5 stars, 4.5 stars, 4 stars and 3 stars for Bombs and Guacamole (Border Crossing Series) by B. A. Tortuga @batortuga #MM #Romance #mystery @Dreamspinners


Title: Bombs and Guacamole (Border Crossing Series)
Author Name & Publisher: B. A. Tortuga (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 6, 2016 — 214 Pages


ER doctor Dusty Lowry grew up in a conservative rural Texas family that has never quite forgiven him for staying in New Mexico after his stint in the Army. Paramedic Nate Miller, Dusty’s best friend since their early Army days, has a hippie momma, a tiny apartment, and is in lust with his buddy. When their other Army friend, Kyle, gets married, they start thinking about settling down. In fact, they both know what they want: each other. Too bad they’ve never shared that goofy little fact.

A trip to visit Dusty’s family in Texas changes everything, and Dusty and Nate aren’t sure where to go from there. Good thing they’re smart guys, and between a series of bombings that target first responders, their friend Kyle’s wife getting pregnant, and more than one bowl of guacamole, they begin to figure out how to have a relationship.

But as the bombings get closer to home, Nate and Dusty must navigate love and commitment before they lose their chance.

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I really enjoyed this story.  It was about more than the relationship between Dusty and Nate.  It was about their friendship and their friendship with Kyle, who is also a minor part of there story.

Despite that they are now, all out of the service, Kyle, Dusty and Nate continue their friendship.  In this story, you get to see how those relationships evolve.  It is sweet, fierce and true friendship.

I really liked how Dusty and Nate’s relationship was so organic.  They knew that they had a great foundation.  Communication was the key, and once they got over their shock, their relationship was both natural and real.

The mystery within this story was somewhat jumbled for me.  And, although I like a good mystery this just didn’t hit all my mystery buttons.

Really, this was about Dusty and Nate communicating and finding their way after the service.  It was sweet and complex, but ended with a satisfactory result.



This book was so incredibly good. I loved every minute of it. The two main characters Dusty and Nate are just unbelievably perfect for one another.

Now don’t get me wrong they did not start out in this book as a couple, but that is because they were both chickens about coming out to their best friend and then losing the other, which in my opinion is very telling of the two of them. By this I mean that if they loved each other so much already before they got together and was scared of the feelings not being returned and losing their best friend in the process then they both must have really loved one another so much to settle for wanting the other to be happy with someone else. They put the others feelings ahead of their own feelings.

They did not have the perfect life. They both work too many hours and do not get a lot of time together but they cherish all the time they do have together. It seems like once they finally open up to the other then everything seems to fall in place.

But that is not all there is to this story. While trying to figure out what their relationship is or will become the city is running wild trying to figure out who the person is that is bombing EMT vehicles. And each bombing is escalating. The question is who is behind the bombings and when will the next one strike. Who will be in the line of the dangers that are out there but no one knows when they will happen or to who.

This book was full of love, laughter, bombs, guacamole, action, and uncertainty. It was such a great read that it was hard to put this book down. I would definitely recommend that others read it because it is an amazing read.



I loved this book, it was so great, there were some problems but overall I loved it. Dusty and Nate are the main characters and they author came up with a way that they just fit together perfectly in though they were complete opposites. I fell in love with Dusty and Nate almost immediately. The author has a way of just making them fit. The mystery in this story (such as it was) was not very clear and really it appeared to be utter chaos. I feel that mystery need to be very clear in every aspect and that was not the case here. The romance portion was good but the mystery portion was lacking. So if you want a good romance and really don’t care about the mystery then I would recommend this book to you.



The romance and the connection between Dusty and Nate in this book is absolutely wonderful. I love friends to lovers stories.  These two are fantastic friends and even better lovers.  I love the intimacy they have as friends and I love the group of friends and family that surround these two men.

However – this is supposed to be an action/mystery about an escalating bomber.  While I loved the romance, the action sequences became increasingly implausible until the final explosion made that scene from ER (where the helicopter lands in the hospital) seem understated.

Knowingly or not, the author gives away the bad guy early in the book which deprives the plot of any real tension.     

If I could separate these two stories, I would award a five star rating to the friends to lovers romance and a two star rating to the exploding ambulances and emergency rooms.



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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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