Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Once upon a time, a prince lived in a magical kingdom called Turquoise, New Mexico.
Well, really, TJ is a small-town police chief. Every Friday he holds court in the diner with the local holy roller, the art colonists, and the horsey people. But the Benes, who own the rodeo company, keep to themselves. TJ knows, because he was once hot and heavy with the oldest Bene son.
When Wacey Bene gets trampled by a remuda and comes home to heal, he’s none too happy to run into TJ, or his two little boys and their momma. The story might end there—if it wasn’t for some pesky bastard trying to kill Wacey.
The law steps in, and the townsfolk are cross about somebody messing with one of their own.
But once the bad guy is put away, can TJ and Wacey make their place in this wild and eccentric town a permanent one?
Cowboy in the Crosshairs is the start of a new series,Turquoise, New Mexico, by BA Tortuga. That’s something I always look forward to. I love me some Tortuga cowboys and a whole new series is something to celebrate. Cowboy in the Crosshairs is a lovers reunited story that I really enjoyed as the author’s telltale charm rolled off the characters, location, humor, and relationships I found within the storylines.
TJ, small-town sheriff, divorced with kids, has a hot and heavy history with Wacey Bene the rodeo cowboy, home nursing his latest injury. Wacy, one of the many Benes from the local rodeo family who is legend, has been having a series of “troubles” that just might be something more. Tortuga weaves the mystery behind Wacy’s injuries into the men’s rediscovering their passion for one another.
The story comes chock full of kids, a wonderful ex wife, Wacy’s rodeo family, a true sense of small town dynamics that captures the flavor of the people and sense of community of Turquoise, New Mexico, and of course, the romance. What I did think suffered a bit was the villainy here. The who behind it all felt a bit “slim” in that I didn’t get a real “feel” for him and his actions. I think he needed to be a bit more of the story than he was. However, as Cowboy in the Crosshairs is the first in the series, I think that BA Tortuga was laying the groundwork for the series, letting us “walk” through the town, and see how it works before bringing the next story on.
She accomplished that because Turquoise feels real to me. Wouldn’t be a bad place to live at all. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Cover art: Bree Archer does a lovely job with the cover. Bright and inviting.
ebook, 232 pages
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Series Turquoise, New Mexico #1