09 January 2015

A Chaotic Range by Andrew Grey

 Most of the time ranchhand David rescues stray cattle, but this time he and his fellow cowboys Wally and Haven save a stranded motorist. David is surprised to find his former high school classmate nearly frozen in his car. After learning that Brian Applewright's boss fired him from his ranch for being gay, they invite him back to theirs to take a job.

David and Brian moved in different social circles at school, but working together brings them closer. However, David has a rocky history on the ranch. The foreman is his ex, and he only recently returned after a heartbreakingly unsuccessful attempt to find greener pastures. He can't risk his heart getting close to anyone.

But on a ranch, nature has a way of forcing an issue. When a snowstorm threatens, David and Brian head out to mend a fence and round up some stray cattle. David gets injured, and they must survive in the snow, cold, and wind. It might be the start of a relationship... or the end of their lives.
This one is about Brian, a cowboy that is down on his luck. And David a ranch hand that has had his own bad luck in life and in love. Brian finds himself jobless, penniless and driving through a bad snow storm, destination unknown. As Brian makes a turn to what he hopes will take him to someplace safe, he overcompensates a bad turn and ends up in a snow bank. Stuck he has no choice but to hunker down and hope he is found before the worse happens. David and some of the ranch crew happen to come by and spot the car, coming to the rescue just in time. Brining Brian back to the ranch, David and he quickly realize they knew each other in high school. And start a friendship based on that knowledge. After a few days all the workers get into easy work/friendship camaraderie. Brain and David start to develop a deeper friendship, starting a sexual relationship until David finds out what he feels is the real reason for Brian being fired from his last Ranch.
This was my first Range series but I had heard that you didn’t need to read the previous ones and I found that to be mostly true.  The only time I got confused is when they brought in Mario, David’s old love interest. I didn’t get that Mario was the foreman and when the David/ Mario thing happened that it was just David that left. Not until we got the back story, later in the story, was it explained better. I also found that Brian was pretty forgiving, almost too forgiving. I would have expected more confrontation between Brian, David and couple of characters. But over all a great read and I will be going back and reading the rest of the series. 


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