Ammo and Enchiladas (Bob-O-Link’s Review)


Title: Ammo and Enchiladas (Border Crossing #2)
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary; Romance
Page Count: 235
Reviewer: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Blurb:

A Border Crossing Novel

After a night at the movies in Albuquerque, NM, Brantley’s best friend, Matt, is shot right in front him during a robbery. Stunned and devastated, Brant tries to help Matt’s husband, Travis, deal with the funeral details even as he struggles with his own grief and Travis’s blame. When Travis’s best friend arrives, Brant is both annoyed and grateful, because he is so darn tired and can use the help.

Lex Espana is ashamed to admit he hasn’t seen his childhood best friend since Travis’s wedding. He’s even more amazed that he barely remembers Brant from that wedding, because he’s sure interested now. While it’s weird to fall for someone at a funeral, his feelings for Brant are real and make him long for a life he didn’t realize he was missing.

Neither Lex nor Brant knows how to be part of an us, though, and they both have a lot to work through before they can settle in. To become a real couple, Brant and Lex will have to dig deep to get past the roadblocks in their relationship.

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REVIEW:

Book reviewers should assiduously avoid “spoilers.” As this truly sweet novel
character-driven, focusing with particularity on a developing relationship between the two major principals, this review is safely short. Reviewing the aspects of growing love here would tell too much. And it would be as genuine as trying to describe a sunset. This reviewer highly recommends that you read it for yourself.

While second in a series, any important information is provided, so the novel is stand-alone. Its major plot point is immediately established with the death of Matty, who is both a lover and friend. Then the book, hanging on almost incidental plot points, proceeds to concentrate on the blossoming relationship between the main figures. They are first sympathetic to the other’s loss; then each is physically attracted to the other. Time and place have worked to bring them together, and yes, good sex dues ensue! “Sometimes it just takes something to nudge you into going after what you want.”

Be forewarned: a generic risk in this kind of novel is a tendency toward wordiness, but here it is a worthwhile cost. How could you not become engaged with characters, one of whom exclaims: “You know. I love you more than my luggage.”?

Meet BA Tortuga

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, 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 porn sites in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife (still amazing to say that), 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 gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery ménages, 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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I’m a retired professional. My husband and I, each with an ex-wife, between us have six married children and 10 grandchildren. We both read voraciously, with a strong leaning to gay romance and HEA. Stories with a little (okay, even loads of) sex, and a lot of tears, always pleases.

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