Trial by Fire

Us. God, he loved that word.

BA Tortuga
Trial by Fire

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Publisher’s Synopsis:
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 McCoughey 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.

Holden Sheffield doesn’t need help raising his brother’s baby, thank you. When Lachlan shows up, he tells the man to take a flying leap, but Lachlan McCoughey is too darned stubborn to do what Holden wants him to. And he’s too attractive for his own good.

The two men want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many dangers 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.

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating by chapter.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This is book 1 in BA Tortuga’s Cozy Cowboys series (it was also previously part of the AusTex series).

I grabbed this because I was looking for single dad romance and the blurb sounded cute. I’ll admit I was a little thrown because this is romantic suspense – but I love that so I rolled with it. Over the top and insta love, but a fun read nonetheless.

At first it seems opposites attract but Lachlan and Holden discover they actually have a lot in common. Chloe is only a few months old and adorable and so are all the tough cowboys and ranch hands cooing over her. Lachlan and Holden are completely smitten with her and they bond over providing her the best future.

Unfortunately not everyone can be trusted and Chloe’s life is in jeopardy. As the chaos continues Holden learns to trust Lachlan, but question whether their future be built on a overwhelmingly stressful week.

Enjoyed the HEA and cute epilogue.

Content Warning (possible spoilers):
Story starts with learning of the death of sibling, baby is kidnapped, death of secondary characters

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

“Cheese ball, crackers, and beer. The single dad supper of choice.”

“If you two weren’t the hottest bastards in history, we’d just turn the hose on y’all.”

“Us. God, he loved that word.”

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