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.
About the Author
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 ménages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FIVE-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by its Cover > Looking Deeper Third-person Setting ~> Texas, USA, with Epilogue in Australia Holy cow, what was not to like about this one? Hot cowboys, a baby, animals, some sweet moments, mystery intrigue, action, sexy times, meddling parents… yes! Lachlan is a wealthy and successful cattle rancher in Australia. He’s been searching for his sister since the day she disappeared. Suddenly, late one night, he receives a call from the investigator that he’d hired. She’s been found, but she’d recently died in the US, leaving behind an infant daughter. Holden’s family runs a major livestock operation, from rodeo rough stock to a Mustang Rescue and cattle ranching, not to mention various training facilities. When his twin dies suddenly, he’s named little Chloe’s guardian. He has no idea what he’s doing but he trusts that Landon and Adelaide knew what they were doing in naming him, so he’s determined to do his level best to make sure that baby is safe, loved, and provided for. Never did he expect anyone to show up from the other side of the globe to contest custody. No one ever expected a traitor in their midst but when potentially fatal attacks on ranchland occur and Chloe goes missing, they know it was one of their own. Excitement, drama, turmoil! Lachlan and Holden have great relationship dynamics that slowly develops and there are so many C-blocked moments that it’s truly endearing. The secondary cast is a big one here, with both sets of parents, Dez, Ryan (who I kept feeling like I should have already known… he felt like an already established character somewhere), the ranch hands, emergency personnel, feebs, and local community/neighbors. How it got packed into two and a quarter hundred pages is beyond me. I love all the Aussie lingo thrown in there but think that the book would have benefitted from having an intro page with “translations” for some of the words and phrases used. The story was packed full of content and entertaining cast members and the plot flowed smoothly. The writing style is super easy to read. There were several conflicts along the way, all of which were addressed and resolved by the end, providing a solid and satisfying conclusion with very little predictability. Overall, I think this was my favorite book by BA Tortuga to-date and can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever write a story for Dez and/or Ryan. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.5 ~ Stars: 4.5 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I purchased a copy of this book from the Publisher and am voluntarily leaving unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
AUDIO REVIEW. great story, not so sure about the narration. Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the audio file of this book. Lachlan found his sister too late, but her little girl would come home to Australia. Sheffield, however, was given guardianship of baby Chloe in his brother's will, along with the will of the Australian woman he married. He wasn't gonna give up that baby without a damn long fight! When the little girl goes missing, Lachlan and Sheffield must unite, pull together, to find her and save her. And to find a life together, even if it will be spread across half the world. You know sometimes, you just need a book to fall into, and forget whats around you? Something not too complicated or difficult to follow or stressful? With a bit of drama and danger, love and passion?? Well, here's your book, right here! Because (accents aside and more on that in a moment) this was a very easy listen, and I'm sure it would be a very easy read too. Lachlan goes into Sheffield's home, territory, his country, all out to take Chloe from him. But as soon as Lachlan sees the other man with his niece, He can't take her away from Sheffield! Sheffield punches Lachlan when they first meet. I loved the animosity between them in the beginning! You could almost tense the tension between them. THEN!! It flips, suddenly, just as sudden as that storm arrives. There was hardly any indication, before that kiss, of the passion these two men have and of what they might feel for each other. It just exploded along with the barn! I loved that! Rusty Topsfield narrates. I have issues with his accents. Lachlan's Australian accent is, at the beginning, shockingly bad. He utters one or two words and they are awful. As the book moves along and Lachlan strings long sentences together, it does get a bit better, but I still don't think it was very good. BUT! All the voices were clear and defined, and you could tell who was talking, even when all the Texan accents came into the conversation. And Topsfield's reading voice is clear and even and I had no trouble following. I will give him another go, certainly. It did not seem as long as the 5 hours and 36 minutes its biled as, and I can only assume I overlooked that dodgy Australian accent and just listened to it. I really did enjoy the story. 4 stars for the book 3 for the narration 3.5 overall. **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Audible.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kobo AND Dreamspinner Press(phew!)**
Trial by Fire was enjoyable. I loved the background story in this one, and to be honest I think it could have been a lot longer and still carried the storyline. So much more could have been explored. But that’s not what this series (Dreamspun Desires) is about. These are quick HEAs. And this fulfilled it’s purpose. All in all another score in the win column for Dreamspinner Press.