Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Blind Ride
SERIES: Roughstock #1
AUTHOR: B.A. Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2015
Jason Scott has everything a bull rider wants: success, money and traveling partner, Andy Baxter. When he loses his sight in an accident, he stands to lose it all. Jason Scott is at the top of the bull-riding game, on his way to a winning season. Along with his traveling partner, Andy Baxter, he’s riding hard on the circuit, working around the country with all of the other bull riders and bull fighters, living the good life. The only thing he wishes he had is Bax, but he’s afraid to take the step that would make them more than friends, worried it will ruin everything. When a terrible accident leaves Jason unable to see, his whole life goes south. Jason decides to chuck it all, determined to go home and hide at his momma’s ranch. Bax has other ideas. He wants to make sure his best friend doesn’t give up, and he hatches a plan that stuns Jason and makes their friends and family think he’s crazy. With the help of the other bull riders and a very persistent bull fighter named Coke, Bax convinces Jason to give life one more try. With Jason cautiously learning to hope, and his relationship with Bax going to the next level, life gets pretty complicated. Everyone gets in on the project, from Jason’s strong-willed mother to an entire ranch full of children, all of them working to help Jason do what he loves. Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound.
I think it may actually be a universal truth that cowboys are sexy and cowboys loving on each other is just made of win. This was such a good book; I was actually a little surprised by how quickly I was drawn into this story and found myself invested in both main characters. Bax and Jason have been friends for years, both wanting the other but afraid to make a move and ruin what they already have. When the unthinkable happens and Jason is seriously injured, losing his sight as a result, Bax is the rock he leans on while trying to navigate his way through his new everyday reality. Jason isn’t just losing the ability to see though, as he finds his livelihood taken away, as well, and his budding relationship with Bax, while extremely welcome, may not be enough to keep him moving forward. With a desperate plan and the help of their friends, however, Bax may just have found a way to keep his cowboy in the saddle; he only has to convince Jason to ride.
So, so good! Bax and Jason were just perfect for each other; you could totally feel how deep the friendship between them was and them moving on from friends to lovers felt like a natural evolution of their relationship. There was a lot of push/pull between them both in and out of the arena but that really worked well after Jason’s accident when Bax was trying to help Jason adapt. I thought Jason’s reactions were spot on; it was easy to see just how hard losing his sight was for him and the depression he struggled with as a result. I do wish I’d gotten to see him completely lose it just once because you could feel the build up for it but it never happened. I think that type of realism would’ve gone over well in the story.
By the end of the book I found myself completely invested in the characters and Jason’s struggle to get back in the saddle and there’s no way I can walk away from him and Bax. With the plan the men all cooked up and the work put into it, I just can’t wait to see how things play out in the next book! This was a fantastic read and probably one of my favorite friends to lovers stories so far. If you like cowboys or have a soft spot for friends to lovers stories, I’d recommend checking this one out.