Friday, January 20, 2017

Audiobook Review: Commitment Ranch (Dreamspun Desires) by BA Tortuga

commitment-ranchaudioTitle ~ Commitment Ranch

Author ~ BA Tortuga

Narrator ~ John Solo

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Release Date ~ 30th September 2016

Length ~ 6 hours and 20 minutes

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

Synopsis

A fist fight, a snowstorm, a stolen kiss in the barn and a second chance at love.

Ford Nixel has two law offices, two fancy condominiums, and all the right connections. In short, he has everything he wants.

The last thing he needs is his Uncle Ty's stake in the Leaning N, a ranch that's been in the family for generations. Ford hasn't even been to the ranch in over a decade, not since he left his boyfriend Stoney behind and headed back to college alone.

Ford arrives at the Leaning N to find Stoney, now a single father, right where he left him. A fist fight, a snowstorm, and a stolen kiss in the barn later - Ford knows none of the heat between them has dissipated.

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Sue’s Review

This is a super second chance at love story set on a ranch in Colorado. But considering one of the main characters is a successful lawyer I wouldn’t call it your typical idea of a cowboy story—not that I’ve read many of them.

Ford has been called in to take over his uncle’s share of the ranch and has to face his former lover who owns the other half. The two men haven’t spoken since college when they parted ways and Stoney started work on the ranch and married Ford’s cousin. Ford never found out the details and avoided the ranch and Stoney ever since, assuming Stoney had deliberately stolen the ranch and his family from him.

So from the start there’s conflict between these two guys as they try to deal with the rather strained situation, but they have to work with each other if the ranch is to go from strength to strength. Tensions run high and the hurt is still there on both sides. If only they could get a chance to communicate and set the record straight!

Stoney feels inadequate compared to the highly educated Ford, yet he has the people skills and is a great motivator. Ford has a great vision for the ranch but fears he has taken on too much because he still has his law offices to run. The two men need to save the business and neither of them can do it on their own.

And when Stoney’s son declares that “My daddy likes men” Ford is confused yet hopes their relationship can be re-kindled.

This is such a feel good story with great writing and dialogue. I loved it. It’s not OTT like some of the other Dreamspun Desires plots. There’s a host of other great characters too, including Quartz, Stoney’s son, Ford’s flamboyant ex boyfriend, and together with the wranglers and other ranch staff they all provide a wonderful sense of community. Geoff, the vegan chef, is just fabulous. He delivers some great lines. I hope he's given his own story in the future.

Even before Ford and Stoney work out their differences the chemistry is sparking between them. There’s a super hot barn scene where they share a joint and their make-out scene is sizzling too.

NARRATION

I enjoyed the story from start to finish, but the narration by John Solo made it extra special. He excelled himself this time around with a superb range of character voices. I particularly admired how he portrayed Stoney, Andy the flamboyant designer and Ford’s ex, Quartz, and Geoff. All were distinct and perfect for their characters. Bravo!

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Audio Excerpt

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Meet BA Tortuga

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, 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 Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has heard the call of the high desert and lives in the Sandias. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.

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