My Personal Review for Andrew Grey's An Isolated Range

Another wonderful story in Andrew Grey's Stories from the Range series. This time is takes on living, death and more.

My Rating for An Isolated Range: 4.5 Stars & a Recommended Read


Marty Green is his way. Playing on his college basketball team, enjoying his newfound freedom at last from his well-meaning yet smothering family, he never anticipates the one time he finally starts in a game and he has a stroke. Now trying to get the strength back so he can walk again, to find his way in a world that he has no idea how to function in and try to maintain his independence even as his overprotective parents try to take over his life. When Marty is offered a job at ranch his doctor knows about, he jumps at the chance to get away and maybe find his new path in life.

When Quinn Knepper sees Marty for the first time, he feels a strong connection to the shy new guy. But even as he tries to take it slow and let friendship turn into something more, Quinn finds himself falling in love with Marty. Even though Marty is interested, he is afraid to let his true self come out as he was taught from his parents to not cause an embarrassment to the family and his senator father. But the heart wants what it wants and it will take all the strength Marty has to take a stand against his family and be with the one person who has come to mean the world to him. But is it too late for Quinn and Marty now that Marty’s dad comes out as a homophobe?

The first time I picked up one of this author's wonderful Range series books, I was hooked right from the start. In An Isolated Range, we meet Marty Green. A young man with the world at his fingertips and it all comes crashing down when he suffers a stroke on the basketball court during his first game. This is an author who knows his characters, their flaws, their souls and their hearts. Marty is a young man who finds himself relearning things like walking, eating and more instead of enjoying his independence, going to classes and finding his path in the world around him.I got to admit I absolutely adore author Andrew Grey’s work. His stories are full of heart, emotion and more and with each book, I can’t help but think he couldn’t top his last one but in his latest range book, he hits it out of the ball park.This is a highly emotional story at times and I have to caution you will need tissues for this story. I think I went through a box in one sitting just reading this one. The story flows smoothly, the characters are very well written and there are a few twists in the story that leave you on the edge of your seat. Mr. Grey delivers a highly emotional story that captures the readers heart in one fell swoop. This is an author who is dedicated to his series, stories and characters. With each range story, you always find yourself drawn in, breathless until the very last page is read.

Marty is a character that hits a cord with me. I can totally relate to what he was going through after waking up and the author does a wonderful job in conveying the frustration, the success and more as people struggle to relearn walking, drinking and more that we take for granted today. It was so nice to meet again some of my favorite characters and though the ending left me gasping, the author does a great job in letting the reader see how string Marty can be when he finally accepts what is in his heart. This is a story not only of human triumphs but also of sadness and death. This is an author who balances both so well that the reader is left speechless after that last page is read. I am eager to see what else this author has up his sleeve for future Range Stories. If you enjoy emotionally rich story-lines with captivating characters, than I highly recommend any of this author's work. I can honestly say that this is one author that whenever he has a release, I need to get it immediately. His books are that damn good!

The Stories from the Range Series is:

Book 1: A Shared Range
Western M/M
Dreamspinner Press
Available in e-book & print

After a year in medical school, Dakota Holden returned home to take care of the family business full time and help his father cope with multiple sclerosis. Devoted to his family, Dakota allows himself just one week of vacation a year, which he spends in some exotic location having all the fun he can stand. On his last vacation, a cruise, Dakota struck up a friendship with Phillip Reardon, and it fills an important role in Dakota’s life.

So when Phillip decides to take Dakota up on his invitation to visit the ranch, Dakota is happy to see him and meet his veterinarian friend, Wally Schumacher. Despite Wally’s inclination to help the wolves Dakota’s men shoot to protect the cattle, he and Dakota find they have a lot in common, including a fierce attraction. But they’ll have to decide if the Wyoming range is big enough for Dakota’s cattle, Wally’s wolves, and their love.

Book 2: A Troubled Range
Western M/M
Dreamspinner Press
Available in e-book & print

The neighboring Holden and Jessup ranches are anything but neighborly—Jefferson Holden and Kent Jessup loathe each other. But despite his father’s long-held grudge, Haven Jessup just can’t bring himself to hate, especially after Dakota Holden takes him in during a violent storm and Haven meets Dakota’s friend, Phillip Reardon. 

Phillip accepts Haven for who he is, seeing through the mask Haven uses to hide his attraction to men, but their tentative and secret relationship will be under a huge amount of stress. Sabotaged fences, injured animals, unsavory plans, and Jessup family secrets will threaten Haven’s newfound happiness and his hopes of a future with Phillip.

Book 3: An Unsettled Range
Western M/M
Dreamspinner Press
Available in e-book & print

The last thing Liam Southard expects when he flees his abusive father is to be taken in by a couple of gay ranchers. Soon he has a new job and a new perspective on his sexuality, and his life starts to turn around. Then someone pulls a gun on him.

In Troy Gardener’s defense, the gun thing was a mistake. Between his marriage falling apart and living in his uncle's isolated hunting cabin, he's been a little edgy. He wants to make it up to Liam, and once he discovers how much they have in common, he wants even more. But with Liam's father popping in unexpectedly and a mining company threatening the ranch’s water supply, the only guarantee is that life is never going to be boring.

Book 4: A Foreign Range
Western M/M
Dreamspinner Press
Available in e-book & print

Country singer Willie Meadows is a fake. He’s never ridden a horse, and his “Western” gear comes from a boutique shop in LA. No wonder Wilson Edwards, the real man in those fake boots, is suffering creative block. Determined to connect with the music, Wilson buys a ranch in Wyoming to learn the country way of life, even if he has no intention of running the business. Then Steve Peterson shows up desperate, destitute, and hungry, having just escaped a gay deprogramming hospital run by his father’s cult. 

Steve was supposed to train horses for the ranch’s former owner, but the job is gone along with his would-be employer. Luckily Wilson has a temporary solution: Steve can ranch-sit while Wilson does business in LA. But when he comes back, Wilson barely recognizes the place. There are trained horses in the paddock, and the ranch is in great shape. Suddenly he finds himself inspired not by the cowboy lifestyle but by Steve himself. 

But the cult is still after Steve, and Wilson’s fear of scandal means he’s still in the closet. Coming out could kill Willie’s career—but denying his feelings for Steve could kill the only part of him that’s real.




 

 

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