Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mr. Unlucky by BA Tortuga

Addie isn’t shy about hooking up with rancher Bodie, even if he has a reputation as Mr. Unlucky. Can they change each other’s fortunes?

Cowboy Bodie might be unlucky in love, having lost not one but two fiancées in his life. When he meets Addie, though, he knows he’s found a special girl, and he thinks he might be willing to take one more chance with his wounded heart.

Addie has been in war-torn parts of the world and is on the rebound from a bad relationship. When she comes home to East Texas, all she wants is to relax and enjoy life for a bit. Then she spies Bodie, and she thinks he’s the hottest thing she’s ever seen. She’s willing to put in the time and effort to convince Bodie that his luck has changed.

Between Bodie’s past, Addie’s ex, and the meddling of an entire small town, Bodie and Addie have a lot to work through if they want to go from just friends with benefits to something more serious. Can Mr. Unlucky and Miss Good Times find a way to make it work?

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Totally Bound Publishing.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

A fan of Ms. Tortuga’s m/m romances, I’ve only just started reading her m/f books and I really enjoyed this one. As usual, the sense of place in this story is fantastic. Addie and Maddie are a wonderful set of twins – the photojournalist and the barrel racer may have different interests but they both have nerves of steel.

This is the story of Addie’s return to her hometown after a career photographing war zones and a relationship with an abusive ex-fiancé. I love Addie’s character, but I did wish we got to see more of her career at different points in the story. I enjoyed Addie’s unapologetic sexuality, her lack of inhibitions, and her sense of fun.

Rancher Bodie offers a great contrast and complement to Addie’s more fiery, footloose character. I enjoy the parallels between Bodie and Addie and the relationship between Addie’s dads.

I have a couple of reservations about the plot: the miscommunication between Addie and Bodie felt like artificially constructed conflict. It wasn’t necessary to build the relationship and neither was the suspense element of the story that felt tacked onto the end. I would have preferred to know more about Addie’s struggles to reestablish her career as she settled back into her hometown.

I enjoyed this story and I’m looking forward to Maddie’s book. Ms. Tortuga might actually be converting me to m/f romance!

Boy howdy, that was hot! This is only the second M/F romance of Tortuga’s that I’ve read and it proves yet again that she is just as adept at writing M/F pairings and as she is at M/M pairings. As Addie isn’t the least bit shy about communicating her wants and needs, readers should be prepared to enjoy a plethora of scenes demonstrating her enthusiasm and the author’s talent. Addie and Bodie have some serious chemistry, even if they seem to put the cart before the horse in Mr. Unlucky, and it made for one heck of a ride, I mean read.

When Addie’s douche of a fiancé kicks her out, after assaulting her, she goes back home to Texas to the welcoming arms of her twin sister and their two dads (whose story I want to read). Six months later, she’s finally ready to re-enter the dating world, or at least find a hook-up for a bit of fun. And Addie’s set her sights on Mr. Unlucky, Bodie Raever, the man who has had two fiancés up and die on him before they could become Mrs. Raever. But the daughter of two gay cowboys and a photojournalist who covered war-torn countries isn’t about to be scared off by superstitious gossip, especially when Bodie Raever flips every one of her switches. I loved watching Addie approach Bodie in the bar and found her openness and honesty about what she was looking for to be refreshing. What made it even better was that she maintains that forthrightness throughout the book and, at times, it manages to catch Bodie off guard, which is especially amusing when Addie meets his mother – my thanks to the author for that laugh out loud scene. Now back to the cart before the horse, as expected, the more time that Addie spends with Bodie, the more she finds that her heart is involved and things seem fine between them until a pesky phone app elicits a knee-jerk reaction from Bodie that is much too similar to what Addie was confronted with by her ex. Can they overcome their own baggage and find happiness together, or is Bodie destined to keep his nickname of Mr. Unlucky?

I’m just going to throw this right out there – Mr. Unlucky has a LOT of sex in it. Now that’s not a complaint because not only does the author write great sex scenes, but I loved how Addie approached sex. This is the second book in the last week I’ve read that featured a woman with a healthy sexual appetite who wasn’t the least bit shy about asking for, demanding, or getting what she wanted. I detest the double standard that celebrates men while shaming women who enjoy an active sex life, so I loved how Addie wasn’t afraid to pursue Bodie. Yet despite her sexual forthrightness, she wasn’t a hard woman, which meant that Bodie’s thoughtless words and assumptions HURT her. This balance made Addie more believable as a character to me, increasing her likeability. The story thread regarding her ex-fiancé did a nice job of infusing some unexpected suspense to the storyline, and gave Bodie the chance to prove his luck had finally changed. Overall, I absolutely loved Mr. Unlucky and cannot wait to find out who will be taking the reins in book two in the One Horse Town series – Maddie and Ty, perhaps?

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 Mr. Unlucky (One Horse Town #1) by B.A. Tortuga to read and review.

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