Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Galen Frost buys a house and a bait shop in a small Florida town to get away from his life as a semipro football player. When he meets good-time bartender Shane Barton, the heat between them is instant and intense—like the burn of good whiskey.
Galen and Shane don’t have much in common beyond their healthy libidos and their love of a good time, but the intoxicating heat brings them together like rain on the ocean, whipping up a frenzy of weather… good and bad. When trouble blows ashore, they will have to ride out the storm that breaks between them as Galen’s past rears its ugly head.
I first read Rain and Whiskey way back when so I was beyond delighted to get reacquainted with Len and Shane of B.A. Tortuga’s Stormy Weather series. Turns out I had missed them something fierce.
From the moment Shane and Galen lay eyes on each other in Miss Lynn’s bar where Shane is tending bar there is no keeping these two apart! In true Tortuga style, they almost combust right on the bar floor but make it to Galen’s new home in the swamp and Bait shop. Its heat, sweat, and sex…all delivered in that wonderful Tortuga vernacular and style!
Shane grabbed a bottle of Cuervo and started pouring a round of shots, laughing at Vic’s lame-assed joke about titty bars and avoiding Old Man Roberts’s roving hands, all the time moving to the music, knowing his ass in those jeans in the big mirror behind the bar? Money in the bank, baby.
Everybody who was anybody stopped by, chatted him up a second, grinning and trying to talk over the music. Jake kept giving him that “how do you do that,” stupidass, monkey-face look. Shit, he’d been tending bar here for a good long time— since spring break in ’95, just under seven years ago. He’d come down to play with a couple three baby faces from college and sorta got stuck in the sand and the surf and the good life.
He was thinking he’d not go home after his shift tonight. He liked the crowd, liked the band, and got his booze for free. That way he wouldn’t have to deal with that… smell in his apartment.
Whatever the hell it was.
“Can I get a whiskey?” He could hear that voice right through the music, maybe because it had a drawl that wouldn’t quit. Brown eyes, cowboy hat pulled low, and tall enough to lean right over the bar.
It doesn’t matter whether the person talking is a Florida conch or a Tennessee country boy, Tortuga has the sayings and dialog that flow from their lips just right. It fluid and natural without sounding corny, unless of course that’s her intension. This author has the ability to throw you not only into the characters but the location and the local culture as well just by a few utterances by a person, no matter their importance. It’s right there in the “Miss Lynn”, “Old Man Dewey’s bait shop”, and what’s in those ever present coolers outside. Nothing is left to chance.
Part of what I love about these stories is learning about the characters as we go. That slow reveal, the peeling back of layers. The spark is instantaneous but both men take the time to get to know each other. That includes why a semi pro football player is down in the swamps with a bait shop. This story is chock full of sex but its being had by very believable men.
For those who like some angst with their romance, there is an element of that here for you. Its realistic and well done. There’s also a bit of kink here too. These are some hot, feisty men who can’t keep their hands off each other. So be prepared for lots of sex.
As I said, I was so happy to see this back, and that mean the next will follow. Normally you find B.A. Tortuga’s men out west, but don’t miss out on Shane and Galen residing in the swamps in Florida. I absolutely recommend them.
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza. I liked the cover. It works for the story.
ebook, 2nd Edition, 220 pages
Published October 7th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published March 1st 2005)
Original TitleRain and Whiskey
ISBN 1634775694 (ISBN13: 9781634775694)
SeriesStormy Weather #1