Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Series: Montana Men #1
Published by Avon on February 24, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Contemporary
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes
Narrator Rating: B
Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men...
After years on the rodeo circuit, Gabe Bowden wants nothing more than land of his own and a woman who will claim his heart for more than one night. When he has the chance to buy the enormous Wolf Ranch spread, he snaps up the incredible deal. Everything is set, until Gabe rescues a woman on the deserted, snowy road leading to the property, and the half-frozen beauty changes everything.
Ella Wolf rushes to her family's abandoned Montana ranch after her twin sister is murdered. She knows she's next . . . unless she can uncover a secret hidden somewhere at Wolf Ranch. The last thing Ella expects is to be rescued by a rugged rancher with his own agenda. A man who almost makes her forget how dangerous love can be.
As an unlikely partnership sparks into something so much more, and a killer closes in, can Ella and Gabe learn to trust one another before it's too late?
At Wolf Ranch was a book I intended to read ever since Kimba’s review – so when it came up for book club I was excited to read it. Although there were some minor things that I didn’t love about it, I really enjoyed At Wolf Ranch and plan to continue with the series… someday. I read it and wrote this review in April 2015!
For a romantic suspense/mystery, At Wolf Ranch is different in that you find out right at the start who the bad guy is – since you witness him killing Ella’s sister, Lela. The suspense is really about whether Ella will get the evidence she needs in time to get her uncle convicted and save her life. It was exciting, but not exactly nail biting. More in the mystery realm than suspense (which is what it’s classified as by many).I did enjoy the mystery though! My one complaint was that there’s a definite dip in the pace in the middle and then its Bam, bam, bam all at the end. Kind of a heavy loaded ending.
I also really liked the characters, Ella and Gabe. Ella is a twin – her sister Lela is the one killed at the start of the book. I really enjoyed her moments talking about and remembering her sister – made my eyes tear up, though I never quite cried. I also really enjoyed how deceptively tough and smart Ella was – it was a real treat to see her layers unfold.
And then there’s Gabe. I have one pit peeve with him – he starts calling Ella sweetheart and honey right off the bat and it doesn’t stop ever – its a bit too much of the pet names and way too soon. A part of me was like – “ew. How is he not creeping her out?” But then you had that he’s this hot, kind, gentle, and smart cowboy – and I can see how she got past it 😉 I enjoyed their connection a lot and it was a sweet romance.
I should note that I listened to this and, as always, Coleen Marlo’s narration worked for me, but had moments that were off. The way she said some of his pet names probably didn’t help my dislike of them, for example. But I do like her voices and feel she gives good variety for both male and female voices.
A quick, somewhat emotional romance, At Wolf Ranch is sure to satisfy your craving for cowboys and mystery 🙂
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