Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
As a teenager, Dalton Jakoby made Tank an offer-one Tank turned down gently. It was still embarrassing as hell, so when Tank returns to the Jakoby Rodeo Company after a big-time bull riding tour, Dalton decides polite but distant is the best course of action.
Tank is hurting from some tough injuries and ready for a lighter workload. He’s also ready to admit Dalton is an adult now, one he wants to get to know much better. While Dalton’s past makes him suspicious of Tank’s attention, he can’t stay standoffish for long… not with Tank.
The new romance burns hot, but problems inside and outside the arena threaten what Tank and Dalton might have together.
Trust me, there is nothing finer than frog hair as when BA Tortuga combines romance with cowboys and rodeo, two of her absolute loves. Then place these men and their search for a HEA in Texas where the sun beats hot, the salsa even hotter, and the bulls are both reviled and heroic, and you know that BA Tortuga is at home. Her characters will talk, move, love across the page with cowboy and redneck oozing from their personalities at a cellular level.
It’s in the names of the characters, in the pet names they call each other, the epitaphs that let fly across paddocks that stand in for terms of endearment among those toughed by years on the rodeo circuit, by loss, by experience, by seasoning. And it’s not just the men but the women of the circuit as well. All are here and well represented in the Jakoby outfit.
This romance is one of second chances. Tank, a bull rider on the top circuit, returns back to the Jakoby operation to recuperate and work at assisting in the operation. At one time, a teenage Dalton had a crush on him and he had gently refused the underage boy’s awkward first advances. Now, he’s returned to find Dalton a man, and the attraction flares up once more, this time with nothing to stop it. And nothing does…almost.
We get a marvelous look into the daily operations of a rodeo. What it takes to put it out on a circuit, the grind, the fact that not all towns are welcoming, and the general wear and tear on body and soul. On both people and animals. Plus the very real need to seek some grounding somewhere….a home, a person to be centered in.
I loved the characters, the sense of camaraderie between the twins,Tank, the family and all the rodeo family. Tortuga gives us a real picture and feel for how being on the road could bring everyone so close together…depending upon one another to have each other’s backs. It all rang authentic, you could smell the dust, and the heat, and the love that springs up between Tank and Dalton.
There is also mixture of danger to go along with the hot sex and love, a really nice combination.
But what always keeps me glued to the page is the people, the places, and the love that flows there. All types of love. The family, the friends, and above all the romance. Really, you just can’t beat it. All in the Texas heat and some rodeo.
What more do you need? Yes, I highly recommend it.
Cover art : Paul Richmond. I enjoy this cover by Paul Richmond. The stripes in the background almost look like part of the flag being pulled into the center with the wonderful outline of the cowboy or cowgirl. It’s really gender neutral if you look at it. Perfect for a rainbow rodeo. Outstanding.
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ebook, 220 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press