Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press/Dreamspun Desires
Length: 250 Pages
At a Glance: I usually really enjoy BA Tortuga’s books, but Commitment Ranch got me a little frustrated.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: A fist fight, a snowstorm, a stolen kiss in the barn… and a second chance at love.
Ford Nixel has two law offices, two fancy condominiums, and all the right connections. In short, he has everything he wants.
The last thing he needs is his Uncle Ty’s stake in the Leaning N, a ranch that’s been in the family for generations. Ford hasn’t even been to the ranch in over a decade, not since he left his boyfriend Stoney behind and headed back to college alone.
Ford arrives at the Leaning N to find Stoney, now a single father, right where he left him. A fist fight, a snowstorm, and a stolen kiss in the barn later—Ford knows none of the heat between them has dissipated.
Review: Ford Nixel left the Leaning N and didn’t return, I think mainly because of a broken heart. He went back to college, hurt and alone, but got his education and became a very successful lawyer. Both his Uncle Ty and his ex, Stoney River, seemed to not have been truthful with Ford, though none of the characters are intentionally cruel or mean. In fact, they are all likable. In order to protect his daughter, Brittany, Uncle Ty sort of manipulates Stoney in his plan to keep Brittany and her baby safe.
Now, since Ford’s uncle is not well, he asks Ford to come to the ranch. Even though Ford knows he won’t be comfortable there, he goes because he loves his uncle and will do whatever he can because that’s what you do for family. Needless to say, when Ford and Stoney come face to face, things don’t go so well. There’s still a lot of anger and hurt between them.
It was like pulling teeth to get anyone to explain the truth to Ford. Regardless, Ford steps up and gets the ranch afloat with his business savvy. He really does this for his second cousin, Quartz, to keep the legacy of the Leaning N thriving.
I usually really enjoy BA Tortuga’s books, but Commitment Ranch got me a little frustrated. Even the blurb makes it seem like Ford is a spoiled rich guy and is to blame for what happened. But, the way I see it is, if it wasn’t for Ford, the Leaning N might have failed. There are a few things you can always count on when BA Tortuga gives us a tale, though: a fight, interesting characters, emotions, and cowboy love. This is the start to a new series. I do want to see where she goes with it, especially with Geoff, the vegetarian chef who cooks for the Leaning N.
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