Title: The Rancher's Son
Series: Montana, #2
Author: R.J. Scott
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: March 25, 2016
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 memories 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 twelve 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.
"5 Stars!! For a romance and a mystery all in one!! ~Jaime - Alpha Book Club
".... a wonderful "second-chances" story and I couldn't put it down once I started it." ~Paul (Goodreads Review)
"You can't go wrong with an R.J. Scott book, and this one is no different. Heartwarming and fun with a splash of angst and suspense..." ~Ceri (Goodreads Review)
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*
RJ Scott has been writing since age six when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies and was told to write a story. Two sides of A4 about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born. She reads anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror; however, her first real love will always be the world of romance. From billionaires, bodyguards and cowboys to SEALs, throwaways and veterinarians, she writes passionate stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after.