Title: Blind Ride (RoughStock) – Season One
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Tortuga (Totally Bound/Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 7, 2015 – 208 pgs
Jason Scott is at the top of the bull riding game, on his way to a winning season. Along with his traveling partner, Andy Baxter, he’s riding hard on the circuit, working around the country with all of the other bull riders and bull fighters, living the good life. The only thing he wishes he had is Bax, but he’s afraid to take the step that would make them more than friends, worried that it will ruin everything. When a terrible accident leaves Jason unable to see, his whole life goes south. Jason decides to chuck it all, determined to go home and hide at his momma’s ranch. Bax has other ideas. He wants to make sure his best friend doesn’t give up, and he hatches a plan that stuns Jason and makes their friends and family think he’s crazy. With the help of the other bull riders and a very persistent bull fighter named Coke, Bax convinces Jason to give life one more try. With Jason cautiously learning to hope, and his relationship with Bax going to the next level, life gets pretty complicated. Everyone gets in on the project, from Jason’s strong-willed mother to an entire ranch full of children, all of them working to help Jason do what he loves. Will Bax be able to convince Jason that he can still ride, even if he’s blind to everything the world has to offer?
I loved this. Texas just kinda seeped into my bones as I read it. So did Tortuga’s beautiful, damaged men. Bax and Jason’s relationship is pretty unique in fiction – unique and wonderfully special.
Best friends and professional bull riders, Jason and Bax don’t have words for their relationships and while no one really talks about it, everyone in their lives just loves them. No closets, no angst, no dramatic Texas homophobia. And it is pretty impossible not to love a cocky, champion bull rider who loses his sight in an accident. Or his beautiful, solid partner who would do anything to make the world right for him again.
Tortuga’s writing is pretty much poetic at times. Her story, like all the best ones, is a simple one full of perfectly developed characters. Somehow, she manages to keep this story happy and funny and entirely sweet – even while tackling blindness, disability and life after the rodeo for aging bull riders.
I can’t recommend this enough. What a wonderful book!
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.