Roughstock: Blind Ride by BA Tortuga is a fun filled, sexy ride from start to finish. There's nothing better than a couple of rough around the edges cowboys who capture not only each other's hearts, but the reader's hearts as well. Blind Ride immediately lassoed and caught this reader's attention from the very first page until the last word.
Jason Scott and Andy Baxter are both successful bull riders on the rodeo circuit. They are best friends and have watched out for each other's back for years. Lately, though both men have been fighting the heavy pull of attraction they have towards each other between them because it could be very dangerous and detrimental to both of their careers if either man admitted to their sexual and the emotional feelings they have for one another.
Since Andy has been battling an injury he received earlier during the rodeo season, he still competes, but secretly knows that it's his best friend, Jason, that is has been on top of his game all season. Jason has an excellent chance at being the champion, and Andy tells himself once the season is over, he'll reveal his feelings and attraction he has for the sexy bull rider.
When Jason is unexpectedly injured during a rodeo, it leaves him sightless and without hope. He believes he's become a burden to others and that his rodeo career is over. Just when he's about to give up, Andy becomes determined not only to get Jason out of his funk, but also work with him until Jason is able to do what he loves best: ride the bulls. As the men start working together, they finally give into the love and physical attraction they feel for one another. As time goes by, Jason still becomes frustrated and his prickly pride gets in the way of his progress at times. But, will help from some very close friends and the love and support of Andy is able to give Jason the determination to be on top of his game once again?
I LOVE THIS BOOK! The `Roughstock' world that Ms. Tortuga creates literally breathes off the pages. It's easy to visualize the characters she creates and picture them participating in the not so easy life as a champion Bull Rider. Another thing I loved about this book was the camaraderie of the cowboys themselves. Not only are Jason and Andy key players in this book, there is a wonderful menagerie of characters that are all easy to love. All of the characters in this book are realistically written and they literally breathe off the pages in this book. They are noble, honorable, fabulously flawed, rough and tumbled men that I would be honored to call a friend in real life.
My favorite thing about this story is the relationship that Jason and Andy have in this book. I loved that they were best friends and how they've always looked out for one another. The buildup of the sexual side of their relationship is slow and simmers throughout the story. When they finally are about to give into the attraction and feelings they have for one another, it's truly a beautiful thing to watch. I loved these characters and I can't wait to read more about them.
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 that 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. Will Bax be able to convince Jason that he can still ride, even if he's blind to everything the world has to offer?