Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan (audiobook) – Narrated by Iggy Toma

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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.

Rating: Narration – A : Content – A-

I’ve been on another narrator glom recently, and as Iggy Toma has recorded a number of books by Heidi Cullinan, I’ve been on a bit of an author glom, too! Originally published in 2015, Nowhere Ranch is a standalone romance featuring a strong element of BDSM that, I admit, isn’t normally my cup of tea; but I’ve come to trust this author and this narrator and so I decided to pick it up. While there were a couple of things that pushed me just a bit outside my comfort zone, I’m glad I listened to it, because at heart, this is an intense, deeply romantic and poignant love story about two lonely men who find something fundamental to their happiness in one another.

The opening line just about says it all:

My name is Monroe Davis, and this is the story of how I found home.

Roe grew up on the family farm in Algona, Iowa, but left after his mother found his stash of gay porn and his conservative, religious family wanted him to get counselling from the local pastor, date girls and… basically stop being gay. After that, Roe ran around town for a while getting into trouble and ended up doing a few months behind bars. After he got out of prison, he left Algona and has drifted around, finding work here and there on a few ranches throughout the Midwest, finally making his way to the aptly named Nowhere Ranch in north western Nebraska, a small ‘hobby’ ranch the size of a large farm that’s owned by divorced former mathematics professor Travis Loving.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

2 thoughts on “Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan (audiobook) – Narrated by Iggy Toma

  1. Caz,

    I really enjoyed the audiobook version of Nowhere Ranch. I was uncomfortable with the physical pain aspect of their sexual interactions, but thought character development and story very well done. I am also experiencing a “glom” in reference to Iggy Toma. I read where you have also listened to some of his other narrations. I realize a review of each book is a monumental task. How about a quick up or down on the books he has narrated.

    I want to thank you for all of your reviews. I find you to be my gold standard. If you recommend an audiobook, I purchase it. I managed our small farm and have very little time for enjoyment reading.

    I wondered if you had a chance to listen to Gildart Jackson narrate Denise Domning’s, Servant of the Crown Mysteries? I am really enjoying Mr. Jackson work.

    I am having to expand my horizons on my audiobook choices. The lack of historical romance choices is appalling!

    Thank you again for all of your time and effort!

    Ann O’Brien

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    1. Oh, thank you so much for the kind words! I’m so glad you’ve been able to find good listening material as a result of my reviews – that’s one of the reasons I do it, to help people sort the wheat from the chaff and find the gems among the dross!

      My Iggy glom led me to listen to another BDSM themed romance which wasn’t quite as good as this one called Just Business by Anna Zabo – which I’ll put up a review for shortly. I think it goes even farther into the S/m aspect of the relationship than this one, so it might not be quite your thing. It’s not mine really, but one has to try these things to find out! And Iggy was fab, of course.

      I loved Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish, which he co-narrates with Kurt Graves, and Trust with a Chaser, co-narrated with Marc Bachmann (I just relistened to it this past weekend); and I also enjoyed Heidi Cullinan’s Dance With Me which I haven’t reviewed yet – if you have the Audible Romance Package, it’s available as part of that. He’s really good in Roan Parrish’s Riven, although I wasn’t wild about the other narrator in that one. I recently listened to Fake Out by Eden Finley, which he co-narrates with Alexander Cendese – that link is to my review on Goodreads – which was a fun rom-com, and I’ve just bought the second book in that series. I’m planning to review the first in Heidi Cullinan’s new series of medical romances, which Iggy is narrating, and another series he’s narrating with Alex Cendese, as well, so the glom continues!

      I haven’t listened to that series you mention, but I’ll look it up. I’ve listened to Gildart Jackson and enjoyed his work several times – there are a few reviews here and at AudioGals; I like historical mysteries, but it’s hard to find many that meet the standards achieved by C.S. Harris and Sherry Thomas, so I tend to be a bit cautious when choosing those.

      The lack of really good historical romance has been one I’ve been bemoaning for over a year now. I found very few in print last year and so far this year that I really enjoyed and there are no signs of an upturn, sadly. So many of the big publishing houses think fans of HR will put up with any old rubbish provided the characters are in period dress and it seems many authors think that way, too. It’s worse in audio when the few good books get saddled with terrible narrators; I almost cried when I saw all Katharine Ashe’s books get lumbered with Mary Sarah, and Julie Anne Long’s latest had been given to Justine Eyre, both of whom are average at best (and whose English accents are dodgy). It’s one of the reasons I’m not reviewing a lot of historical romance any more and am turning to other genres and narrators.

      If you ever want any recommendations, feel free to email me – bookish@gmail.com – I’m always happy to talk audiobooks!

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