Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Cowboy in the Crosshairs
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Series: Turquoise, New Mexico #1; Dreamspun Desires #53
Heroes: TJ & Wacey
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 232 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Once upon a time, a prince lived in a magical kingdom called Turquoise, New Mexico.
Well, really, TJ is a small-town police chief. Every Friday he holds court in the diner with the local holy roller, the art colonists, and the horsey people. But the Benes, who own the rodeo company, keep to themselves. TJ knows, because he was once hot and heavy with the oldest Bene son.
When Wacey Bene gets trampled by a remuda and comes home to heal, he’s none too happy to run into TJ, or his two little boys and their momma. The story might end there—if it wasn’t for some pesky bastard trying to kill Wacey.
The law steps in, and the townsfolk are cross about somebody messing with one of their own.
But once the bad guy is put away, can TJ and Wacey make their place in this wild and eccentric town a permanent one?
Wacey and TJ have history that didn’t end well. Now over a decade later, Wacey’s back in town to heal from a serious injury. Unfortunately, time didn’t heal all wounds and Wacey and TJ are still angry and hurt at what happened all those years before but the attraction is still there. When it becomes obvious that someone is targeting Wacey, TJ gets caught in the middle of it trying to figure out what’s happening. The more time they spend together, the more the attraction becomes even stronger. Will they be able to mend their relationship before whoever is trying to hurt Wacey does serious damage?
So far I’ve really enjoyed the stories in the Dreamspun Desires series by B.A. This one was no different. I really liked the chemistry between TJ and Wacey especially since it started off so intense between them. It was interesting to see how they first reacted around each other but how seamlessly TJ was able to become a part of Wacey and his family’s life again. I loved that. I loved that Wacey’s family was a force unto themselves and dealt with their own issues but that they allowed TJ to get involved. I really loved seeing how things developed between them and how it all played out but I also loved how much TJ wanted to bring Wacey into his WHOLE life and not just as a fuck buddy.
I really enjoyed this book but it started off really rough for me. Not because of the storyline but because of the dialogue. It felt so cheesy and the accents were so overdone, I don’t remember New Mexicans sounding like that when I’ve visited. It really grated on me especially when Wacey and TJ would go at it. It made it seem like they were eighteen instead of in their 30s. I was really frustrated with that but then the dialogue evened out and became more bearable. Their accents turned into legit ones (IMO) and not overdone like some a-hole was talking condescendingly to a foreign speaker.
All in all, this was another great addition to the Dreamspun Desires series and a great start to the Turquoise, New Mexico series. The beginning was a little hard to get through with the dialogue but that sorts itself out rather quickly and allowed me to really get into what was happening. I loved the development between Wacey and TJ and I loved the chemistry between them. I can’t wait to see what happens next and who gets their next story!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*