Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Commitment Ranch
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Series: Leaning N #1/Dreamspun Desires #18
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 250 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 15, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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: Fans of the author know that she is good at providing unique and “real” characters in a western setting. In this story, Geoff, the chef, steals the show as the most interesting guy in the entire book. He’s way more interesting than either MC, unfortunately.
Ford, while a solid, nice guy, doesn’t stand out one way or the other as particularly moving. He got a little bit shafted by his uncle and a lot by his old-now-new beau, Stoney. For pride’s sake only, Stoney kept his reason for leaving Ford all those years ago to himself, and in my eyes, he never quite redeems himself to Ford for all that pain.
I’m a fan of the author’s unique, more stream-of-consciousness writing style, but this one seemed a bit all over the place. There were a few too many characters and side stories and the main romance sort of got lost in the shuffle.
I think that fans of the author, second-chance-romances, western/cowboy romances and single fathers will find this a satisfying if not terrific story. If you are unfamiliar with the author, I’d start with some of her better (IMHO) works like The Terms of Release and Ever the Same.
As for this, it was sweet, with a lovely epilogue but not my favorite in this collection, nor by the author.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*