When rodeo cowboy Seth’s best friend dies unexpectedly from cancer, he finds himself taking on a ranch and a bunch of his friend’s younger siblings, because they have nowhere else to turn. Seth loves those kids like they’re his own, and he settles in well to his new life, which is why he’s pretty wary when his buddy’s older brother finally makes it home from a long stint in the military.
Law knows he might get a chilly reception at his brother Pistol’s old ranch, even if the kids living there are his half-siblings. He didn’t make it to his brother’s funeral, after all, but to his credit, he was blown up trying to come home to do just that. He’s fighting injuries and insecurity, but when Seth welcomes him to the family ranch, Law knows he’s pretty much in love. Even if he thinks Seth was his brother’s lover. Can these two find a way to let their emotions out before tragedy strikes their family again?
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating by chapter.
This was the perfect, low angst, sweet, truly stands-on-its-own story to give me a break between all the thrillers I’ve been binging. I don’t know what took so long to try BA Tortuga – but I am totally hooked. (TBR officially explodes!)
Ahhhhh! I’m such a sucker for single parent books. I also love it when authors make life with kids – real. The good & the bad, the fun, the messes, all of it. I also ADORE when the adults in kids lives really love kids and find the joy in that life. This was wonderful in that way.
Seth has inherited the responsibility of parenting the younger 5 siblings when his friend dies. Jumping in with all he has – things have finally started running smoothly when the oldest sibling, Law, suddenly returns. While there were what could have been very angsty subjects here, Tortuga chooses to acknowledge them respectfully but focus on the joys of found & made family. While there are a few steamy scenes, this is best enjoyed when in the mood for something light on the flame and the relationship/story is the focus. I liked that even though there’s a small miscommunication – it’s resolved quickly and without dragging things out.
Overall a fabulous curl-up-on-the-couch read.
About the author:
Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, 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 Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, 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 heard the call of the high desert and lives in the Sandias. 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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My Favorite Quotes
God save him from having identical twins who were anything but. – Cowboy’s Law by @batortuga #LowAngst #MMRomance #MM #CowboysTweet
Jordan, take this to Law. Do. Not. Shake. It. Understand? – Cowboy’s Law by @batortuga #LowAngst #MMRomance #MM #CowboysTweet
Every so often Seth felt like he was running Jurassic Park. – Cowboy’s Law by @batortuga #LowAngst #MMRomance #MM #CowboysTweet
Law was avoiding him in the weirdest stalkery way possible. – Cowboy’s Law by @batortuga #LowAngst #MMRomance #MM #CowboysTweet
Did you just pay off the teenager so we can get it on? – Cowboy’s Law by @batortuga #LowAngst #MMRomance #MM #CowboysTweet
He had all a man could want right here. All the blessings and more. – Cowboy’s Law by @batortuga #LowAngst #MMRomance #MM #CowboysTweet