Book Reviews

Come Back Around (Dreamspun Desires, Leaning N 4) by BA Tortuga at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 02-July-2019

Book Blurb

Can two divorced dads get a second chance at a redneck wedding? 

 

When Reid Porter agrees to be his best friend’s man of honor, he never considers that his ex, Mateo, will be there too. Which is ridiculous, because Jennifer is marrying Mat’s brother. Reid would never let Jen down, though, so he finds himself at the Leaning N Ranch with his two daughters and a whole lot of baggage about seeing Mat again.

 

Mat loves his baby brother and would do anything for him, including face the love of his life, whom he’s sure has moved on. When he and Reid come face-to-face after more than two years apart, they realize they’ve never let go. Now they have to do what they never could before—balance work, home, and children, while finding a way to come back around to each other’s love.

 

Book Review

The Leaning N ranch in Colorado is owned and run by a set of quirky, lovable characters introduced in the previous three books. It is now a location for all kinds of events and has become a real destination for weddings. The Leaning N and its owners have proven to be the catalyst for second chances of all types and this time, the circumstances are particularly dire. Reid and Mateo are divorced with Reid having custody of their two daughters, the thought of seeing each other again is very painful, and only the wedding of Reid’s best friend to Mat’s younger brother has the power to ensure both are in the same place at the same time. As second chances go, this one is definitely an uphill battle, especially thanks to the upcoming custody battle initiated by Mat because he misses his daughters something awful and thinks that Reid has gone back on their original agreement. But delivered with hallmark BA Tortuga humor it becomes a very entertaining adventure of two hearts that have, in all honesty, never really stopped beating for each other.

Reid is a pottery artist who has just started to become successful, but when he gets a nanny to take care of his daughters while he works, it triggers Mat to sue for custody. It breaks Reid’s heart to think he might lose them. Reid is both still in love with Mat and super angry at him for being such a workaholic. Mat loves his job as a real estate lawyer, and now that he has no family living with him full-time, he works even more and it is beginning to affect his health. He suspects that Reid has a lover, because how else could he suddenly afford a nanny? As it turns out both of them have made mistakes, pretty much got divorced because they weren’t able to communicate, and now wish none of that had ever happened.

In most divorces involving kids, it is the children who end up suffering the most. The two (totally adorable) little girls in this story are no exception, except they are joined by their fathers. Neither Reid nor Mateo have been able to get over their separation, both still secretly love the other, and meeting up again for the wedding is, in many ways, the best thing that could have happened to them. You wouldn’t know it when they first see each other since each man’s pain is deep, but confrontation, in this case, turns out to be much better than the alternative. The adjoining rooms, sneakily organized by Fate in the guise of some well-meaning relative, as well as both girls’ insistence to do things as a family again play a major role in making Reid and Mat wake up and smell the roses, so to speak. Not that getting to their happy ending is easy… and I suffered with them every step of the way.

If you like second-chance romances, if you believe that a “redneck wedding” might just be the ideal setting for a lovers’/family reunion, and if you’re looking for a read full of humor, emotions, a small touch of family drama, a delightful set of characters, and a heartwarming happy ending, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s another a fantastic addition to this wonderful series – may there be many more!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 214 pages/50493 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-July-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/come-back-around-by-ba-tortuga-10588-b