Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ever the Same

Author: B.A. Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781632168313
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Western        
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Audie has his hands full with everything on the ranch that the last thing he needs is his son to be fighting in school.  He’s surprised to find that the person his son was fighting with was a little red headed girl.  Even more surprising for Audie was the attraction he felt for the little girl’s blind father.

Ever the Same is another well done story by author B.A. Tortuga.  The book is about two young single fathers struggling to cope with the challenges in their lives.  Audie is, for all intents and purpose, in the closet.  While he really hasn’t hidden the fact that he is gay from his family, the fact that he fathered a little boy helps them ignore that fact.  Audie would do anything for his little boy, even putting up with his family’s attitude. 

Dixon too is struggling, only unlike Audie; Dixon is out of the closet and, until recently, in a happy loving relationship that included his daughter.  The accident that took his partner also caused Dixon to lose his eyesight, so not only is he grieving, but he also has to figure out how to be a single parent who can’t see. 

Both of these characters will pull you into their stories and have you rooting for them.  It is easy to see that both Dixon and Audie have problems and are not really in the position to start a relationship.  I loved the way the author brings them together, through their children, as first friends and then later as lovers. 

As readers would expect, Dixon and Audie’s relationship is not an easy going one.  I was surprised that they had so much opposition from family members, especially Dixon’s.  I was also surprised that Dixon’s family did not do more to help their son/brother adjust to being blind.  One of the best parts about this story, however, is the kids.

I loved Grainger and Randi.  From the beginning, these two almost steal the show.  I loved that they play such important parts in Ever the Same and are not just ‘invisible’ secondary characters that readers hear about but don’t see.  

Fans of this author are sure to love her newest book and, those who have not yet tried anything by Ms. Tortuga, should give this story a try.

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