Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The call comes when Beckett Adler least expects it. He’s made a new life for himself in Vermont and has a law practice of his own. After four years he’s even stopped wearing his wedding ring. So when he finds out his husband, bull rider Skyler Paulson, has been seriously injured at an event, he isn’t sure what he wants to do. He knows what’s right though, so he heads down to Baltimore to bring his man home.
Sky knows his injuries are a career-ender, and he can’t believe Beck has come for him after all this time. He’s not a hundred percent sure what went wrong with their marriage and he has no idea how to be anything but a bull rider. But he wants this second chance, so he grabs at it with both hands.
There’s a lot Sky has to learn, from how to walk again to how to settle down with the man he loves. Beck needs to learn to open up and how to be more trusting. For their marriage to work again, both men will have to find a way to meet in the middle. Because neither of them wants to be wrecked anymore.
I’m really enjoying the writing collaboration of Jodi Payne and B.A. Tortuga. This is my second story of theirs, the first being Land of Enchantment, and each story has been a real joy to read. Each, of course, involves bull riders. Here, the bull rider is the estranged husband of lawyer Beckett Adler. Separated for four years, each has nevertheless still kept the other man close in their heart. Even if secretly and apart. One up in Vermont and the other on the rodeo circuit.
Wrecked by Jodi Payne and B.A. Tortuga brings both men back together right at the beginning of the novel. It takes an agonizing phone call and a brutal fall to change the path of each man’s life once more. I love how we dive immediately into the heart of Beckett’s pain and love. The shock of seeing Sky again, his physical state, and the past rising up around them. I was with them in the moment every step because of the writing here.
I am so used to BA Tortuga’s broken men and great characters, put that together with Jodi Payne’s and it just meshes so well. The experience and knowledge of the rodeo world, the pain and injuries that bull riders will often undergo in their career, and the rehab (if lucky) that awaits them afterwards. It’s all laid out here, folded in immaculately as part of the story and the relationship as they and Sky start to mend.
I will admit that second chance at love stories are such a favorite of mine. I’m rooting for the couple to begin with, make one a cowboy and it’s double down time. So it was very easy for me to believe this relationship and the fact that they still loved each other despite that many years apart. I could see stubbornness being such a large part of not calling and then the time and fear helping the separation. What also rang true, maybe, was Skyler’s doubt about his future. I’ve seen others go on to successful careers as ranchers or announcers but as this could be projecting his own personal demons I thought that was a big possibility. In fact, I wished the story could have enlarged a bit towards the end to show Sky and Beck working their new journey out together, not just the more finished version we got. Which, yes, I love immensely.
Wrecked by Jodi Payne and B.A. Tortuga is that wonderful feel great, second chance at love contemporary romance you will read in one sitting. And then want more. Maybe a sequel to. It left me smiling and it made my afternoon. What more could I want?
Cover art is perfect! Love that contrast between characters!
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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Tygerseye Publishing, LLC
Edition Language English
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