Title: Trial by Fire
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Page Count: 228 Pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.2 stars out of 5
One Aussie. One Texan. One baby. One hell of a fight.
When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family.
Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy running a huge business operation. They want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many problems thrown their way, and together, they must find a way to give Chloe a new family and find a love that spans thousands of acres and two continents.
Hey lovelies, are you familiar with Dreamspinner Press’ series? If not, you need to pick that shit up right now. I haven’t read all of the books in the series, but the ones I have read are pure entertainment.
It’s basically like watching a lifetime movie with a soap-opera flavour –ish. The romance is grand (and often unbelievable), there’s always some kind of villain, there is a mystery to be solved, and of course, a rather dramatic rescue mission. In this book, two cowboys come together to find their kidnapped 4-month old orphaned niece. Do you have the tissues out yet? But it’s not angsty at all! It’s OTT, and super fun, the characters are quite caricature-like, the fall in love in a few hours, and of course they live happily ever after, having had crazy hot sex first, of course.
I especially loved the fact that the story unfolded in Texas. There’s something about cowboys in Texas man, I don’t even know. And especially when they say stuff like:
That feller ain’t gonna give up.” “No, sir. I reckon he won’t.
And stuff like:
Holden, your momma’s gonna shit a pink Twinkie iff’n you messed up her cannas.
I don’t even know what that shit means! But who the hell cares. This book was funny, entertaining, and hot, with an awww factor (cue baby who apparently felt affinity towards her never-before seen uncle by his accent –at 4 months old!) and overall a hoot.