An Alisa Release Day Review: Heart of a Redneck by Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga


Rating:  4 stars out of 5


Colby McBride is a blue-collar cowboy trying to make ends meet laying tile in Colorado. A loner by choice, Colby works hard with his hands and finds his peace camping in the mountains outside Boulder. Gordon James is a white-collar restaurateur who owns not one, but two successful establishments in downtown Boulder. He’s a sophisticated urbanite who is devoted to his work and is accustomed to getting what he wants.


The men are friends, but sparks fly when Colby falls in love and decides to show Gordon how much fun a good old boy can be. They’re just beginning to explore their relationship when Gordon’s sister’s suicide leaves him with custody of his five-year-old niece.


Colby comes from a huge family and is eager to help with the girl and to prove his worth to Gordon. But neither of them is ready for the tremendous changes to their already busy lives, or for how this new relationship with Olivia challenges them, complicating the way they interact with each other.


They say opposites attract, but can these two very different men work together to join their disparate lives and form a strong, if highly unlikely, family?


This was a wonderful story.  Colby and Gordon have become friends and then it becomes friends with benefits but Colby stands by Gordon when he needs it the most.


Colby is willing to take what he can get and doesn’t think he will ever have the love he desires.  I had some trouble with Gordon as he was more worried about himself than pretty much anyone else, it was quite an eye opening when he has to bring Olivia home.  I love stories with children in them but prefer for them to be a little more realistic, Olivia was a bit to mature for a 5 year old and hardly ever misbehaved and while some kids are that way it isn’t many and it’s hard to believe most kids in books would be that way.


I felt for both of these characters.  Gordon was so out of his element when it came to take care of a kid but pretty much takes advantage of Colby’s kindness.  I loved Colby from the beginning and hurt for him when he allowed himself to be used by Gordon, both for sex and in taking care of Olivia.  He loves with his whole heart and went in knowing he could be hurt in the end and I almost cried when he finally puts his foot down.


The cover art by Alexandria Corza is great and I love the picture of their shoes all together.


Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N


Book Details:

ebook, 240 pages

Published: November 13, 2018 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-539-2

Edition Language: English

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