Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Love is hitting the slopes, and the competition is fierce.
It’s Gay Ski Week in Aspen, and blind sculptor Bleu Bridey and his ex-fiancé, Dan, are at the Leaning N Ranch to unveil Bleu’s latest commission.
Former Olympic snowboarder Ryan Shields is there too… and he’s Bleu’s true love who got away. Seeing Bleu again, Ryan remembers how they couldn’t get enough of each other in college.
Too bad it looks like Bleu is with Dan now, because Ryan would love to remind Bleu how good they were together, in and out of the sheets.
Between Ski Week parties, a bunch of exes, a private ski lesson, and one terrible accident that leaves Bleu stranded and Ryan in rescue mode, it’ll be a wonder if these two manage to survive, much less find a few seconds alone to remember how much love they have to keep them warm even in the worst of storms.
I am really enjoying the Leaning N series from BA Tortuga and this story especially checked a lot of my boxes for contemporary romances. The first beingOK it’s author! yes, I can never pass up a BA Tortuga story, and Whiskey to Wine (Leaning N #3) by BA Tortuga has so many elements in it that I love to red about. It has cowboys and kids in the family that owns the Leaning N (they are central to every story here. It also has a wonderful second chance at love, lovers reunited aspect to the romance and main couple. Plus the couple itself has two men whose characters and personalities are just so compelling that it makes for a story and romance that grabs you right from the start.
Told from both the perspectives of Bleu and Ryan, BA Tortuga manages to bring the reader inside the darkness of Bleu’s everyday life and give us a feel for the way in which he lives and manages his life, with the assistance of his service dog. I’m not sure who was helping with this realistic portrait but I suspect they are close to the subject or know someone like Bleu given the cringeworthy moments and comments from other characters and situations Bleu finds himself in, the authenticity rings true throughout the story. Everything about Blue pulls you to him, and makes you want to shove Dan, his ex right off the next ski lift. Dan is one of the less enjoyable characters there but has been a minor series character throughout the three stories so far.
Ryan the former Olympic snowboarder also has that personality down, as well as that of regret for the past and the real sense of loss when it comes to Bleu. When it comes to writing chemistry, BA Tortuga can make two men and their connection seem almost organic, it’s that natural and mighty. I really loved watching them reconnect, worth through their old issues, and current ones, including current exes that won’t go away.
There is adventure, huge drama, and a wonderful end to everything that I adored. Plus the secondary cast of characters some of which …cough..Geoff. cough..I’m hoping which eventurally get his story.
While each book easily can be read as a standalone, it’s far more fun to read them as a series, a method I recommend. I have fallen in love with the Leaning N and the family and crew that lives there. I only hope we will be getting so many more romances and novels to come.
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza. Handsome man, beautiful background. Both in keeping with the series although I could wish for more from the story. I just find it cute but lacking.
Kindle Edition, Dreamspun Desires #78, 181 pages
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Series Leaning N :
Come Back Around coming out in July 2019