Audio Review: Andrew Grey – The Lone Rancher

1973469Author: Andrew Grey
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre: m/m cowboy
ISBN: 9781634769136

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Narrator:  John Solo

Summary:  He’ll do anything to save the ranch, including baring it all.

Aubrey Klein is in real trouble—he needs some fast money to save the family ranch. His solution? A weekend job as a stripper at a club in Dallas. For two shows each Saturday, he is the star as The Lone Rancher.

It leads to at least one unexpected revelation: after a show, Garrett Lamston, an old friend from school, approaches the still-masked Aubrey to see about some extra fun… and Aubrey had no idea Garrett was gay. As the two men dodge their mothers’ attempts to set them up with girls, their friendship deepens, and one thing leads to another.

Aubrey know his life stretching between the ranch and the club is a house of cards. He just hopes he can keep it standing long enough to save the ranch and launch the life—and the love—he really hopes he can have.

Review:
Another favorite in the Dreamspinner Desires series, this story has our hero baring most of his goods to to earn extra bucks on Saturday nights in Dallas so he can save his family’s farm.

Aubrey Klein is a sweet guy with a big problem. Between his father’s illness and loss in mental capacity and his mother’s overuse of credit cards, his family could lose their ranch. When Andrew came back home to his little town last year and learned what a desperate financial position their ranch was in, he stepped up and took over the books. Convincing his parents that good money management and a tight budget was finally paying off, he was able to keep them from learning when he went to visit friends in Dallas every weekend, he was really playing the role of the Lone Rancher at a gay strip club.

His act is a hit, so much so, he may be able to quit soon. He’s pretty thankful about that when he sees his old friend, Garrett Lamston, in the audience one night. Not letting on who he is, he manages to avoid being recognized, but he’s not sure how long his luck will hold out. Especially when he and Garrett start to see each other back in their hometown. The two first get together when they commiserate over their mothers’ attempts to get them to meet girls, and when they realize they each share the same secret, they become lovers. Now Aubrey has more to lose if his secret gets out, but circumstances keep preventing him from quitting, and he’s afraid he’ll not only lose the ranch, he’ll lose his man.

This is a sweet story, fairly typical of Andrew Grey’s work, and yet harking back to the old harlequin romances where the pretty girl has a deep dark secret she needs to keep from her beau while she struggles to support her family – usually parents or younger siblings. John Solo’s narration was quite good, the pace fast, and the outcome just what I wanted. However, the emotional ups and downs, the surprise visitor on the last night the Lone Rancher is due to dance and the meddling of the mommas all make it interesting and fun along the way to the final HEA. If you love these stories based on the old tropes, you won’t be disappointed in this one.

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