Title: Back to Back (Roughtstock #5)
Author Name & Publisher: B. A. Tortuga (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 5, 2016 – 163 Pages
Landon knows who he wants, he’s been dreaming about Adam Taggart his whole life. Tag, though? Thinks Landon’s too poor, too young, too wrong to be his.
Landon Gaudet may not be the best bullrider on earth, but he knows that’s where the money is in rodeo. His Cajun heart is more involved with horses, though, and with finding the cowboy he’s been dreaming of all of his relatively short life. Adam Taggart has been around the block more than once, and while he thinks Landon is special, he also thinks the kid deserves better than a safety man with more than his share of notches on the bedpost.
Adam does everything he can to resist Landon, but there’s not a man alive who doesn’t love being loved, so eventually he gives in. Landon can’t believe that Adam is finally with him, that his cowboy has finally come around to his way of thinking. The only problem is that Adam isn’t sure he deserves love, or that he really has any to give. He questions everything from his need for Landon to his family’s assertion that he can do better than a boy from the bayou. Can Landon show Adam that sometimes magic is real, and that all you really need is to have a little faith?
I enjoyed this story much more than the last couple of books in the series. I’ve been curious about the Taggart boys for a while and I enjoyed getting to know more about all of them.
Adam is one of the more straightforward leading men in this series. He isn’t overcoming disability or disadvantage – he is just a slightly bull headed cowboy.
Landon is a more interesting character – someone describes him as a “Bayou baby” at one point and it works. Orphaned young, he has been taking care of himself and his twin for a very long time. While he is supposed to be the much younger man, his voice is old and experienced. However old Adam might be, he comes across as the man who is less secure and less confident in himself . His more affluent existence lends a naivety to his character that the world-wary Landon just can’t afford.
I enjoyed the connection between these two men, though I quickly grew tired of Adam’s doubts and insecurities. For me, there was more romance and passion between the leading men than there has been in the last couple of books which was great. I also enjoyed watching the relationships between the other couples in the series develop.
Tortuga’s overly dramatic Cajun accents are starting to grate with me. I think I need characters to think in Standard English, even if they speak with a dialect/accent/second language Especially in this book when the author is trying to prove that Landon is much more clever than he presents, I needed to better understand the differences between the way he speaks and the way he thinks.
Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her partner, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.
Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but is feeling the Colorado mountains calling. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.