ONE 4 Star and ONE 3 Star Reviews for Trial by Fire (Dreamspun Desires) by B.A. Tortuga #MM #Western @batortuga


Title: Trial by Fire (Dreamspun Desires)
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Tortuga (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 – 228 pgs


One Aussie. One Texan. One baby. One hell of a fight.

When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family.

Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy running a huge business operation. They want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many problems thrown their way, and together, they must find a way to give Chloe a new family and find a love that spans thousands of acres and two continents.

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When an Aussie cowboy meets a Texas cowboy, sparks fly. Add in two grieving men, two tough families, an orphaned baby girl and a kidnapping plot for an exciting whirlwind of an adventure.

The loss of Holden’s twin and Lachlan’s sister starts this story in a wash of grief, anger and confusion. But the little girl left behind forces the two cowboys to put her first and figure out a future that works for both families.

I really enjoyed the two leading men in this story and I loved the unusual build up to their romance. Either practicality or pure chemistry brings Holden and Lachlan together but this is the most believable insta-love I’ve read in a long time.

While the action-packed plot is fun, there is far too much going on for this to be believable. Because the plot is so complex, many of the characters are simply sketched in. There were times when I found myself confused by the dual narrative, not immediately knowing whether Lachlan or Holden was narrating.

Overall, this was a fun and exciting story once I stopped querying the details. I enjoyed both the romance and the action.

This book had so much potential. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad book, it just didn’t push all my buttons. The plot was good. The story was good, there was just something missing. Holden is the guardian of Chloe, his twin’s daughter, after her parents are killed in an accident. Lachlan finds out weeks later his sister is dead and he has a niece. Both men want to be part of Chloe’s life and before they get a chance to work things out she is kidnapped while both men are trying to put out a barn fire. The entire book is about Chloe, who should she live with, who kidnapped her, should how can they get her back, etc. There wasn’t much focus on Holden and Lachlan so when they just decide to live together and that they were in love it just felt wrong and rushed. The epilogue was good but I wanted more interaction with Holden and Lachlan that didn’t revolve around Chloe.


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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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