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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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    Tams (TTC Books and more) 05-09-17 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author.

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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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    David San Diego, CA, United States 08-29-17
    David San Diego, CA, United States 08-29-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Not memorable but enjoyable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a very easy listen, and I was able to finish it in two days. I enjoyed the characters, and there were a few good scenes, such as when Jay first got on horseback. I thought it was something worth listening to.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I feel that some of the ending was rushed, and not necessarily something that I felt was built up to within the story itself.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Crisden did a solid job with the pacing. My only complaint was the ending of the book, which as previously mentioned I felt was rushed.


    Any additional comments?

    RJ Scott has done a decent job with the Texas series (I listened to the first and read two of the sequels). While the Montana series didn't start as strongly as the Texas series in my opinion. I don't know if I want to continue the Montana series in the same way I wanted to continue the Texas series, however as a stand alone story it was enjoyable.

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    Amrica J Montana, USA 08-14-17
    Amrica J Montana, USA 08-14-17 Member Since 2016

    Amrica

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    "I deleted the book before finishing it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought I was downloading a story about a ranch in Montana. I wouldn't have purchased if I had any idea it contained graphic gay sex between the main characters. Just not the type of book I enjoy. I should have checked out the reviews better, but the description should have been more clear on this content.


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    Dee Slate 08-05-17
    Dee Slate 08-05-17
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    "Really good story, solid narration"
    Would you listen to Crooked Tree Ranch again? Why?

    Oh yes! It was very good.


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

    There are a few - when Jay gets on a horse again after being with Nate, when Jay has to talk to Henry - an old timer who isn't politically correct, but most of all when Henry decks a man because the man hits women and children, it's touching and funny.


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

    He gave a solid performance here - I could distinguish between each character. My only niggle is that he sometimes narrates a little fast? But that's just me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Once Nate and Jay had gone on their first date, Nate laid out the 'ground rules' for their relationship - it was endearing. I loved how their relationship clicked into place after that.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Nate and Jay- they worked well together. I admired Jay for his strength and his belief that things would work out. I liked that Nate once he made up his mind about something, he went for it.
    I loved the audio ( I don't have the ebook yet, but plan to) and plan on getting the rest of the series.
    While I gifted this audiobook by the author, I was not required to share my thoughts and opinions.

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    Keith b miller 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "it is really good. "

    the story is so important that the love in it is the icing on the cake the love in this book is so much that it will make you feel that there is really good and honest love out there so i will love this book and story

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    sue sowell Jackson, Tn, US 07-23-17
    sue sowell Jackson, Tn, US 07-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great"

    great book loved it will read again and again hope everyone else will read it

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    Bookworm250 07-19-17
    Bookworm250 07-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Sweet Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Crooked Tree Ranch the most enjoyable?

    The relationships between family members and the love they have for each other.


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

    The club scene when Jay and Nate finally give in to their attraction.


    Did Sean Crisden do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It was okay, I've listened to other books he's narrated and just not one my favorites


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Home on the range...


    Any additional comments?

    It was a nice story with well developed characters and relationships. I felt like Nate and Jay's romance/relationship was an afterthought in whole book. Their first kiss was 4 hours in to an 6 hour audio book. The sex scenes seemed rushed. It was a little frustrating. But if you want a book that is not all about the sex and more about the build up to a long term relationship, you will enjoy this story.

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    Joseph 07-16-17
    Joseph 07-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "good book"
    Would you listen to Crooked Tree Ranch again? Why?

    yes


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

    when he ran him over with is horse


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

    the way he reads the book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Montana love story


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    DPiazzi 07-15-17
    DPiazzi 07-15-17 Member Since 2014
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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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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 07-13-17
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 07-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The City Boy and The Cowboy"

    This story was very sweet and satisfying. It wasn’t overly dramatic and angsty but it was emotionally engaging enough that I listened to the book in one day. I have to be honest, I am on the fence about Sean Crisden, but his narration of this story was spot on. The author told the story in a dual POV and the voices the narrator used for the characters fit my image of them. This one was one of Sean Crisden’s better performances.

    I though the author did a great job in building up the relationship between Nate Todd and Jay Sullivan. Even though they only knew each other for a short amount of time, it didn’t feel like insta-love. RJ Scott’s writing appeals to me because she focuses on the family, their interactions and their emotions more than the physical acts between the couples. I prefer a juicy story over copious amounts of sex so this audiobook was so good. There was a number of subplots, but the pace at which the author tackled them was comfortable so the reader never felt bogged down with angst or overly emotional scenes. I am looking forward to finding out more about the second family of the Ranch trifecta, The Allens.

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  • Lily G Blunt
    5/7/17
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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
  • choccygrl
    8/4/17
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    "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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  • Jackie Thorogood
    7/15/17
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    "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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  • IAN
    United Kingdom
    5/25/17
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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
  • kindleaddict
    nottingham UK
    5/19/17
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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.

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