Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Coke’s Clown
SERIES: Roughstock #4
AUTHOR: B.A. Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 188 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2016
How does Dillon take care of Coke when Coke’s destroying himself?
Bullfighter Coke is having a rough time in the Roughstock universe.
When his dear friend Sam Bell is injured at the finals of the bull riding season, he takes that and his injuries pretty hard. His very own clown, Dillon, is determined to take care of Coke, which is tough when Coke is usually the one to care for everyone.
Coke has a huge secret from his past, though, and, when Dillon digs to discover what it is, the skeletons in Coke’s closet threaten to destroy both men.
Publisher’s Note: This book has been previously released elsewhere. It have been revised, re-edited ansd significantly expanded for re-release with Pride Publishing.
Most times when a set of characters has gotten their own focus book, you might see them as secondary characters somewhere else in the series but that’s pretty much it. I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I was to find that Coke and Dillon had a second story for them to shine in! Book four in the Roughstock series begins before the end of book three so you can see what’s going on with Coke and Dillon after the horrifying events that left Sam in the hospital; after the emotional toil of everything that’s happened to the cowboys lately, the wear is beginning to show, especially on Coke.
I have to admit that Dillon was totally my favorite in this book; I loved him in And a Smile but here you get to see him doing his damndest to take care of his man, even when said man may not want him too. I loved getting to see these two together again; Coke just needs someone to love him so badly and Dillon is totally up to the task. The time they get to spend together, just the two of them, was sorely needed and I really enjoyed getting to see Coke unwind and just be for once.
Their group of cowboys can’t keep themselves out of trouble for long before trouble comes after them, however, and Coke and Dillon find themselves pulled right back into helping others through a difficult time. Besides the main characters, pretty much every other cowboy shows up to lend a hand and that was one of my favorite parts of the book; watching everyone come together when needed. The truth of Coke’s past also comes out while this is going on and, let me tell you, what I was imagining had nothing on the actual truth; to say I was surprised would be an understatement. I agree with Dillon on the beat down he wants to deliver, 100 percent!
Another great book in this series; I dove into it and didn’t surface until I was done. This is just a really well done series with enough cowboys to keep me happy for a long, long time. 😀 If you enjoy reading books with cowboys or anything having to do with the bull riding circuit, I highly recommend this book. It does need to be read in the series order, however, as each book builds on the one before it.