Author: B.A. Tortuga
Narrator: Rusty Topsfield
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 04/20/2016
Length: 05 hours 36 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
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.
Sometimes an over-the-top storyline pulls me out a book. Other times, like with Trial By Fire, it works for me and actually brings an additional level of enjoyment to my reading experience.
Trial by Fire was a great addition to the Dreamspun Desires line-up. It upheld the old romance ideals while being fun and entertaining. There was so much going on that I am sure I missed some of the nuances, but I didn’t care. I loved Holden and Lachlan. I loved their personalities and the way they handled their parents and the people around them. Yes, the kidnapping plot was wayyyyy over the top and unrealistic, but it added suspense and emotion and was a great way for the author to show us more about the characters and help bring them together. It established a chain of custody for that baby going forward and I don’t think reader will doubt who should be her guardian.
The romance was way fast, but it wasn’t rushed. And it FIT with the characters and the family history. I really enjoyed this one and kinda hope the bodyguards get their own story in the future!
Rusty Topsfield really brought this story to life. He captured the spirit of the story and brought out the emotions of the characters. His narration added to my enjoyment of this story, even if some of his accents were a bit odd.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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