Levi Peletier is settled – for now. With his life on the rodeo circuit reined in, he’s content doing trick-riding demos for tourists at Clean Slate Ranch and spending his off-hours with three finicky felines. It’s a life he’s grateful for, one that keeps his heart safe.
George Thompson couldn’t be less like the ruggedly sexy Levi. A onetime figure skating star, he’s hung up his skates to live in introverted anonymity in San Francisco. An effort to shake up his regular routine finds him at Thanksgiving dinner, dude ranch style, and he immediately falls in love with the gorgeous view – the wide-open spaces and big blue sky aren’t bad, either.
The country cowboy and the stay-put city boy strike up an unlikely friendship that blossoms into something more. But getting attached is a bad idea. Because the open road is calling to Levi, and it’s a call George can’t imagine answering. When the past catches up to them, this odd couple will have to decide if a future together is worth fighting for.
Rating: Narration – A; Content – B-
When I reviewed Lucky Break, fourth in the Clean Slate Ranch series last year, I hadn’t listened to any of the other books in the series; since then I’ve gone back and listened to the first three (book three, Saddle Up is my favourite). These are mostly low-drama, character-driven stories featuring a group of men who find happiness and second chances when they come to work at or visit the Clean Slate Ranch in California. As in Lucky Break – and most of the other books, in fact – the central romance is a lovely slow-burn which means the protagonists have lots of time to get to know each other properly, and although characters from the other books do make appearances, it’s perfectly possible to listen to Right Move as a standalone.
After the death of his brother Xander (who was married to Robin Butler – see Lucky Break) Levi Peletier went on a year-long bender and did a number of things he isn’t proud of. He’s since cleaned up his act and is now in a much better place; he went back to working for his father’s travelling rodeo, Lucky’s, which came to Bentley Ghost Town in order to take part in the attraction’s opening celebrations. Afterwards, Levi decided to stay on, and he’s now a regular there, working alongside Robin doing trick riding demonstrations for the guests. He’s lived a pretty nomadic life, but living on the outskirts of the beautiful town of Garrett in California has settled him in a way he hasn’t been in quite some time, and he’s content, living in his tiny home with the three cats he rescued three years earlier, Ginger, Baby and Sporty. (Who are SOOOOO adorable!)
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