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New Release: Then Sawyer Happened by Hurri Cosmo (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Mystery @HurriCosmo

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Title: Then Sawyer Happened
Author Name & Publisher: Hurri Cosmo (Dark Hallows Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 8, 2016 – 60,000 Words

Synopsis

Trace is nursing a broken heart. He lost his job, his boyfriend of two years was cheating on him, and his apartment building burned right to the ground with all his worldly possessions.  It was time for Trace to get out of Minnesota.

So Trace heads for Texas and Riven Creek Ranch, the horse farm his aunt Lois owns. But hours before he arrives, Lois is in a terrible car accident that nearly takes her life, and Trace finds himself in charge of the ranch kitchen. Sounds simple enough and it’s the least he can do for his recuperating aunt.

Then Sawyer happens.

Sawyer is his aunt’s big, beautiful, muscle bound, incredibly sexy straight ranch manager. Someone who has no clue Trace is gay. And meeting the big man should have been okay, except it was in the middle of his aunt’s kitchen at five in the morning and Trace was nearly naked. Embarrassing? Yep. But the very next day Trace proceeded to ramp up his embarrassment by quantum leaps when he nearly sets his aunt’s house on fire and the brooding Sawyer has to come to the rescue.

Seems like Trace’s “luck” followed him.

Not to mention that Aunt Lois’s “accident” was actually attempted murder. And now, they just Can Trace figure out who’s behind the attempts on his aunt’s life AND keep Sawyer from finding out he’s hot for the cowboy?

He probably can’t. But he’s going to try.

Excerpt

“Sawyer! Damn. You scared me.” Trace fell back against the freezer suddenly feeling light headed. He took in the big body blocking any escape he had and his cock twitched as if it liked the idea there was no way out. “I didn’t hear you… behind me.”

“I saw your car in the driveway. How’s Lois?”

Trace shook his head in an attempt to clear it. “She’s awake and very alert… but…”

But someone wants her dead. Who? Someone on this ranch? Could it be Sawyer? I trust him with my life… That’s what she said.

“But what?”

Trace looked up into hard cold eyes. The question was genuine. He cared about the condition of his aunt. But what condition did he care her to be in? “Nothing… just… well… I guess you’re going to have to know… I mean…” Damn, he had to stop acting like a horny teenager in front of this man. “Let me… I’m going to make coffee…”

“It’s made. The big insulated urn on the counter is full. Just made it about a half hour ago so it’s fine.”

“Oh. Good. Let’s sit down. I need to sit down.” Trace took a few steps forward which brought him right in front of the cowboy. He expected Sawyer to move, to back up, but he didn’t. Then Trace did the unthinkable. His body reacted on its own as he put his hand on the big man’s chest and pushed. There would have been no way on God’s green earth he would have been able to physically move the cowboy without his express permission, not to mention help. But Trace’s brain seemed to totally malfunction in this man’s presence.

And, as expected, being pushed in any direction was never going to work for Sawyer.

Sawyer grabbed his wrist, twisted it tight behind Trace, which brought Trace up solid, against Sawyer’s hard body, chest to chest. Being several inches taller, Sawyer glared down into Trace’s shocked face, a smoldering look in his eyes. Trace could feel Sawyer’s hot breath on his face, sense the man’s tense muscles from his pecs down through his thighs…

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New Release: Snowed In, a FF Anthology by Shira Glassman, Aiden McKenna, Cassandra McMurphy, Jessica Payseur, Sheri Velarde #FF #Fantasy

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Title: Snowed In, a FF Anthology
Author Name & Publisher: Shira Glassman, Aiden McKenna, Cassandra McMurphy, Jessica Payseur, Sheri Velarde (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 20, 2016 – 31 k

Synopsis

Snowed In is a blend of frost, snow, and wintery lesbian romances from five Torquere Press authors.

A snowed-in band mom falls for a music teacher in Fearless by Shira Glassman. In To Melt a Frozen Heart, Heather finds herself stranded in a blizzard, by Sheri Velarde. Jessica Payseur delivers an icy little fantasy in Frost and Ice. Because of a snowstorm, Rebekah’s not so lonely when Lily can’t make it home in At the Bottom of the Mountain by Aiden McKenna. In Cold Chemistry by Cassandra McMurphy, Alyssa doesn’t want to want Jayne, but she can’t seem to help herself.

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A crust of snow caked the steps to the door, broken by a big set of shoe prints. Boots, she thought, and paused, suddenly feeling uncomfortable.

Who was here?

She pulled out her phone and dialed Janet for the fifth time. The line crackled and popped, but it did ring. Alyssa glanced around to the window, but the curtains were drawn tight. The line rang more. Janet’s voice came on, soft and sophisticated. “You’ve reached the voice mail of…”

Alyssa hung up, feeling worried and a little defeated.

Did she smell smoke? She glanced up, and sure enough, there was smoke coming from the chimney. A burglar wouldn’t have decided to light a nice, cozy fire, would he? Whoever was here, it had to be one of Janet’s friends. What were their names? Erin and James?

She tried the knob, and the door swung open easily. Warm air beckoned her inside. Alyssa hauled her bag over the threshold and closed the door, afraid to lose one delicious drop of heat.

“Hello?”

The pop and crackle of the fire replied. Gosh, Janet was so damn lucky. The living room looked straight out of some winter resort, with soft leather couches piled with pillows, thick woven rugs on the floor, an ottoman covered in fur in the middle. The fire cast playful shadows across her feet from the red stone fireplace, which above, sported a breathtaking painting of the mountainside in winter.

Something creaked in the hall.

“Hello?” Alyssa said, her voice coming out thick and wavering.

A shadow flickered ahead.

“Janet?” The shadow paused and moved toward her. Alyssa’s mouth went dry and her hands tightened around the strap of her weekend bag.

God, who was this? Janet didn’t have friends… like this, didn’t she?

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Bulldozed by Catt Ford #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Bulldozed
Author Name & Publisher: Catt Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 3, 2016 – 161 pgs

Synopsis

Bull rider Trey Stuart voluntarily ties himself onto the back of a 1,500-pound animal for fun and money. But however tough he is in the ring, Trey is too scared to take a chance on love, especially when the man he wants is star rider Smoke Carter. Trey and Smoke have been hooking up for years, but Trey denies there’s anything serious going on between them.

Joining them at the gay rodeo are their friends Dolly and Alex. Wanting the same happiness for their friends, the two women try to convince Trey that Smoke is just as interested in him. While Trey works to help Dolly succeed in covering her first bull, another man tries to come between him and Smoke. When Smoke challenges Trey to cowboy up, he has to decide if the ride is worth the risk.

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FiveStars

This is a friendship to love, hook-ups to partners story. The gay rodeo provides a colourful, exuberant setting for a story full of friendship, humour and drag queens.

With Trey and Smoke, the author challenges many of the conventions of m/m Cowboy stories. Refreshingly, our heroes are as comfortable grinding in a bra and a denim thong as they are covering dangerous bulls. Their lesbian friends Dolly and Alex are written as interesting, complicated and talented women.

This is a great low-angst read. After hooking up for a long time, Trey and Smoke are more attached to each other than they care to let on. Pride, jealousy and matching competitive streaks make the relationship complicated, but these two already have a solid friendship and great sex – they just need the courage to make things official.

The rodeo is exciting, the story is fun and the attention to detail is exquisite. Miss Demeanor, the drag queen presenter, adds a silly, saucy contrast to the dangerous sport and Dolly adds a female perspective.

I really loved this and I’m hoping more Western writers take a cue from Catt Ford and exchange tired Brokeback tributes for a little flamboyant pride more suited to the twenty-first century.

Sarah

FourStars

Bulldozed started out a little slow for me but by the time I got to the rodeo part the story had picked up and I was hooked.  It was a great story about Trey, who was afraid to commit and Smoke who was in love with Trey.  There were times I wanted to smack Trey for being so dense and then Smoke, not sure why he didn’t just tell him how he felt.  I liked how they finally connected to each other and I loved their plan for the future.

A great story with an exciting rodeo and two men working to find happiness. ,

Sherry

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New Release: Midnight Rodeo: Belonging (Midnight Rodeo #2) by Kiernan Kelly, Julia Talbot, and BA Tortuga #MM #Romance @batortuga @juliatalbot @kiernankelly

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Title: Midnight Rodeo: Belonging (Midnight Rodeo #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Kiernan Kelly, Julia Talbot, and BA Tortuga (Turtlechat Creatives)
Publication Date & Length: January 29, 2016 – 60,000 Words

Synopsis

What happens when rodeos start to get too tough for humans to compete in? Midnight Rodeo, of course, where supernatural creatures like shifters and vampires work for the prize money, and for the awe of their audience.

Light a Rocket by Julia Talbot

Rocket is probably the worst rider in Darque and Knight rodeo troupe. This cheetah shifter is fast as the wind, but he only has so many lives in his cat body, and he spends more time injured than not. Raven Walkingman is the number one cowboy in the Midnight Rodeo, at the top of his game. The two seem an unlikely match, but Raven enjoys doing things no one expects him to, including Rocket.

Raven likes his relationships casual, though, and when Rocket starts talking mates as shifters are wont to do, Raven pulls up the stakes. He has his animal spirit guides, his good friends, and his fancy trailer. He doesn’t need a ragtag cheetah falling in love with him. His spirit guides know better. They adore Rocket and are more than happy to support him, and abandon Raven, until the stubborn fool does the right thing.

Tails and Whiskers by BA Tortuga

Tiger shifter Dmitri loves the rodeo. Darque and Knight has become his home, and he adores all of his new friends. Still, his past as a circus animal causes him to hate injustice, so when he meets a trick rider and fox shifter, Dmitri is appalled to find that the hot little kit isn’t allowed inside the rodeo ground except when he works. In fact, none of the entertainers are allowed in, all being contractors and thus bound to a different boss, who happens to be a greedy goblin.

As Dmitri and Isaac learn to love one another, they find growing dissatisfaction with the status quo, and they go to their friends for support in forcing a policy change. Too bad there’s a certain goblin who doesn’t want to give up control of his workers. Can Dmitri and Isaac find a way to be together, and to make a change for the better of everyone at D&K?

Freaked Out by Kiernan Kelly

Gargoyle-shifter Killian has spent his life living and working with all different sorts of supernatural folk, but because he had three forms instead of two like most other shapeshifters, he’s always felt like a freak. His habit of keeping to himself and minding his own business has been his shield against being hurt, and to aid in that endeavor, he’s adopted a stony personality.

When a troupe of sideshow performers are hired by Darque and Knight to augment the rodeo, he’s forced to redefine his ideas of what constitutes beauty and what defines a freak. Meanwhile, the hard, protective shell he’s erected around his heart threatens to crack wide open under the tender touch of Micah, the sideshow’s hideous Snake Man.

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Excerpt

Someone was singing about having a tiger by the tail. Loudly.

Honestly, Dmitri loved to sing. He loved other people’s enthusiastic music. This morning, though, he was not so pleased. His head felt very large.

He blamed Brax. The head of the kitty cavalcade loved to get everyone full of green smoke.

Dmitri lifted his throbbing head that was, at least, five sizes bigger than it had been, and peered out of the window. Oh. His dear friend Denver was calling for him.

With fried sweet things.

For that he would crawl out of his happy bed, which still smelled like Denver since he’d bought his friend’s old trailer, and put on—shorts? Something.

“Open up, pussycat. I brought doughnuts.” Denver was a good friend, especially for a wolf. Blaine must have thrown him out this morning for being too perky. Denver’s little wolf partner was not a morning person.

Dmitri opened the door to his trailer. “Welcome, friend Denver.”

“Good morning, fuzzy.” Denver walked up and rubbed cheeks with him, sharing scent. The bullfighter knew the rules, knew how to be pride as well as pack. That made him more valuable than gold.

“What did you bring for breakfast?” Dmitri asked.

“Apple fritters. Fresh from the fryer.”

“I love apples!” His head began to clear pretty quickly. “Tell me what is the news.”

“We got a big crowd tonight. Seems tell people are revved. Bulls are spitting fire. That weird little group of trick riders are pulling the first break, to give Kurt a breather. He’s burning up.”

Yes, it was warm in Texas for a panda. Dmitri understood. His inner Siberian tiger longed for Colorado. Maybe Canada.

“There’s a lake close by. We should go, the bunch of us,” Denver suggested.

“Oh.” Swimming. His tiger surged, close the surface, wanting out of his human body. “Yes. Apple things first.”

“You bet. Come sit with me.”

Dmitri followed Denver out into the sun and sat at a picnic table. The heat pressed at him, but he did love the light.

Denver had an entire box of the pastries and they ate eagerly, wolfing the doughnuts at first, then ending with lazy nibbles. Oh. Better. So much better.

Sugar left his tiger cold, but his human side loved it, and the crispy-fried part? Perfect.

He bounced, rocking the table. “Swim now?”

“Let me grab the others. You’ll invite the pride?”

“I will.” He grabbed a trash can lid and a piece of wood and began banging. “Wake up, kitties! We are going to the lake!”

He got half cheers, half people throwing things at him. Blaine walked over with an apple fritter in hand, the other bullfighters Caul and Carter followed along with Potts. That only left one bullfighter and Terrance was notoriously slow.

Brax appeared, his naked, tanned form lean and pretty. “What are you caterwauling about?”

“Swimming! Friend Denver says there is a lake.”

Brax wrinkled his nose, stretched slowly, all golden skin and muscle. Yum. “I’ll pass.”

“Coward,” Denver teased. “You can come tan. Show off all that pretty skin. Maybe you’ll get laid.”

Dmitri wished he would have that, not Brax. No one wanted to be broken, Brax told him, afraid of Dmitri’s size and… enthusiasm.

“Yeah?” Brax came over, scented Denver and Blaine, then nodded. “Okay, sure. Let me grab some oil.”

“And some shorts,” Potts called. “A shame to damage yer pecker, eh?”

“Mine is so big I can cast my own shade.” Brax winked and headed off.

Potts growled, but the sound was more happy than ugly. Dmitri looked between them, then raised a brow at Denny.

Denver just shrugged, eyes twinkling. “What will be, will be, huh?”

“It will.” He was happy if his friends were happy.

“Lake. Water. Swimming.”

“Dog paddling,” Dmitri teased.

“You know it. Terry is a champion paddler.” Denver clapped Terrance on the back when he went by.

They clomped the half mile to the lake, the water glinting under the sun, the grass on the way green and thick. Dmitri whooped as soon as he saw the water, breaking into a run.

Blaine followed with him, the little wolf losing shirt and flip-flops with a happy howl.

He laughed, splashing in and leaving his clothes on the bank. He popped water at Blaine, roaring with delight.

Blaine tackled him, totally unafraid and eager to play.

Dmitri chortled, and soon he was surrounded, five puppies and kittens flying in all directions when he shrugged hard. Denver was floating on his back, watching with deceptively hooded eyes. Denny saw all.

Oh, Dmitri loved his life.

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New Release: Two 5 and 4 Stars for Refired (The Recovery Series #1) by BA Tortuga (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Cowboy @dreamspiners @batortuga

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Title: Refired (The Recovery Series #1)
Author Name & Publisher: BA Tortuga (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 18, 2016 – 65,000 Words

Synopsis

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.

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FourStarsWith 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.

~Kara

FiveStars

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.

~Sherry

FiveStars

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.

~Sarah

Excerpt

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.

“No.”

“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?”

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5 and 3.5 Stars for Vaqueros and Vigilance (Mossy Glenn Ranch #8) by Bailey Bradford #MM #Romance @BaileyBFun4Me

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Title: Vaqueros and Vigilance (Mossy Glenn Ranch #8)
Author Name & Publisher: Bailey Bradford (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 20, 2015 – 163 pgs

Synopsis

What starts out as a one-night stand ends up changing two men forever.

Joaquin Almodovar has been disowned by his family and shot by a mad man. To say that he’s had a few bad months would be an understatement. When he finds out he can’t be the vaquero he’s always been due to the extent of his injuries, Joaquin is even more lost than ever.

He might be the best-lookin’ man at the Mossy Glenn, according to Hector and the others, but that doesn’t make Joaquin a man at all. Not when he can’t cowboy up like he used to. Learning that there’s more to him than the job he’s always loved isn’t easy, and Joaquin’s not a hundred percent certain he’s up to the task. In fact, he’s lost so much faith in himself that he doesn’t know what or who to believe in anymore.

Time heals all wounds, the saying goes, but it sure doesn’t seem to be doing much to heal Joaquin. It’ll take the help of a man he shouldn’t trust to learn that there’s more to himself than how well he sits a saddle, and how good he is with a rope.

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to domestic abuse and child abuse, and the backstory involves kidnapping and enslavement.

General Release Date: 1st December 2015

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ThreeandHalfStars

Yay, another Mossy Glenn Ranch novel!
Book 8 is about Joaquin, he’s the one who got shot in the last novel by this crazy kidnapper.  This is his story and the guy he falls for is Sebastian, the boy who had been kidnapped, escaped and found at the Mossy Glenn ranch.
This book, compared to the other in the series, was just okay for me. I liked it, but I wasn’t as into it as the others. Joaquin was really sweet to Sebastian, even when Sebastian had lied to him during their first meeting. Sebastian didn’t give Joaquin his full name when they hooked up because he was scared that Joaquin would pity him and not want to be with him.
There was no action in this book. Just a sweet, mellow plot about two guys falling in love even when the thing that brought them together wasn’t such a pleasant experience. In book 8, the guy who kidnapped Sebastian was already found dead, an accident, but I wish that he was alive so he could bring in some kind of action plot to the book.
I was actually kinds disappointed, but I love reading this series enough to wait for book 9. Sometimes there are just hit and misses.
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FiveStarsWith this book we get Joaquin who was shot trying to save a man. The injury is very painful for him and also may cause him a lifetime of not being able to do what he has before. So he goes to PT to try and get back into the shape he was before the shooting but little does he know that he has a stalker following him around. Someone who feels truly bad for what Joaquin has had happened to him due to the shooting.

I will not say the other MC’s name due to not wanting to spoil this book for anyone else. Let me say I loved the way this author wrote these characters and this story.

You get steam with this book but you also get angst and sweet too!

So all together I really loved this story and these two MC’s!
I would definitely recommend this book!

~Kara

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3 Stars for File Gumbo (Roughstock #3) by B.A. Tortuga #MM #Cowboy @batortuga @PridePublishing

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Title: File Gumbo (Roughstock Book 3)
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Tortuga (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 19, 2016 – 225 pgs

Synopsis

Beau is riding like the two-time champ that he is, but nothing is assured in the world of bull riding–not happiness, not wealth, and not survival.

Beau is a two-time champion bullrider who is working on his third title. Sam is his long-time lover and traveling partner, who is feeling the sting of having just about the worst season he can remember. The two of them are on the road together twenty-four seven, and it’s starting to get to them a little, between the constant injuries Sam faces, and the relentless press that Beau has to put up with. Add in friends on the circuit who need their help and the fact that they have to hide what they mean to each other, and it’s no wonder that Sam and Beau’s relationship starts to wear a little from the friction.

When things blow up in their faces, Sam leaves the bullriding tour for a while, but the boys find out they’re far more miserable apart than they are together. Beau and Sam may agree to disagree in order to make peace and help out their friends Jason and Coke, but in the unpredictable world of extreme sports, nothing goes as it’s planned.

Can Beau and Sam recover from what just might the last ride of Sam’s life?

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ThreeStar

I am a huge fan of this series, but I really struggled with this disjointed story. While Beau and Sam are the central characters, the first third of the story reads like a catch-up with characters from earlier books. I enjoyed the first two stories, so this isn’t too much of a hardship but I found myself confused by the initial onslaught of character names and nicknames. Characters appeared or were discussed – but they weren’t re-introduced in this book. My memory is good, but not perfect. Andy and AJ, Coke, Gramps, Poot – I really struggled to get the burgeoning cast of Roughstock characters straight in my head.

We don’t learn much about Sam or Beau until the second third of the book. As they are already a couple, this story doesn’t build like a traditional romance. I felt like I was expected to know these characters before the story started, but unless I’ve missed a book in the series, I really didn’t. We learn that Beau is on his way to his third world championship. And we learn that Sam’s career is flailing. And Sam is getting stick for his role as Beau’s sidekick. But these are all events. I’m not sure I ever learned much about these two as humans.

The final third of the book follows a recovery from a serious injury. This feels a little like a re-run of Jason’s recovery in the first book of the series. Yes, cowboys don’t like to be injured. Yes, it gets them depressed. Yes, they need to find them mental strength to overcome their injuries – we had this storyline before.

I feel slightly odd rating a Tortuga book so low. I usually love her writing and I’ve loved the rest of the Roughstock series. I think the lack of a central story arc makes this difficult for me. There isn’t a romance arc here and there is no central conflict driving the story forward. Fans of the series will enjoy catching up with favourite characters, but I would recommend re-reading the first two books before starting this one.

Sarah

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