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Leaning N #1
A fist fight, a snowstorm, a stolen kiss in the barn... and a second chance at love.
Ford Nixel has two law offices, two fancy condominiums, and all the right connections. In short, he has everything he wants.
The last thing he needs is his Uncle Ty’s stake in the Leaning N, a ranch that’s been in the family for generations. Ford hasn’t even been to the ranch in over a decade, not since he left his boyfriend Stoney behind and headed back to college alone.
Ford arrives at the Leaning N to find Stoney, now a single father, right where he left him. A fist fight, a snowstorm, and a stolen kiss in the barn later—Ford knows none of the heat between them has dissipated.
Damn Those Secondary Characters
Hey y’all, it's BA Tortuga, resident redneck and lover of all things cowboy and redneck and casts of thousands. ;-)
I was writing along on Stoney and Ford’s story, loving writing a mixture of Texas and Colorado cowboys, along with a hint of Santa Fe with Ford, and totally jonesing on it. Seriously. I adore both of them, and I love Stoney’s son Quartz, and the ranch itself, which is more a character than a setting. I mean, come on, this is me, BA, and I love an old lovers who become enemies who become lovers again above all things, right?
I’m perking along. I’m happy.
Then there comes Geoff.
He’s the ranch cook. Dreadlocked, vegan, full of hidden pain and secrets.
Makes the best pizza on the Western Slope, at least.
I stopped when he arrived, and stared at him. Squinted. Poked him with an accusing finger and said, “This is not your book”.
He nodded and smiled and “I knowed” me into writing him into way too many scenes.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I fully intend to write Geoff a love story someday. Not while I was writing Stoney and Ford, and not today. He probably won’t even be next in the Leaning N lineup. No, sir, he has to pay for hijacking my brain and making me have to edit him out a little so he didn’t dominate someone else’s story.
That’s what happens when you’re a secondary character who tries to take over. You get your ass punished…
Want to know all about the Leaning N? Come meet Stoney, Ford and the ranch on September 15.
Much love, y’all.
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This book is a Dreamspun Desires title, but also the first of a new series from this author, which is set on and around the Leaning N ranch. It's also what a nice, lovely, sweet romance should be, even if the steam factor is low. Which, truthfully, should not be a reason for you to skip this book.
Ford is a environmental lawyer with two law offices and no serious relationship. He's avoided his uncle and the Leaning N ranch for many years, ever since his ex-boyfriend Stoney got himself a job at the ranch and then apparently ditched him for his cousin to get a piece of the ranch.
I say apparently, because that's what Ford thinks happened.
When his uncle's health isn't so good anymore, Ford is summoned to the ranch and handed his share of the place, a slight majority over Stoney.
Meeting Stoney again isn't good for Ford's heart, and their shared history isn't good for either's peace of mind.
Stoney is still pissed that Ford left him without so much as a by your leave, and he's focused on keeping the ranch afloat and raising his kid Quartz, a young boy whose mother, Ford's cousin, died a few years back.
This book deliciously explores the lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers trope, and while fists may fly at first, a searing kiss behind the barn shows both men that their passion and love for each other may not be as dead as they proclaim it to be. Truths come out, and youthful assumptions are proven to be false. And Ford realizes he was an idiot.
This title isn't as OTT as many others in this harlequin-reminiscent series, even if there's a climactic high point that is the catalyst for their eventual truth dumps and subsequent HEA. Because, come on now, you knew there'd be one of those, right?
The writing is gorgeous, and the author does a fantastic job with narrative and dialogue both. I was glued to the pages for the duration, what with the adorable kid, and the fabulous vegan cook, who really, really, really needs his own book, and two men who despite proclaiming their dislike for each other, and having a bunch of hang-ups that keep them apart, are perfect for each other.
** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **
Meet 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. Find her on the web at www.batortuga.com.
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