Book Reviews

Ammo and Enchiladas (Border Crossing 2) by BA Tortuga at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Officers of the Law / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-July-2019

Book Blurb

After a night at the movies in Albuquerque, NM, Brantley’s best friend, Matt, is shot right in front him during a robbery. Stunned and devastated, Brant tries to help Matt’s husband, Travis, deal with the funeral details even as he struggles with his own grief and Travis’s blame. When Travis’s best friend arrives, Brant is both annoyed and grateful, because he is so darn tired and can use the help.

 

Lex Espana is ashamed to admit he hasn’t seen his childhood best friend since Travis’s wedding. He’s even more amazed that he barely remembers Brant from that wedding, because he’s sure interested now. While it’s weird to fall for someone at a funeral, his feelings for Brant are real and make him long for a life he didn’t realize he was missing.

 

Neither Lex nor Brant knows how to be part of an us, though, and they both have a lot to work through before they can settle in. To become a real couple, Brant and Lex will have to dig deep to get past the roadblocks in their relationship.

 

Book Review

‘Ammo and Enchiladas’ is about as crazy a title as ‘Bombs and Guacamole’ – and not just a perfect fit for another book in this series, but also a great title for the kind of balance between sadness and hope, laced with lots of humor, that BA Tortuga is so good at writing. Angst and sadness are fighting for balance with new love and hope for a future together, and with a lot of local details (especially all the yummy food!) it makes for an entertaining read despite the underlying grief about the life of a good friend suddenly lost and coming to terms with a new reality without him. The “ammo” part of the title is really only present at the beginning, this volume is mostly “enchiladas” – well, that and other enjoyable kinds of food.

Lex is a cop and when his best friend, Travis, loses his husband, Matty, in a freak shooting, Lex doesn’t hesitate to come out so he can help Travis deal. There is overwhelming grief, lots of family and other drama, and even though Lex is emotionally involved, he is less deeply affected, so he can keep a cool head and be a real support for everyone. What he has not counted on is his attraction to Brant, and much of the rest of the story is about Lex dealing with his feelings and figuring out how to build a future with a man he falls for almost indecently quickly.

Brant is a nurse and Matty’s best friend, and he has a very hard time dealing not just with the loss of his friend, but with survivor’s guilt. Brant could not have done anything to save Matty, but he keeps feeling he should have done more. It’s a pretty tough situation and I really felt for Brant. He is as attracted to Lex as Lex is to him, but it isn’t easy for Brant to find happiness when guilt is still eating at him. Brant has also never had a successful relationship, so he is not sure he can do this. Luckily he is not one to give up without a fight!

Second chances come in all sorts of guises. Brant and Lex originally meet at a wedding where both are best men, but nothing much happens. A few years later, when one of the grooms is shot, it is an entirely different matter. Like in real life it is not clear whether it is the circumstances and exposure to intense emotions or just that both men are at different places in their lives. Either way, they suddenly have a different perspective and – bam! Not quite insta-love but awfully close. Also like in real life, building a relationship is not always easy and Brant and Lex are no different when the routine of every day hits them. So this story ends up as a pretty realistic account of what a new couple might have to deal with on their road to what comes after the happy ending.

If you like second chance stories with a few obstacles, if a sad start with increasing happiness that follows is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that goes from serious to happy and all the stages in between, then you will probably like this novel.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 213 pages/67003 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-June-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ammo-and-enchiladas-by-ba-tortuga-10523-b