Monday, April 12, 2010

File Gumbo -- Season One

Title: File Gumbo -- Season One
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60370-955-2
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Beau and Sam are just as much in love as ever, even if they’re going through a rough patch. Beau’s having a good year and he’s working on getting his third championship title, while Sam is having the worst riding year of his life. Being together twenty-four hours a day can be a strain on any couple and the differences in their winnings only increases the friction. To make matters worse, they have friends in trouble who need help and hiding their relationship from almost everyone they know is getting old.

When the tension between Sam and Beau reaches the boiling point, Sam leaves the bullriding tour and heads back to the ranch. Except apart, the guys are even more unhappy. They don’t see each other since Beau isn’t coming home and they’re not talking, and neither knows what to do to fix what’s wrong. They’re not eating or sleeping well, and just when they work through their problems and Sam returns to the tour and is riding well again, tragedy strikes. It’s going to take all his love, inner strength and the support of their friends to help Beau stand strong as Sam fights for his life.

File Gumbo-Season One is the newest release in B.A. Tortuga’s ongoing Roughstock series. The passion and desire between Beau and Sam is just as intense as before, and they enjoy living, working and loving with each other. Yet they have strife, like all couples, and Ms. Tortuga did a nice job expressing their conflict, unhappiness and unrest. She did an equally nice job bringing in old friends Jason, Andy, Balta, Joa, Coke and Dillon just to mention a few. These guys might be competitors on tour, but they’re also good friends who will stand firm in the face of adversity.

For me the last half of the book was the best and kept me enthralled and racing to the end to the see what would happen. The tour tragedy, it’s aftermath and the way their friends rallied around Sam and Beau was so many things: painful, heart wrenching, devastating, realistic and hopeful. It brought more than one tear to my eyes.

The big thing I appreciate about this series is the realism. The fact that living and working in the bull riding tour is dangerous is never glossed over. Men get hurt riding these huge, angry animals and BA handles it and it’s often life changing aftermath with great realism, creativity and care.

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