Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review: A Courageous Ride (The Bullriders #3) by Andrew Grey

A Courageous Ride (The Bullriders #3)
by Andrew Grey
Published March 31st 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: mobi, epub, pdf, zip/html, Paperback

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

The Bullriders: Book Three 
Aspiring orchestra conductor Marshall is exhausted after months of auditions without a single job offer. Marshall’s friend, Terry, recommends a change of scenery and points Marshall in the direction of a dude ranch run by former bull rider Indigo Santana. Marshall is understandably skeptical, but his friend is convincing, and Marshall needs a break, so he agrees to go. 
Indigo captures Marshall’s attention but leaves him confused. Indigo’s confidence is shot after an injury ended his rodeo career, and he walks with a slight limp. He hasn’t been anywhere near a bull since he was hurt, and he’s not the most accommodating host. After all, the only reason he keeps guests is because his family ranch is all but bankrupt. 
Marshall’s attraction doesn’t go unanswered, which leaves him with a huge dilemma. He’s torn between the possibility of love, something he’s searched for all his life, and the career he’s worked toward for as long as he can remember, which is miles away. From his side of the fence, Indigo doesn’t see how the ranch could ever be enough.

Andrew Grey has written another beautiful read about sexy cowboys. The third installment in The Bullriders series, A Courageous Ride is about Marshall Harrington, who yearns to be a conductor, and Indigo Santana, a former bull rider turned dude ranch proprietor. 

Burned out from the constant stress and travel of auditioning, Marshall is advised by close friend, Terry, to relax and just forget about looking for a job and spend a week at the Circle R Ranch. When he reaches the dude ranch, he finds that the wide open spaces and beautiful night sky was where he could finally relax; start forgetting about the worries of job-hunting as well as the constant nagging of his mother to give up his dream and work for his father. He immediately is attracted to his host, Indigo, which he welcomes as a possible vacation fling. Then he starts to hear, almost savant-like, this music in his mind and it seems to be centered around the ranch and specifically, Indigo.

Indigo is burned out as well. Inheriting a ranch was a good thing. Inheriting the mountain high debt left by his father, was not. Turning it into a dude ranch sounded good on the planning stages but the actual implementation and running was not so easy. When Marshall arrives at the ranch, Indigo sees the fatigue in the man and starts feeling a connection he cannot deny. 

The two men's relationship is shaky from the beginning but not because of a clash of personalities. The question lay on how could a cowboy dream to keep a city sophisticate in a ranch when the job and career Marshall spent his whole life preparing for could only be achieved within a culturally sophisticated city like New York? Also, there was the fact that Marshall was only staying for a week and is sure to leave and dismiss their relationship as a vacation romance. The questions unsettle both men and there doesn't seem to be any answer on how they could make their relationship work.

There are two things here that I really liked about this story: the ability of the author to express Marshall's feelings for Indigo into music and the solid relationship between the two men despite their short time spent together. The two men fell in love and embraced their feelings. What I really loved about this story was that neither man was afraid to express their feelings. There was absolutely no hesitation when discussing their personal fears. This openness in the men's emotions spared the story from becoming over dramatic and actually made this such a strong read. 

Yes, this is another Grey book. Yes, it is another great romantic read that was virtually angst free. 

Yes, this is definitely recommended!

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