Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Release Day Review: Soft Place to Fall by BA Tortuga (Giveaway)

Title: Soft Place to Fall

Author: BA Tortuga
Release Date: April 9, 2019
Category: Western
Pages: 237

Stetson Major and Curtis Traynor are about as opposite as two cowboys can get. Stetson is a rancher, tied to the land he loves in Taos, New Mexico, while Curtis is a rodeo cowboy whose wanderlust never could be tamed.

But now Stetson’s momma is dying of Alzheimer’s, and she can’t remember that Curtis hasn’t been Stetson’s boyfriend for a long time. Curtis’s absence makes her cry, so Stetson swallows his pride and calls his ex-lover.

To Curtis, Stetson is the one who got away, the love of his life. And Momma is his friend, so he’s happy to help out. Yet returning to the ranch stirs up all sorts of feelings that, while buried, never really went away. Still, the rodeo nationals are coming up, and Curtis can’t stay… even if he’s starting to want to, especially to support Stetson when he needs it most.

Stetson and Curtis want to find a place where they both fit, to be there to catch each other when they fall. But family, money problems, and the call of the rodeo circuit might end their second-chance romance before it even gets started.

4 Stars

When I first heard about Soft Place to Fall, I had already heard about BA, but I hadn’t yet read anything of hers (which now makes me very sad but I plan to fix that very soon). At first, I was not all that committed going into this book, but at some point just a few chapters in, I was bawling! This book hits you hard right in the heart and twists until at last it lets go and you can’t help but be in love with all of the characters and rooting for their HEA!

Stetson had so much piled on top of his shoulders along with the reality of his mom not going to get better. I have not had to live through the heartache of knowing someone who has Alzheimer’s (and I am not sure I could survive that reality at all, to tell you the truth), but the strength it took, day in and day out of caring for his mom, seeing her like that and then trying to keep everything else afloat, was a strength not everyone is capable of even in the real world.

Curtis was a back-and-forth character for me. He’d act one way but say another and then it was a short tug of war to figure out where he was going with things. It wasn’t always that way just sometimes; I really liked him the rest of the time. His dropping everything when Stetson called was so great. I know it’s not something a lot of people IRL would be willing to do at the drop of a hat, but seeing even a fictional character willing to do that for an ex caused a warm feeling inside.

As I stated earlier, this book had me bawling before the fifth chapter. It takes a lot to make me cry, but the thought of Stetson’s momma like that, and the things he had to endure getting the best care he could for her, and at the same time trying to keep his ranch afloat and survive, had me tearing up several times.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure; a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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  1. I love Nicole Edwards walker brothers from her alluring indulgence series

  2. I loved all B A Tortuga cowboys book my favourite were the "Roughstock series" and Seam Michaels "Fine As A Frog Hair"

  3. I liked RJ Scott's Texas series.

  4. I think the only one I liked was Timing by Mary Calmes.

  5. For sure the Perfect Timing series by Mary Calmes and Red dirt heart series by N.R. Walker