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The Rancher's Son Audiobook

The Rancher's Son: Montana Series, Book 2

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A man without memories and the cop who never gave up hope.

When he wakes up in the hospital, the victim of a brutal beating, John Doe has no memory of who he is or who hurt him. The cops can find nothing to identify him and he can't remember anything to help...except the name Ethan and one recurring place from his dreams. Two words, and they're not much, but it's a start: Crooked Tree.

Detective Ethan Allens has never stopped searching for the two boys who vanished. When a report lands on Ethan's desk that may give new leads, he jumps at the chance to follow them up. The man he finds isn't his brother, but it's someone who could maybe help him discover what happened 12 years ago.

What neither man can know is that facing the very real demons of the past could destroy any kind of future they may have together.

©2017 RJ Scott (P)2017 RJ Scott

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    Becky C USA 07-04-17
    Becky C USA 07-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Spectacular audiobook"

    The Rancher's Son is the second book in RJ Scott's Montana series. It picks up pretty much right after the end of book one, Crooked Tree Ranch, but with a much different tone. While the first book in the series was relatively light, with plenty of humor and only a bit of angst, this book takes a much, much darker turn into missing people, death, cops and lost memories.

    Ethan is a police officer in Missoula, Montana, but he is the oldest son of one of the owners of the Crooked Tree Ranch. Ethan's younger brother Justin went missing 12 years ago, along with his best friend, Adam, the youngest son of one of the other ranch owners. The two teenagers just *poof* disappeared one day after going for a swim in a lake. Ethan has never stopped looking for Justin and Adam, wanting to know what happened, if they are still alive and if they are, what is keeping them from coming home.

    When Ethan finds Adam, badly beaten and suffering from almost total amnesia in a Chicago hospital, it doesn't answer the question about what happened to Justin 12 years ago, but it does open a door to Ethan's quest to find his brother. Or does it? Without his memory, can Adam help Ethan solve the puzzle?

    Ethan takes Adam home to Crooked Tree Ranch. During the long drive home, tiny pieces of Adam's memory come back back, disjointed and sometimes as part of nightmares, but the question of why Adam and Justin left is left a mystery. Meanwhile, Ethan and Adam try to rekindle a love born to them when they were just teenagers. It's hard to make that happen when there is such a gaping black hole in Adam's memories and so much time has elapsed, with each man having had many experiences that did not include the other.

    Back at Crooked Tree Ranch, long-buried family secrets surface as well as the secrets of what may have happened to Justin and Adam to keep them from returning home. Many of these secrets are dreadful memories and a few very good ones. This is a brilliantly crafted story and not all parts of the mysteries that abound at the ranch are resolved by the end, but enough is revealed to have more than one HEA. There is a huge twist in the final pages to leave the reader more than eager for the next book in the series.

    I suppose you could read this book as a stand-alone, but I don't recommend it. The background on the ranch and the families is built in the first book, and The Rancher's Son would be less of a story without that context. Do yourself a favor and buy both books and then marathon-read them. You may lose a little sleep because they are almost impossible to put down once you've begun to immerse yourself in the lives and loves of the people at Crooked Tree Ranch. Totally worth it. I mean, what's not to love about cowboys, SEALs and cops all in one book?

    I'm adding a bit to the review after listening to the audiobook version. This was spectacular! The narrator, Sean Crisden, is one of the best voice actors on an audiobook. Most of the characters are men, making it a trick to distinguish different voices, but Mr. Crisden does an exemplary job of it. Each voice matches the character to which it is assigned. Well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Second chance love at Crooked Tree Ranch"

    In Book 1, we met Marcus Allen, who tended to the financial aspects of Crooked Tree Ranch, the 300 acre land in Montana shared with The Todds (see book 1) and The Starachs. We also got a small glimpse into his strained relationship with his son Ethan especially regarding the disappearance of the youngest son Justin.

    Marcus’ wife died and his son Justin disappeared 12 years ago with his best friend Adam when they went swimming. Marcus’ oldest son Ethan Allen never accepted the “death” of his brother Justin and best friend Adam, and left his family’s ranch and joined law enforcement.

    In this sequel, Marcus still struggles with his health and still doesn’t believe Justin is alive. His relationship with his son Ethan was still strained and the return of Adam absent answers to what happened twelve years ago added to the tension. As a police officer, Ethan had put out feelers and one day got a call about a John Doe asking for Ethan and Crooked Tree Ranch. At the hospital, Ethan comes face to face with Adam, although, now Adam is an amnesiac. Ethan brings Adam back to the Ranch to help jog his memory.

    This book was more emotional and angst than book one, but I love it just the same. Ethan was a really great guy. He was so hopeful, steadfast and patient with Adam as the families tried to figure out what happened those years ago. Again, the narrator gave a masterful performance as he returned the reader to Montana with the same families, giving more detail to the subplot of the Allen’s family. RJ Scott does a great job slowly building these characters and their stories. These characters feel like people I could relate to and I definitely rooted for their happiness. I had a hard time deciding which couple I liked best, Ethan & Adam or Nate & Jay. Plus, Gabe (Nate’s middle brother) & Ashley (Jay’s sister) was an added extra dose of sweetness to this story. While this particular love story ended well, some other threads remain loose and I look forward to the author’s next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mari Cardenas 07-13-17
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    "Great, emotional addition to the series!"

    This is book 2 in the Montana Series and while it can technically be read/listened to as a standalone, you'll be missing out on a lot of background story and a fantastic read if you don't read book 1. Ethan has been trying to find his brother and their friend Adam ever since they disappeared 12 years ago. When a man that fits his description appears out of the blue in Chicago, Ethan drops everything to go find him.

    Adam has no memories of what his life has been up to waking up at the hospital. Not the last 12 years nor the previous 16. However, there's something about Ethan that makes him trust him and together they begin the journey back to Crooked Tree Ranch as they strive to get Adam's memories back.

    I loved this book! It was emotional, heartbreaking and hopeful, I just adored the depth RJ Scott gave to Ethan and Adam and their journey as Adam remembered the fateful day when Justin and he went missing. The book leaves a few loose ends that will come into play in the next installment, but overall, it's a really great read.

    My favorite part about the narration was the great variety of voices that Sean Crisden brought to life. He did a fantastic job with that. However, I had a bit of trouble with the tone he used for Adam's voice. It was too deep and it made him sound older than Ethan, when it's the opposite and that took a bit of getting used to. I also found that some scenes sounded a bit monotonous, but other than that, I think the narrator did a very good job with the audiobook.

    All in all, I highly recommend this book, it's very enjoyable in any of its forms!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ButtonsMom2003 Florida 06-29-17
    ButtonsMom2003 Florida 06-29-17
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    "This is a fantastic book!"

    Would you listen to The Rancher's Son again? Why?
    Yes! I'd already read the book and loved it, so listening to this while I was working or doing other things was a treat. I don't have time to re-read books but I've found that listening to favorites that I've already read and loved is just perfect and helps pass the time while doing mundane tasks.

    Who was your favorite character and why?
    It's really hard to pick between Ethan and Adam; they are both wonderful characters and both have suffered greatly, albeit in different ways.

    Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
    No, I haven't. While I enjoyed his performance, I didn't love it. He did a great job with different voices for different characters but the emotions I felt when I read the book just didn't come through for me nearly as much while listening to this story.I don't listen to a lot of audio books so my opinion shouldn't be the deciding factor for buying this. The story itself is wonderful.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
    Yes, but it just wasn't possible.

    Any additional comments?
    I love RJ Scott's Montana series and would love to listen to the rest of the books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carra at Making it Happen blog 07-11-17
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    "An emotional story, a really good listen!"

    The Rancher's Son is my definition of unputdownable. From the moment I started reading, I didn't want to tear myself away because I just HAD to find out the story behind Adam and Justin's disappearance, and with Adam's amnesia and subsequent very slow regaining of his memories, I was riveted to the pages reading as quickly as possible to find out what happened.

    I absolutely loved Adam. You can't help but feel for him, and as troubled and damaged as he is, he's still sweet yet very vulnerable. Ethan is strong and protective, and is so careful with Adam. He is determined to find answers, not just to who hurt Adam and why, but to where his brother Justin is and what happened when Justin and Adam disappeared twelve years ago. Ethan and Adam together...it just feels so right.

    Everything about this book drew me in, and it is written so the flow is smooth and almost hypnotic to keep you buried deep in the story. The characters have depth, and I loved seeing the returning characters from the first book of the series. The story is told from both Ethan's and Adam's points of view, making the tale richer by getting both of their thoughts (I love dual POV stories!).

    The Rancher's Son does have a surprise that's a bit of a cliffhanger toward the end of the book...don't worry, it's a good one and I know for me, it was a definite attention grabber. I'm dying now for the next book of the series, I NEED answers!

    5 angsty, turmoil-filled stars for The Rancher's Son from me, I do highly recommend both this book and the first of the series. Personally, I would read Crooked Tree Ranch before starting this one. Even though The Rancher's Son can be read as a standalone, I think you'll enjoy it more if you get some backstory and meet the other characters first. This is for M/M romance fans 18+ for adult language and sexual content. There's not a lot of sexual scenes since much of the story focuses on Adam's recovery, but you will get many sweet and tender moments between him and Ethan. *swoon*

    The narration: I've listened to Sean Crisden before, and have always enjoyed his narrations. He does a good job here with distinct voices for the characters, though Adam's voice didn't quite match what I thought it would be when I read the ebook, to me he sounded rougher, older...though that is based on my interpretation of the character at the time I had read the story. Listening to the audio version did not elicit as emotional a response from me as the written one, which has me rating the narration at 4 stars instead of 5...but it's still a really great listen and the surprise near the end of the book that I mentioned earlier sounded really great in the audio. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series on audio!

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    Christina Wade 07-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Really liking this series!"

    4.5 Stars

    * Review updated 7/8/17

    Originally, I read this book without reading book 1. When I had the chance to go back and listen to books 1 and 2 in order, I eagerly listened! I’m glad I went back and listened to book 1 to get some of the history I missed the first time. The audio performance is pretty good with several distinctive voices. Mr. Crisden does cowboy really, really well!

    This book is heavy…very heavy with A LOT of emotion. I was reduced to tears so many times in this book. The unresolved emotions between Ethan and Adam, the unresolved issues between Ethan and his dad, Ethan’s brother still missing with Adam having no recollection of what happened and Adam rediscovering his life are all very overwhelming. You are kept on the edge of your seat with Adam slowly but surely remembering things that happened in his life. The tension between Adam and Ethan, not only sexual but emotional will put you through the ringer. Ethan’s strength, loyalty and determination while helping Adam recover physically and emotionally are just amazing. I love how they lean on each other and support each other through this really emotional time. I’m also a sucker for friends to lovers and second chances, both of which happen here.

    There is still a lot to resolve in this series and I’m guessing the next book is going to be huge with a lot happening. We still need to see Ethan’s dad’s recovery the reparation of their relationship. Even though I understand Ethan’s reasoning, I also wasn’t thrilled with their current living and job situation so I hope that changes. We get a pretty big surprise at the end with no more answers on Justin’s whereabouts so it’s on to the next book I go...I don't think I can wait for the audiobook to come out!

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    HockeyfanT TX USA 07-05-17
    HockeyfanT TX USA 07-05-17 Member Since 2017

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    "The Rancher's Son"

    This book is the second in the Crooked Tree series, and I adore it even more than the first. There is love, angst, mystery, and enough left open to make the listener anxious for the next book. Ethan and Adam fell in love as teens, then Ethan's brother Justin and Adam went missing. Now, Adam has been found, but he has no memory. Ethan works at helping Adam to remember, while they find themselves falling in love again as adults.
    RJ Scott has written another wonderful story, and Sean Crisden has given each of the characters life. I loved this pairing of one of my favorite authors and one of my favorite narrators. I look forward to the next installment, Justin's story.
    I was given a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

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  • RachelM
    7/3/17
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    "Wonderful!"
    If you could sum up The Rancher's Son in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, romantic, perfection!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam, he's just lovely.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time I would have, Sean Crisden is a brilliant narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    This is probably my favourite RJ Scott book and hearing it brought to life by the fantastic narration of Sean Crisden has only made the experience of listening even better. Can't recommend this book, and in fact this series, enough.

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