Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Living in Fast Forward by BA Tortuga

Acclaimed musician Hollis Lee is a little bit rock, a little bit country, and a lot in need of some TLC to mend the years of hardcore partying that threatens to ruin his career. Hollis’s manager, Charlie, has the perfect solution in mind.

Personal trainer Jeremy is even-keeled and nothing if not professional—which means doing his job, getting Hollis back to his fighting weight, and ignoring his fierce attraction to the rock star.

Turns out Hollis has a harder time resisting Jeremy than giving up sausage biscuits and cheeseburgers, but succumbing to temptation could end both of their careers. While Hollis is on tour, no one questions Jeremy’s presence, and that means plenty of time to sneak away for some steamy fun on the tour bus. But when an accident separates them, how will they sustain the relationship that’s starting to mean so much?

Second Edition
First Edition published by TOP SHELF An imprint of Torquere Press/June 2007.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars

This is a sweet and sexy story about the relationship between a country rock star and the personal trainer hired to get him into shape. Jeremy and Hollis don’t hit it off too well at the start, but soon their playful bromance turns into a proper romance. Personally, I loved the friendship between Hollis and Jeremy but I didn’t fully engage with the rest of the story.

There is a whole lotta sex in this story. Maybe too much. By the mid-point, it feels constant and kinda repetitive. Three quarters of the way in, I was skimming through some of the sex scenes and my eyes still tracked repetitive descriptive phrases. After a while, the sex just stopped being sexy and I grew a little bit bored.

It isn’t just the sex that’s repetitive. Hollis and Jeremy spend most of the book stuck on a tour bus together with only themselves for company. The monotony is probably pretty realistic, but it doesn’t make for great fiction writing. There are lots of workout scenes but I felt like we could have seen more of Hollis as a musician and a performer.

I found myself a bit confused by the storyline involving Hollis’ manager. I kept waiting for Hollis to stand up to the man or put him in his place. Instead, we get a rock star placating his manager and sneaking around like a naughty teenager on a field trip. It didn’t quite work for me. I also found the ending frustrating and not terribly satisfying.

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 Living in Fast Forward by BA Tortuga to read and review.


  1. I'm a bit rock being from the UK there is not that much Country Music played on the radio or TV here.

  2. Definitely rock, not even a little bit country.

  3. More rock than country, it's not something people listen to here.

  4. I'm a bit of everything in my music likes.

  5. Definitely a little bit rock.

  6. I'm equal opportunity, depending on the mood I like either.


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