Book Reviews

Oil and Water (The Wildcatters 1) by BA Tortuga at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-January-2019

Book Blurb

Oilman Max inherits a passel of trouble when his boss passes away and leaves him a house in England, a family full of squabbles, and a heck of a lot of money. He’s thinking London is the worst place on earth… until he meets Morgan.


Colorful, carefree, and a little crazy, Morgan is just what Max needs, and the two set out on the adventure of a lifetime, chasing pleasure wherever it takes them, learning that together they can make anything fun… and sexy. 


Too bad reality has to set in, and Morgan’s multimillionaire father has a lot to say about what reality looks like. Will their different worlds conspire to separate them like oil and water?



First edition published by Torquere Press, April 2006.

Book Review

Oil and water are two substances that do not mix well – and neither do oilman Max and multimillionaire’s son Morgan. Well, at least they shouldn’t at first glance. Once they meet it turns out they have much in common – a love of adventure, slightly crazy ideas about what risks are acceptable, and a passionate attraction for each other that has them tumbling into bed at every opportunity. And believe me, they find quite a few “excuses” for sensual explorations!

A wildcatter is someone who “drills wells in the hope of finding oil in territory not known to be an oil field” (Merriam-Webster) – so basically a guy who doesn’t do the expected and takes risks others might not find acceptable. It’s a good description of both Max and Morgan, who, each in their own way, battle society’s and their families’ expectations. Max is from Texas, but he has just inherited a house in the UK from a side of the family he was barely aware of. Morgan is trying to avoid his super rich and super connected businessman father. Neither of them likes to stay in one place for any length of time, so they decide to stick together for a while.

What follows is a grand adventure in the best sense. There is travel to exotic locations, starting with Rio in Brazil, then Machu Picchu in Peru, Seville in Spain… the list goes on. There is exotic food, fun times where money is no object, and I think Max and Morgan could have gone on like that forever and a day, as they say, if it weren’t for Morgan’s stick-in-the-mud (or maybe up his a**) father. The man has a positively medieval belief system and more control issues than a dictator, so Morgan has had a hard time dealing with him – nothing much has worked other than running away. But now Morgan has Max on his side – so the confrontation, when Dad catches up with them, has lots of fireworks and a very different outcome from what Morgan is used to!

If you like your romances on the wild side, if exotic settings and interesting people encountered during exciting trips are your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that feels more like a fantasy than reality, then you will probably like this novella. It’s very entertaining, has a suspenseful interlude, and is definitely hot throughout.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 144 pages/47219 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-January-2019
Price $5.99 ebook
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