Why I chose to read:
A big thank you to the author for providing the ARC to RGR for the purposes of an honest review. Since I love cowboy stories, and books about musicians, I fell in love with the blurb. I had read the first one in the series; and then purchased the second one, so I could follow the series to read this one. Since I’m such a stickler for reading each book in a series in order, I just had to read them all.
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.
This is an emotional story that will grip your heartstrings and keep plucking them throughout. I will admit that I cried for the latter two-thirds of this book. Reading and crying can be difficult but it was well worth the emotional response to read the story of how Marshall Harrington, orchestra conductor extraordinaire searching for his first position after graduation, and Indigo Santana, former rodeo bull rider and dude ranch owner, fall in love. Marshall takes his vacation from his auditions at the Circle R ranch to avoid going home to New York and finds an unexpected attraction. The attraction is instant, the growth of the relationship engaging, and the final happily ever after satisfying. Music and Cowboys. Not something you would expect that two people from different worlds would make it work. It was an interesting combination and very well done. I give it a 10 out of 10 pots of gold.