Monday, April 11, 2016

Coke's Clown by BA Tortuga

How does Dillon take care of Coke when Coke’s destroying himself?

Bullfighter Coke is having a rough time in the Roughstock universe.

When his dear friend Sam Bell is injured at the finals of the bull riding season, he takes that and his injuries pretty hard. His very own clown, Dillon, is determined to take care of Coke, which is tough when Coke is usually the one to care for everyone.

Coke has a huge secret from his past, though, and, when Dillon digs to discover what it is, the skeletons in Coke’s closet threaten to destroy both men.

Publisher's Note: This book has been previously released elsewhere. It have been revised, re-edited and significantly expanded for re-release with Pride Publishing.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I have read all the books in the series to date, and found this to be at quite a different tempo. It is set in the off season, with everyone recovering from an exhausting run, and a lot of pain. Sam in particular, has suffered a catastrophic head injury.

Coke, perceived by all to be the fixer and person who takes on all their problems, is hurting too, and utterly shattered. Dillon, his lover determines that he must get Coke away from the gang and give him some recovery time. It is great to see these two getting some time for themselves and growing together – but a mystery remains. Dillon is desperate to understand, but despite being warned off, he continues to press. As that unfolds we also get to see other members of the Roughstock team that we have met in previous books, and get updates on their progress too.

Ms. Tortuga has an amazing ability to control the pace of the story by the speed at which the people speak – which sounds crazy given it is me reading – they drop words and don't finish sentences when in a hurry, or seemingly drawl when relaxed. It is rare to be able to get that level of inflexion into the written word. I also loved the puppies (and notice that in the author bio, bassets are also mentioned), and the love that was between them and their owners – reassuring and rewarding.

Looking forward to reading the next in the series soon.

Wow! Wow, oh wow, oh wow! I’m a tad bit flabbergasted, not quite speechless, but certainly don’t know where to begin. Coke’s Clown returns the focus back to Coke and Dillon’s relationship and it turns out to be one heck of a ride. Let me start by saying that I so very much appreciate that Tortuga didn’t treat And a Smile as Coke and Dillon’s happily ever after. Granted, this is an ongoing series about a small group of rodeo men, but even then it’s rare for a series to return to a couple whose relationship has already been the focus of an installment. Yet the author has taken the opportunity to give the reader a look into the growing relationship between Coke and Dillon after they finished out the current circuit and head out for the holidays. Being as these two men may very well be my favorite couple introduced so far in the Roughstock series, I was not at all put out by the chance to spend more time with them.

I suspect that one of the reasons I love Dillon so much is that those around him regularly underestimate him due to his size, which means he’s constantly proving that good things come in small packages. And when it comes to taking care of Coke, there is no bigger force to reckon with than Dillon Walsh. Dillon’s affable and good natured personality take a back seat several times in Coke’s Clown when he feels as though people are asking too much from Coke at a time when he needs to be resting and recuperating from work and the emotional side effects of so many close friends being injured. By commandeering Coke and Coke’s cell phone, Dillon set out to give the man he loves the chance to catch up on some long-overdue rest. I enjoyed watching Coke gradually relax as he spent the time leading up to Christmas at Dillon’s home in Idaho, just the two of them and a hot tub. With Coke being the man everyone looks to to take care of things, it was nice to see someone (Dillon) taking care of Coke. Unfortunately, a call from A.J. has the men cutting their stay short and heading south a few days sooner than planned – but that’s what family does for one another, blood kin or not – and the rest of their tight knit group also descends upon A.J.’s homestead to help out.

We do learn that Dillon can be an extremely persistent man when his curiosity is triggered. Unfortunately, his curiosity regarding Coke’s past opens some old and ugly wounds that send Coke running when he thinks Dillon has learned all of his secrets. I have to say that my heart broke for Coke as he told Dillon about his past – and I was beyond angry when his “secret shame” was revealed. Honestly, I wanted to punch something, so I had no problem imagining how mad Dillon was. Even though I had no doubt – okay, very little doubt – that the men would work everything out between them, I wasn’t sure if it would occur in this installment. Thankfully it did and we not only have the promise of continued good things for Coke and Dillon, but we also got to catch up with Jason and Bax to see how Jase is doing. I, for one, cannot wait for the next book because I’m excited about the possibility of returning to Jason and Bax’s story. Coke’s Clown was an excellent addition to the Roughstock series, perhaps my favorite so far, and I look forward to having its spot usurped by new installments in the series.

Also Available in the Roughstock Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out the Blind Ride post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out the And a Smile post.

Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out the File Gumbo post.

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA 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 Pinterest in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her wife, Julia, her best friend, Sean, and coffee. Lots of good coffee.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Coke's Clown (Roughstock #4) by BA Tortuga to read and review.

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