When it comes to being a great entertainer, Dillon Walsh is definitely on top of his game. Even though his job as a rodeo clown is dangerous, he loves every minute of it because he adores making people smile and distracting the bulls. But, for some time now, his VERY favorite thing about working as a rodeo clown is being around the bullfighters; in particularly the one they call the fearless one, Coke Pharris. Dillon has been admiring the older Coke for some time. Coke's determination to keep the bull riders safe practically makes him a legend. Even though Dillon admires Coke's ability to stay on top of his `A' game in the arena, it's the unconditional friendship and camaraderie he gives toward others, which attract Dillon to the unsuspecting Coke.
Coke has been watching and crushing on Dillon for years. Everything Dillon does appeals to Coke's easy going and loveable nature. Coke never dreams that Dillon would ever be attracted to a worn out, older cowboy like himself, so he watches Dillon from afar, and decides that at least he could have a close friendship with the man that makes his heart sing.
Dillon and Coke have a few obstacles they must go through to have a successful relationship. It's not really smiled upon to be having a homosexual relationship within the rodeo community, so both of them must be discreet, especially at first. Both are surprised for their feelings toward one another, so it was very sweet to watch them come to terms with their mutual affection and attraction for one another.
B .A. Tortuga is one of my favorite authors. She has a knack of really getting to the heart and soul of all of her characters, and her books are always very interesting. After I read Roughstock: And A Smile, I immediately knew that this story would be one of those books that will not only be on my keeper shelf, but also a book that I'll read over again and again. I totally fell in love with all of the characters, and I'm officially addicted to reading more about them.
Roughstock and a Smile is actually the second book in the Roughstock series. The first book is called Roughstock Blind Ride, which is also an excellent story, but I admit I have a soft spot for this one in particular. Coke and Dillon stole my heart from the very first page, so although the first book is great, this one is my favorite in the series thus far.
I loved the pacing of this story. They don't immediately jump into bed, there is a gradual buildup between them, and I liked that. The storyline is interesting, the chemistry between Coke and Dillon is off the charts, and I loved them just being together. Between their witty rapport, the love they have for one another, and the steamy sex they have together, it kept my eyes glued on their story from start to finish. I don't think it's necessary to read the first book in this series to understand the back story with the other characters, but I would just because it's a great book, too.
It's Coke Pharris' job to save bull riders from bulls, and he takes his work very seriously. Which is why he's devastated when one of his favorite riders gets hurt, and he's determined to help the young man ride again. Dillon Walsh is the arena entertainer for the bull riding tour, and he wants to help. He also wants Coke, has been admiring the man for a long time. He hasn't made a move on Coke for fear of messing up their friendship, but when he finds out Coke might feel the same way, Dillon has to try to win Coke over. Coke thinks he's too old for Dillon, too beat up and scarred, but he can't resist when Dillon finally makes a play for him. Dillon is like a wet dream for Coke, and the two of them have a great time getting to know each other better, at least until the danger of their job threatens to come between them. Will Dillon and Coke be able to help their friend and weather the problems that blow their way?