Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pulled from All Sides by BA Tortuga

Balta is all fire and fury, Joa is his haven. What happens when Raul becomes their third?

Joa is an anomaly on the bull-riding circuit—he’s Brazilian but grew up in Texas, so he’s not sure where he fits in. Champion Brazilian rider Balta knows just where he wants Joa to be—both in his life and in his bed.

Raul is new to the bull-riding circuit and needs their help learning the ropes. From the start, Raul knows that Joa belongs with Balta, but he also knows that Balta's career is on its way down and the world is ripe for another champion from Brazil.

When Balta decides that Raul is just what he and Joa need to even out the balance of power, they have to find common ground—professionally, publicly, and most importantly, personally.

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

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the sixth book in the series, but goes back in time to show us a very different perspective of the tour. You could read it as a standalone, but it was richer because I knew what was happening in the overall plot, and the dynamics between the characters.

This is the story from the Brazilian riders' perspective, and it does a good job of making us see how much on the outside of the story they are. Partly due to language issues, but also because they are 'foreigners.' Joa walks a thin line, being born and bred in Texas, but of Brazilian parents. It is fun to see how his relationship with Balta started, and how Raul joined the pair. The movement in time was erratic through the book, which confused me a few times. Possibly because the underlying story had been previously told over a number of books, so I was playing catch up in my mind. I liked the idea of getting a different view of events, but conflating many into one story was not always easy to follow. In fact, had I realised, I would have reread the previous books, so it was more recent in my mind.

The trio are undoubtedly hot together, and that they all found a place with each other fitted the outsider storyline really well. I definitely recommend this as a good addition to the series, and a passionate and heartwarming story in its own right.

This is probably the sexiest book in the series so far, but much of the storyline is recycled and it really doesn’t add much to the Roughstock series. The first part of the story revisits familiar characters, incidents and injuries at warp speed. The second part adds a little more to the overall story but many of the rodeo scenes are starting to feel a little tired. The conversations, worries and experiences are beginning to blur and the descriptions are becoming too familiar.

The central characters and their relationship are more interesting. The Brazilian riders have been peripheral characters since the start of the series and I enjoyed finally getting to know Balta and Joa. Oddly, Balta and Joa’s relationship starts quietly, almost a non-event in the story. Time moves erratically in this book, so it is difficult to know how long they are together before meeting Raul, but their third is introduced with a series of wonderfully sensual sex scenes. Together, the three Brazilians are seriously hot. I will even admit to bookmarking a couple of the most smutty scenes for future reference.

Aside from the sexy bits, this series feels like it is limping forward. The formula of closeted cowboys, serious rodeo injuries, and hospital camaraderie worked when the incidents were new, but revisiting the same injuries from the perspective of new characters gets a little bit tedious.

Pulled from All Sides is one of the choppier books in the Roughstock series that I’ve read so far, and I believe there are two reasons for that. First, Pulled from All Sides is the merging of two books – Doce and Amorzinhos. Previously released as two novellas, the stories have been combined and expanded upon in this edition. Not having read the series when it was released via its previous publisher, I cannot attest to how much new storyline has been added, but page counts indicate there have been at least 50 pages added. Despite this, there are still some rather rough transitions that occur in the beginning when the story shifts from Joa and Balta’s time on the circuit to Raul’s. The other reason I believe the story seems choppier than previous installments is the language barrier that our Brazilian cowboys face, especially Raul and, to a lesser extent, Balta. By writing Raul’s dialogue using broken English, Tortuga adds a subtle touch of realism to the character and story, but it had the negative side effect of reducing the smooth flow of the storyline that I’ve come to expect from the series. With all that said, as the men’s stories begin to converge and Balta’s carefully laid groundwork leads them down the path he’s prepared them for, the story begins to flow much smoother and I found myself devouring it.

If you haven’t read the previous books in the series and you plan to, I don’t recommend jumping ahead to Pulled from All Sides as there is some overlap in the timelines that could serve as spoilers for earlier books if you read ahead. Obviously, as a fan of the series, I’m going to recommend you start from the beginning, but it you’re looking for a hot cowboy ménage and really don’t want to read the previous books, then you should be able to read this as a standalone without too much trouble. You will miss a few nuances in the relationships between the cowboys on the circuit, but I don’t believe you’ll be missing any major plot points. But don’t worry your pretty little head about that too much because you’ll soon find yourself distracted by the chemistry between Joa and Balta, and later see it intensify when Raul is added to the mix. It was quite interesting to watch the bonds develop between the three men because Balta brings Raul in for Joa’s sake, not expecting to feel as strongly for Raul as he does. I liked how the men were able to step up and provide what each other needed – each individual’s strength complementing another’s weakness. Tortuga did a great job at meshing the men together by focusing first on Balta and Raul’s relationships with Joa, making Joa the unifying force that draws them together, and then later, building the bonds between Raul and Balta so that the relationship is balanced between the three instead of centered around the one. Despite the fact that Pulled from All Sides didn’t flow as smoothly as previous installments, ultimately I enjoyed it just as much and cannot wait to read the next book in the Roughstock series because I have so many cowboys I need to catch up with and new relationships to discover.

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.

Book 4
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For reviews & more info, check out the Coke’s Clown post.

Book 5
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For reviews & more info, check out the Back to Back 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 Pulled from All Sides (Roughstock #6) by BA Tortuga to read and review.

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