Book Reviews

Too Careful by Half (A Roughstock Story) by BA Tortuga at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-December-2012

Book Blurb

Sam and Beau from File Gumbo return for this short story, learning to deal with Sam's terrible injury. Four months of being careful, doing therapy, and dealing with the aftermath of being stomped on the head by a bull, Sam is more than ready to get physical with his lover again. Can he convince Beau they've been careful for long enough and get the loving he's looking for?



Previously published in the Barbed Wire And Bootheels anthology (2010).


Book Review

In the typical voice that is such a great part of BA Tortuga's Roughstock series, "Too Careful by Half" is the story of Sam reclaiming his man, Beau, after suffering a grievous head injury during the rodeo world finals. While it is a follow-on and will fascinate fans of File Gumbo, it is also a really nice standalone short with enough backstory to help the reader understand the situation, and enough love and heat to make anyone's toes curl.

Sam may have suffered a brain injury serious enough to require speech therapy, but his love for Beau is undiminished. He is also determined, now that he feels better, to get back to the physical side of their relationship sooner rather than later. His resolve almost drips off the pages as he storms into the house, I was right there with him, and his emotions are crystal clear, even if he has trouble expressing them verbally.

Beau is scared to death of losing Sam, and has been treating him with kid gloves. He is relieved to see Sam fighting back, and as far as the loving goes, they are both in agreement. The not-going-back-to-rodeoing is important to him, but he is a man too and understands that Sam cannot just give up, never mind admit he is giving up being a cowboy.

If you like short, hot stories, and if you enjoy two extremely stubborn and passionate men fight for what they believe is right, you will probably like this short story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 14 pages/3300 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-November-2012
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