4.5 Stars, BA Tortuga, Genre Romance, Pride Publishing, Reviewed by Maryann

Review: Blind Ride by BA Tortuga

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Title: Blind Ride (Roughstock: Vol. One)

Author: BA Tortuga

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 234 Pages

At a Glance: Blind Ride is a story about the love and caring of family, good friends, and the love between two special men.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Jason Scott has everything a bull rider wants—success, money and traveling partner Andy Baxter. When he loses his sight in an accident, he stands to lose it all. Jason Scott is at the top of the bull riding game, on his way to a winning season. Along with his traveling partner, Andy Baxter, he’s riding hard on the circuit, working around the country with all of the other bull riders and bullfighters, living the good life. The only thing he wishes he had is Bax, but he’s afraid to take the step that would make them more than friends, worried that it will ruin everything. When a terrible accident leaves Jason unable to see, his whole life goes south. Jason decides to chuck it all, determined to go home and hide at his momma’s ranch. Bax has other ideas. He wants to make sure his best friend doesn’t give up, and he hatches a plan that stuns Jason and makes their friends and family think he’s crazy. With the help of the other bull riders and a very persistent bull fighter named Coke, Bax convinces Jason to give life one more try. With Jason cautiously learning to hope, and his relationship with Bax going to the next level, life gets pretty complicated. Everyone gets in on the project, from Jason’s strong-willed mother to an entire ranch full of children, all of them working to help Jason do what he loves.

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Review: I am such a fan of BA Tortuga. She has added another series to my collection of cowboy stories, and has created more than just a story about bull riders and rodeos; it’s about the love and caring of family, good friends, and the love between two special men. Blind Ride also takes us behind the rodeo scene with the hard work and life threatening injuries that bull riders face.

Andy “Bax” Baxter and Jason “Mini” Scott are just two wonderful cowboys who love the rodeo. They have been friends for six years but have never taken the step to become more than friends. They spend their days traveling the rodeo circuit and even compete against each other, but they hold no grudges.

When Jason is hurt, there’s so much worry. Living in darkness, never riding again, losing out on a career that he loves, and maybe losing Bax, he even thinks of taking his life. But Bax is there for him and he doesn’t let Jason fail. When Bax goes back on the circuit he gets hurt and is done for the season, but he’s back with Jason and starts a plan to get him back on the circuit as well. It was really heartrending to watch Jason struggle with losing his sight—I can’t even begin to imagine how that would feel. He also has to deal with overbearing help, and to try to do things on his own.  Bax and Jason have a great support system besides Jason’s family.  We meet Coke Pharras, Dillon Walsh, Nate, AJ, Missy, and a sweet little boy named Benji.

The only issue readers may find in Blind Ride is in the narrative and dialogue, but BA Tortuga chose to leave things a little unpolished (see: the Author’s Note).  As for me, I didn’t see this as a problem. It just made the story more down to earth.

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Review: And a Smile by BA Tortuga

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Title: And a Smile (Roughstock: Book Two)

Author: BA Tortuga

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 197 Page

At a GlanceI just loved Dillon’s character–he made this my favorite story in the Roughstock series, so far.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: All Coke Pharris wants is for his cowboys to be safe—all of them. When rodeo clown, Dillon, sets to prove that there’s more to the bullfighter, people could get hurt.

It’s Coke Pharris’ job to save bull riders from bulls, and he takes his work very seriously. Which is why he’s devastated when one of his favorite riders gets hurt, and he’s determined to help the young man ride again. Dillon Walsh is the arena entertainer for the bull riding tour, and he wants to help. He also wants Coke, has been admiring the man for a long time. He hasn’t made a move on Coke for fear of messing up their friendship, but when he finds out Coke might feel the same way, Dillon has to try to win Coke over.

Coke thinks he’s too old for Dillon, too beat up and scarred, but he can’t resist when Dillon finally makes a play for him. Dillon is like a wet dream for Coke, and the two of them have a great time getting to know each other better, at least until the danger of their job threatens to come between them. Will Dillon and Coke be able to help their friend and weather the problems that blow their way?

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released elsewhere. It has been re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

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Review: BA Tortuga takes us back on the rodeo circuit with the Roughstock series in And a Smile. Coke Pharras, Dillon Walsh, and the bullfighters give us rodeo action packed with dangerous bulls, the bullfighters taking risks to keep the riders safe–and it seems like the bulls are winning.

With Jason “Mini” Scott and Andy “Bax” Baxter’s injuries weighing on his mind, Coke is keeping watch over his bullfighters. Coke is a good man, and takes on the role of the senior protector, father, advisor. He perceives himself as being old and worn out, since he’s been on the circuit forever, and he thinks his days of meeting that special someone have passed him by. The funny thing is, Coke really isn’t that old, and Dillon Walsh doesn’t want Coke calling him son.

Dillon, the rodeo clown, has his eye on Coke. He’s been curious about Coke for a long time, but he’s just not sure when to make his move.  He even has doubts about Coke being gay. Dillon picks up on something not being right when Coke makes mention of Bax and Jason in rehab. As Coke and Dillon get closer, Coke confides in Dillion about Jason’s blindness, and how Bax has come up with a plan to get Jason back on the rodeo circuit.  Dillon also has a special connection with Jason and his situation.

I just loved Dillon’s character–he made this my favorite story in the Roughstock series, so far. I love his interaction with Coke and his attentiveness towards Jason. I found it strange that his fellow bullfighters think he’s odd and that they seem to want to protect Coke from Dillon. It definitely causes drama between Dillon and Coke. I saw Dillon as a ball of nervous energy and just a fun-loving character, always moving, dancing and making the rodeo crowd enjoy themselves.  But I also saw his vulnerability and confidence wane every so often. There’s not a lot about his life growing up in And a Smile, and I hope at some point BA Tortuga shares more about him.

** Note: A Sip: The New Guy and Cowboy Christmas are a couple of quickie stories featuring Dillon and Coke, if you want a sweet and fast read**

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3 Stars, Audio Book, BA Tortuga, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, Reviewed by Amy

Audio Review: Ever the Same by BA Tortuga – Narrated by Paul Morey

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Title: Ever the Same

Author: BA Tortuga

Narrator: Paul Morey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 hours and 32 minutes

At a Glance: Overall, I liked this story but felt it was missing something.

Reviewed By: Amy

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.

Goddammit.

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.

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Review:  I’m a big fan of BA Tortuga’s writing, and own several print copies of her books. I was excited to listen to this story—I’m definitely drawn to stories that are unconventional. Dixon was a great character, and he was put through some really trying times. When we are introduced to him and Audie, they meet because their children get into a fight at school. From then on, you meet a whole slew of characters—from Randi and Granger (the kids), to their respective families, and finally, the animals. The animals played an awesome part in the story.

The children really brought this story home for me. They are the glue holding it together, and without them, I feel this book wouldn’t have been successful. They were what was right about this story. But unfortunately, I felt that there were a lot of inconsistencies in the plot, and I had a hard time with Audie and Dixon’s families. These two men are not your conventional twenty-year-old guys. These are grown men facing very serious issues, yet they acted like they were very young, and they let their parents walk all over them.

Dixon was a great character whose growth is visible throughout the story. However, I really wanted to see him flourish as a blind person. Overall, I liked this story but felt it was missing something. The thing I think it’s missing is the actual romance. I felt like I didn’t get to see Dixon and Audie fall in love. It just was.

Narration: Ever the Same is performed by Paul Morey. That’s all that needs to be said. Morey is a consummate professional who does an excellent job narrating this book. He did a great job speaking for the children, which I always feel is a difficult thing to do as a narrator. He is absolutely fabulous.

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5 Stars, BA Tortuga, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Maryann

Review: The Articles of Release by BA Tortuga

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Title: The Articles of Release (The Release Series: Book Two)

Author: BA Tortuga

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

At a Glance: Highly recommended.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Just released from the military, wounded warrior Eric Tremaine is trying to put his life back together like the doctors reassembled his shattered leg. He’s a man with no home, since his Louisiana family rejected him, so Eric winds up in Texas with his old Army buddy, Adam Winchester, and his lover, Sage.

When Eric decides to stop sitting on his ass feeling sorry for himself, he is introduced to trainer Troy Daniels, who lost both his legs in a teenage accident. Troy knows what it’s like to feel as if your body is your enemy. While Eric and Troy have a bumpy start, they soon find enough common ground to make a friendship, if not more. But taking it to the next level means finding out what they have to offer each other, and the world, before they can trust that the love they find together won’t cause more pain than pleasure.

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Review: BA Tortuga brings humor, caring, love and a special friendship between all the characters to The Articles of Release. I love this author’s writing style, and this book, with its simple truths, is relaxed and really gives a nice feel to the Release series.

Eric Tremaine is feeling sorry for himself: he’s frustrated, angry and just feels like all is lost, including himself. He was severely wounded in Afghanistan, and now has lost his dream of a twenty year career in the military. His family wants nothing to do with him, and he has no home to go to, so he calls on Adam “Win” Winchester—who doesn’t hesitate to help.

Troy Daniels is a personal trainer and a good friend to Sage Redding. At a young age Troy had an accident which left him disabled, but nothing in life can stop Troy from getting the next rush. I often found myself wondering if he was trying to prove something. Had he really faced his own situation, or did he have a death wish?

When Eric and Troy meet, fireworks happen but not the good kind. They are two very different men, from their disabilities to their families’ acceptance. Tortuga’s portrayal of them as two strong men, as well as our view of them being heroes, makes this a heartwarming story. The Articles of Release takes us through Eric and Troy’s days and how they both deal with their life challenges, and how they love and care for each other. One of the best moments of the story is when Eric starts taking care of Troy. Wrong words or decisions might destroy the good thing they have.

It was such a pleasure to have Win and Sage from The Terms of Release included in this installment of the series. They play a big part in Eric and Troy’s story and bring a nice camaraderie to it. I thought they gave Eric a real eye opener, especially Sage. There is nobody like Sage; he’s just so down to earth. I hope that BA Tortuga continues with the Release series and shares more of Troy and Eric’s life with us, along with Win and Sage’s.

Highly recommended.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Articles of Release Blog Tour with BA Tortuga

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We’re so pleased to welcome author BA Tortuga today, on The Articles of Release Blog Tour. Enjoy BA’s guest post, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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Hey y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck. I’m madly in love with my wife, Julia, I’m a romance writer, and I’m an unrepentant believer in happy endings. I’ve been publishing for more than fifteen years and I write cowboys of every kind.

The Articles of Release is the story of Eric Tremaine, a soldier that was wounded overseas and is in the midst of a medical discharge. He’s depressed, worried and alone, and when he calls his old Army buddy, Adam Winchester, he’s grateful that Sage and Win have a guestroom to offer him. When he meets personal trainer, Eric, who has challenges of his own, he discovers that maybe he’s not done living his life.

Q: Describe your favorite rainy day activity.

BA: Well, I live in the high desert wherein rainy days aren’t really a thing. I mean, we have monsoon season, which means it rains from 4-4:05pm every day for a month, but that’s not the same thing.

Honestly. I live in 345 annual days of sun.

The closest we have are snowy days, because I have seen that happen 4-5 times.

During those days, Julia and I get the blankies, the dogs, Sherlock on the television, the coffee warmers and we snuggle. Also, Miss Sadie the Basset is a fireplace WHORE, so we light a fire for her. :D

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Articles of Release CoverBlurb: Just released from the military, wounded warrior Eric Tremaine is trying to put his life back together like the doctors reassembled his shattered leg. He’s a man with no home, since his Louisiana family rejected him, so Eric winds up in Texas with his old Army buddy, Adam Winchester, and his lover, Sage.

When Eric decides to stop sitting on his ass feeling sorry for himself, he is introduced to trainer Troy Daniels, who lost both his legs in a teenage accident. Troy knows what it’s like to feel as if your body is your enemy. While Eric and Troy have a bumpy start, they soon find enough common ground to make a friendship, if not more. But taking it to the next level means finding out what they have to offer each other, and the world, before they can trust that the love they find together won’t cause more pain than pleasure.

Where to buy the book: Dreamspinner e-book || Dreamspinner paperback

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BA TortugaAbout the author: 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 wife (still amazing to say that), 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 gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. 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.

Where to find the author: Facebook || Facebook Author Page || Twitter: @batortuga || Pinterest || Blog || Website || Instagram

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Hi, friends and fellow reading addicts, welcome back to another peek into the future at The Novel Approach, and a teaser of who we have visiting with us in the coming week.

We’ve got a great lineup of guest authors to share with you, along with giveaways, and, of course, many more reviews too.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Author BA Tortuga kicks off our week this week on the tour for The Articles of Release, book two in the Release Series

Tuesday – Today we’ll be welcoming author Lexi Ander to TNA on the tour for her latest novel Dragon’s Eye

We’ll also have author Ingela Bohm joining us today to chat a bit about her new novel Last Communion

Wednesday – We’ll have author KC Burn dropping by today as a featured author on the Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 Celebration

We also have Carole Cummings and Andrew Q. Gordon stopping in for a new edition of Genre Talk

Thursday – We’ll be starting October (!!!) off with author Skylar M. Cates and an exclusive cover reveal for her upcoming Dreamspinner holiday story A Guy’s Thanksgiving

We’ll also have author AF Henley with us to chat about their new novel Wolf WY

Friday – Rounding out the second of our GayRomLit Blog Tour visits this week will be author Jaime Reese, filling us in on what she likes most about GRL

Mia Kerick will also join us today on the tour for her new book A Hard Day’s Night

And, we’ll have yet another edition of Flashback Friday for you today too

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Lex Chase here with us to chat about her new novel Bayou Fairy Tale

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5 Stars, BA Tortuga, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie

Review: Ever the Same by BA Tortuga

Title: Ever the Same

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.

Goddammit.

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.

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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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Review: Say Something by BA Tortuga

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Title: Say Something

Author: BA Tortuga

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 226 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Jenson has loved Mike his whole life, but he has never known how to tell Mike how he feels. After high school Mike leaves for college and his Hollywood dream, while cowboy Jenson stays behind in their small East Texas hometown. Neither man knows what to say to go beyond friendship, even though they come together through all of the best and worst times of their lives. The most amazing moments keep bringing them back together, but through huge love and terrible loss, sickness and health, their timing never seems right to take their relationship to the next level. When the universe gives them one final chance, Jenson must overcome his fear and say the most important something before it’s too late. Continue reading

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What’s Not To Love About Cowboys? – Welcome BA Tortuga On The “Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming” Blog Tour and Giveaway

Doc2When I think of cowboys, it’s hard not to romanticize and fantasize about the lonesome man on the open trail rather than the ranch hand or the rodeo cowboy we often see in fiction. Does BA like a certain type of cowboy, and what does she find sexy about them?

Cowboys are my weakness.

I have to tell y’all, I’m a Texan to the bone. My daddy is a cowboy, my brothers are cowboys and my wife swears that I’m a cowboy to the bone. Now, I can tell you, my daddy’s position is, “never never marry with a rodeo cowboy and never sleep with a working cowboy. Find yourself a rancher and marry one of those.”

I tend to write a Texas cowboy because the voice is as familiar as breathing. I love the lyrics of Texas, the colloquialisms, the rock-and-sway of our syntax. The lingo of Texas and of cowboys fascinate me. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hello again, everyone! Can you believe it’s August already? I know! Me either.

We’ve got another great week coming up, filled with guest posts, giveaways, cover reveals, and, of course, more reviews.

Here’s what’s in store for the week ahead.


Monday – We’re kicking off the week in grand style today, with an Exclusive Cover Reveal and Excerpt from In the Raw, an upcoming release by Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels from Carina Press

Tuesday – We have our second Exclusive Cover Reveal of Jordan L. Hawk’s Bloodlines, Book Five in the Whyborne & Griffin Series

Kate Pavelle also joins us today on the Breakfall Blog Tour, and she’ll be offering a giveaway on her visit

We’re also participating today in Shira Anthony’s Blue Notes Book Blast, so be sure to watch for that

WednesdayCharlie Cochet joins us today for a Countdown to GRL Celebration on the Blood & Thunder (THIRDS: Book Two) Blog Tour

ThursdayCarol Lynne makes a stop here at The Novel Approach today, on her Snake Charmer Blog Tour, during which you’ll have the chance to enter a giveaway

FridayBA Tortuga stops by today to talk cowboys on the Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming Blog Tour

SaturdayNikki Woolfork joins us on the The Men of Summerly Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Sunday – And finally, B.G. Thomas ends a great week for us on the Summer Lover Blog Tour, with a giveaway

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!

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4 Stars, BA Tortuga, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Jackie

An Ex-Con Tries To Go Home Again In BA Tortuga’s “The Terms of Release” – Reviewed by Jackie


“Home is where we tie one end of the thread of life.” ― Martin Buxbaum


Title: The Terms of Release

Author: BA Tortuga

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: They say a man can always come home. So after doing hard time, Sage Redding heads to his family’s northeast Texas ranch to help his ailing daddy with the cutting horses.
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“Hammer and Tongs” Is A Little BDSM Set In The Wild West

“The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out.” ― Billy Sunday



This is a short story about Asa and Virgil, set in the American Wild West. Virgil is a white man who is brought up to believe that his feelings towards other men are a sin. Running for his life after getting caught touching another man and being wrongly accused of theft, Virgil is almost on the brink of death when he is found by Asa. Asa is half Apache and a kind hearted quiet man. He takes Vigil home and saves him, in more ways than one.

I loved this story. I loved the way Asa was towards Vigil. Patient, soft spoken, and caring are just a few words I can say to describe Asa. After being with friends who have taught him love and how to express himself, Asa was the perfect teacher for Virgil. I loved how he wasn’t overbearing in teaching Virgil how to be submissive. And even though it isn’t written in words, you feel the love Asa has for Virgil in the actions he takes and the words of comfort he gives him.

From Virgil’s POV, we see the growth of understanding that his feelings for another man is okay, it’s not a sin to love someone. While at first he wasn’t sure what Asa expected of him, Virgil slowly and willingly overcomes his fear and gives in to what he has been missing and needing, the touch and love of another man.

Months later when Asa’s friends and occasional lovers come back to visit, I wasn’t sure how they were going to react to Virgil. I was pleasantly surprised. They welcomed Virgil into the fold and expressed happiness, in many ways, that Asa finally found someone that he could call his own.

This was a quick and heartwarming read. I would recommend this to first time readers of BDSM.

It’s an introduction to BDSM for the character and for the reader.

Reviewed by: Lynn

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