Book Reviews

Two of a Kind by BA Tortuga at TurtleHat Creatives

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-July-2020

Book Blurb

Working on a full house.

Once upon a time, Trey Williamson and Ap McIntosh had quite the whirlwind romance—but that was before family tragedy left them the guardians of five kids. Their lives have changed quite a bit over the last six years, but Ap is still on the rodeo circuit, doing what he does best in an attempt to feed all those extra mouths.

That leaves Trey back on the ranch, isolated and overworked as the kids’ sole caregiver. Something has to give, and when Ap comes home, they’re reminded how hot they burned once upon a time. But is it a love that can withstand wrangling over time, money, and the future? They have to decide what kind of family they want to be… and whether what they share can stand the test of time.

 

 

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, September 2018.

 

Book Review

Raising five children is not easy but adding tragedy to it, resulting in the two uncles taking over when both parents and all grandparents are killed in a car accident, makes the task even harder. Trey loved his sister and Ap adored his brother, so there is never any question of them taking responsibility. It kills any romance that was just beginning to develop between them and, like for many couples, Trey and Ap’s entire focus becomes the children. The division of labor seems natural – with Ap earning money doing rodeos and Trey staying at home since he has no special qualifications at twenty-two. But six years later, exhaustion and some resentment have set in for Trey and Ap isn’t getting any younger. This is the touching story of how they deal with the changes, their personal priorities, and the ever-increasing family drama as the children grow older.

Trey is twenty-eight but feels as though he is fifty and he has had enough. He has sacrificed his own future, never having been able to go to college, he is bone tired after six years with five kids and no second adult to help out, and while he loves them to no end and has become very adept at “wrangling” them, he needs a break. His resentment of Ap being “out there” is definitely a factor as well, and while Trey would never say it out loud, it is a factor in his need for change.

Ap, two years older than Trey, likes being a rodeo cowboy, but it is also the only thing he is good at – or so he believes. He lives very frugally and sends home every penny he can miss, so there is no question about his dedication. Ap loves the kids but from more of a distance – until he hears Trey’s call for help and returns home sooner and for longer than he ever has before. When he sees just how tough it is to deal with the day-to-day, his admiration for Trey only grows.

Both men still sort of carry a torch for each other, but they aren’t exactly master communicators. First, they are men. Enough said. Second, they are both cowboys at heart: about as stubborn as they are tough. And third, neither of them thinks they deserve a personal life – until they discover that some rest and recreation are actually essential to carrying on. After all, they face eleven more years until the youngest finishes high school. Watching them struggle with themselves, each other, and five rambunctious children was touching, entertaining, and made me laugh more than once.

If you like understated romances with lots of family life and the drama that goes with it, if you want to watch two stubborn cowboys come to their senses and admit they love each other, and if you’re looking for a read full of fantastic children, hilarious moments, and a perfect ending, then you will probably like this novel.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 211 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-June-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Two-Kind-BA-Tortuga-ebook/dp/B08BCNJX66