Clouds and Rain by Zahra Owens ~ Audiobook

Clouds&RainAudLGTitle:  Clouds and Rain, Audiobook

Series:  The Wranglers, #1

Author:  Zahra Owens

Narrator:  Paul Morey

Genre:   Contemporary Cowboy Romance

Length:  8 Hours and 0 Minutes

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (February 7th 2011)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   Flynn Tomlinson has drifted for several years, working odd jobs when he needs the money and moving on when he doesn’t. He’s content with his freestyle life, not tied down, not responsible for anyone but himself. Then he comes across a Help Wanted ad in a post office in Idaho and meets Gable Sutton. Gable can’t pay Flynn until he sells his horses, but a serious accident has left him unable to work his ranch alone.

Working with horses beats stacking shelves at the supermarket, and so Flynn agrees to Gable’s terms. What Flynn doesn’t bargain for is being captivated by this gentle, lonely man who captures his heart and moves Flynn to take on an incredible burden: saving Gable’s ranch.

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Flynn Tomlinson is a young free spirit that makes a living working odd jobs that he finds wherever his feet take him. He has no home to speak of as his family turned their back on him when they learned he was gay. The only true lover he’s ever had died, leaving him alone again. When he answers a help wanted ad that takes him to the ranch of Gable Sutton, he has no idea this one job will turn his life upside down.

Gable Sutton is an aged and crippled ranch owner. He’s standoffish, a loner and quite bitter. His former ranch hand slash lover left him after a fight, and Gabe’s reaction to this left him permanently injured. There really is a beautiful soul hiding underneath all that bravado, the question is… is there someone out there that can love him enough to see beneath it.

Flynn accepts the job on Gabe’s ranch, knowing full well he won’t be paid until they can sell some horses. The attraction is mutual and almost immediately, these two are putting the barn to good use! But there is something missing. Gabe is very attractive and he definitely gets Flynn’s blood boiling, but the sex is almost clinical, and Flynn wants more. When an accident leaves Gabe in intensive care, he will learn the true meaning of love. Gabe stands by him through it all from start to finish, including his horrendous mood swings in the aftermath of another accident. Can they save their rocky romance AND Gable’s ranch?

There is a lot of push and pull in this book. It’s an emotionally intense read. Flynn’s love for Gable is blinding and unwavering, to a fault. From the get go his attraction to Gable will leave you unsettled. Because you, the reader, can see just how bitter and jaded Gable is so you don’t think it can possibly end well for Flynn. And when Gable goes kind of bat shit crazy after his second accident, it seems as if the writing is on the wall. But like I said, blinding and unwavering, he will love his brooding older man into submission if it’s the last thing he does!

Narrated by Paul Morey! We all know I just LOVE Paul Morey!! He captured the innocence of Flynn as well as the bitter undertones for Gable, perfectly. The written work was a solid 3.5 for me, but Morey knocked it up a notch. Owens has created such an adverse group of friends and lovers with this new series. I can’t wait to read more. I have high hopes for Hunter and Grant!! Must read for all those cowboys and cowgirls out there, and it really is a beautiful love story that isn’t full of fluff. These guys have to work for it, and it’s SO worth it in the end!

*I received a copy of this audio book from Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews*