Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/06/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
ER doctor Dusty Lowry grew up in a conservative rural Texas family that has never quite forgiven him for staying in New Mexico after his stint in the Army. Paramedic Nate Miller, Dusty’s best friend since their early Army days, has a hippie momma, a tiny apartment, and is in lust with his buddy. When their other Army friend, Kyle, gets married, they start thinking about settling down. In fact, they both know what they want: each other. Too bad they’ve never shared that goofy little fact.
A trip to visit Dusty’s family in Texas changes everything, and Dusty and Nate aren’t sure where to go from there. Good thing they’re smart guys, and between a series of bombings that target first responders, their friend Kyle’s wife getting pregnant, and more than one bowl of guacamole, they begin to figure out how to have a relationship.
But as the bombings get closer to home, Nate and Dusty must navigate love and commitment before they lose their chance.
I think that friends to lovers is probably my favourite type of romance. I love the wanting that both sides usually have, that’s subsumed by history and/ or fear – so that we know how they feel, but they are clueless..and when the penny drops all that pent up desire. Seriously, I love it. So the blurb for this tickled all my boxes with the added bonus of the guys both being in the medical profession (only chefs can trump this for me).
And in the main this was excellent, Dusty and Nate were made for each other, as best friends they were completely solid, and as lovers even better. Their friend’s were accepting of them, and Nate’s mum was terrific, a hippy who embarrassed him – but again really accepting of him and Dusty as a couple.
The suspense part of the story added an extra dimension, and although I did guess fairly early on who the bad guy was, it was still fun.
For me the book kind of lost it’s way a little in places, and while I’m not a fan of angst it needed a little tension to keep my interest in the middle, although it was pretty lively at the end !
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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