Friday, August 10, 2018

Series Recap & Giveaway: The MONTANA SERIES by RJ Scott-Includes Reviews!

Montana Series now Available in Kindle Unlimited

Book #1 - Crooked Tree Ranch - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - The Rancher's Son - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - A Cowboy's Home - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 - Snow In Montana - Amazon US - Amazon UK
Book #5 - Second Chance Ranch - Out August 28 - All Info Here

Crooked Tree Ranch (Montana #1)

The Cowboy and the City Slicker.

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.

Carra's Review - Crooked Tree Ranch

This is the second book that I have read by this author, and I'm really going to have to find a way to convince my husband that I need her entire backlist ASAP. He can consider it an early birthday present ;-)

I loved the characters, both main and supporting. I don't think I could pick a favorite, it would be one massive tie. Nate is so strong, loyal, protective and let's not forget...cowboy! He so readily became the leader of his family when tragedy struck, and even as solid as he appears, you can still feel a bit of vulnerability when it comes to him and Jay together. Jay has a similar past--having to become the caretaker of his family--and is extremely devoted to their happiness and well-being. He's also very smart, and has a fun side when it comes to leading Nate where he wants him.

A lot of the story centers upon the ranch itself and the issues it has that Nate and the others are trying to overcome. The one thing that I wished the story would have had is more interaction between Nate and Jay. With everything else that was going on, I just would have liked to have seen more of them together so I could better see the development of their relationship in that respect (no, I'm not talking intimate scenes, I'm just talking in general).

But even with that wish, I still loved the story-it really kept me engaged and with my fingers crossed that everything would work out between Nate and Jay. It's always a good read when you have two main characters who seem so much at odds realize that they are actually what the other wants. I really enjoyed the alternating points of view from Jay and Nate, it added depth to the story being able to hear both of their sides.

4.5 stars for Crooked Tree Ranch, and I can't wait to read more in this series. Recommended for fans of M/M romance 18+ (especially if you are fans of cowboys) as there's adult language and sexual content.

The Rancher's Son (Montana #2)

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.

Carra's Review - The Rancher's Son

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 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*

A Cowboy's Home (Montana #3)

One burned and broken man finds his way home. Can he find peace in the arms of a man easy to love?

Justin made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, battling domestic terrorism, never the man he really was, using hate to avenge the death of his best friend. The friend he'd killed.

What he doesn’t count on is getting shot, and if he's going to die he wants it to be on Crooked Tree soil. Home.

Sam is as much a part of Crooked Tree as any of the families, and the offer to buy into the ranch is a dream come true. But falling for a hidden, secretive, injured man isn’t the way to keep his head in the game.

Carra's Review - A Cowboy's Home

One of the reasons I love this series is the characters. There's a lot of depth to all of them, and discovering everything about the main characters in each book is very satisfying to me. Here in A Cowboy's Home, we get to see Justin's extremely painful journey from the time he goes missing from Crooked Tree until he finally makes his way back. Turns out he's one of the bravest, most selfless men around-even when he was still just a teen.

Sam may not have gone through physical pain like Justin did, but he has plenty of emotional pain from his past thanks to his family. It makes you feel good to see who he's become today, even more so once he discovers Justin on Crooked Tree property and comes to his aid. Sam does what's right, and is there for Justin every step of the way-even when Justin doesn't want any help. The two form a bond that is tenuous but is something for Justin to cling to.

For most of the story, Sam really acts as comfort for Justin-nothing romantic or sexy, just one person caring for another. Development of things between them is slow but always simmering in the background, and the story of Justin's survival, healing and the suspense around his situation are what take the forefront for the majority of this story...though yes, there will be a little bit of heat here and there (just enough to whet your appetite).

I really enjoyed being able to hear Justin's journey after being teased with his missing character in the first two books of the series. It was also great to spend time with all of the other characters from the series as they come to terms with Justin's return home and the ramifications of that.

Justin and Sam actually make a very good couple-they balance each other quite well with Sam providing stability and compassion to Justin's frenzied life and the pain he's suffered and is still suffering. It may be corny and cliche, but the phrase "you complete me" really does apply to the two of them.

This series is best enjoyed when read in order, and those readers who have been waiting to find out what happened to Justin will be very happy with A Cowboy's Home. It was a very solid 4-star read for me, and I definitely recommend this book and the overall series to M/M romance fans. It is still for those readers 18+ for language and sexual content. Oh, and be prepared to fall for both Justin and Sam, not just as a couple, but individually as well ;-)

Snow In Montana (Montana #4)
An actor in the closet, a sheriff in love, and memories that won’t stay hidden.

Jordan Darby is known as the King of Christmas. The star of eight made-for-TV Christmas movies, the leading man who always gets his girl. Filming at Crooked Tree Ranch in Montana, in the ice and snow, Jordan is fighting to make a go of his new company and dealing with fears of exposure over one huge secret. After all, who the hell would buy into him being a romantic straight lead if rumors about him being gay were proven to be true?

Sheriff Ryan Carter is advising on the new movie being made at Crooked Tree. He hoped this would be one day of work and nothing more. Until, that is, he meets the hero. But while Jordan is sexy, he’s also very much stuck in the closet—everything that Ryan doesn’t need in his life. And then lust becomes part of the equation, and Ryan’s quiet life is thrown into turmoil.

Their story unfolds against the chaos that overtakes the ranch, with Adam regaining memories that terrify him and make him look at Justin differently, and Justin leaving the ranch to make things right. Only through trusting in love and friendship can Justin and Adam learn to look to the future instead of letting the past destroy everything. But will they ever see clearly enough to do that?

Carra's Review - Snow in Montana

I love returning to this series again and again.  At this point, I really am deeply invested in the characters, so any glimpse back into any of their lives is pretty sweet.  Adding another couple to the mix just makes the series even better to me.

Ryan is strong, dependable, loyal, dedicated to his family, and also very secure in who he is and the fact that he is out.  He seems very comfortable in his own skin, and his kind and giving nature made me want for him to find his own happiness too.  At first, Jordan might seem like a typical Hollywood type, but the more I read the more it was obvious that this is very far from the truth.  He's sweet and driven to make sure he and his brother succeed, but has his reasons for staying in the closet to the general public.  The sparks between Ryan and Jordan are quite evident from the start, and their chemistry only gets stronger the further into the story I read.

One thing I really loved about this story is that we get more development of the stories for Ethan, Adam, Justin and Sam. It was tremendously satisfying to find out more about the things that happened while Adam and Justin were gone, and to see Adam discovering more of his memories.  The unwavering commitment of Ethan and Adam as well as Justin and Sam is reinforced again and again, making me feel like their relationships were solidifying even more.

There's a bit of drama, tension and of course a just-right dose of heat.  So much story is packed into this book, but nothing ever feels rushed or glossed over.  I am so firmly entrenched in this series and with these characters that I don't know what I'm going to do with myself when these stories end.  I loved Ryan and Jordan together, especially how Jordan was drawn more and more toward staying with Ryan and less and less being in LA.  

Snow in Montana was an excellent, 5-star read for me, and I do highly recommend it.  I do strongly recommend that it be read as part of the series in order as there is a lot that goes on in this story that builds on everything that came in the first three books of the series.  If you're a fan of the series, you DO NOT want to miss this one.  If you haven't started the series yet, you're really missing out on an amazing group of characters!  This is one of my favorite M/M romance series, and it is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

RJ is the author of the over one hundred novels and discovered romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t romance on the page, she could create it in her head, and is a lifelong writer.

She lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her family.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit and has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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