Thursday, July 21, 2011

Roughstock: City/Country

Title: Roughstock: City/Country
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
ISBN: 978-1-61040-248-4
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Western Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Being born and raised in Texas doesn’t mean Emmy likes cowboys or country/western music. She’s a city girl to the core and with her tattoos and leather corset, she stands out from the crowd when her friend abandons her in a western bar. It’s also the reason she catches the attention of bull rider Cotton, who thinks she’s the most captivating woman he’s ever seen. She’s definitely not a cowgirl and she’s not a rail thin model. Emmy’s interesting, smart and beautiful and he wants her, like no other woman ever. 

One date leads to another and the months go by, leading Cotton to think Emmy is the one. But Cotton’s not certain his family and friends agree, since she’s so different and isn’t part of his bull riding world.  When Emmy loses her job and her world falls apart, Cotton struggles to put their relationships back together after hurting her. He has to prove that a girl from the city and a cowboy from the country can find true happiness together. 

City/Country is the ninth release in the Roughstock series and the first to feature a male/female pairing, so the blurb was an unexpected surprise.  

Emmy has a unique personality, much different from any other person in this series, which is probably why I like her so much. She knows what she likes and marches to the beat of her own drum, so matching her with Cotton, your basic good ol’boy bull rider, wasn’t expected.  Yet they go together good, their attraction fierce from the beginning. Ms. Tortuga did a nice job showing their compatibility and passion, even in the face of Emmy’s friends and Cotton’s family. Their relationship still worked, despite what seemed like overwhelming differences and the odds of failure. 

Cotton’s a nice guy…kind, considerate and thoughtful. He’s the type of guy you’d want a friend or sister to bring home, but even he can make mistakes. The author showed his error in judgment but didn’t dwell on it, and then went about realistically trying to get his woman back. This section is particularly well done because both he and Emmy are miserable apart and the struggle for them to get back together isn’t rushed but plays out over a reasonable period of time in a reasonable manner. Enjoy. 

NOTE: This is a heterosexual romance and isn’t available through the Torquere Books web site. It’s for sale at (see link above) and the Kindle version can be found for sale at

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