Narrated By: Sean Crisden
Length: 6hr 25mins
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 memory 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 12 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.
Read Marc’s review for Crooked Tree Ranch here.
Read my audio review for Crooked Tree Ranch here.
R.J. Scott is an auto buy for me. I have read her Texas series more times than I can count. And a while back I had the chance to listen to the first book in this new series ‘Crooked Tree Ranch’ and I new that I had found a new series by R.J. that I would be following. Plus Sean Crisden is one of my favorite narrators. I said it about book one and I will say it about this one, but he can narrate my cowboys anytime.
But Ethan isn’t really a cowboy, he turned his back on the farm to become a detective, driven by the need to try to find his younger brother and the boy he once loved. I’m not really sure what I like more, cowboys or cops? Thank goodness I didn’t have to choose with this one because I got both. In the first book, the way Ethan was portrayed I wasn’t sure that I was going to like him in this one. It kinda made me feel like he abandoned his family.
Oh that is the farthest thing from the truth. He becomes a detective to try to find Justin, and his brother’s best friend, the boy Ethan loved. Years after the two went missing he has never once given up hope of finding both of them alive, and well. In the beginning of the book he gets half of his wish, John Doe, who ends up being Adam has been beaten and can only remember two things; the name Ethan and a place called Crooked Tree.
I can’t imagine the feelings that Ethan goes through when he sees Adam agan, but not his brother. They were best friends that disappeared at the same time, so when Ethan hears that Adam is alive, I’m sure he thinks he will be bringing both of them home. Gosh this gutted me when Adam was the only one, but I half expected Ethan to be resentful that Adam was the one he found. But that is the farthest thing from what happens. Ethan hasn’t stopped loving Adam, hasn’t stopped looking for either boys. And when he lays eyes on Adam, it gives him a renewed sense of hope of finding his brother as well.
Watching these two navigate a past that intertwines, yet where one of them doesn’t remember it, was magical to watch. You get glimpses of their past, played out in the now when Adam remembers things. But when Adam catches those glimpses of his past with Justin, it starts to get scary. I started feeling that, sure we will have a happy ever after for Adam and Ethan, but it might not be so good for Justin.
So here I am going along, then we are at the end and I am beyond words. I’m sure I will not be able to love this book like I love so many of R.J.’s. Then I’m at the end screaming that “IT CAN’T END NOW, I’M NOT READY.” And all I can thinks is, not it can’t end now, I need more. So yea just like most books of hers I have read I can’t wait to get the next one. But here is the thing for me, I started this series in audio, and I don’t think I will be able to read the next, I need to listen, since Sean has brought this series to life for me.
I highly recommend this series, but I do recommend reading, and or, listening in order as characters from book one play a role in this one.
RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.
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