Review: THE LONE RANCHER by Andrew Grey

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

Title: The Lone Rancher 
Andrew Grey
Genre: M/M, Contemporary Romance, Western
Publisher: Dreamspun Desires 
Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Feb 15, 2016
Available In: eBook & Print
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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.

When I first heard about the Dreamspun Desires line, I was curious. I was never into the Harlequin Romances like my mother and grandmother, so I was curious to see what the ‘tried and true’ would look like from beloved DSP authors. Well, boy am I glad I decided to read! There’s so much going on as this isn’t a story of a double life, but of a triple one for Aubrey. As if the double life Garrett’s stuck in isn’t bad enough.

As someone raised in the South (not Texas though) around cattle country where FFA was more important than Honors Society by far, I can truly feel for both men. The fear, pain, self-recrimination, guilt, etc. is so real even today in may areas that reality bleed off the pages. Andrew did an amazing job, once again, all while keeping this story very fun and playful in so many aspects.

I loved the “Lone Rancher” aspect, though not the internalized loathing and phobia about what he was doing. That is one thing I wish he’d come to better terms with, but, hey, these are ‘real’ people, even they aren’t, right? No one’s perfect. It was reading as the two men, Garrett and Aubrey danced toward a real life together, toward coming out and dealing with family and their community, that was so much fun. I felt for Garrett—and wanted to whip his father! (and not in a fun and kinky way, I assure you). I’ve know too many Garrett’s in reality, seen them hurt too many times.

Aubrey though, what a man! He’s a true rancher and man, willing to do whatever it takes to take care of his family and save the ranch. In the end, not only is it all worth it, but both men are better for what they’ve gone through and their love is (hey, it’s Andrew Grey) a true HEA.

This is a well written and wonderfully fun romance. If you’re looking for something sweet yet hot and sexy, then this is a great story to pick up.

“Ladies, gentlemen, and those of you who have yet to make up your minds,” the master of ceremonies quipped over the loudspeaker. It was an old joke, and one Aubrey had heard each and every Saturday night. Activity buzzed around him, but Aubrey kept his mind focused on the task at hand. “We have an amazing lineup for you tonight.” A whoop went up from the gathered crowd, shaking the walls. “And we all know who you’re waiting for….”

Another, louder yell made the floor vibrate. Excitement ramped up inside him, and Aubrey took a step closer to the stage entrance. He knew the shtick that went on—it was all designed to get the crowd fired up.

“Should I bring him out at the end of the show?”

The resulting sound was deafening. “Now!”

“I can’t hear you,” he sang, and the crowd became even louder. “All right, you asked for him, and here he is. The one… the only… the cowboy who can light my prairie on fire anytime he wants. The Lone Rancher!”

Music pumped and the stage went dark as Audrey raced on. When the lights flashed on, the crowd of men in front of him went wild. He snapped his hips to one side, and men yelled, jumping up and down to the beat of the music. He began to move, pumping his fists and snapping his hips to the beat in a raucous, salacious impersonation of ass-slapping sex, the fringe on his chaps flapping wildly. Then he turned around to give them a clear view of his jeans-clad ass framed in chaps and pumped his hips, clenching his cheeks, making them do a little dance in the denim that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

His vest was the first to go. Aubrey peeled it away, twirling it over his head as he rolled his hips, moving his entire body to the pounding beat that filled him. He knew his routines by heart, so he let go, sinking deep into himself and just going with what felt good. He kicked his boots into the wings and then removed the chaps in a flash of leather that sailed across the stage, landing just out of sight of the crowd. Now in just his checked shirt, jeans, hat, and, of course, the mask he wore the entire time he was in the club, he whirled around, his back to the crowd, and pulled at his shirt, spreading it wide, letting it slip off his shoulders. He shimmied it back and forth, then whipped back to face the audience, pulling the shirt closed as he did.

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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 works in information systems for a large corporation.

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.

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