Friday, June 24, 2016

What She Wants by BA Tortuga

Calleigh and Adrian might have an open relationship, but she’s tired of staying home. She wants Adrian, and his lover Packer, to be all hers.

Calleigh and Adrian have always had an open marriage. Adrian being on the road all the time has made it easy for them to have separate lives, but neither of them acted on their agreement to see other people until Adrian met fellow Aussie and force of nature, Packer Stevens.

Now Packer and Adrian are always together, and Calleigh is left at home, missing her man. When Calleigh decides she’s not going to let Adrian go without a fight, she comes up with what she thinks is the perfect plan. She hits the spa, and the gym, and sets out to find her inner buckle bunny, intent on getting her bullrider back, and maybe on impressing Packer a little, too. She heads out on the road, ready to fight for her husband.

What Calleigh doesn’t understand is that her plan will be wildly successful, and also the hardest thing she’s ever done in her life. Packer is more than willing to play, but he’s as complicated as Calleigh is emotional. As much as he loves Calleigh and Packer, and the sexy games they play, Adrian has to try to set things right, but can he find a way to give Calleigh what she wants, and make everyone else happy at the same time?

Reader Advisory: This book contains some scenes of M/M/F intimacy and anal sex.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing. This book can be read as a stand alone novel but is related to the Roughstock Sweethearts series.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

To date, I’ve only read the M/M romances in Tortuga’s Roughstock series. After reading What She Wants, I’ll be adding the Roughstock Sweethearts to my reading list because the author is clearly just as talented when it comes to writing the M/F side of rodeo romances. Yes, this is a ménage romance between a woman and two bisexual men (hallelujah!), but relationships have to form between them as couples and as a trio, so we have two M/F relationships, a M/M relationship, and the MFM/MMF relationship, and Tortuga writes them all wonderfully.

Usually, I don’t reread a blurb before I begin a book I signed up to review, simply because I want to be able to read it without any expectations and just enjoy the journey the author takes me on. However, for some reason, I reread the blurb before beginning What She Wants and I strongly urge you to do the same because the blurb serves as kind of a prologue that sets the stage for the story as Tortuga wastes no time in getting right to the action. In fact, the book opens with Adrian and Packer in bed together – at first sleeping, but as they wake and begin to shift and stretch, the friction becomes too much to resist, and I had to agree with Calleigh’s assessment that they made a pretty sight to behold. Despite the rocky start that accompanied Calleigh’s demands to join her husband on the road, the trio quickly found their rhythm together and it was HOT!!! But when their relationship gets notice from a jealous quarter and Calleigh is told her behavior is threatening the men’s livelihood, she takes off, leaving the men to make their way together, while she deals with an unexpected surprise. Will Adrian and Packer be happy returning to a relationship with just the two of them? Or will they cowboy up, figure out how to rope their filly back in, and tie her to them for good?

I absolutely loved this book. Saying that, I feel I should note that there is a LOT of sex in What She Wants, far more than I’m accustomed to in Tortuga’s M/M Roughstock romances. That is neither a complaint, nor an indication that the book is lacking a plot or storyline. The sex seems to take center stage because Calleigh is not only resurrecting her relationship with her husband, Adrian, but she’s also embarking upon a relationship with Packer, her husband’s boyfriend and best friend. But Tortuga does an excellent job of very subtly working the story in within and between the sex scenes, so while I suspect the book will appeal to those readers looking for some hot ménage action, it will also appeal to those readers who need to feel a connection between the characters and enjoy watching relationships develop. Although What She Wants takes place in the Roughstock universe, it is a standalone and can be read and enjoyed without having read any of the other books in the series. If you have read other books in the series, you’ll have fun seeing the cameo appearances by other characters, but their storylines are not furthered in this book. For me, the downside to reading What She Wants is that I now have another series – Roughstock Sweethearts – to add to my “To Be Read” list.

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 What She Wants by BA Tortuga to read and review.

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