Title: Refired (The Recovery Series #1)
Author Name & Publisher: BA Tortuga (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 18, 2016 – 65,000 Words
When Kris Cerny walks back into Two Spirits, the art gallery he owns with Josh McPhee, all he wants is a clean break. Austin’s booming real estate market means the building he bought years ago is worth a fortune, and with the sale, he and Josh can finally go their separate ways. They won’t be reconciling, right? Josh may be sober now, but an addict is always going to be an addict, and Kris can’t take that chance again.
Josh isn’t willing to sell. Not yet. He’s discovered a new artist in Santa Fe he knows will put Two Spirits in the black, and if he can just make a success of the gallery, maybe he can earn Kris’s respect, if not recapture his love. He needs Kris to give him time for one more buying trip, one more gallery show. Josh wants nothing more than a final chance to make things right. Kris agrees to let Josh have this last ditch effort on one condition– he wants to go along for the ride.
On the way Josh hopes they’ll find the next big thing in the art world as well as peace, forgiveness, and a love he thought was lost forever.
With this book we get Josh who is a recovering addict who drank a lot which caused his relationship to Kris to end.
While I did like them together very much I have to say I was not a huge fan of how hard Kris was on Josh. I know he had bad things happen to him in the past but there were times I felt like he was way to hard on Josh, when Josh was trying so hard to recover and not drink anymore.
Other than that I really liked how this author wrote this story and these characters even though Kris did irritate me a little bit. You get two men trying to come back together after a addiction pushed their relationship to far and if they can overcome their fears to realize if the they can still be together or not.
I loved this book, I always enjoy books by B.A. Tortuga. This was a story about Kris and Josh, Josh was an alcoholic and Kris lost family members from alcoholism. So Kris was very hard on Josh, they both loved each other but struggled with trusting. Their journey was the story and it’s was very heartbreaking at times.
Kris was a cowboy with a lot of money, but I felt he took out his own issues on Josh. I felt horrible for Josh when Kris sold the art gallery. They were very different but seemed to work well together. If wasn’t instant love they worked hard at their relationship.
This was a very good read for me I would definitely recommend this book.
I really loved this somewhat unusual romance. It is the story of two long term partners whose relationship has broken down. College lovers who have grown apart, Josh and Kris can’t seem to do anything but hurt each other as the adults they have become.
At times sweet and exuberant, this is also an emotionally raw read. Josh is a recovering alcoholic and Kris has become an arrogant stuffed suit. The past they don’t talk about won’t leave them alone. I found the complexity of the men’s relationship uncomfortable but also very truthful.
Josh and Kris spend very little time together as the story progresses. This is a book about personal growth. I loved Josh’s relationship with Cypress, his budding confidence and his development as an artist. It took me longer to love Kris, a more guarded and more secretive character.
The settings are gorgeous. As always, Tortuga celebrates Texas. This time it is the food and culture of hipster Austin that she spills out for readers, but urban Texas might just lose out to Josh and Cypress’ beautiful rural New Mexico landscapes. I love the food and scenery in any Tortuga book and this is no exception.
I really enjoyed the element of surprise in this book. While I was thoroughly engrossed by the story, it wasn’t until midway through the book that I was sure this was a romance and I was sure which characters the romance would build between.
This very honest story of two special men rebuilding themselves after a relationship breakdown makes for a beautifully poignant read.
Josh sat there in the office that had been his for seven years, two months, and three days, looking at the cowboy who he’d thought, once upon a time, was going to be his one and only, feeling a little like he was drunk.
He rolled the five-year-sober token between his fingers, letting it settle him. Not drunk.
Not even a bit.
“What? What did you say to me?” He left off the you sorry son of a bitch part.
“We got a buyer for the gallery.” Kris stared at him, calm as could be, one hip settled on the edge of his desk.
“The gallery isn’t for sale.” He owned half, dammit. Still.
Kris nodded easily. “Frankly they just want the building. Quite an offer. I don’t see how we can pass it up.”
“The gallery isn’t for sale.” He was fairly sure the words were succinct enough for Mr. Business.
“The neighborhood has changed, Josh. It’s not a boho, arty area anymore. It’s all high-priced condos and tapas bars.” Kris’s expression softened just slightly. “I think it’s time to let it This wasn’t about the gallery. This was about them. Him and Kris.
“Josh, please at least look at the offer.” Kris stood, straightening his fancy cattleman’s.
God, he looked like a stuffed suit. Kris looked better in beat-up Wranglers.
“I’m not interested.” Josh felt like sitting down and pounding the floor with his fist. This wasn’t right. None of it. He knew he was a fuckup. Had been a fuckup. But he was working his shit out.
The gallery was back to breaking even, if not making a profit. Josh thought he deserved a chance to get some good new artists in for a show.
“Then are you going to buy me out?” Kris asked.
Fuck. Kris knew he couldn’t do that. The business finances were an open book. Josh wasn’t even taking a salary for another three years to pay back Kris’s initial investment.
“I don’t have to. We’re equal partners. All I have to do is say no.”
Kris frowned, dark brows drawing together over his bright green eyes. “Dammit, Josh, how long are you going to pretend this is going to work?”
He touched the coin again. Five years. Five years sober. Five years proving he could be trusted. Five years and it wasn’t enough.
“This gallery is my life.” Simple as that. He had no friends anymore, no one. He came to work and went to meetings. He hadn’t gone out to dinner with Kris since…. Christ. Christmas?
Maybe? Had they even done Christmas?
“Then what do you want me to do? The building is really the only asset.”
“I’m going on a buying trip. Santa Fe area. Why are we even talking about this?” Why are you even here? Go find another project.
Kris was, like, the king of finance now or something. He had investments all over, could probably walk away from the gallery without even taking a money hit.
“Buying? With what? Your good looks?”
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
My wife, Julia Talbot and I share two main writing spaces – in the mornings we write in our sunroom. She has an armchair; I have a settee. When we moved in, we painted the room silver and hung a huge whale on the wall. 😉 That’s the room that looks on the mountains and also lets me workout while I write.
In the afternoons we move to our office. This room is a study in controlled chaos – art, yarn, computers, recliners, desks, weird toys, purple walls, naked calendars, china… We love it.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
I think I’d have to relate to all of them in some form, just because if I couldn’t sympathize with them, I couldn’t even begin to write them.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
Before I was an author I was an illustrator of children’s materials for 20 years. I’d return to that.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
Write in order. Start to finish. God, do that. O.O
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
No. Refired is the story that I needed to tell. It’s the story Josh and Kris needed me to tell.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
I eavesdrop. I listen. I travel. Mostly, though? I talk with my wife for hours.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
I am madly in love with the Dreamspun Desires concept – look for more of those. Also, I’m about to start the third in the Release series. This one will be a darker, more suspenseful story.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
Grins I live near the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico. It’s funny you ask, because I tell everyone that Refired is my goodbye letter to Central Texas and my first love letter to New Mexico. My environment is a huge influence on me.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
Horror. I’ve been a horror fan since I was a little girl and I simply adore a good, spooky book.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Coffee. Coffee and Levenger Circa items. (Seriously, go look. They’ll change your life.)
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 wife (still amazing to say that), 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 has gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery ménages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.