5 and 3 stars for Coke’s Clown (Roughstock #4) by B. A. Tortuga @BATortuga #MM #Romance #Western #Cowboy

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Title: Coke’s Clown (Roughstock #4)
Author Name & Publisher: B. A. Tortuga (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 — 188 pages

Synopsis

How does Dillon take care of Coke when Coke’s destroying himself?

Bullfighter Coke is having a rough time in the Roughstock universe.

When his dear friend Sam Bell is injured at the finals of the bull riding season, he takes that and his injuries pretty hard. His very own clown, Dillon, is determined to take care of Coke, which is tough when Coke is usually the one to care for everyone.

Coke has a huge secret from his past, though, and, when Dillon digs to discover what it is, the skeletons in Coke’s closet threaten to destroy both men.

Publisher’s Note: This book has been previously released elsewhere. It have been revised, re-edited ansd significantly expanded for re-release with Pride Publishing.

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Review

ThreeStar

This series started on a high, but I’ve become increasingly frustrated with it.  I really struggled with this installment and I’ve tried to figure out why.  

Coke and Dillon are characters that have re-occurred since the start of the series, but they’ve never been properly described to readers.  And oddly enough, they aren’t described terribly well here.  If I hadn’t grown up in a redneck town where the rodeo was the social event of the year, I still wouldn’t have a clue about the nature of either Coke or Dillon’s jobs.  After reading the story, I’m still not sure what either man looks like.

This seems to be following the path of most good series.  By the eighth (or fourth – there seem to be two versions of this book and the series has a parallel universe where books are divided by two…) book, the first half of this story involves catching up with as many couples from past books as possible.  The deluge of names and updates was off-putting for me. So was the idea of a romance with an already established couple at its core.  By the time there was drama between Coke and Dillon, the story was nearly over.

And finally, I really struggled with the narrative voice of this story.  I’m pretty sure that Steinbeck made up the rules for the Cowboy Western when he penned “Of Mice and Men”.  While his characters speak with regional dialects and simple vocabularies, the narrative voice is always eloquent, his language beautiful.  Here, Coke narrates most of the story but the narrative voice is as simple as the characters’ words.  While I know that Coke and Dillon are more complex characters than their vocabulary allows, the unceasing cowboy slang makes for a disjointed read and leaves the impression of a relationship between two men with serious special needs.  It just doesn’t work very well for me.

That said, Coke’s backstory is interesting and I enjoyed watching a long-term couple weather life’s storms.   I didn’t find this as sexy or as emotionally moving as previous books in the series.  It is fun to catch up with characters from earlier books, but I would have like to have read Coke and Dillon’s story on its own.  So – I’m falling out of love with this series.

~Sarah

FiveStars

I just finished reading Comes Clown and once again I was impressed with BA Tortuga. I first started reading this book without having read the books in this series before it and I was lost. So I went back and read other books in the series so I knew who was who and what all the nick names are for whom and whom was with who. So that would be the one point that I would make about this book to others…, read the books in this series before this so you know where you are and what has happened leading up to this book because it is all important and and will help you to understand the roles everyone plays in this series and the events that have led up to each book.

Now more about this book. This book primarily focused on Coke and Dillion. Coke is still recovering from his recent neck break but is doing better or as best as can be expected after having a neck injury and Dillion is still his funny self and doing whatever he has to in order to take care of Coke.

In my opinion Coke is the heart of the bull riders and clowns. He is the one everyone runs to when they need support. Coke puts “his families” needs ahead of his own even when he is in desperate need of taking care of himself. When AJ calls about a family crisis Coke does not hesitate to run as fast as he can to be there for him and his family and along the way calls in the rest of their rodeo family to help them also. Even though Coke is the one to hold their rodeo family together as he does, he still has his own demons he is battling with but he does not let that stop him from doing what needs to be done for everyone else.

Dillion is “Cokes Clown”. Without Dillion I truly Believe that Coke would just be lost. Dillion is Cokes strength and Dillion shows Coke the love that he craves but would never ask for. Coke constantly takes car of everyone around him and Dillion is there to real him in and make him take the time he needs to take care of himself. Dillion is Cokes reprieve and his home no matter where they are. Dillion also accepts Coke and all of demons and thinks no less of him. It makes him love him more despite them.

This book shows the perfect example of what truly loving someone is. It is about taking the strength from those you love when you are weak and it is about giving strength to those around you when they feel as if they do not have it for themselves. It is also about loving someone unconditionally no matter what it is their past and not holding it over their head. This book showed all of that repeatedly throughout it. Cokes clown is definitely a book that can teach you what true strength, love, and family is. Such a wonderful book and great read. Cannot wait for the next book in the series.

~Tosha

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AuthorBio

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.

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