Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 256 Pages
At a Glance: Ms. Tortuga has yet to write a book I haven’t loved, and this one is no exception.
Reviewed By: Jackie
Blurb: Audie Barrack is in it up to his elbows with a sick calf when his son’s school calls. Seems Grainger has gotten into yet another fight. When he walks into the principal’s office, he’s shocked to find his son has been fighting with a little girl named Randi.
A little girl with one blind dad and one dad who recently passed away.
Dixon has lost his sight, his career, and his husband. Thank God for his brothers, Momma and Daddy, and his little girl, or he would simply give up. The last thing he needs is for Randi to start trouble at school, especially trouble that puts him in contact with another dad who might expect him to be a functional human being.
Dixon is struggling to live as a blind man, Audie is terrified someone might see he has a closet to come out of, and everyone from the school to both men’s families is worried for the men and their children. Unless they get themselves together and commit to change, neither of them stands a chance.
Review: As a parent to two beautiful young ladies, I can attest to the fact that our children manage to bring not only joy to our life, but they also introduce us to people we may never have met any other way. This is exactly what was depicted in this story. At the beginning of Ever the Same, single dad Audie Barrack goes to a meeting at his son’s school and finds out that his son was in a fight. Not only is fighting out of character for his son, but he was fighting with a girl.
When Audie meets the little girl’s father, he is struck dumb by the long haired, tattooed, musician. Only after accidentally insulting the man does he find out he is blind. Dixon lost his husband and his sight in a car accident a year ago, and his daughter is having trouble adjusting. This trouble manifests itself through her fight with Audie’s son Grainger.
The two fathers, Dixon and Audie, begin to work together to help their kids get along, and at the same time, they find they have a lot more in common than they might have thought. Eventually they begin dating, and it doesn’t take long before they move into a more intense, serious relationship. Things are moving along well until each of their families try their best to throw a wrench into the works, and make the men begin to doubt their relationship.
Audie is a horseman and Dixon is a musician. Audie likes the country and needs wide open spaces, while Dixon wants nothing more than a studio and a mixing board to make his music. They will ultimately have to find some common ground and make some sacrifices if they want their relationship to last.
Once again BA Tortuga has written a fabulous story with lively, believable characters. I loved how there were realistic problems, realistic solutions, and some truly entertaining character interaction in this book. One thing that wasn’t in this book was any unneeded angst for angst’s sake, and I have to say it made the book just that much better.
Ms. Tortuga has yet to write a book I haven’t loved, and this one is no exception. The plot moved along at the perfect pace. The relationship between Audie and Dixon developed slowly, but in my opinion, it was handled beautifully and was believable. On a side note, I feel the children in this book were written spot on. They didn’t overtake the story, but they were definitely integral to the plot.
I would highly recommend this title, and I would love to see these men, and these kids, again sometime in the future.
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