Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Stetsons and Stakeouts by BA Tortuga

Gianni Cesare is a DEA agent and rancher—who also happens to be a millionaire heir to an Italian count. Running a multiagency sting out of his East Texas ranch means he needs a new foreman… preferably someone a little wet behind the ears who won’t ask too many questions.

Gianni’s Aunt Jerilyn hires Bonner Fannin, a roughstock rider with zero ranch experience and a sister who’s pregnant with a violent biker’s twins. If that’s not bad enough, Bonner is pretending he and his sister are married to protect her and to help get him the job.

Gianni didn’t think Bonner was the marrying type during their torrid beach affair years ago, but he’s not sure if he has time to explore that thought now, as overrun as his ranch is with drug cartels, macho government agents, and local cops. Looks like Bonner and Gianni are both in over their heads, and they may have to band together during this adventure to swim rather than sink.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Romance
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Gianni is a DEA agent who learns that there are drugs running right through his ranch. Because he knows this land and wants to protect his aunt and the town, he offers to have his ranch be their sting operation where he plays the part of not knowing how to ranch.

The other members of his team are from all of the different acronyms. They all are the best and want to take down this ring of drug runners.

Gianni's aunt is a character and she's in charge of hiring a new ranch manager. Her objective is to hire someone who isn't going to ask questions. She wants to find someone to just do their job and stay out of the way. She ends up hiring Bonner. He and his pregnant companion are running and trying to hide.

Bonner and Gianni have a past. The attraction is still present and while Gianni is supposed to be finding the drugs and drug runners, he can't seem to keep his mind off Bonner. As for Bonner, he doesn't want his cover to be blown, but he can't seem to stay away from Gianni, despite what's at stake.

What follows is a fast-paced mystery of bad guys versus good guys. I loved the secondary characters and thought that the relationship between Gianni and Bonner was well developed. I do wish that we knew more about the ins and out of the mystery... there was so much going on that I found myself having to go back to make sure that I was understanding everything. But this was a great story with a lot going on.

I do hope that more books will come, as Gianni's crew could all use their own story.

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 Stetsons and Stakeouts by BA Tortuga to read and review.

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