Reviewed by Susan
TITLE: Bombs and Guacamole
SERIES: Border Crossings Series
AUTHOR: B A Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 235 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2016
ER doctor Dusty Lowry grew up in a conservative rural Texas family that has never quite forgiven him for staying in New Mexico after his stint in the Army. Paramedic Nate Miller, Dusty’s best friend since their early Army days, has a hippie momma, a tiny apartment, and is in lust with his buddy. When their other Army friend, Kyle, gets married, they start thinking about settling down. In fact, they both know what they want: each other. Too bad they’ve never shared that goofy little fact.
A trip to visit Dusty’s family in Texas changes everything, and Dusty and Nate aren’t sure where to go from there. Good thing they’re smart guys, and between a series of bombings that target first responders, their friend Kyle’s wife getting pregnant, and more than one bowl of guacamole, they begin to figure out how to have a relationship.
But as the bombings get closer to home, Nate and Dusty must navigate love and commitment before they lose their chance.
Bombs and Guacamole is a smooth, easy read. I found the suspense of where and when the bomber would strike next to be riveting. I did find it rather easy to figure out who the bomber was, but it did not seem to take away from the drama and worry about the safety of Dusty and Nate.
Dusty and Nate are the classic case of two guys who can’t see the forest for the trees. Both are gay, although one is out and one is not, and they are nuts about each other. But they are both so caught up in believing that the other would never return their feelings, that they do not take the chance on making a move. Having been best friends for many years, they know each other inside and out. Yet neither one recognizes the need in the other. When they finally do see each other clearly, the romance is sweet and comfortable.
I loved both of the main characters. Dusty is a nice combination of laid back and intense that is the perfect balance to Nate’s go go go personality. Their mixture of romance and friendship suits them both well as they deal with the danger that has popped up in their professional lives and the angst of Dusty’s decision to not hide his love for Nate from his family.
The supporting characters are fun and interesting as well. Dusty and Nate’s army buddy Kyle and his wife Liah add a nice rich layer to the friendship that shines throughout the story. Add in Dusty’s irreverent younger brother and Nate’s wacky mom and you have a warm, family atmosphere to the book.
really enjoyed the pace of the story. It flowed seamlessly back and forth from Dusty at the hospital, Nate and his EMT duties and their home life. And the build up to the climax in the bomber storyline was done very well.
I recommend this one for sure, and I am looking forward to seeing more of Dusty and Nate in future books.