Audiobook Review: The Rancher's Son (Montana #2) by R.J. Scott

A man without memories, and the cop who never gave up hope.

When he wakes up in hospital, the victim of a brutal beating, John Doe, has no memories of who he is or who hurt him. The cops can find nothing to identify him and he can't remember anything to help... except the name Ethan and one recurring place from his dreams. Three words, and they're not much, but it's a start. Crooked Tree Ranch.

Cop, Ethan Allens has never stopped searching for his brother and his brother's best friend who vanished. When a report lands on Ethan's desk that may give new leads he jumps at the chance to follow them up. The man he finds isn't his brother, but it's someone who could maybe help him discover what happened ten years ago.

What neither man can know is that facing the very real demons of the past could very well destroy any kind of future they may think they have together.

Word Count: 66,200

Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Listening Length: 6 hours and 25 minutes

Reviewer - Shee Reader

This is the second book in the Montana Series, but works fine as a stand alone (with one tiny exception), but more on that later.

This book was a super absorbing delight from the outset. Ethan’s pain was tangible and the awful reality of amnesia was rather chilling. The dynamic in the story is unusual. The two men who haven't seen each other for many years were in the first flush of new love when one of them disappeared. Ethan doesn’t want to colour Adam’s recovery of his memories and identity by admitting what they were to each other. It’s challenging to read, (or listen to!) but enjoyable nonetheless.

There is conflict between Ethan and his father, and their rediscovery of each other is heartwarming.

Sean Crisden’s narration is superb. Warm and emotive, he displays the characters masterfully.
The only thing I didn’t really like was the huge number of questions about Ethan’s brother that were not answered. It sets up nicely for book three, but I am rather impatient and want my closure now!

All in all, this was a lovely book with darker corners in it. The end was perhaps more HFN than HEA but I did enjoy it.


I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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