Love will grow through the cracks you leave open.
Ranch hand Roe Davis absolutely never mixes business with pleasure - until he runs into his boss, Travis Loving, at the only gay bar within 200 miles.
Getting involved with the ranch owner is a bad idea, but Roe's and Travis's bedroom kinks line up against one another like a pair of custom-cut rails. As long as they're both clear this is sex on the side, no relationship, no interfering with the job, they could make it work.
Shut out by his family years ago, Roe survived by steadfastly refusing to settle into so much as a post office box. As his affair with Travis grows into more than just sex, Roe's past catches up with him, threatening the thin ray of happiness he's found, reminding him it's well past time he went on his way.
Even a loner gets lonely, and at this point, there's nowhere left to run. The shame and sorrow of what he's lost will stay with Roe wherever he goes - until he's ready to let love lead him home.
©2015 Heidi Cullinan (P)2015 Heidi Cullinan
I've re-listened quite a few times and will always go back to it. Why? I love the story and the people in it.
I am totally in love with Iggy Tomas voice! I could listen to Iggy read a tax manual and just drift away on his voice.
There are dozens it's hard to choose the book is full of so many but at the bar when he says something like I guess you saw this coming ( I laugh out loud and roll my eyes everytime I listen) getting the dogs and what lead up to it (oh boy!) and the bit when Roe finds the first little bit of home kind of stand out.
I'm not the sort of reviewer that will quote a book word for word but I can say I loved this story and am so glad I bought it. It's raw and sweet and funny, it made me cry and it made me laugh and there may even be a few 'What did he say!!!" in there as well ( ok there were quite a few of those!)
"Don't listen to this one in Public. Whew."
Iggy Toma. He is a fantastic, very professional-sounding, talented narrator.
I think the title is perfect, to be honest, and wouldn't change it.
I bought the ebook version of Nowhere Ranch a while ago but it was languishing in my TBR queue because while I loved Heidi Cullinan’s Love Lessons series and bought all her other books after finishing it, I quickly found out after reading a few of her backlist titles that her older stories veered more toward the BDSM spectrum which I generally don’t go for in Romance. Nowhere Ranch definitely falls in the BDSM category, though it does have well-drawn characters unlike the empty, cardboard ones that proliferate in most of these types of stories.
I liked Roe, which is a good thing because the story is told entirely from his POV, in first person. My main problem with BDSM stories is that I have a hard time wrapping my head around how someone would get off on being humiliated by someone they love, or humiliating the person they love, but that’s a personal hangup. There are long, detailed explicit scenes in this story, especially in the beginning and the middle, and they are seriously K-I-N-K-Y, definitely not hearts-and-flowers (and thankfully not marinated in purple prose) which gives way to what I’ve come to expect from Heidi’s works. Solid characters, family drama, good supporting characters, and while not on the same level as Love Lessons (since this is after all, a completely different kind of story), a decent romance between Roe and Travis which was still believable regardless of how their relationship started as a purely sexual one.
Now, the narration. At this point I have to say I love Iggy Toma and I bought the audio version mainly because of him. Usually I tend to read the ebook version of a story first so when I listen to the audio and get distracted, I don’t get lost. But with really good narrators (like Iggy), my attention is focused on the story. He has such a pleasant reading voice and enunciates each word really, really, well. Even when I’m doing other things while listening to him, it’s still easy to follow what’s happening in the story. There are no distracting sounds, like breathing or swallowing, or background noise when I'm listening to him. And I’m amazed at how he read the extremely explicit scenes without breaking stride, tone staying consistent. I’ve come across other narrators who sometimes either sounded like they were getting carried away during the sex scenes or obviously uncomfortable. Not Iggy, though, and it made getting through those scenes less uncomfortable than it otherwise would have been if I’d been reading the ebook ( probably would have skimmed those parts). I am so glad this came out in audio with someone who's become one of my favorite narrators since I don't think I would have been able to finish it if I'd been reading it myself.
Recommended if you love Heidi Cullinan, and/or Iggy Toma, BDSM-y May-December romance (Roe is 25, Travis 42), a whole lotta kink, and drama in your M/M stories.
"I Ran - What Now?"
I love Cowboys. I love men who love men. I love men who are broken in ordinary but not predictable ways.
Roe is a guy who fights many internal demons. Some of those demons are ordinary - like a family who rejects him based upon his sexual orientation. He's a loner, fearing rejection and striving always for self-preservation. Roe lives in the shadow of everyone else's expectations and he doesn't know how to be what everyone else expects because not being gay isn't an option.
Travis is a man who seems ordinary. Peel back the layers and he's broken too. He's the older man. The stereotypical man who married, divorced, and came out past his prime.
Roe and Travis are great at the sex thing but communicating their other needs - not so much.
Here's the nice thing though. We don't have the stereotypical exes interfering. Instead, it's all about the individual growth of Roe and of Travis and then eventually of them as a couple. It's one thing to trust yourself - it's another thing to trust and believe in "us". The journey is raw, honest, and necessary.
And the sex thing - wow - just wow. It's raw. It's kinky. It's not the kind of material you usually come across in a book that has a solid, introspective story.
This book - I knew - I would like a lot but an audio version is always a risk. The narrator can either ruin the story or make it come to life. Iggy Toma did the latter.
"Very hot, kinky and sweet"
This was a really good listen. The story starts out with Ro being rejected by his family and drifting from place to place until he lands at the Nowhere Ranch. There he finds a job he loves and inadvertently finds a relationship with the owner, Travis. There is almost a 20 year age gap, but that doesn't really come into play. The relationship starts off as just very kinky sex with a BDSM slant; not a lot, but let's just say the words, pony, puppy and fist come into play. Just as you think, OK is this all there is to this book, the author morphs the book into something else. As the story is told from Ro's POV, we experience Ro's struggle with self image, self worth and finally a life changing event. It is really a sweet story with kink. The narrator is one of my favs and does a great job as usual. If you are OK with the kink, a great read.
"HOT AND SEXY"
Iggy Toma’s narration is wonderful! He makes these characters come alive…his excellent acting skills, wonderful character voices, intonations, cadences, and rhythm all made it so I easily slipped into Travis and Roe’s world and felt a little bit sad when I had to leave it.
Told entirely from Monroe “Roe” Davis's POV - This is a sexy, melt-your-panties, smoking HOT, gloriously dirty story.
Monroe “Roe” Davis has had a rough time of it. When his parents found his secret stash of gay porn he was given a choice: repent and get counseling, start dating girls and absolutely no more gay porn or gay, period OR leave the family’s Algona, Iowa farm. Roe decides to leave. He spirals in the next few years but eventually decides it's time to turn it around. He leaves Iowa and ends up shuffling around ranches through the Midwest. By the time he’s almost twenty-five he winds up at Travis Loving’s hobby ranch "Nowhere Ranch" in Nebraska.
Travis Loving is a forty-two year old, divorced, former math professor who, after his divorce, coming out and subsequent job loss, cashed out his savings and moved from Omaha to Nowhere Ranch where he lives a quiet, if lonely, life.
One weekend when Loving is away Row decides to drive three hours north to Rapid City to the nearest gay bar to get laid. The bar is sad and small with hardly anyone there, and most everyone’s already paired up, but he spots a lone cowboy and makes a beeline to him…
After some stilted conversation Roe finds out Travis is looking for a rough ride, which is exactly what Roe wants.
It takes a little convincing on Travis’s part and he eventually wears Roe down as Roe’s desires blaze...
The evening provides Roe the best sex he has ever had. In the morning though Roe is determined this is a one-off as he doesn’t need the complication to his job. They return to the ranch and their jobs with nothing more than that between them until one day when Roe needs just what Travis can give him.
Roe and Travis agree on continuing to get together with the understanding it’s just sex and won’t affect their working relationship, which works for them…at least in the beginning.
Both men are very much into bondage, rope play, spanking, whipping, fisting, some puppy and pony play... and much, much more. The sex scenes are so unbelievably hot and Iggy Toma narrates them with a sensual perfection.
I loved that even during their first encounter, and then later, no matter how hardcore or kinky they get, Travis and Roe’s admiration and respect for one another is so apparent. Roe’s need and desire for complete sexual submission and pain is a perfect match for Travis’s need for thorough domination. Their time together is always deeply emotional and serves to move them from being sexual partners to, as their mutual trust deepens, real partners in every aspect of their lives.
Neither one is perfect, they mess up (sometimes almost unbelievably so) but this all serves to make it so much more rewarding when they begin to communicate with each other and grow as a loving and committed couple.
If you are a fan of Heidi Cullinan’s remarkable talent for creating intense, yet believable, characters, you should really check this out.
I’ll admit the ending took me a little bit by surprise, but it probably shouldn’t have. Most of the book is filled with dark, angst-filled struggles tempered with sweet or outright hot sexy times but the ending is a straight up hearts and flowers HEA.
very enjoyable and sexy time. would read more like this story. I liked the characters a lot. and the location was great. will read it again and again.
I love listening to stories that are passionate, sexy, touch my heart and end with hope
This is definitely one of them-so romantic and heart felt
a definite YES😄😄😄
"Uh, do not listen to this in public! WOW"
Probably. I read this book several years ago and forgot how, hot and kinky this book is!
I love Roe
This is my first Iggy Toma but not my last
Probably not move me, but the pony scene, uh hu
"Great story...very well written!"
First and foremost... this is a m/m romance... if your not into that.. skip this!
This book was pretty darn good. I really liked how the two lead characters came together...boss and ranch hand... they ended up hooking up when they both drove miles away from the ranch to get some nookie... The story developed really well and their love story didn't happen over night... it was well written with smexy time and family drama...
Great narration... Worth a credit or sale or buy...
"Great story, as always"
I have yet to read a story by Heidi Cullinan which was not great. They are always interesting, heartwarming and leave me feeling upbeat. This was another great book. Igg was terrific as usual.
"5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book!!!"
I haven't read the print version yet.
I have no comparison.
I loved it when Haley faces off against Kayla and Pastor Tim.
Roe, because it was his inner turmoil and conflict that drove the story.
I have to admit that I did not read the description when I bought the ebook or the audiobook on sale. I had recently read a book by the author and loved her writing style, so I snagged up both editions at seriously low savings. So keep that in mind when I say that I was not expecting the level of kink that occurs within. I went in blind and I loved it. Roe ended up being in the right place at the right time and stumbled upon the man that was not only perfect for him, but for whom he was perfect for. While I was initially hesitant regarding Haley, she turned out to be a wonderful addition to the story and Roe's life - one who was not afraid to stand up for him or meddle in his life.
This is not the first audiobook I've listened to that was narrated by Iggy Toma, but I found him to be just as impressive in bringing the characters to life. I was never confused as to who was speaking (or thinking) and enjoyed listening to his narration.
Between Cullinan's writing and Toma's narration, what started out as background noise while I worked on the computer, soon became hours of engrossing entertainment that prevented me from starting another book until I finished Nowhere Ranch.
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