TWO 5 Star, ONE 4.5 Star, ONE 4 Star and ONE 3.5 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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Trial by Fire was a wonderful sweet story. It was a B.A. Tortuga story meets Harlequin romance book.  I loved that it had everything Harlequin’s have I love reading them.  It was a beautiful love story with a suspenseful twist to it, perfect.

Holden and Lachlan were opposites in many areas but also had the same values.  I felt they worked well as a couple.  And Chloe she brought them all together even the disagreeing Grandparents.

I found the Aussie talk I little hard to follow at times, though I did find calling the Grandparents the oldies quite amusing. Definitely a cute quick story of romance to enjoy.



Trial by Fire is a story that I could imagine really happening. That is what I love most about this book.

Lachlan is an Aussie from Oz. His family owns a huge ranch that that has many different animals and he is in charge of it. He had a sister Addie who met the man she fell in love with and ran away with to Texas with Landon. Three years after she ran away from home, her family, and her security detail she and Landon was killed in an airplane crash and left behind Miss Cloe, their newborn daughter. Once Lachlan finds out about his sister passing away and the baby left behind he jumps on the first plane to Texas to find her.

In Texas Lachlan meets Holden, Landon’s twin brother, who is now Cloes legal guardian. Things start out rocky between the two but before they know it sparks start flying.

BA Tortuga was able to do what a lot of people are not, she was able to make this story believable. The circumstances for these two families coming together, the fear both family feels at possibly not being able to watch Cloe grow up, the heartache they each feel for the loss of their family, the fear, helplessness, and the need for vengeance everyone feels when Cloe is kidnapped, and the way they all pull together to support one another while she is missing was so believable that I could actually picture it happening. I felt all the emotions the characters was feeling throughout the whole book. Including all the love and happiness they found in the end.

Such a wonderful read and I am glad I was able to read it. Can’t wait to read more by BA Tortuga.



This was another romance from the Dreamspun Desires series and so far they have all been great. In this story we meet Lachlan and Holden. This story was captivating and heartwarming which all the stories in the Dreamspun Desires series seem to follow. These stories all follow the theme of HEA and are definitely I feel that each author I read has hit the ball out of the park with these.  This book had everything from angst to conflict and it came across as hot romance. I had an immediate connection with Lachlan but it took me a little while to warm up to Holden but when I did I could see nothing but a HEA for these two amazing men. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys an heartwarming romance because these certainly deliver it.



I normally love BA Tortuga, but this book was just off for me.

Lachlan is coming to meet his long, lost niece and runs in to some trouble when he demands rather than asks to see/meet her.  I did really enjoy the first meeting between Lachlan and the Sheffield family.  Hysterical.

However, when you really dive in to the story, it seemed almost rushed.  There was the angst within the story, but I felt that if this was supposed to truly be a romance, it should have focused more on the two main characters and less on the issue.  Also, the problem within the story seemed somehow unresolved – almost just thrown in to the story to cause trouble.

The chemistry between Holden and Lachlan was also not great – they came together under stress and somehow that’s how a lot of their encounters happened.  It was strange how the relationship developed and while Tortuga did acknowledge that issue, it didn’t really seem to change throughout.

So, while the story had a good message, overall, not my favorite.



This book had a very Harlequin Romance feel to it, which was the point because that’s the concept of Dreamspinner Press’ ;Dreamspun Desire romances.
This one was about Holden and Lachlan, both are brought together when their siblings (who are married to each other) dies in a tragic accident, leaving behind a little baby girl. That baby girl is kidnapped and in the middle of the drama, they fall in love.
This story was really fast paste, but I liked the characters. Holden was short, but a pocket rocket. lol. Of course Lachlan was tall, sexy, rugged and rich, but he was also a caring son and brother. How the situation with the kidnappers were handled was unbelievable in some situations, but hey, I read the whole book straight though so the kidnapping plot wasn’t so bad.
I actually wish that the book was longer.


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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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