Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Soft Place to Fall by BA Tortuga

Stetson Major and Curtis Traynor are about as opposite as two cowboys can get. Stetson is a rancher, tied to the land he loves in Taos, New Mexico, while Curtis is a rodeo cowboy whose wanderlust never could be tamed.

But now Stetson’s momma is dying of Alzheimer’s, and she can’t remember that Curtis hasn’t been Stetson’s boyfriend for a long time. Curtis’s absence makes her cry, so Stetson swallows his pride and calls his ex-lover.

To Curtis, Stetson is the one who got away, the love of his life. And Momma is his friend, so he’s happy to help out. Yet returning to the ranch stirs up all sorts of feelings that, while buried, never really went away. Still, the rodeo nationals are coming up, and Curtis can’t stay… even if he’s starting to want to, especially to support Stetson when he needs it most.

Stetson and Curtis want to find a place where they both fit, to be there to catch each other when they fall. But family, money problems, and the call of the rodeo circuit might end their second-chance romance before it even gets started.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

BA Tortuga is one of my favourite writers of all things cowboy and rodeo – and this book is an excellent addition to the stable! It is a second-chance romance which starts due to a really sad reason, but continues as they both recognise that time has given them a chance to consider what is important, and how the future might work for them both.

Stetson is so beautifully brought to life in this book. His acceptance that he must be there for his mother, giving up all comfort, all his important woodworking tools to pay medical bills, and finally, swallowing his pride and asking his ex, Curtis, to visit her. His lack of energy, yet his determination to do the best he can. Feeding the animals before himself, holes in his boots... yet his spirit dulled as it is, can appreciate the good moments, and Curtis's return, even if it is only for his mother.

Curtis too is clearly a good man, who never forgot his first love. He has thrown his heart into being number one in his sport and ignoring his heart. Now giving it a chance to love again, he knows that he has to be the strong one for his friend, and hopefully they will both come out the other end stronger and together. Sad as it was, I thought that the scenes with Stetson's mother, and with the neighbours, who had not known how to be there when she was still alive, finally come and help him in his grief. Thank goodness Curtis was there to support him.

Obviously there are some other twists for you to enjoy, but rest assured that they are both soft places for each other to fall!

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 Soft Place to Fall by BA Tortuga to read and review.

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