Rating: 5 stars
Beau is lonely and feeling every moment of Sam’s absence. Not that Sam has left, it’s just that he has become absorbed in the leather working he does as therapy to help his recovery from the accident. So Beau plans a little road trip in their camper hoping that time alone will reignite the heat missing lately in their relationship and force Sam to talk use his voice again, if only in passion.
Leather Work and Lonely Cowboys is absolutely a 5 star story, even if you are unfamiliar with Beau and Sam from previous Roughtstock books. All the of the elements that make BA Tortuga’s stories so compelling and memorable are present. You don’t have to know Beau and Sam’s backstory to understand them. They’re cowboys so deeply in love with each other that they can communicate without words even as Beau is missing the sound of his lover’s voice. BA Tortuga makes us feel each small gesture, each touch exchanged between the two men that becomes magnified within the context of the moment. Even the “pups” and Boudreaux, their Bloodhound have their part to play in helping us understand who these men are and the challenges they are facing in their relationship.
Now having said that you can read this as a stand alone, I say please don’t. You would be shortchanging yourself. Beau and Sam are part of a group of rodeo cowboys that make up the Roughstock stories, tales so rich in emotion, so deep in characterizations and s0 authentic in location that the stories smell of leather, sweat, and livestock. I love all the men involved in this universe Beau and Sam, Coke and Dillon and all the others. Beau and Sam first appear in Roughstock: File Gumbo- Season One. And then keep appearing from Starting the Roux, a Roughstock story as well as in Coke and Dillon’s stories. BA Totuga writes so realistically and with such affection for these men that it translates with ease to the reader and you become entrenched in their world as the characters themselves.
Here are the Roughstock stories not in the order they were written but grouped according to pairing:
Roughstock: File Gumbo – Season One (Sam and Beau)
Roughstock: And a Smile — Season One (Coke and Dillon with Sam and Beau mentioned)
Roughstock: And a Smile — Coke’s Clown (Coke and Dillon, with Sam and Beau)
Cowboy Christmas: A Roughstock Short (Coke and Dillon)
The New Guy, a Roughstock story (Coke and Dillon)
The Retreat, a Roughstock story (Coke and Dillon)
Roughstock: Blindride — Season One
Starting the Roux, a Roughstock story (Beau and Same)
Leather Work and Lonely Cowboys, a Roughstock story (Sam and Beau)
Doce, A Roughstock Story: The Ten of Wands – Roughstock universe
Give it Time: the Seven of Wands – Roughstock universe
Shutter Speed, A Roughstock Story: the Seven of Pentacles – Roughstock universe
Amorzinhos, A Roughstock Story