Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Opposites who go together like country and rock ’n’ roll.
Long before he was a superstar, Remy Sean had a secret crush on Jed Riley. But Jed sees Remy as a spoiled pop rocker and an extension of his father’s control. Still, Jed is willing to let Remy hide from the press on his ranch—but only as a way to get his father out of his life and business for good.
Used to being admired and fawned over, Remy keenly feels the sting of Jed’s dismissal. Can he make Jed see him as more than a pain in the ass? Or is Jed too tangled up in his ranch to see past his old hurt?
Jed doesn’t believe someone desired by so many fans could want him, a simple cowboy. But Remy is determined to change Jed’s mind and steal his heart….
Remy goes through a terrible event and it freezes his ability to write music or be in front of a crowd. It is his manager, Buddy, who comes up with the idea of sending Remy to the ranch Buddy owns and his son, Jed, cares for. Buddy couldn’t be less interested in the ranch but he is stubborn (and selfish) and won’t sell it to Jed. So the idea of hosting a diva singer in exchange for Buddy selling Jed the ranch as well as showing up for Jed’s sister’s wedding and giving her away seems like a good one.
Remy definitely doesn’t seem like a spoiled pop star. He owns a mansion that he rarely spends any time in. He mentions things like his clothes and hair products as a must, but he doesn’t whine or throw a fit about anything. He’s more down to earth than the blurb made it seem. He definitely isn’t used to not being admired, but he wants to earn Jed’s attention and respect. He takes to the ranch life so well, learning to ride a horse and work around the place.
Jed is quiet, used to the isolation of the ranch and unwilling to admit that the desertion of his father for Hollywood has affected him so much. At first he takes this out on Remy because Remy was Buddy’s big break, the boy who had the potential to be a big star. Potential that was fulfilled and Buddy left the ranch to manage his star without looking back. As the days go on, however, Jed sees what a good person Remy is and what stress he’s been under. Jed starts to thaw and teach Remy the workings of the ranch. TShe two become friends and then turn to more.
Everything is under the cloud of Remy leaving. Remy is an internationally famous pop star and his life and world is a million miles away from the isolated ranch in the mountains that Jed loves so much. They know the time is limited and try to make the best of it. The wedding of Jed’s sister will bring Buddy back to the ranch and Jed knows that will be the end.
There is not a lot of angst here although there is that sense of “how can this work” throughout. We do get Jed acting like a brat who won’t listen, Buddy acting like a major ass and pulling a stunt that proves how selfish he is (as if we didn’t know that from his conversation about Nicky, Remy’s horrible ex-boyfriend, before Remy goes to the ranch) and Remy being his lovely self. I liked how this got worked out and especially that Remy was the strong one throughout.
Narration by Colin Darcy had an odd nasal quality at times but mostly worked. This was my first audiobook with him as narrator and I would try another one.
This is a sweet, low key story of two opposites who want to make it work.
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson. Eyecatching and in the style of sthe Dreamspun Desires series. Love it.
Audible Audio, 8 pages
Published January 3rd 2019 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 21st 2018)
Original TitleRocking the Cowboy
settingCalifornia (United States)