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A cowboy Daddy and a big city boy. Ripley Ellis never intended to return to Bluebird Ranch. The day his father kicked him out for being gay was the day he shook the dust off his cowboy boots and moved to the city. But thanks to his homophobic father, the only way he can claim his inheritance is to return. He has to stay for one year, but that doesn’t mean he has to like i A cowboy Daddy and a big city boy. Ripley Ellis never intended to return to Bluebird Ranch. The day his father kicked him out for being gay was the day he shook the dust off his cowboy boots and moved to the city. But thanks to his homophobic father, the only way he can claim his inheritance is to return. He has to stay for one year, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it. The life of a rancher isn’t an easy one. Reed Warner knows that. He also knows that there is no other life for him. It’s all he’s ever wanted. Now that he’s retired from the rodeo, he’s ready to make his dreams come true. There’s only one problem—Ripley. The sassy city boy just inherited the ranch Reed is planning to buy. If they can put aside their differences and work together, they may both find exactly what they’re looking for.


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A cowboy Daddy and a big city boy. Ripley Ellis never intended to return to Bluebird Ranch. The day his father kicked him out for being gay was the day he shook the dust off his cowboy boots and moved to the city. But thanks to his homophobic father, the only way he can claim his inheritance is to return. He has to stay for one year, but that doesn’t mean he has to like i A cowboy Daddy and a big city boy. Ripley Ellis never intended to return to Bluebird Ranch. The day his father kicked him out for being gay was the day he shook the dust off his cowboy boots and moved to the city. But thanks to his homophobic father, the only way he can claim his inheritance is to return. He has to stay for one year, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it. The life of a rancher isn’t an easy one. Reed Warner knows that. He also knows that there is no other life for him. It’s all he’s ever wanted. Now that he’s retired from the rodeo, he’s ready to make his dreams come true. There’s only one problem—Ripley. The sassy city boy just inherited the ranch Reed is planning to buy. If they can put aside their differences and work together, they may both find exactly what they’re looking for.

30 review for Finding Ripley

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Re-read May 2021 Very nice fluffy daddy kink book. ------------------------------ 4.25 stars This was quite the enjoyable story. City boy meets cowboy ranch hand? Sign me up! Oh, and let’s not forget the daddy kink. Oh yeah.. Ripley has lived in the big city for the last 6 years. He was kicked off the ranch he grew up on by his father when he was 18. Now that he no longer has to hide who he is, he is quite loud about being unapologetically gay. The pink car and the graphic t-shirts with snarky texts Re-read May 2021 Very nice fluffy daddy kink book. ------------------------------ 4.25 stars This was quite the enjoyable story. City boy meets cowboy ranch hand? Sign me up! Oh, and let’s not forget the daddy kink. Oh yeah.. Ripley has lived in the big city for the last 6 years. He was kicked off the ranch he grew up on by his father when he was 18. Now that he no longer has to hide who he is, he is quite loud about being unapologetically gay. The pink car and the graphic t-shirts with snarky texts might tip off most people. Add in the painted nails and his little dog and the picture is complete. So when Ripley finds out his father left his half of the ranch to Ripley under one condition, Ripley is not happy. He inherited half of the ranch when his mother died and has been living off the profits. But he can’t let the other half go to some super religious church group. So a year on the ranch to inherit the other half it is. Reed has been the foreman on Bluebird Ranch for some time now. He was saving up to buy half the ranch when Randall Ellis died. Now he has to entertain some prima donna from the city for a whole year before he can try to buy the ranch. So while Reed thinks Ripley is a spoiled brat from the city and Ripley thinks Reed is a homophobic hick, both have trouble admitting they might be wrong once they get to know each other. But after the initial impression both gravitate towards each other whether they like it or not. Throw in some daddy kink and suddenly it looks like a match made in heaven…. I wasn’t too sure where this was going at first. These men were both too stubborn to see the other person and constantly fought or avoided each other. But I was glad once they got their stupid ideas out of their heads, the romance went along nicely. It even got a little (or a lot) gooey and sappy in the second half. The daddy kink was nice and fitted them perfectly. Reed was a dominant but sweet daddy and Ripley needed the guidance. Overall this was a nice book without too much angst. The romance ended up sappy and sweet, and the daddy kink made everything just a bit hotter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    1.5 I'm starting to see a patten with Jacki James books. She really takes the term "low-anst" to a whole new level, and not in a good way. I always appreciate knowing what I'm getting into, and I rely heavily on low-angst romance novels to help cope with stress of day-to-day life but this is somehow counter productive. I find myself gritting my teeth at how saccharine and how everything is so unbelievably easy in these books. To the point where it sucks out my enj0yment of it. And the steam is just 1.5 I'm starting to see a patten with Jacki James books. She really takes the term "low-anst" to a whole new level, and not in a good way. I always appreciate knowing what I'm getting into, and I rely heavily on low-angst romance novels to help cope with stress of day-to-day life but this is somehow counter productive. I find myself gritting my teeth at how saccharine and how everything is so unbelievably easy in these books. To the point where it sucks out my enj0yment of it. And the steam is just lacking, barely a spark. I already feel myself forgetting it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gustaf

    This was a cute little light enemies to lovers, daddy boy, cowboy book and I truly did enjoy it. However, it was short and therefore lacked a little. I wanted it just a little more fleshed out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    The story is incredibly straightforward, with very little conflict... unless you considering putting goats into pajamas a conflict. Ripley has a whole year that he needs to spend on the farm but a) he actually loves it there instantly b) everyone loves him and don't even mind that his gay (especially since most of them are LGBT) c) Reed initially dislikes him, but they are basically in love and in a relationship within a few weeks at most. Considering he did have to spend a whole year there, mor The story is incredibly straightforward, with very little conflict... unless you considering putting goats into pajamas a conflict. Ripley has a whole year that he needs to spend on the farm but a) he actually loves it there instantly b) everyone loves him and don't even mind that his gay (especially since most of them are LGBT) c) Reed initially dislikes him, but they are basically in love and in a relationship within a few weeks at most. Considering he did have to spend a whole year there, more of a slow burn would have been nice. I don't care for Daddy kinks, so I can't really fairly judge that part of the book, but I did find the sex scenes very brief and boring, with rather awkward dirty talk. As for the writing itself, while there were only a few editing issues, the whole book was kind of just one note. None of the characters had any personality and since the POV alternates between Ripley and Reed, the narrative sounds the exact same. I have socks with more personality than any if the characters in this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elsbeth

    Just enough "daddy kink" before my eyes went rolling... Ripley was cute though and so were the baby goats in pyjama's. Just enough "daddy kink" before my eyes went rolling... Ripley was cute though and so were the baby goats in pyjama's.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ed Davis

    3 and 1/2 stars. Very sweet read. Very light daddy kink.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    3.75 stars This book was the start of the River Gorge series, why didn't she finish it. I have questions about Cruz and Landon. Frankie and Cap are together in Maverick and Donavan's story. What happened???? 3.75 stars This book was the start of the River Gorge series, why didn't she finish it. I have questions about Cruz and Landon. Frankie and Cap are together in Maverick and Donavan's story. What happened????

  8. 5 out of 5

    Denise H.

    Reed has a misconception about Ripley, but he finds out soon enough, he was wrong. Ripley's come back because his Dad died and had conditions in his will. * Ripley is sassy and energetic, loves the ranch, but he left when he was thrown out by his homophobic father. He has long light brown hair, a Pink 4-wheel drive Jeep and a Maltipoo, Jinji. * Reed, on the cover, is the foreman at the Bluebird Ranch, tall, muscled, a strong cowboy who wants the ranch. He doesn't like Ripley at first. Will Ripl Reed has a misconception about Ripley, but he finds out soon enough, he was wrong. Ripley's come back because his Dad died and had conditions in his will. * Ripley is sassy and energetic, loves the ranch, but he left when he was thrown out by his homophobic father. He has long light brown hair, a Pink 4-wheel drive Jeep and a Maltipoo, Jinji. * Reed, on the cover, is the foreman at the Bluebird Ranch, tall, muscled, a strong cowboy who wants the ranch. He doesn't like Ripley at first. Will Ripley spend his year on the ranch? We see a well run ranch, gorgeous horses, men who care about animals, and many memories of Ripley's long ago home. Ripley got goats to film and post on social media, and he's happy to meet old friends and how the town of River Gorge has changed. Reed makes his move and Ripley is on board. Hot sex and a light Daddy/boy relationship ensue. Both men are taking care of the ranch and falling for one another. They are so fun together. Ripley's friend, Frankie, comes to visit, and our men's plans are becoming a reality. Reed surprises Ripley with something important and we are excited to know what's next. We get a terrific epilogue, and more animals ! ENJOY ! =======

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shantal (VERIFED BOOK LOVER)

    Didn't realize this was gonna be Daddy kink... Not for me 1.5 stars Didn't realize this was gonna be Daddy kink... Not for me 1.5 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈

    This was cute. Though I have take off a star for the almost nonexistent daddy kink.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    I totally loved this. I'd already met Reed and Ripley as an already established couple in Snowflake Kisses. Finding Ripley tells how they got there. There are cowboys who get off on a little Daddy kink. There's a boy who desperately needs a Daddy. There's an amazing cast of secondary characters, including baby goats. I loved the baby goats. They wore pajamas. I now want baby goats. :) There's a bit of a misunderstanding when Reed and Ripley first meet. Reed thinks that Ripley's a typical city boy w I totally loved this. I'd already met Reed and Ripley as an already established couple in Snowflake Kisses. Finding Ripley tells how they got there. There are cowboys who get off on a little Daddy kink. There's a boy who desperately needs a Daddy. There's an amazing cast of secondary characters, including baby goats. I loved the baby goats. They wore pajamas. I now want baby goats. :) There's a bit of a misunderstanding when Reed and Ripley first meet. Reed thinks that Ripley's a typical city boy who wouldn't know his way around a ranch for anything. Ripley automatically thinks that Reed's a homophobic jerk, like other men who worked on his family's ranch when he was a kid. They're both wrong. Ripley is putting on an act. Oh, he's still a diva, but he knows his way around the ranch. The big and bad Reed is bisexual but Ripley doesn't discover this until a little bit into the story. Great book. I'm eager to see some of the other guys introduced find their HEAs. Full review can be found at -

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (not Lily)

    Not bad, but I just didn't feel the connection between Reed and Ripley like I wanted to. However, I'd probably read more stories set in River Gorge or at Bluebird Ranch. Some of those guys have definite promise.... Not bad, but I just didn't feel the connection between Reed and Ripley like I wanted to. However, I'd probably read more stories set in River Gorge or at Bluebird Ranch. Some of those guys have definite promise....

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Started off with promise but felt rushed - the emotions went 180* way too quickly and I didn’t buy the sudden Daddy vibe ... just needed a bit more build. An easy read and a bit of fun.

  14. 5 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Sweet, dommy cowboys. It's a thing! This was pretty cute. I loved the ranch element, I loved how unapologetically unapologetically himself Ripley was, and Reed oh how I swooned. It was great. I actually want more from this world because all of the side characters were so developed that I want their stories as well. Does Landon get a happy ending? What about Cap? I mean I'm pretty sure I know who he's going to get with but still, I want it. If you love character-driven stories, Jacki is your girl. Sweet, dommy cowboys. It's a thing! This was pretty cute. I loved the ranch element, I loved how unapologetically unapologetically himself Ripley was, and Reed oh how I swooned. It was great. I actually want more from this world because all of the side characters were so developed that I want their stories as well. Does Landon get a happy ending? What about Cap? I mean I'm pretty sure I know who he's going to get with but still, I want it. If you love character-driven stories, Jacki is your girl. My only complaint, and normally I wouldn't be taking off stars for this but I genuinely think it effected the story this time around, is that I wish it was longer. Even if it was just 20 to 30 pages more I think would have really helps this book. Like I said, Jacki James is really great at developing characters and thier dynamics. But because Reed and Ripley didn't really get together until about 60% of the book, we didn't really get to enjoy them being a couple. I mean we saw them as a couple but I felt like we didn't fully get to dive into their dynamic as Daddy and boy. It all felt really rushed and under developed. Like for example, there was this really sweet scene between the two of them with Ripley morning the loss of his mother and read comforting him and it was so good. It was beautifully written and it felt like the catalyst for them. Fast forward to them being together and it's like whiplash. There was a spanking scene that lasted all of 2 1/2 paragraphs and I remember blinking and thinking what. I felt robbed! All of that being said I still really enjoyed this book and I flew through it. Plus Cowboys are kind of my jush now, who knew. Besides, I do think the things that I missed will be what makes book enjoyable for some. The daddy/ boy element wasn't heavy, there's no age play, and while there is smut it's not in your face. So if that appeals to you then you'll love this. And if you don't like me it's short, you'll have it you'll still have a good time. 4 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews

    4.5 Stars Finding Ripley is another great read by Jacki James. The author's writing draws me into the characters and their minds immediately. The flamboyant Ripley returns home with a chip on his shoulder. He's snarky and bitchy, immediately clashing with the rancher Reed. Their storyline is complicated as the two men have to figure out a way to work things out on the ranch. It's a story of dealing with the past. It's a story full of grief, pain, and hurt. I love the writing which is full of seam 4.5 Stars Finding Ripley is another great read by Jacki James. The author's writing draws me into the characters and their minds immediately. The flamboyant Ripley returns home with a chip on his shoulder. He's snarky and bitchy, immediately clashing with the rancher Reed. Their storyline is complicated as the two men have to figure out a way to work things out on the ranch. It's a story of dealing with the past. It's a story full of grief, pain, and hurt. I love the writing which is full of seamless dialogue, including some fantastic snark and banter. There's also a lot of emotions involved, as Ripley's past is heartbreaking. Told in alternating first person pov, both characters easily come to life. Ripley's the man who hides behind his sass, which makes him someone I want to help. And Reed is the man who instantly wants to tame the bitchy Ripley. What follows is a wonderful tale of them getting to know each other as they drop their attitudes. One thing that I found good, but weird, is how easily Reed takes to calling Ripley "baby boy." They both accept it as appropriate, but as the reader I found it a little quick and awkward. My favorite scene has to be the goats in pajamas. Omg, you just have to read this. I couldn't stop laughing. My favorite aspect is actually the meaning of the title, as Ripley needs to discover for himself who he is. When one is raised in a homophobic home, they can never truly find themselves without some major reflection. This story is in fact Ripley finding his true self, instead of just acting the way he felt he had to act. It's a long and worthwhile journey for the young man. Finding Ripley is an excellent enemies to lovers romance. It's perfect when you're in the mood for a feel-good story. This Jacki James tale of finding a purpose and finding a home won't disappoint. I don't see any indication that this is the start of a series, but I want more, I need more. Of the town, of the guys, and of their friends. So, here's hoping we'll get more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deb Swietek

    Cowboys & horses & goats in pajamas? Uh, yeah... This is a wonderful, feel- good book. I became involved in the character's lives from the first pages. The world is alive & vibrant, filled with people you want to care about. There is snark & sass, assumptions, hunky cowboys, great friends, a hot pink Jeep, and goats in pajamas. How can you not love it! Ripley fled to Dallas after his father threw him out - for coming out. Now he is back on the ranch fulfilling the terms of his father's will; t Cowboys & horses & goats in pajamas? Uh, yeah... This is a wonderful, feel- good book. I became involved in the character's lives from the first pages. The world is alive & vibrant, filled with people you want to care about. There is snark & sass, assumptions, hunky cowboys, great friends, a hot pink Jeep, and goats in pajamas. How can you not love it! Ripley fled to Dallas after his father threw him out - for coming out. Now he is back on the ranch fulfilling the terms of his father's will; to stay there for a year. He never counted on Reed. Reed is the ranch manager. He wants to make the ranch his, hoping Ripley will sell it to him after his year is up. He is attracted to the snarky, flamboyant Ripley, underestimating him at every turn. But they are made for each other. Reed wants a boy to be his, and Ripley wants a Daddy of his own. Reed and Ripley get a lot of help on their road to HEA. Old and new friends, horses, internet videos, and goats in pajamas. Yes, in pajamas. Oh, and a hot pink Jeep. Both men will learn not to assume. You will be drawn in to their Daddy/ boy dynamic. You will love this book. This book contains adult themes and language, mm sex and is intended for mature readers only.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Devoted❤️Reader

    Finding home & pajama parties Ripley is sassy, flamboyantly practical, and determined. I adore him and Jinji. They’re both so cute. Reed, well, I’m pretty sure he’s the reason people “save a horse.” He’s sexy, commanding and forceful. He and Ripley are like oil and water when they first meet and I love that dynamic. It always makes for delicious tension and explosive chemistry. Ripley and Reed don’t disappoint as they are on fire. “One thing you can count on, I’ll always give you what you need.” Finding home & pajama parties Ripley is sassy, flamboyantly practical, and determined. I adore him and Jinji. They’re both so cute. Reed, well, I’m pretty sure he’s the reason people “save a horse.” He’s sexy, commanding and forceful. He and Ripley are like oil and water when they first meet and I love that dynamic. It always makes for delicious tension and explosive chemistry. Ripley and Reed don’t disappoint as they are on fire. “One thing you can count on, I’ll always give you what you need.” Ripley wants someone who makes him feel safe and loved; whereas, Reed has been looking for a boy he can care for and take care of. These two gave me all the feels. Ripley’s story, especially broke my heart. Luckily, he and Reed pieced it back together with their goats, tenderness and amazing, intense connection. Also, Reed gives the very best gifts. They made me laugh, made me sigh, and made me fall in love. Jacki James writes the most magical towns and River Gorge is no exception. I can’t wait to return.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rudi Kloosterhuis

    A sweet boy who doesn't really know where he belongs. According to his father he didn't belong at the ranch where he grew up. Kicked out, he went and tried to make a life in the big city. He is flamboyant, likes to have his nails painted but has only one true friend who he cares about. Then one day a letter arrives dictating that if he wants to inherit his part of his dead father's will, he needs to live on the ranch he was kicked out years before for one whole year. He is hesitant to go, still A sweet boy who doesn't really know where he belongs. According to his father he didn't belong at the ranch where he grew up. Kicked out, he went and tried to make a life in the big city. He is flamboyant, likes to have his nails painted but has only one true friend who he cares about. Then one day a letter arrives dictating that if he wants to inherit his part of his dead father's will, he needs to live on the ranch he was kicked out years before for one whole year. He is hesitant to go, still thinking the little town he grew up in is still much the same and not very gay friendly. But if he wants to live on the way he does he needs to honor his fathers will. So off he goes in his new pink Jeep. Because there is one thing he doesn't want to do, and that is hiding his true self. Little does he know, that maybe his return will make him see what he truly wants and where he belongs. It is a sweet short story where a boy finds his daddy and the daddy finaly finds what he was looking for all the time but never thought he would find at a ranch in cowboy land.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Ripley and Reed find what they need in each other 4.5☆ Ripley and Reed have preconceived opinions about each other but they soon realize they were wrong, which allows their attraction and connection to become deeper. Ripley is a little lost and a lot sassy, Reed is a hard working man with plans and a dominant, nurturing nature, and when they collide, their passions ignite, they feel complete, fulfilling each others needs as a Daddy and his baby boy, love is inevitable, and their HEA is very satisf Ripley and Reed find what they need in each other 4.5☆ Ripley and Reed have preconceived opinions about each other but they soon realize they were wrong, which allows their attraction and connection to become deeper. Ripley is a little lost and a lot sassy, Reed is a hard working man with plans and a dominant, nurturing nature, and when they collide, their passions ignite, they feel complete, fulfilling each others needs as a Daddy and his baby boy, love is inevitable, and their HEA is very satisfying. Other than some minor proofreading issues, this story is well written and draws you in, you feel right along with them and become invested in their outcome. Ripley and Reed are really likeable characters but there are a bunch of others that enhance the story and help carry it along. I would definitely recommend this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joyffree

    Is there anything sexier than a daddy cowboy Ripley had me in stitches he also had my heart ❤ squeezing out a couple of tears here and there. Reed well I'm not sure what to say about that cowboy Perfect gentleman Perfect Foreman Perfect daddy Ripley had thought he left his past behind him - He had recreated himself - He was living the life - He was empty Reed thought the ranch would be his - He was prepared to turn it into his dream - He was wrong These two - Reed was just so smooth(?) the way he handle Is there anything sexier than a daddy cowboy Ripley had me in stitches he also had my heart ❤ squeezing out a couple of tears here and there. Reed well I'm not sure what to say about that cowboy Perfect gentleman Perfect Foreman Perfect daddy Ripley had thought he left his past behind him - He had recreated himself - He was living the life - He was empty Reed thought the ranch would be his - He was prepared to turn it into his dream - He was wrong These two - Reed was just so smooth(?) the way he handled the evolution of their relationship ... sigh Ripley - I loved his quirky little heart! If you are looking for a sweet romance with a slightly rambunctious boy - a little angst and a loving daddy This is where you want to be

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Salted Caramel Sweet and just a little salty. Relatively low angst and a sweet romance to balance it. The 2 MCs clashed at first but it didn't take long for them both to realize that they were judging the other based on assumptions. From there the sparks flew in the right direction, and rather quickly, but not TOO quickly for me. The Daddy/boy angle was very light, but have their relationship a spicy edge. I really enjoyed all of the characters introduced in this book and really hope that maybe t Salted Caramel Sweet and just a little salty. Relatively low angst and a sweet romance to balance it. The 2 MCs clashed at first but it didn't take long for them both to realize that they were judging the other based on assumptions. From there the sparks flew in the right direction, and rather quickly, but not TOO quickly for me. The Daddy/boy angle was very light, but have their relationship a spicy edge. I really enjoyed all of the characters introduced in this book and really hope that maybe this is the start of a series of some kind. Personally I would LOVE that. More frankie! More landon! Way more cap and miller and cruz! And... well more of all of them. Amazingly enjoyable!

  23. 4 out of 5

    M.

    Such a sweet Daddy/boy story. At first I was worried about getting annoyed with the sassiness of Ripley but it doesn’t take long till it grows on you. Reed seemed broody at the beginning but when he slips into his Daddy role he’s absolutely amazing. I enjoyed the secondary characters just as much as the main characters. I’m hoping to get Landon’s story in the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Fun and entertaining

  25. 4 out of 5

    Penumbra

    Finding Ripley is the first book in the ‘Men of River Gorge’. It stars Ripley Ellis, and rancher Reed Warner. It’s told in first person from both Ripley and Reed’s povs. (view spoiler)[ The blurb does a good job of describing the plot so I’ll only repeat a little bit. Ripley was told to never come back to Bluebird Ranch once his father found out he was gay. Ripley fled to the city where he’s been living off the income of the ranch. He returns to Bluebird ranch after his father’s death as a stipula Finding Ripley is the first book in the ‘Men of River Gorge’. It stars Ripley Ellis, and rancher Reed Warner. It’s told in first person from both Ripley and Reed’s povs. (view spoiler)[ The blurb does a good job of describing the plot so I’ll only repeat a little bit. Ripley was told to never come back to Bluebird Ranch once his father found out he was gay. Ripley fled to the city where he’s been living off the income of the ranch. He returns to Bluebird ranch after his father’s death as a stipulation in the will that he remain there for one year in order to claim the half of the ranch that belonged to his dad. There Ripley meets Reed, the ranch foreman. Ripley thinks Reed is a homophobic cowboy like Ripley’s dad and others in the town. Reed thinks Ripley is a spoiled brat. The plot is about how the two men learn about each other and about the Daddy/boy relationship they both want. I liked the plot it was interesting. I also liked the main characters and the side characters. They were all interesting and I would read the next books for the characters. I did not like the Daddy/boy relationship. There really wasn’t any significant delving into that part of Ripley and Reed’s relationship. To be honest, it felt like the Daddy/boy kink was thrown in because it happens to be the marketable book topic of the moment. All Reed did was call Ripley, ‘boy’ a lot which for me, read as condescending and angry rather than affectionate. Also Reed liked to punish Ripley by spanking him. It didn’t appear that the couple used it for fun, just punishment. And Ripley would often slide into baby talk. I suppose that might be part of being a ‘boy’ but I disliked it. Hinting at a few instances of what could be considered a Daddy/boy relationship does not make it one. It just makes the book a token to the popular topic of what’s currently fashionable to sell. I think this book would have been much better without this lifestyle since there was so little of it. If a writer is going to venture into this kind of relationship, they should do it thoroughly and in more depth. The author did a good job of changing the relationship between Ripley and Reed until they were together. Ripley was adrift with no purpose and once back on the ranch he started to form one with Reed’s help. I wasn’t convinced about Reed’s need to be a Daddy just because he liked to have control of what happened on the ranch and in life. Part of being a Daddy is caring for the boy/little and I didn’t get that from Reed. He was more about ordering, being obeyed and not enough caring and looking after. That’s why I feel I can’t believe in them as a Daddy/boy dynamic but I could if they were trying to make the ranch and their relationship work without it. Grammar wise, there were a lot of missing words in the story, enough so that it stood out. I don’t know who the proofer was for this book, but they missed a lot of words. Not only that but there’s what appears to be an inconsistency that doesn’t make sense or needs clarification. I’ll put it behind a spoiler. (view spoiler)[ Reed goes to the coffee shop looking for Ripley because Ripley hasn’t left a note about where he’s going and he’s forgotten his cellphone. One rule is that Reed must know where Ripley is at all times, which I think is rather creepy controlling. Anyway, it appears that Reed drives to the coffee shop. I’m guessing he parks out front or nearby. Next Ripley arrives at the coffee shop looking for his phone and for the scene to work as the author intended, Ripley is surprised to see Reed there. This is a small town, are you telling me that Ripley doesn’t notice Reed’s truck at the shop? I find that unbelievable. The only way would be if Reed walked into town or if he parked in the back of the shop where customers couldn’t see the truck or horse. Neither of this is mentioned in the story which is why this inconsistency popped out. The proofer and editor clearly missed this, because it yanked me out of the story immediately. (hide spoiler)] I liked the plot of Finding Ripley and its characters. I didn’t like the Daddy/boy dynamic because it seemed more like a marketing ploy. If it was really part of Ripley and Reed’s relationship it should’ve gone into more depth since it was so important to both of them. The missing words stood out and I hope they get fixed in a following edition. I give this book, 3 Stars. (hide spoiler)]

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Randall Ellis Jr. was raised on his mother’s family ranch by his caring mother and a distant all-business father. When the mom passed away and “Randy” got caught in a compromising act with a neighbor boy, he was kicked out by his dad. Randall Ellis Jr. left the ranch for the big city and took with him the money his mom left him along with the deed to half the ranch. He also took her maiden name as his new first name and Ripley Ellis, city boy, is doing just fine. He’s got his friends, his Maltip Randall Ellis Jr. was raised on his mother’s family ranch by his caring mother and a distant all-business father. When the mom passed away and “Randy” got caught in a compromising act with a neighbor boy, he was kicked out by his dad. Randall Ellis Jr. left the ranch for the big city and took with him the money his mom left him along with the deed to half the ranch. He also took her maiden name as his new first name and Ripley Ellis, city boy, is doing just fine. He’s got his friends, his Maltipoo puppy, his you-tube followers, and a fresh new manicure… even if there’s no “significant other” yet. But the old homophobe dies and leaves a will deeding the rest of the ranch to the boy if he agrees to live there for a year. Otherwise it will be “donated” to a right wing homophobic church. Of course, the town (like the rest of the country), has changed and the small town that Randall Jr. left is not the town Ripley returns to. Several of Ripley’s school chums have come out. The new coffee shop in town has a rainbow flag in the window. The ranch has several gay ranch hands, and a gay foreman who are happy to be out of the closet now that the old curmudgeon is gone. On it’s own this is a fun, fast, low-angst read of coming home, and finding a few “friends of Dorothy” in the old hometown. Of course, it does make one want to read the other books in the series just to spend time with these guys. I enjoyed it… Even if I am now gonna have to search You-tube for “goats in pajamas”

  27. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Lezár

    PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: A 3,5* is clicked with a 4* but in review marked as 3,5*: 5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow-Away-book like ‘Jesse's Smile’ or ‘Joey’ from Angelique Jurd, ‘Save the the kids’ series from EM Leya, ‘Love’s Tethered Heart’ from C.L. Etta or ‘Liberty’ from Seth King), it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often reread and is a WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises (like most of Andrew Grey books and Davidson Kings 'Haven Hart'-series PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: A 3,5* is clicked with a 4* but in review marked as 3,5*: 5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow-Away-book like ‘Jesse's Smile’ or ‘Joey’ from Angelique Jurd, ‘Save the the kids’ series from EM Leya, ‘Love’s Tethered Heart’ from C.L. Etta or ‘Liberty’ from Seth King), it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often reread and is a WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises (like most of Andrew Grey books and Davidson Kings 'Haven Hart'-series) it's like an A 3,5* - a really good book, which will be reread a few times (most romances where you can enjoy for relaxing and during waiting times in hospitals). I can recommend them definitively! It's like an B+ 3* - it could be more then a one-time-reader (2-3 times a year), it's like a B 2* - it was ok to read, but it's more a one-time-reader (I wouldn't recommend it heartily, but it was ok) It's like a C-, D 1* - sorry, but that isn't really a book for me (too many mistakes, not nice plot, illogical, so an absolute NO-GO). It's like failure in the whole line, dismissed, repeat the class

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Daddy-His name is Reed... use it occasionally! Baby Boy-His name is Ripley... use it occasionally... grr Other than referring to each other as Daddy and Baby Boy for almost the whole damn book, there just wasn't much Daddy kink. A few rules that were never broken, until FINALLY, Ripley broke one, and OHHH we got 10 taps on the butt... yeah, that's it... grrr I'll be honest, my favorite characters were anyone that wasn't Reed or Ripley... the goats even placed ahead of them! Frankie was my favorite, Daddy-His name is Reed... use it occasionally! Baby Boy-His name is Ripley... use it occasionally... grr Other than referring to each other as Daddy and Baby Boy for almost the whole damn book, there just wasn't much Daddy kink. A few rules that were never broken, until FINALLY, Ripley broke one, and OHHH we got 10 taps on the butt... yeah, that's it... grrr I'll be honest, my favorite characters were anyone that wasn't Reed or Ripley... the goats even placed ahead of them! Frankie was my favorite, and come to find out, I have already read his story... ugh! Truthfully, I don't know whether to give the next book a try or just let this series go. What if all the other MCs are Ripley and Reed, just with different names? I will have to think about this before deciding to move on or not... *headdesk* Sidenote: Larry is an asshole, just like Ripley's dad was... just thought you should know!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tam

    This was okay. It moves super fast and while I thought Ripley's reasons for being prickly were with good cause given how he'd been treated in the past, I thought Reed's total belief in what Ripley's father told him was a bit odd given how much he didn't like the old man and knew that he had to keep his sexuality a secret. He just believed everything the guy said. And the foreman (or whatever he was) seemed to tell everyone why Ripley left EXCEPT Reed, claiming it wasn't his story to tell. Um, yo This was okay. It moves super fast and while I thought Ripley's reasons for being prickly were with good cause given how he'd been treated in the past, I thought Reed's total belief in what Ripley's father told him was a bit odd given how much he didn't like the old man and knew that he had to keep his sexuality a secret. He just believed everything the guy said. And the foreman (or whatever he was) seemed to tell everyone why Ripley left EXCEPT Reed, claiming it wasn't his story to tell. Um, you told everyone else. LOL Anyway, it has pygmy goats and t-shirts with snarky gay slogans and pretty much insta-love, but it fit for what I was looking for. I quick light read with some light daddy kind (not little boys though).

  30. 5 out of 5

    Veronika Gáborová

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As I started reading this book, I was so sure it's gonna be a 5⭐ read. That was, until they fell in love basically overnight. They danced together and the next morning they were so in love. At that point, I was ready to ditch it. Then, they started with the Daddy and Baby boy thing, which definitely wasn't my favorite. (I just rushed through the synopsis, so I was unaware of it.) I would prefer if they called each other by their names, but whatever. Other than that, they were cute. (But the goats i As I started reading this book, I was so sure it's gonna be a 5⭐ read. That was, until they fell in love basically overnight. They danced together and the next morning they were so in love. At that point, I was ready to ditch it. Then, they started with the Daddy and Baby boy thing, which definitely wasn't my favorite. (I just rushed through the synopsis, so I was unaware of it.) I would prefer if they called each other by their names, but whatever. Other than that, they were cute. (But the goats in PJ's were more cute, of course.) When Reed bought his old horse back (and the foal), that was when I almost shed a tear. They got their HEA and that was it. Overall, it was good. 3.5⭐ read for me.

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