An Alisa Release Day Review: Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (States of Love) by L.A. Merrill

Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5


David Marks is looking for the perfect place to film his new web series and recover from his latest failed relationship. When reclusive writer Michael Sharp opens his Montana ranch to paying guests, David knows he’s found the right place—but he doesn’t expect to find Mr. Right too.


Forty years ago Michael Sharp’s father was murdered in front of him. No one believed a six-year-old boy’s testimony against the powerful Carver brothers. For years Michael has lived in self-imposed exile, the only living witness who can bring down the Carver criminal empire. But now the money is running out, and he’s forced to play host to a troupe of temperamental web actors and their energetically attractive director in order to stay alive.


The Carvers aren’t about to stand for rebellion. Michael has outlived his usefulness. Now Michael and David have to find a way to end this fight once and for all, finding justice for Michael’s father and meeting David’s funding deadline—all before one or both of them ends up dead.


This was a nice story that was able to give me the warm fuzzes at the end.  David has spent his adult life trying to make a career out of film making and other than a few short films made with his best friend Ronni he hasn’t gotten very far.  They finally get the funding for a new miniseries and quickly find Michael’s ranch to stay and shoot at.


Michael is way less than welcoming at the beginning but once he learns a bit more about David his icy exterior starts to melt.  Most of David and Michael’s feelings for each other develop off page when they are working together late at night.  We see David’s point of view but he seems readily able to read Michael when needed.  I love how David’s stubbornness to succeed and do what he loves flows over to protecting Michael even when he is fighting against it.  Though I enjoyed this story and it ended well I didn’t feel a deep connection to these characters.  I loved the premise but they just seemed a bit forced together in the end.


Cover art by Brooke Albrecht is a great and gives a wonderful visual the characters and the background of the story.


Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N


Book Details:

ebook, 74 pages

Published: May 31, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781635335699

Edition Language: English

Series: A States of Love Story

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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