Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he’s been in love with since he can remember. He’s a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life.
Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep.
Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do—he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.
In the meantime, Hoss and his best friend, Bradley, have their hands full trying to care for an infant, run a ranch, and deal with the sudden confession that Bradley doesn’t hate Hoss for coming out to him in high school. In fact, Bradley’s been trying to catch Hoss’s attention for damn near a decade.
Well, hell. Two Cowboys and A Baby. Shakes head. Really, its hard to get much cuter than that. So of course, I loved this sweet baby left on the doorstep story by B.A. Tortuga, a favorite author of mine. B.A. talked about loving tropes like this in her author guest post on this story (read it here), but the tale of how these long time friends (yep since childhood) finally move towards HEA and a family is heartwarming and sweet. Of course, there’s some wild plot doozies here that I throughly enjoyed. There’s almost a ‘B.A. goes Texas soap opera’ thrown in but who knows? Totally possible so I rolled with it. These days anything goes so it could happen.
I of course, loved Hoss. The author makes Hoss and his profession so painfully real with all its breaks, pain, and physical wake up in the hospital realism. That the part of the life, people never see when watching the rodeos. Here (and in all of B.A. Tortuga’s stories) its laid out in all it stark, bill and injury-laden reality. Another element that I look forward to when reading a Tortuga novel? Her families and its another key element here. Bradley has been a part of that, living as he has been on Hoss’ land in a trailer. But all that’s about to change with a baby bundle lands on Hoss’ doorstep.
I think if I have only one major issue here, it would be Bradley’s behavior at one point. His lack of faith in Hoss and inability to talk to him. I kept trying to rationalize that as fear but still it seemed as unlike the man’s personality as laid out before so it brought down the rating. There’s another hugely intriguing area that just cries out for its own story. If you read this book you’ll know what I’m talking about and who. I hope the author is already working on that. What a story that would be.
As it is, I loved Two Cowboys and a Baby. Its sweet, heartwarming and a wild journey of two men towards HEA and a family.
Cover Artist: Bree Archer. Cover art is perfect and just as cute as the story.
ebook, 220 pages
Expected publication: March 15th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press