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Bombs and Guacamole (Border Crossing 1) by BA Tortuga at TurtleHat Creatives

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-January-2020

Book Blurb

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.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2016.

Book Review

With a title like ‘Bombs and Guacamole’ – which just made me go “huh?” - and knowing how funny BA Tortuga’s books can be, I just had to read this one. Just like the title and the blurb promise a mix between hilarious and suspenseful, this novel offers both with an additional portion of sweetness thrown in for good measure. Initially, the focus is on best buddies Nate, an EMT, and Dusty, an ER doctor, who have been secretly lusting after each other since their Army days. The threat from a bomber who is after EMTs emerges gradually and remains mostly in the background until the last few chapters of the book when the threat to Nate and Dusty gets personal. Well, more personal than it has been all along. This “sneaking up” of the danger made for an excellent read that had me almost lulled into complacency until the action exploded onto the page. Wow!

Nate is a dedicated EMT, has a wonderfully supportive mother, and wants to settle down – especially now that his friend Kyle got married. But Nate isn’t interested in women, and the only man he wants to share his life with is his best friend, Dusty - but Nate believes Dusty is straight. When he learns differently on a trip to Dusty’s home in Texas, Nate is shocked, more afraid than ever that they’ll lose their natural friendship, but ultimately determined to give it a go.

Dusty is in exactly the same boat as Nate - well, almost. He shares Nate’s dedication to his career and has a hankering to settle down, but his family is not so understanding. At least that is what Dusty thinks. He’s had his issues with them, small town Texans that they are, and he has moved “far away” – all the way to New Mexico - for a reason. He thinks bringing Nate will solve all his issues of being asked what girls he’s dating, since he’s an Army buddy and his family will respect that.

Nate and Dusty are classic cases of “I love my best friend but am afraid to tell him because he might hate me and I’ll lose his friendship”. Both of them. Ugh. But they are also more, and that really made all the difference for me. Well, that and the great humor!

If you like friends-to-lovers stories with a few obstacles, if a background threat that ambles along before it suddenly takes center stage is your thing, and If you’re looking for a read that is funny, hot, emotional, and suspenseful all in one entertaining package, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 258 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-October-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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