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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 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,325 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scott gives it 3.5 Stars 28 November 2016
By GGR-Review - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is about culture and family and how people from different areas can find themselves inexplicably happy when accepting other individuals for who they are.

This is about the blending of 2 families. Jay, his Sister, Niece and Nephew are from the city. When Jay is forced out of his job due to downsizing and the possibility of finding employment in the city is extremely difficult. Jay decides to expand his search parameters in the job search, he runs across a dude ranch in Montana that is looking for a full time marketing director. The job comes with a home, minimal compensation and a horse. This is how Jay and his Family find themselves at the Crooked Tree Ranch.

Nate and his Brothers run the Crooked Tree Ranch and they are losing market share to competing dude ranches in the area. The Ranch needs someone to market them and that is where Jay comes in.

This is a non angsty story as the reader knows what is eventually going to happen. The pacing of the story was well done, it kept my interest throughout the whole time. The reason I liked the pacing so much is that it felt real, a possible real time sequence of events that felt natural as the family from the city melded with the family in the country. This is also a feel good story due to the nature of the acceptance that is shown for everyone. We say on a daily basis that what 2 men or 2 women feel for each other is as natural as heterosexual relationships and that is a strong point in this story. One of my favorite scenes is when Jay is giving Nate a BJ in his office and Luke (that is Nate’s youngest brother) comes into the office after knocking and says “You do know this office has windows”, I think I snorted, it’s actually one of my favorite lines in a book.

If you noticed I gave the book a 3.5 star rating and you are probably wondering why. This book had everything for a 5 star rating until the end. The ending rushed up on me so fast it felt like a herd of mustangs running from a pack wolves. Once Nate and Jay accepted the need for each other the ending came up suddenly, I would have really enjoyed seeing them spend some time together as a couple, I felt like I was denied that privilege. Whether or not I’ll get the ending that I needed in book 2, I’ll just have to see when I read The Rancher’s Son.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B+ rating.... 30 January 2014
By Smitten with Reading - Published on Amazon.com
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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
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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.
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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!
5.0 out of 5 stars The characters she creates and the settings are so believable and beautiful, they just touch a special place in your ... 24 April 2017
By Olivia Herrell - Published on Amazon.com
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R.J. Scott has the magic touch when it comes to writing LGBT fiction, especially if it involves cowboys. The characters she creates and the settings are so believable and beautiful, they just touch a special place in your heart. I was a little sad that there wasn't more about Adam, after his plot line was mentioned, but then I learned that there's a whole series to this set of books and I can't wait to read them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys and City Boys....Hot 22 April 2016
By pamkaymmbloggers - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved this book. Cowboy in Montana and a city boy from NYC come together at Crooked Tree Ranch. Jay has worked in media in NYC for a long time until he was laid off his job. With his sister and her kids, Jay knows he has to do something. When he finds a job opportunity at the Crooked Tree Ranch he is real skeptical since it is way out west, out in the country, and the benefits and salary are not very good, but he decides he would take it and move his family out there. At first he and the cowboy, Nate, who actually pays his salary are both unsure that this would work. Unsure that they both are gay, both have this attraction that they don't know what to do with. After going to a gay bar together, Nate is jealous of the attention that Jay is getting and he becomes the aggressor. And Jay definitely doesn't have a problem with it. Both are gay and when they finally figure it out, the sparks fly. Jay is able to turn the ranch around with his marketing skills and the two men, after they realize this job is not short term, decide they would not hide it from anyone. The saga continues for the quest of two young men who vanished 12 years ago that intertwines with the lives of those on the ranch. Great Read...
5.0 out of 5 stars Nate and Jay are so perfect for each other 22 July 2015
By padme35 - Published on Amazon.com
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Nate and Jay are so perfect for each other. Okay they may not exactly be up to Jack and Riley caliber from Ms. Scott's Texas series but boy do they have that push and pull chemistry that had me hooked from beginning to end. And talk about the end, I didn't want it to ever end. On the surface it looks like the typical city boy meets cowboy romance but other than Jay's horse riding skills, or lack thereof, those differences don't really play in to the story. Some people may not find there differences not effecting the story very realistic but I speak from personal experience, it does happen. My mother was the quintessential city girl and my dad was country all the way but Mom took to farming like she was born to it, so it really does happen. I found not going the way of that cliche quite refreshing.

The secondary characters had me just as intrigued. Nate's brothers, Jay's sister, niece, and nephew; there were more than a few times that I wanted to shake that niece of his to make her wise up but the truth is, she's a teenager and that's what they do, aggravate and warm your heart all in the same breath. Definitely a must read and I eagerly await Rancher's Son, book 2 in this Montana series, which according to the author's publishing schedule should tentatively arrive January 2016.