Review: Seashores of Old Mexico by BA Tortuga


Note: This ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.

Seashores of Old Mexico is a second edition short story from BA Tortuga about a twenty-four-year-old Texan on the run who finds solace and love by way of a bar in Mexico with a nearly forty-year-old man. One bar fight that ended horribly has led Clint to get as far away from Abilene, Texas as quickly as possible. He doesn't want to be accused of a crime he didn't commit and he can't help but look over his shoulder for fear that he'll be hauled in at any time. When he's offered not just a place to stay but a job at the bar he ends up at in Mexico, Clint is grateful to the owner, Jack, a man who knows all about running from the past. The two men swap stories, spend their time together, and soon share much more. But when the past comes calling, will Clint and Jack survive the aftermath?

This is a quickie of a read--think half an hour to forty-five minutes. I liked Clint and Jack and how they were able to find comfort with one another. Even thought Jack's been in Mexico for many years, he clearly doesn't have anyone to come home to. When these two get together, there's no denying that they're a hot couple, but I do wish that we could have delved a bit deeper into who they are as individuals. I get that it's a short story, but I don't think a page or two of back story would have hurt. I also felt that the story would fast forward and skip over things that happened off-page, so I'm just given the information instead of experiencing it alongside the characters. Seashores of Old Mexico was good enough as a quickie, even if I do prefer a bit more "meat" on a book's "bones". Three stars. ♥

Date Read: 09 April 2017

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