Review Round-Up: Montana Series by RJ Scott

Crooked Tree Ranch (Montana, #1)Crooked Tree Ranch by R.J. Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love starting a series from RJ Scott because I know I’m going to get a well-crafted tale of family and romance with a side order of steamy encounters and a little bit of humour.

Montana is no different and this relatively short opener sets all the scene without ever being a wall of exposition. We see Jay and Nate connecting and falling for each other, we see Gabe and Ashley doing the same.

There’s tensions enough to stop the narrative all being one tone but they’re the everyday life kind, not mad dramady or unbelievable events.

I can’t wait to find out more.

The Rancher's Son (Montana, #2)The Rancher’s Son by R.J. Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was so different than book one in this series!

This is more of a mystery/thriller with a romance thread running through it and more of the series long storyline is revealed in this one.

After being missing for 12 years, Adam is found, but there’s no sign of his best friend Justin and he has no memory of where he’s been or what happened.

Ethan, Justin’s older brother, goes to fetch Adam back to Crooked Tree. Along the way, he’ll need to call on all his training as a cop to process information when he realises he’s just as much in love with Adam as he was when he was 17 and Adam was two years younger.

There’s a lot of slow burn in this, understandably so given the circumstances, but it’s clear from the start that these two have a history and feelings beyond friendship.

I felt so bad for Adam, unable to remember anything but still having emotional connections to Ethan and not sure what to do about it.

The main story arc, about the boys disappearing so many years ago, is advanced along quite nicely but we’re still no wiser to knowing why they ran.

I’m dying to know what happened with Justin, whose book is next, and not only where he’s been, but also why a meth lab was such a big deal that two teenagers ended up in the witness program!

A Cowboy's Home (Montana, #3)A Cowboy’s Home by R.J. Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another brilliant – and again quite different – addition to this series which is shaping up to be one of my favourites from RJ Scott.

In this, the prodigal son returns, but it’s Justin’s intention to die on Crooked Tree, not be welcomed home and accepted in spite of his 12-year absence and the whole plot narrative centres on how all the broken pieces come back together because of Sam.

Sam, chef at Branches and a man who is also in search of a home, is the anchor who Justin clings to when the proverbial hits the fan after he discovers the badly injured man hiding out in a cabin on the edges of the ranch.

The pacing in this book is pitched perfectly, there’s drama but it never becomes too much or overly angsty, Justin’s done things he thinks the others will hate him for but he can’t seem to accept he’s the biggest victim of them all.

I loved Sam in this. He has a quiet strength which he’s not really aware of but it shines through as he manages to breach through Julian’s incredibly high walls and discovers only a tiny snippet of the pain he’s hiding.

The rest of the gang is all present too, but unobtrusively, supportive but never overwhelming and I really liked how RJ let the narrative flow so that Julian is the one who slowly unbends and begins to see his life might be worth saving.

I also want to know more about Julian’s fellow black ops friend Rob, who seems to be a prime candidate for an RJ Happy Ever After!

Now, onto the final book so far and it’s another completely different tale – Sheriff Ryan and an actor!

Snow in Montana (Montana #4)Snow in Montana by R.J. Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes I really hate Goodreads. I wrote a review for this which expounded on all the clever planning which went into the narrative and the great way in which RJ managed to pull them all back together into a cohesive storyline which was brilliant and it’s lost it.

So I’m not doing that again – this book is excellent, Sherrif Ryan is gorgeous and he gets his Happy Ever After with the lovely Jordan – read it!

#ARC’s kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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