A Shared Range, by Andrew Grey
Not one of Andrew Grey’s best efforts
Blurb: After a year in medical school, Dakota Holden returned home to take care of the family business full time and help his father cope with multiple sclerosis. Devoted to his family, Dakota allows himself just one week of vacation a year, which he spends in some exotic location having all the fun he can stand. On his last vacation, a cruise, Dakota struck up a friendship with Phillip Reardon, and it fills an important role in Dakota’s life. So when Phillip decides to take Dakota up on his invitation to visit the ranch, Dakota is happy to see him and meet his veterinarian friend, Wally Schumacher. Despite Wally’s inclination to help the wolves Dakota’s men shoot to protect the cattle, he and Dakota find they have a lot in common, including a fierce attraction. But they’ll have to decide if the Wyoming range is big enough for Dakota’s cattle, Wally’s wolves, and their love.
Review by Gerry Burnie
I have reviewed Andrew Grey’s work once before, and was duly impressed (four stars); however, A Shared Range [Dreamspinner Press, 2010] simply doesn’t measure up.
In my former review, I said that I liked the way his characters were developed; strong, distinct and consistent throughout. In this latest effort, however, none of these characteristics apply to the same extent, particularly as it applies to ‘consistency.’ In this respect they can go from happy to sad, angry to loving, cold to horny in a mere two pages—leaving the reader to wonder what the core dynamic is.
This inconsistency also applies to the plot development, for it seems that Dakota’s father goes from nearly comatose to revival in time to give Dakota some sage advice regarding his love life. Likewise, wolf-hating ranchers become accepting, macho cowboys embrace their gay boss, and a pint-sized Easterner punches the lights out of a farm hand and a burly football player.
Having said that, I still respect Andrew Grey’s writing. His “Love Means…” series demonstrates his skill and sensitivity, and I recommend those to you. Two and one-half stars.
No comments yet.