Real World (Love is Blind #2) by B.A. Tortuga ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

realworldTitle: Real World
Series: Love is Blind #2

Author: B.A. Tortuga

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/15/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Drama, Gay Romance


A Love is Blind Novel

Dan White is trying to acclimate to civilian life after a long career in the military with multiple combat deployments.

Now he’s home in the Austin area, living with his brother Dixon, Dixon’s husband, Audie, and their two nine-year-olds. During the New Year celebration, Dan meets Abraham Weldon, and the connection is instant.

There’s a kiss. There’s a dance. There’s a proposition.

Then Dan finds out Weldon is bisexual.

And a dad.

With five kids. Five kids, one of whom is a blind fifteen-year-old.

Weldon has been in love twice in his life—with his high school best friend, Blake, and with his wife, Krista, who he met in a Dairy Queen as she was crying over a positive pregnancy test. Love number three hits Weldon like a hammer when he meets Dan.

But since Dan isn’t interested in a guy with kids, they might only get one night together.

My View:

This is the kind of story that just works for me and I loved every bit of it. The characters were flawed and real and grew as the story progressed. The romance was well balanced and totally fulfilling. And the story was engaging and held me captive from start to finish. I sometimes have issues with this author’s writing style, but in the case, the story swept me away and the rest was incidental.

This title is appropriate on several levels. First being that Dan has to learn to readjust to life outside the army. He has to deal with PTSD, finding a job, finding a place to live, and basically, finding his place back in the real world. And man it was a struggle. He was fantastic most of the time, but he sure could put his foot in his mouth like a champ! However, he was always willing to learn from his mistakes and improve and in the end he redeemed himself in my eyes.

Second being that Weldon had to learn to adjust to the real world as a single father trying to love again. His kids are growing up and he has to focus on them first while also trying to keep his identity as a bisexual man falling in love again. I know Dan’s growth and development was plain to see, but Weldon stole the spotlight for me. His struggles were all over the map and he wore his emotions on his sleeve. I hurt and loved and cried and got angry right along with him. I especially hurt for him when Dan screwed up. I mean I got it, Dan was not used to the delicate things and forgot how to be around non army folks, but for me, that didn’t matter. I was all about Weldon and those kids getting what was best for them and sometimes that meant wanting to beat Dan with a stick for his actions and words!

Finally, the title really fits the way this story was portrayed. This was not a romance with the real world in the background. This was a romance entrenched in all aspects of the real world. Weldon came with a family and that family was his everything. The kids were not just pawns to be used at opportune moments to further the story. They WERE the story and they were real and they came with baggage. It was so great to see the crazy out in the open and for it to be one of the main points of the story. I don’t like stories where the children are caricatures or chess pieces. These kids were real humans with depth and emotions and real parts to play.

This book has just entered the top 10 of my comfort read pile. This one may not be for everyone, but I LOVED it from start to finish.


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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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