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Commitment Ranch

(Leaning N #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  48 reviews
A fist fight, a snowstorm, a stolen kiss in the barn... and a second chance at love.

Ford Nixel has two law offices, two fancy condominiums, and all the right connections. In short, he has everything he wants.

The last thing he needs is his Uncle Ty’s stake in the Leaning N, a ranch that’s been in the family for generations. Ford hasn’t even been to the ranch in over a decad
ebook, Dreamspun Desires #18, 250 pages
Published September 15th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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For the first half of the book, I wasn’t a fan of either Ford or Stoney. Both were very immature, making each others’ lives, and their own, miserable. It was miscommunication galore.


But things improved considerably in the second half, and I ended up genuinely enjoying the book. The big reveal about what actually happened when Stoney and Ford broke up went a long way in making up for the drama! The reveal wasn’t OTT, but it kept with the Dreamspun Desires harlequin themes.

I may not have been so
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: second-chance
3.25 stars

This one just didn't come together for me.
Maybe I should have just read the book...

I have to admit for me the book was probably a 4 star read but the audio version just didn't quite work as well this time around.

Ok so what I liked about the story. It was a second chance story and I'm pretty much a sucker for them. It was B.A. Tortuga and I like her stories. Her characters are real and down to earth and often times damaged and have an inner strength that just refuses to quit. I liked Ford...probably a little bit more than Stoney which
This book is a Dreamspun Desires title, but also the first of a new series from this author, which is set on and around the Leaning N ranch. It's also what a nice, lovely, sweet romance should be, even if the steam factor is low. Which, truthfully, should not be a reason for you to skip this book.

Ford is a environmental lawyer with two law offices and no serious relationship. He's avoided his uncle and the Leaning N ranch for many years, ever since his ex-boyfriend Stoney got himself a job at t
Audiobook Review

4.5 Hearts

Narrator: John Solo

John Solo does one of the sexiest baritone voices I have ever heard, and I loved that he used the huskiness for Stoney. Stoney is the sexy, silent type, wasting no words, and that combo really got me going. His character stole this book for me. I want more from him.

Ford was a nice, angsty character. A lawyer, so he overthinks everything, and a perpetual commitment-phobe, who hates Stoney for leaving him for his cousin and having a baby with her, but a
Serena Yates
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, read-2016
Coming home can be hard when it doesn’t feel right – and in ‘Commitment Ranch’, Ford has several reasons to hate the idea of returning to the Leaning N. Ford’s uncle, Ty, owns just over half the ranch and Ford loves him like a father, but the run-in and bad breakup he had with Stoney twelve years ago has driven him away. Stoney being the owner of the other half of the ranch has kept Ford away. But now that his uncle is ill and can’t run the ranch any longer, it looks as if Ford will have no choi ...more
Well that was all fun and full of UST!

Glad I met Stoney and Ford along with the rest of the folk at the Leaning N. Time to move on to the next book now.
Les Joseph
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars rounded up to 4*

If a sweet, feel-good romance about a big city lawyer and a cowboy sounds like your kind of thing, then you don't need to look farther than B.A. Tortuga's Commitment Ranch. Throw in some drama, likable characters, and a too cute for words little boy and you've got yourself the makings of a book that will make you smile. Commitment Ranch is part of Dreamspinner Press's Dreamspun Desires line so you know going into this book what you're going to get. A bit of sexy times
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
From the story to the narration this one hit all the high points. It's a great story - about making assumptions and going home again. I feel like this author is on a complete roll with me lately - and I'm devouring all of her books. The settings as well - Texas as she imagines it is the Texas I've had exposure too - good, bad, and everything in between. Sit right down and give a list'n' ...richly rewarding.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 00-have, 00-dnf, 00-dsp
Naaaaah sorry, this was not for me!
The back and forth/the second-chance-thing.
The weird: "You left me for my cousin and impregnated her, but I'll still smile at you, and I think I have feelings for you??"
And the whole: "I'm just a dumb cowboy, which is why I left you!"
The religious undertones (sorry, just not my jam).

But what sealed it for me: when Stoney (this fucking name!!!!) SLOGS Ford so hard, that Ford goes down and a few scenes later Stoney is is lecturing his son Quartz (seriously, these
Cathy Brockman
Ford hasn't been back to the Leaning N in over ten years and hasn't planned on it. The few times he saw his Uncle since then has been in Town. Ford harbors a lot of grudges but those are mostly geared at his Ex, Stoney. He took him home one summer break, and Stoney never left. His uncle gave him a job, and Ford went back to College, graduated became a big shot lawyer and has homes and offices in Santa Fe and Aspen. Stoney is half owner of the leaning N and has a nine-year-old son by his cousin B ...more
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is BA Tortuga at her best. This story about a cowboy and a big city lawyer thrown together to save their family ranch is a wonderfully crafted, feel-good, sexy Western.

The remote Colorado ranch might just be the actual leading man in this story. The ranch’s motley collection of loosely connected family members, ornery cowboys, quirky ranch hands and a vegan ranch cook creates a fabulous backdrop for Ford and Stoney’s storm
Lisa The Novel Approach
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars ~ Ford Nixel left the Leaning N and didn’t return, I think mainly because of a broken heart. He went back to college, hurt and alone, but got his education and became a very successful lawyer. Both his Uncle Ty and his ex, Stoney River, seemed to not have been truthful with Ford, though none of the characters are intentionally cruel or mean. In fact, they are all likable. In order to protect his daughter, Brittany, Uncle Ty sort of manipulates Stoney in his plan to keep Brittany and he ...more
Cee Brown
▅▇█▓▒░A second chance story set against a snowy backdrop░▒▓█▇▅

Betrayal kept him away. Commitment brought him home.

Two cowboys, ex lovers, are forced to work together when one's uncle is diagnosed with kidney disease and now needs to move away from the daily activities of the ranch. The beginning of a new series, The Leaning N Ranch promises to bring everything cowboy to reality.

Stoney and Ford had history. Then Stoney opted out of university and decided to stay on at Ford's family ranch. Ford w
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, m-m, cowboys
I liked the main characters, but there were so many great secondary characters that the book just felt like family. I like the easy way this author has with her characters, but I especially liked that with the Dreamspun titles there are fewer sex scenes. One or two per book is enough for me. I looke forwasrd to reading more in this series.
Avid Reader
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Commitment Ranch (Leaning N #1) by BA Tortuga
3.5 stars
M/M Romance
Triggers: dialysis and health concerns
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

I have read a lot of previous books by BA Tortuga and normally really enjoy them. This book was probably my least favorite that I've read in a while from Tortuga.

You have Stoney and Ford - with their history, you know that they will have some unresolved issues while working with each other. You have Ty, who is the owner and patriarch of
Morgan  Skye
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bgs, 2016, less
Fans of the author know that she is good at providing unique and “real” characters in a western setting. In this story, Geoff, the chef, steals the show as the most interesting guy in the entire book. He’s way more interesting than either MC, unfortunately.

Ford, while a solid, nice guy, doesn’t stand out one way or the other as particularly moving. He got a little bit shafted by his uncle and a lot by his old-now-new beau, Stoney. For pride’s sake only, Stoney kept his reason for leaving Ford al
Joyfully Jay
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

I can’t possibly go into all the details involved in Commitment Ranch. There is a lot going on, and I’d be sitting here all day. I can tell you that, after the first three or four chapters, the story really takes off. There is a rather large cast of characters, including Quartz, Stoney’s son, Uncle Ty, Geoff the chef, the ranch hands, and Ford’s friend Andy. That’s a lot of people, but it’s not confusing in any way, and they all play important roles in the book.

Ruthie Taylor
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

A new cowboy series from Ms Tortuga is truly a thing to celebrate! This is a great book, which subtly includes a lot of issues, and yet keeps the main plot front and centre.

Stoney and Ford are two men who once thought they were everything to each other, only for it to all go catastrophically wrong - in part due to a major miscommunication. Well, many years later they are forced together by circumstance, and whilst there
Debra Guyette
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Ford NIxel gets a call from his uncle to return to the home ranch, Ford did not hesitate, even though it has been some years since he had been home. Ford has built his life away from the ranch as a successful attorney. He left the ranch and the betrayal of his ex-boyfriend Stoney, not sure if he would ever return. Ford arrives to find Stoney a single father and exactly where he left him. The two find themselves at odds again but also find their desire is still as strong.

Ford struggled with
A cowboy and a second change love can always fit my taste.
This one was actually a feel good, no angst cowboy second chance love story.
Add a child with an adorable manner, a nice ranch life. It's always good.The two MCs have a good chemistry from the beginning, well, at least after a million years of separation and misunderstanding at least :)
But there's nothing 'communication' won't solve, right?
They need some times to figured out how to 'really talked' about what made them mad to each other,
3.5 Stars. It took me awhile to get into the characters but if there is a sequel I will pick it up. I'd like to see where Stoney, Ford, Quartz and the rest of the gang go from here. (Especially Geoff. He deserves an HEA)
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cmc17
I just LOVE this story. Kept me reading until the end. Strong characters. A theme that makes you think about what you need to clear the air about in your own personal lives and a HEA. What more could a girl want.
Great story..I'm not sure if this is a series but im definitely hoping so!
But I wish there had been a couple more sex scenes in the book.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cowboys, contemporary
One of my favourite DD stories so far.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words review

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From that review: "Dreamspun Desires and B.A. Tortuga!  A combination I wouldn't have thought would have worked and yet its a winner across the boards.  Using the lovers reunited trope, Tortuga uses the potential loss of the family ranch to bring lawyer Ford Nixel back home to a ranch he hasn't seen in over 10 years and the man he loved and lost.

Its a premise guaranteed to draw a reader in and it does so
Mae Hanley
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: same-sex
You know I how I know when a book is good? When I'm curious about the characters lives after I've finished the story. Commitment Ranch did that for me.

I'm not wondering so much about Ford and Stoney and how they manage, but about how they manage to raise Quartz (really? You named a character Quartz?) and potentially explain things to him down the line. I'm curious how the family will grow and continue to progress through life - that's a good story, keeping me wondering about the future of the ch
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
A cute gay romance in a ranch, they knew each other in college but ended things for reasons they haven't talked about. There's bagage and when they're forced to work together on the family ranch all the tension and the unsaid turns to anger. They end up talking about it, communicating and i can't help thinking that it was really well done compared to the fantasy book i read before where the relationship sparked from nowhere and wasn't build on knowing the other. At least here the relationship is ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was an amusing and enjoyable read with some very interesting and odd characters. A well written story line, with enough tension and suspense to carry it through and keep the reader involved. Good character development for Stoney and Ford. Positive ending promising a HEA.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqi, romance
I like the books in this series quite a bit but every time I start one, I feel like I'm being punked with the names. Stoney River? Quartz River?
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Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her partner, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and cof ...more

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