Reviewed by Kat
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires Book 30
AUTHOR: B.A. Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 168 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2017
A little bundle of joy means big changes. Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he’s been in love with since he can remember. He’s a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life. Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep. Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do—he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls. In the meantime, Hoss and his best friend, Bradley, have their hands full trying to care for an infant, run a ranch, and deal with the sudden confession that Bradley doesn’t hate Hoss for coming out to him in high school. In fact, Bradley’s been trying to catch Hoss’s attention for damn near a decade.
I am a fan of BA Tortuga and jump at the chance of reading and reviewing her books. She is my go-to author for stories that incorporate children in them.
Hoss is comfortable in his life, he has his working ranch, he has his bull riding career, he has his family, and he has his best friend Bradley. Too bad he still yearns for his straight best friend. Then his life is thrown completely upside down when a baby is left literally on his doorstep. Through a series of events the baby winds up in his care until they can figure out where she came from. Good old Bradley comes to the rescue and helps him with the infant girl they name Shayanne. That’s when things get real interesting because it turns out that Bradley had only “acted out” when Hoss came out to him in high school because he is gay too and is carrying a big torch for Hoss. Things start to level out a bit when another bombshell is dropped…Shayanne is his biological daughter! But that’s not possible since he “ain’t never dipped my wick in that way” nor ever been a sperm donor. The true rub comes when Bradley doesn’t believe him. “Two Cowboys and a Baby” is the story of how the truth is discovered and how they work through their problems as new lovers.
Both these men can be as stubborn as a mule but as passionate, loving and protective as you would expect a cowboy in Texas to be. They spoke in that “Texas drawl” that made you believe that you were sitting there watching the story unfold before your eyes. Their sweet nature and love for each other, their baby girl and their families was particularly sweet and heartwarming.
The one thing that I had a bit of a problem with was the whole biological solution. This is a small town and I know from experience that secrets this big don’t stay that buried. People in small towns gossip and I had a bit of a struggle with that whole part of the story line. It was like I was watching a rerun of my mama’s soaps from the 80’s! It worked but was a bit cheesy and unbelievable.
This was a cute, very quick read that was fun and enjoyable.