Listening Length: 6 hours and 20 minutes
A fist fight, a snowstorm, a stolen kiss in the barn… and a second chance at love.
Ford Nixel has two law offices, two fancy condominiums, and all the right connections. In short, he has everything he wants.
The last thing he needs is his Uncle Ty’s stake in the Leaning N, a ranch that’s been in the family for generations. Ford hasn’t even been to the ranch in over a decade, not since he left his boyfriend Stoney behind and headed back to college alone.
Ford arrives at the Leaning N to find Stoney, now a single father, right where he left him. A fist fight, a snowstorm, and a stolen kiss in the barn later—Ford knows none of the heat between them has dissipated.
I’m always leery of stories where one character holds onto anger/grudge for years upon years. But I enjoy Tortuga’s writing and her cowboys so I pushed aside my wariness. I’m glad I did.
Ford is a very successful lawyer. He is called home by his Uncle Ty who is stepping away from the ranch for health reasons. He needs Ford to take over the failing business and Ford finds himself sharing ownership with his ex, Stoney. He has two options, commit to the ranch and find a way to bring it away from the brink of bankruptcy or sell it.
There is a lot going on in this story. The characters are more complex than I expected and more drama than I would’ve liked. Ford did have a valid reason for his grudge but he was a bit slow on the uptake, especially once he started getting to know everyone on the ranch again. Still, his pain over the betrayal was understandable once all the facts were finally revealed. (With one exception, Stoney going to work for Ty all those years ago. Ford being pissed at that didn’t hold water with me.)
I really liked Stoney and sympathized with him from the beginning. He struggled to learn how to work alongside Ford but he was so awesome with his kid. I don’t want to give away too much because this is a character driven story. But I will say that I loved the cast of side characters, especially the vegan chef. Simply adored him and would jump at a story of him falling in love with a cowboy.
Story – 4
Narration – 5
Overall – 4