Title: Rain and Whiskey (Stormy Weather: Book One)
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 220 Pages
At a Glance: I enjoyed every moment of Rain and Whiskey and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Galen and Shane in Tropical Depression.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Galen Frost buys a house and a bait shop in a small Florida town to get away from his life as a semipro football player. When he meets good-time bartender Shane Barton, the heat between them is instant and intense—like the burn of good whiskey.
Galen and Shane don’t have much in common beyond their healthy libidos and their love of a good time, but the intoxicating heat brings them together like rain on the ocean, whipping up a frenzy of weather… good and bad. When trouble blows ashore, they will have to ride out the storm that breaks between them as Galen’s past rears its ugly head.
First Edition eBook published by Torquere Press, 2005.
First Edition paperback published by Torquere Press, 2006.
Review: Galen Frost, semipro football player, has lived life in the fast lane, but now, bad associates and poor judgement find him escaping to a small town in the Florida Keys where he buys a bait shop and a small house that he fixes up.
Galen is at a local bar, the Connection, where he meets bartender Shane Barton. Shane’s been working at the Connection for seven years: he’s fun, flirty and rescues Galen from being groped by Old Man Roberts. Galen invites Shane to come and find him when his shift is over—and they leave together, with one thing on their minds.
Shane gives Galen a surprise when he doesn’t run away the morning after. Galen likes that he can actually talk with Shane, though the fact is, they have nothing in common other than a strong physical attraction. Galen has some kinks that he’s into, but he doesn’t push and always asks Shane before trying anything. And Shane starts to learn some things about himself.
Galen has a loving momma by the name of Carol Lynn. She doesn’t hold back and speaks from her heart. She comes to visit and takes a liking to Shane. Shane doesn’t have a relationship with his family, he’s useless to them, but he goes on and lives the life that he loves. When fellow ex-football players from Galen’s past show up at the door, trouble starts to brew. One night out at the Connection, Galen lets jealousy and anger take over. When he explodes, Shane loses everything. Pride and misunderstanding keep them apart, but when Galen goes to Thanksgiving at his momma’s, alone, she gives him some very sound advice.
Rain and Whiskey has a different feel to it, and I didn’t see this relationship as insta-love or friends with benefits. BA Tortuga created two special characters who make unique companions, and they keep learning about each other until love starts to grow between them. I enjoyed every moment of Rain and Whiskey and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Galen and Shane in Tropical Depression, book two in the Stormy Weather series.
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