Title: Road Trip: Volume One
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 350 Pages
At a Glance: Road Trip is an explosion of humor, danger, and just a whole lot of action, fighting and steamy scenes with MJ and Sonny.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: The road to love is notoriously bumpy, full of twists and turns that can throw even the best driver. With obstacles around every corner, Sonny and MJ try to keep it between the lines in two tales that blend steamy romance with high-stakes action and intrigue.
Racing the Moon: Sonny runs moonshine the old-fashioned way. Too bad some fool blew up his road in the Carolina mountains, keeping him stuck, high and unfortunately dry.
Explosives expert and ecoterrorist MJ’s mission is to protect the environment by shutting down a logging company. An encounter with Sonny in the misty forest sheds a new light on his quest, but it’s not until Sonny drugs and kidnaps him for an impromptu holiday that their engines really start to rev.
Steam and Sunshine: A mission they can’t resist lures Sonny and MJ out of retirement when they get word of a man creating dangerous weapons for the government. They head to California to take him down.
What they find is Paddy, a physicist who doesn’t understand the scope of his own discovery, and Neil, his bodyguard. During a wild and unpredictable cross-country ride, an uneasy partnership develops between kidnappers and targets when the four men discover they have a common enemy.
Review: RACING THE MOON
MJ, explosives expert, is calmly trying to get to his car after he’s blown up a facility. He’s more than panicked when someone beats him up and puts a gun to his head, and he has no choice but to go with the perpetrator to a cabin.
Sonny’s running moonshine and his buyers have come after him. He can’t bring the product out of its hiding place—thanks to MJ, the road has been blocked. Now, the two men have to go on the run together before they both wind up dead.
An insane bond is formed between MJ and Sonny. When MJ disappears after a job, and doesn’t come back to Sonny, Sonny does his own investigation and goes after his missing man. From friends to foes, they’re always in danger, and they have to be careful of the green-eyed-monster, jealousy.
STEAM AND SUNSHINE
MJ’s been reminiscing about how he got into explosives at the age of sixteen. A boat and retirement seem to suit MJ and Sonny, no more worries.
Or, not so much,
MJ has been contacting his handler for contracts. Sonny’s not too crazy about it, but when a job in California comes up, Sonny gives in. Sonny can’t let MJ go it alone, and joins him in hopes this is the last job.
Neil Caseman reads minds. He’s been sent to protect Padraic “Rick” Bair, who works for a thermodynamics lab, inventing weapons of destruction. When MJ realizes Rick is the person he’s contracted to kill, the past rears its ugly head and he can’t do it. He and Sonny decide to do the right thing, and kidnap Neil and Rick. Rick is nerdy and timid, to a degree, and Nick, with his mind reading, is driving MJ over the edge.
Who’s after Rick? Who’s after MJ? Who’s betraying all of them, and for what reason?
Road Trip is an explosion of humor, danger, and just a whole lot of action, fighting and steamy scenes with MJ and Sonny. Since I hate to fly, I absolutely roared with laughter and empathized with the airplane sequence. I liked both these characters: Sonny is a little more on the serious, logical and adult side, and takes settling down with MJ as no problem. MJ still has boyish fearlessness, loves the adrenaline rush, but he has fears also, and Sonny helps to keep him grounded.
Steam and Sunshine is intriguing in the way the plot starts to take a big change with Neil and Rick. The combination of the mind reading and Rick’s naivete, and the connection to MJ, add to the suspense of the plot.
BA Tortuga tells her stories, once again, in her own unique and erratic style of writing. The chaotic narrative and plotline may not be easy for some readers to follow. There’s lots of cussing, fighting, sexy scenes, danger, humor and junk food. Along with all the action and crazy goings on, there are well-developed characters. As for me, the ending really piqued my interest, so I’m hoping there will be a Volume Two coming soon.
You can buy Road Trip: Volume One here: