Title: The Lone Rancher (Dreamspun Desires)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 15, 2016 – 192 pgs
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.
Cowboys and strippers – yes please! Andrew Grey always writes struggling, solitary cowboys well, but the little touch of Magic Mike fantasy was a pleasant surprise. Aubrey, the struggling rancher moonlighting as a stripper, adds both heart and heat to the fantasy.
Beyond the fantasy, this is a simple, formulaic story of a closeted rancher struggling to save his family’s farm while fighting his attraction to an old school friend. Aside from exaggerated secrets and impossibly poor communication between Garrett and Aubrey, this is a low angst read.
I enjoyed this, but it was an effortless and not entirely memorable read; the characters have already blurred into so many other struggling cowboys in my cluttered mind. If you’re looking for a guilty pleasure to read with a glass of Prosecco in a hot bath, you’re on the right track.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.