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His Reluctant Cowboy

Narrated by: Brad King
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Out-and-proud volunteer dance instructor, Reid Alexander, is a California boy accustomed to living in flashy luxury. He is less than thrilled upon inheriting his late grandfather’s South Dakota horse ranch. Yet, he must endure three months of cowboy hell before he can even consider selling the property. As the ranch foreman, Walker Corrigan’s entire life is Pine Ridge. When Reid arrives with cold-hearted plans to sell, Walker endeavors to endear the place to the younger man.

Reid is unprepared for the sudden attachment to Walker, the land, and - unbelievably enough - the horses.

Walker’s long-suffering heart takes an unexpected gallop straight toward Reid. Both men are on-board with exploring their relationship, and Reid discovers ranch ownership is more gratifying than he’d once imagined. But Reid is forced to reconsider his place on the ranch when threats put the property and employees in danger.

Menacing events call Reid’s integrity into question, and he considers saving everyone the hassle and throwing in the reins. But how can he leave when his heart now feels at home on Pine Ridge Ranch and in Walker’s arms?

©2018 A.D. Ellis (P)2019 A.D. Ellis Publishing

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Reid and Walker

Reid hates horses but inherits his grandfather's horse farm. While on a mission to get there, sell the place, and get back home he meets the foreman, Walker. Once the two get together strange things start happening to the farm animals. Though they suspect who it is they have no proof. I liked how all was revealed and the ending of the story.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first… maybe 25% of the book. I didn’t feel the connection between Reid or Walker until they actually got together. It just felt like there wasn’t a connection and then BAM, they basically fell in love.

That didn’t stop me from listening and I’m glad I didn’t.

Once the two of them were together I thought they were a sweet and cute couple. They worked well together. I also liked all the secondary characters as well.

This is my first book by Brad King, and I think he did a great job. I did chuckle at first for his voices of all the ladies, but I ended up really liking them.

I was given this free audiobook review copy at my request and have voluntarily left my review without bias or persuasion.

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"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
this was a wonderful sweet romance between Reid and walker. Reid inherited his grandfather ranch.as a out an proud city man, Reid wasn't excepting to fall in love with the place. after all he was afraid of horses.three months all walker needs to change his mind but they have one problem some one else wants the land and is willing to do what ever it take to get it. can the save the land before it's to late? what a amazing job of brings all these characters to life from the narrator Brad King. high recommend

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Cowboy Romance

Overall, a pretty good cowboy romance with only a few hiccups. First, the performance was great. I’m not usually one to praise the performance, as the performance itself usually only resonates with me when it’s bad, but this one was really good.

Although I like the Reid/Walker dichotomy, rich boy from California vs. cowboy from South Dakota, I did find Reid to be a little stereotypical and annoying at times. I wanted to tell Walker he could do better.

Great conflict and chemistry. Loved the scenes where Reid learned to love horses. Would’ve liked to see more oomph in the sex scenes.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A great narrator made this story even better!

As has often happened for me since I started listening to audiobooks, Brad King's performance of His Reluctant Cowboy elevated the story from a 4 to a 5 for me. I really enjoyed the book when I read it and now I love it after listening to the audio.

This is the first book I've listened to by Brad King and I can only find one title by him on Audible (there are two others by a Brad W. King but the voices are nothing alike). I can't believe this is his first narration so perhaps he has a second name that he uses as many M/M narrators do.

In any case, he really brought this story to life with all of the different voices he used. There was only one female voice that I didn't really care for and that was Norma, the ranch cook. I think it was a bit too hokey, stereo-typed old lady voice but that was just a minor dislike for me and didn't ruin the overall great performance.

Below is the original review I wrote for the book when I read it in December 2018.

I've loved A.D.'s MM books since I read my very first one, Brody & Nick, back in 2016. His Reluctant Cowboy is a good story. It has a little bit of everything in it. It's humorous (Reid is a hoot at times), it's suspenseful in places, and it has a great cast of characters. It also has puppies and horses; who could ask for any more? 😊

Reid is an out-and-proud gay man who hates horses; he's forced to go live on a ranch for 3 months to fulfill the terms of his grandfather's will. Walker is the foreman of the ranch and he has no interest in babysitting Reid let alone falling for him.

There is a slow build up to their relationship until Walker and Reid admit their attraction to each other; but then WOW, sexy time ensues. These two go through some tough times together trying to get the goods on the person who wants to force Reid to sell the ranch. Even though the suspect is pretty much revealed early on there was still a lot of suspense as shenanigans continued to go on and they try to prove who is responsible.

His Reluctant Cowboy was a very enjoyable story to read. I'm not sure if this is going to turn into a series or not but there was one young character in the story that I'd definitely like to learn more about and see him get an HEA.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy...I think?

It wasn't until chapter two that I realized I've actually read this book. I'm familiar with the author, A.D. Ellis for her Blueridge Junction Boys (which I absolutely loved) and Brad King is a first for me. When I went back 7 months ago, I found my rating on Goodreads for His Reluctant Cowboy and was kinda surprised I gave it 3/5 stars. After listening to the audio book, I remembered why....so here it goes, my honest review:

I want to first rate Brad King's narration for the main characters as well as for his secondary characters. He did a great job with capturing Walkers' southern twang and Reid's annoying city talk, but his reenactment of the cook's talk was kind of creepy? It sounded like she was missing all her teeth or something LOL Aside from that, he really did an good job. I have no complaints on that, so 3.8/5.

Now the story. I love me a good m/m cowboy romance (even though sometimes I know they all sound the same or read the same but in the end, I'd like to think that every author adds their own little something something to their story). His Reluctant Cowboy is the story about Reid, a guy, who isn't really close to his parents and as far as we know, he doesn't really have any extended family that is mentioned, except for his Grandfather, Jackson, whom he hasn't even met and is now deceased. So when he's been told at the reading of the will that his Grandfather has left him a horse ranch and the only catch to selling it for profit is to live there for three months! Now at this point, I remember reading Reid's annoyance when he reluctantly had to give up his time away from the city to basically live in an unfamiliar place for three months, I sympathized, but I also wondered, "for someone who's lived in the city, who's out and proud and doesn't answered to bigots (like his dad) is pretty darn closed minded about ranch living and cowboys", but then I had to remind myself that this is fiction and it's a good thing we meet the kind and also sexy cowboy, Walker Corrigan, who offers Reid a lift after his car breaks down. After a too long narrative, he finally gives and agrees to the kind stranger's offer. I now know why I had to knock a star down (which I really didn't want to do because it was literally the first chapter! but I had promised to add it back if Reid would redeem himself after that). Unfortunately, Reid does not redeem himself, not even a little bit. The first half of this audio book, it's always something with him. His overly defensive and quick judgement really really annoyed, but I wanted to see this through and give the book another chance and if it weren't for Walker, the easy going, kind and passionate manager of the ranch, then I would have called it quits. Upon learning about Reid's initial intentions for the Ranch, Walker spends all his time showing Reid how beautiful ranch life can be and how much value it has. It doesn't take long until Reid warms up to the ranch folks and then with Walker (wink*wink*). so 3.6/5 stars because i shouldn't have to try this hard to oversee Reid's personality, it was annoying but not too unbearable where I had to stop listening.

Finally, my overall review. i love when authors mix romance with other sub-genres because that's when their creativity and their something something sets them apart from others. A.D. Ellis brings insta-love romance with a dash of mystery in His Reluctant Cowboy, and that I can appreciate. There's no angst in this one, only sweet southern comfort with a hint of annoying city slicker (lol) but it's not all that bad. If you're looking for a quick read that has cowboys, mystery and total opposites who flirt shamelessly, then His Reluctant Cowboy may deliver that. so overall, 4/5 stars. Happy Reading all!

"I was given this free review copy audio-book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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His Reluctant Cowboy

I listened to this in one night. The story was interesting enough to keep my attention. There are funny parts, sad and a few really hot parts.

The narration was really good. Voices are consistent and emotions perfect.

I received a copy of this audible free at my request. I freely post my review

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Surprising read!

This is a lovely story. Reed was so so outspoken but that made him a great character. He just seemed to come to the ranch and float around and made every see the real them. Then they couldn’t help but love him. Walker was a surprise. He was just protecting his heart as it turns out. Watching these two come together was perfect. Walker became more open as this happened.

The secondary characters added so much! All the employees at the ranch as well as the towns folk. I love great secondary characters and these were it! Norma was my fav and a perfect ranch house fixture.

This is my first book by this author. A great job was done weaving the story together. Filled with fun and interesting characters made this an easy, fun read. This was read to me by Brad King. I enjoy listening to his voice. I have listened to him on other books but didn’t know his name. He has a great sounding voice and does a wonderful job.

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  • WI, USA #AuralFixation #AudiobookObsession
  • 07-15-19

Gotta love a happily ever after

I wasn't sure about it when I first started reading, but this title did suck me in and get me invested in the characters and the story. I'm glad I kept going!

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Sweet and satisfying

This story is very sweet! I absolutely loved the change of heart of the main character and how ranch life stars growing in him (with a little help from romance!!!).
The plot was uncomplicated. Sure, it had its tense moments, but overall it's a low angst book perfect for relaxing!

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A make you feel good book

I loved this story. It's a story about finding love where you least expect it. Reid certainly didn't expect to find love on the ranch but that's exactly what happened. Love for Walker, love for horses and land, and love for a Grandfather he never knew. I love how everyone one the ranch is like one big family. Now I want to know what's going to happen with Zeke and Jordan.
Narrator Brad King does an absolutely amazing job.

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  • AliE
  • 09-03-19

Loved this

I read His Reluctant Cowboy when it first came out, but didn't review beyond giving it 5 stars. This reread/listen confirmed that I made the right decision. Walker and Reid work well as a couple. When Reid is "bratty" at the start there is a reason, but after the first few chapters he mellows into his real character which is fun and generous. Walker is always solid and knows exactly what he wants. The secondary characters are interesting and the animals adorable, and these add another layer of detail to a well written story.

Brad King made an excellent job of the narration. Always very clearly spoken with precise pronunciation, he made the characters come alive with his different voices.

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  • choccygrl
  • 08-26-19

Narrator was excellent

Sometimes a narrator, no, a voice actor, because that is what the best are, can really elevate a book. This is one such occasion. The story is fairly standard m/m fare, fish out of water city boy comes to the ranch to close it down, falls in love with the foreman and decides to stay, while someone is setting them up to fail.
This author has her normal issues with POV, but a good narrator can overcome these, a great one can make you forget you heard this tale a million times before.
An enjoyable way to pass the journey to work.