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Doce is the fourth book in BA Tortuga's Roughstock series. At the time I picked this up I had no idea it was part of a series. I do recommend reading the others first, because characters from the other books appear though out the story. I often felt lost while reading this story without the background.

The best thing about this book is the romance between our two male leads Balta and Joa. Balta is a renowned champion rider and takes the lead in the relationship between him, and Joa who is a rider and one of Balta's biggest fans. The relationship between the two develops over time, and doesn't just jump right to sex. Balta is very sweet and gentle towards Joa, but there are also points in the story where Joa takes care of Balta so it is very much an equal partnership.

The problem I had was that it used a lot of Brazilian words, but provided no translation. I'd often have to stop reading, and look up the meaning of the words. This became very frustrating at times. Also the book does not recap on what happened in previous stories so I felt lost when characters from other books appeared. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of gay westerns.

Book Blurb for Doce

Joa is an anomaly on the bullriding circuit. He's Brazilian, but he grew up in Texas, so he's not sure where he fits in. Champion Brazilian rider Balta knows just where he wants Joa to be. In his life and in his bed.

Shy and not sure of his feelings, Joa is reluctant to see Balta as anything but a hero. Balta is determined to show Joa that he's not a saint, and he sets out to get exactly what he wants. Set during the first season of the Roughstock series, Doce follows Balta's courtship of Joa, but will it end well for the Brazilian cowboys? 

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 4.00