Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Colorado wedding planner Mason O’Reilly lands a major contract: a two-hundred-guest wedding at the Leanin’ N Ranch, where his friends Ford and Stoney are working to provide a safe space for GLBT events. The Wright/Preston ceremony is a destination wedding, and as the grooms are from Texas, everything is done over the phone and email. There’s no way that could lead to trouble, right?
Oil tycoon Noah Wright isn’t happy about the impending disaster, but he admires Mason’s quick thinking and grace under pressure. And that’s not all he likes about the out-and-proud wedding planner. Even though Mason’s interested in Noah, his Mr. Right can’t possibly be a rancher from Dallas.
Finding Mr. Wright, the second story in the Leaning N series by BA Tortuga, involves wedding planner Mason O’Reilly, a secondary character from Commitment Ranch. I had wanted Mason to get his HEA and here he does. Though it takes a while.
All the wonderful characters from the original story are here, Stoney, Ford, their kid and the various ranch hands including their chef (who needs his own story). They form a wonderful foundation along with the Leaning N ranch for Mason and Noah Wright to meet, clash and learn to love. Of course, there are Texans, lots of mad Texans, transplanted to Colorado with a side trip south for good measure. I have to admit, that was the part that threw me here for a little while.
Normally I love the Texas influence in BA Tortuga’s stories but when it went upscale (how I love me BA Tortuga’s redneck cowboy lovers) as it did with Wright’s family, especially with Noah’s mother who I sort of despised, part of the heart went out of this story and it went cold. I understood that we needed to see where Noah was coming from and how much he had to work through. Totally worked. Still think his mama owes Mason a huge apology.
It took at trip back into the snow, up into the mountains of Colorado to find the warmth and heart of this series, for Noah to realize where his future was, as well as the fire and romance that pours out of this series. The Leaning N Ranch and all the come out of there are special. BA Tortuga creates these little villages of people that form unique families, ones you never get tired of reading about. All sort of quirky and wonderful. There are lesbian partners, chefs with a past who make up incredible concoctions, tattooed hulks who show up and never leave only to become indispensable in the kitchen, and of course Stoney and Ford and their kid. Now there’s Mason and Noah.
Can’t wait to see who’s next. Yes, I love this series. Yes, I recommend it. Pick up the first one and head to this one next. I’m already eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Cover Artist: Bree Archer. I like the cover but wish it was just a little more detailed.
Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon
Book Details:ebook, 1st edition, 226 pages
Expected publication: September 15th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Series: Leaning N