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Crooked Tree Ranch (Montana Series Book 1) by [Scott, RJ]
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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.

NB: This is a previously released title. It includes a new chapter and is re-edited with new cover art.

Word Count: 67,000

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Love Lane Books Ltd; 2 edition (16 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0184JSHC6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

In Montana the Crooked Tree Ranch is struggling financially and Nate and his brothers decide they need to hire a marketing guru to help bring new life and customers to their business. Meanwhile in New York, Jay is laid off from his high flying marketing job and now has no way to support his sister and her two kids. When he comes across the job at the ranch he thinks it will be a great place to start over and good for his family.

Crooked Tree Ranch is a slow burn. Dual point of view, we get to know Nate and Jay separately, learn about their lives and families before they are put in each others paths. When they start working together things don't get off to a great start and seeing the build up in their relationship made the point where they get together that much hotter and sweeter.

The setting of this story was beautiful, the characters were real and the romance written perfectly. I loved it. This is the first book I've read by RJ Scott and I can't wait to read more.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book in another must-read series! 14 December 2013
By Nic - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Crooked Tree Ranch is the first book in the new Montana series by R.J. Scott. Those of you who read my reviews regularly will know that I have a definite soft-spot for R.J. She's one of those authors who's on my must-read list and I have yet to be disappointed. I love her characters and I love the stories and I adore the way she builds a series. Without fail I get emotionally invested in the characters and love to see them appear in subsequent books.

This series is a winner because of it's cowboy theme - who can resist a gorgeous cowboy! "Nate was a cowboy, all yee-haw and camp fires and macho crap. It was unlikely there would be any Brokeback action anywhere near Crooked Tree." How wrong Jay was!

This book had a nice contrast with city-boy Jay and country-boy Nate. Most of the story takes place on the ranch but we spend a bit of time in New York when we first meet Jay. Jay is a marketing executive who is retrenched and circumstances lead him to taking a job on the ranch owned by Nate and his brothers.

It may be financial pressures that prompt Jay to look beyond New York for a job, forced to widen his net when he can't get a job, but it is his love of family and his desire to provide for his sister and her children that results in the big decision to relocate.

As in most R.J. Scott books, there is a strong family theme. In this case, we have a focus on two families, where the brother has taken on a role as head of the family. Firstly there is Jay's family, where Jay takes a role supporting his sister who had been abused in the past and acts as a father figure to her kids. There is also Nate's family, where Nate had been the head of the household since his parents were killed when he was eighteen. Most of his decisions have been based on keeping the ranch running for his younger brothers. Both our main characters put their family first and are supportive and protective.

Nate hasn't really had a relationship beyond a one night stand and Jay's last relationship was a disaster with a selfish, two-timing boyfriend.

On one hand I loved the slow development of the relationship between Nate and Jay, particularly Nate's desire to take his time and not treat Jay as a one-night stand. But on the other hand I wanted them to get together faster! I think it was midway through the book before there was any substantial action.

Not a huge amount of drama but a nice start to what promises to be a great series. I can already sense (or hope) that we will get a book about the missing Justin (son of Marcus who lives on the ranch), or maybe his brother Ethan the cop, and definitely Sam the chef.

The second and third books are due in July and September next year - something to definitely look forward to!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crooked Tree Ranch 17 December 2013
By Marinieves - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Book 1 of the series. Nate , Gabe and Luke are brothers ... Owners of the Crooked Tree Ranch , after their parents death. Jay and Ashley are siblings , she has 2 children , Kristen and Josh. The ranch is in much needed revamping and marketing ... The siblings think they should hire a marketing expert. Jay , along with his family , decides to go to Montana after He accepted the job from the ranch ...
Nate and Jay's first encounter is comical , but even they feel the tension but not knowing if any questions should come ... After many encounters , finally Jay teases Nate ... Asking him about his sexual preferences and about a gay bar.
Nate invites him to the bar , Jay decides to do all to make Nate jealous ... It worked ... Kisses and promises come out of it.
The story pretty much develops after that ... All the Todd siblings are looking out Sullivan's family.
Will have to see how the rest of the series goes ...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B+ rating.... 30 January 2014
By Smitten with Reading - Published on
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My Review:
This is a book about two different families struggling to survive.

Jay's the head of his family which consists:
*His sister Ashley who got pregnant at fifteen, suffers from depression, and sent her ex to prison for beating her and her son.
*His fifteen or sixteen year old niece who's in the grips of rebellion...goth dress and attitude
*His six year old nephew Josh who they've just discovered is dyslexic
This family has lived in NYC their whole lives, but Josh is pretty much the breadwinner for the family and when he loses his marketing job with no alternative in sight, they begin to look at other directions.

Nate's the head of his family which consists of:
*Gabe, his younger brother
*Luke, the youngest who's 17.
Nate has his own dyslexic issues and is also struggling to keep the family dude ranch afloat....something that's become harder and harder as the economy depresses. Hiring Jay is a last-ditch effort and Nate honestly doesn't think it's going to work.

Both of these families are definitely dealing with their challenges brought on by losing their support systems (parents) early in life. That was the one thing that truly worked in this book. The two families complimented each other so well and made them a cohesive and stronger unit as one. I loved that aspect of it.

Then there is the whole Montana ranch portion of the story...Oh my, LOVE! Luke is a photographer and Jay is trying to showcase the beauty of the ranch. As a result, there were so many really visual descriptions of the scenery that I just loved. I felt like I took a quick trip to Montana in this book and it was beautiful...and romantic....and so fun!

This is only my second RJ Scott read, but I can guarantee you that I will be adding more of this author's books to my TBR pile. She writes beautiful stories that leave me feeling better for having read them and I love that in a book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 16 December 2013
By Andreams - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
R.J. Scott has written another winner and it’s about cowboys! A strong story line, very well drawn characters, fantastic writing – can’t ask for more. She has a way of writing stories that just won’t let you go.

Crooked Tree Ranch is centered around 3 Montana families, one of which is written about in this book. It has a happy ending and can stand alone but I’m looking forward to reading more about the other families and secondary characters, mainly because they all infuriated me. I don’t think I’ve ever read another book that evoked so many conflicting emotions at once. I got mad at the main characters for being so wonderful and not realizing they were being taken advantage of. I got mad at an older man who was royally using them. I got mad at a family who left town and saddled them with all the responsibility. I got mad at a bigoted old man……..basically, I got mad at everyone. And I loved every word of it. Of all her books, this one called up more emotions from me than any other.

As I was reading and fuming, the one thing that stayed in my head was the knowledge that R.J. Scott will turn this around and make me love those very people I hate when she writes the next books in this series. I don't know how but I know she will.

Highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the premises of the story 10 March 2016
By Tracy Muth ~Bayou Book Junkie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 Stars

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest reciew*

Nate and his brothers are in danger of losing the family dude ranch in Montana. They need help. They need someone to come in and help with the marketing and advertising. Someone to find a way to draw guests back to the ranch.

After a massive company layoff Jay, who works in marketing is now out of a job in New York City. With his sister, niece and nephew to support Jay can't afford to be out of work. With most of his former co-workers also looking for work, there isn't a job to be found. Jay answers an ad for a marketing position at the ranch. The detail that seals the deal for him is he can bring his family with him.

I liked the premises of the story, but It took me until the last 20% of the book to really connect with the characters and care about what was going to happen. I felt the book focused too much on the secondary characters, and not enough time was given to the main characters. I like when the secondary characters are important and involved in the book, but I found their storylines took over the book at times, yet as much attention as the author gave them, they were left open and unresolved. For example, the author brings up a story of Adam and Justin, two young teenagers that went missing. Nate tells the story to Jay, and it felt like the story was told to have meaning and a resolution, but it wasn't really mentioned further, and I'm left wanting to know what the resolution to the story was.

This story was too slow and too fast. Too slow as in the other storylines took up too much time and once we finally get to the main characters their story moved much too fast. The pace was off in this book.

All in all it wasn't a horrible read, but I'm left not sure if I'm interested or care enough to continue on to book two.