Ford Nixel is a wealthy lawyer, and he thinks he’s pretty happy, until the day his uncle Ty calls him up out of the blue and requests his presence at his ranch in Colorado. Ford doesn’t really want to go, but he loves his uncle, so he agrees.
Stoney River is the reason Ford doesn’t want to be there. They were a couple in college, and Ford thought they were in for the long haul when Stoney dropped out of school and left him without a reason.
Turns out, Stoney went to the ranch, married Ford’s cousin Brittany, and had a baby with her. To top it all off, Uncle Ty signed 45% of the ranch to Stoney. It wasn’t so much that Stoney has nearly half a share in the ranch, it’s that Ford didn’t know Stoney was straight, or even interested in his cousin! Well, Brittany has passed away, Uncle Ty is sick and will be moving off the ranch, and he’s asked Ford to help with the business end of the ranch because it’s losing money. This means Ford and Stoney are going to have to learn to get along and work together to save Uncle Ty’s legacy and their future.
I can’t possibly go into all the details involved in Commitment Ranch. There is a lot going on, and I’d be sitting here all day. I can tell you that, after the first three or four chapters, the story really takes off. There is a rather large cast of characters, including Quartz, Stoney’s son, Uncle Ty, Geoff the chef, the ranch hands, and Ford’s friend Andy. That’s a lot of people, but it’s not confusing in any way, and they all play important roles in the book.
I liked Ford. He’s not a bad guy. He’s good to his employees and he’s good at his job. He’s still bitter about what Stoney did to him, and that’s really my only issue. It’s been 12 years, and I would think he’d have moved on. Of course, I have never had a bad break up in my life, and I certainly haven’t had someone leave me, marry a relative, and have a baby with them, so maybe I don’t know so much about that. He loves his Uncle Ty, but he’s sort of resentful because he feels like Stoney is horning in on what should be his. I can’t blame him, though.
Stoney was a little more difficult for me to connect with. He’s the strong, silent type, and even though he loves Uncle Ty and Quartz, I found him to be a little…what’s the word…grumpy for my tastes. There were several occasions where I wanted to grab him by the shoulders and shake him a little. He comes around, though, and I started to love him as much as I loved Ford…and then Ford pissed me off…LOL!
The romance in Commitment Ranch is charming and sweet. Once Ford and Stoney talk and get on the same page, they’re golden. The scene when Stoney came back from being out in a blizzard was awesome, and they didn’t even have sex. It was just two men loving each other and keeping each other warm.
B.A. Tortuga is a favorite of mine. She can do no wrong in my book. I enjoy everything she’s written, and Commitment Ranch did not disappoint. By the time everything wrapped up, I was, as I always am after reading one of her stories, spent and happy. I highly recommend you pick this one up.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.