Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Snow in Montana by RJ Scott Blog Tour

An actor in the closet, a sheriff in love, and memories that won’t stay hidden.

Jordan Darby is known as the King of Christmas. The star of eight made-for-TV Christmas movies, the leading man who always gets his girl. Filming at Crooked Tree Ranch in Montana, in the ice and snow, Jordan is fighting to make a go of his new company and dealing with fears of exposure over one huge secret. After all, who the hell would buy into him being a romantic straight lead if rumors about him being gay were proven to be true?

Sheriff Ryan Carter is advising on the new movie being made at Crooked Tree. He hoped this would be one day of work and nothing more. Until, that is, he meets the hero. But while Jordan is sexy, he’s also very much stuck in the closet—everything that Ryan doesn’t need in his life. And then lust becomes part of the equation, and Ryan’s quiet life is thrown into turmoil.

Their story unfolds against the chaos that overtakes the ranch, with Adam regaining memories that terrify him and make him look at Justin differently, and Justin leaving the ranch to make things right. Only through trusting in love and friendship can Justin and Adam learn to look to the future instead of letting the past destroy everything. But will they ever see clearly enough to do that?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Firstly, I have to say how much I love Ryan, our sexy, 6 foot 5, sexy, cuddly Sheriff. He has such a calm, relaxed way about him and he is all hot and toppy in the bedroom. I couldn't resist him.

Ryan meets Jordan at Crooked Tree Ranch where Jordan is filming his latest Christmas movie. Jordan is a B-list actor who is in the closest for fear of what will happen to his movie career and production company if he comes out.

When Ryan and Jordan hook up, they assume it can only be for a short time while Jordan is filming in Montana, but that doesn't stop them from getting close and wanting more. And they are pretty great together.

Parts of this story are also told from the point of view of previous Crooked Tree heroes, Adam and Justin. Adam's memory starts to come back and play tricks on him, and it causes a fair bit of tension and drama for those at Crooked Tree. I love that we get to spend more time with the characters we already know and love.

Snow in Montana is loving, comforting, and a little bit sexy story that wraps up the lives of our gang at Crooked Tree ranch nicely.

I love this series, was soooo excited when this book came out, couldn’t wait to read it. Man, I was disappointed when I read it. It felt thrown together, too many scenarios going on and just didn’t click with me like the other books in the series did. I didn’t feel the sizzling connection between Jordan and Ryan. I wanted more focus on them and it was always drawn away and given to the other characters. Just didn’t hit the mark for me this time.

Characters: Well written
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Whew. This is a very busy book with several subplots building from earlier stories in the series. To fully appreciate it, this book really must be read immediately after reading the first three books. It doesn’t standalone and even though I read the third book less than a month ago, I found myself desperately trying to remember details from earlier books that led up to the events and relationships in this one.

The central romance between actor Jordan and sheriff Ryan is very sweet and relatively angst free. The main conflict is Jordan’s closeted existence as a straight star in the conservative Hallmark Channel’s made for TV movies. Both men are incredibly easy going and both have supportive friends and families. I enjoyed both of these men, but we didn’t quite get the depth of character development or angsty grit that we experienced in the earlier books.

I enjoyed watching Jordan and his brother producing their film on location on the ranch. The film details were fascinating. The complicated but supportive relationships between Ryan and his brothers was lovely.

Overall, I enjoyed the romance between Jordan and Ryan, but the rest of the book was quite complicated and a bit of a whirlwind.

This is the fourth in the series – and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order, as there are ongoing issues which have to be faced in this book. I have been reading them as they are released, and whilst I think the stories are memorable, the family trees at the beginning were very handy reminders of the main protagonists.

There are really two stories in this book – one, the lovely romance where Sheriff Ryan finds his man, and even though things are complicated, looks like he's struck gold. And the other, the resolution of the complex situation between Adam and Justin. Things are so tense, so secret, and so intense, that it seems difficult to believe that these two childhood best friends can ever get that back. What I think is so clever in this storyline is that really everyone is in the dark about what happened, and can only be supportive. Justin is in an impossible position, and doesn't feel he can defend himself, which is very sad to watch. He is as much the victim as Adam in this terrible tragedy.

I enjoyed the balance between these revelations and the devastating effect that they had on the men and their partners, and the nascent passion and romance that Ryan and Jordan are exploring. It contrasted darkness and light, and in all cases, highlighted the need for hope, and belief that it could come right in the end.

Whilst certainly not a soppy, kitten-filled made for TV Christmas movie, it certainly is a great seasonal read!

Also Available in the Montana Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Crooked Tree Ranch Blog Tour.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the The Rancher’s Son Blog Tour.

Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the A Cowboy's Home Blog Tour.

RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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