Title: The Rancher's Son
Series: Montana, #2
Author: R.J. Scott
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: March 25, 2016
A man without memories, and the cop who never gave up hope.
When he wakes up in the hospital, the victim of a brutal beating, John Doe has no memories of who he is or who hurt him. The cops can find nothing to identify him and he can't remember anything to help... except the name Ethan and one recurring place from his dreams. Two words, and they're not much, but it's a start: Crooked Tree.
Detective Ethan Allens has never stopped searching for the two boys who vanished. When a report lands on Ethan's desk that may give new leads, he jumps at the chance to follow them up. The man he finds isn't his brother, but it's someone who could maybe help him discover what happened twelve years ago.
What neither man can know is that facing the very real demons of the past could destroy any kind of future they may have together.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
The Rancher's Son is a mystery thriller where a lonely detective, after years of searching and never giving up hope, finds one of the two men he'd lost years ago. One had been a younger brother, Justin, and the other, his brother's best friend, Adam, Ethan's first love. Just as mysterious were their disappearance, so is finding the lost love who now goes by the name of John Doe.
Ethan Allens never lost the hope he would eventually find his brother and sweetheart but when he finally finds one of them, he is torn. Although finding Adam gave him hope, Ethan could not avoid getting depressed his brother may never be found. The only thing they could hope to finding him was Adam's memories and they were not cooperating. As Adam's memories return, the mystery to his and Justin's disappearances deepen.
As mystery thrillers go, this read does not provide all the answers. In fact, it leaves the reader with more questions. The final revelation was a shocker and left this reader hanging by a thread. What was that all about and why leave it there? The knowledge that the next book in the series is about Justin himself (from the teaser at the end) leaves no room for doubt that Justin is indeed alive and well. We'll just have to wait until his story gets released to get all the answers we couldn't find in this particular book.
Entertainment wise, this is a truly romantic read and does tell the enduring love Ethan has for Adam and vice versa. Compared to the first book, I think I enjoyed this more. I especially liked how the author walked the reader through Adam's recovery, giving us a hint of how he felt and thought when something strange is familiar and what he thought familiar was not truly that. The story developed very well, for Adam's story, but for the rest, well not so well. What I do know is I need that third book now so I can get closure for this mystery is getting deeper and I need the answers.
Note: eARC provided for by author for an honest review.
"5 Stars!! For a romance and a mystery all in one!! ~Jaime - Alpha Book Club
".... a wonderful "second-chances" story and I couldn't put it down once I started it." ~Paul (Goodreads Review)
"You can't go wrong with an R.J. Scott book, and this one is no different. Heartwarming and fun with a splash of angst and suspense..." ~Ceri (Goodreads Review)
RJ Scott has been writing since age six when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies and was told to write a story. Two sides of A4 about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born. She reads anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror; however, her first real love will always be the world of romance. From billionaires, bodyguards and cowboys to SEALs, throwaways and veterinarians, she writes passionate stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after.