help care for their siblings which has kept them more than busy for years. But now they have the chance to actually start taking care of themselves a bit. I like that both area bit awkward. There are still problems to work out so I look forward to more in this series.

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 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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  • Lily G Blunt
  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-27-18

Loved

Great start to a new series and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book on audio.

Great characters and fabulous secondary characters. Hope they get their story soon.

I thought the narrator did a really good job with the different voices for the characters. This is a great storyline with lots of twist and turns. I love books with a good plot and filled out with endless sex scenes to fill the pages.

I would highly recommend...

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  • choccygrl
  • 08-04-17

Cowboys and Sean Crisden

Loved this 'city boy dumped into cowboy country' story. It's cute with low level angst. Great narration by Sean Crisden.

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  • IAN
  • 05-25-17

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.

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  • kindleaddict
  • 05-19-17

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.