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Trial by Fire

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  614 ratings  ·  126 reviews
One Aussie. One Texan. One baby. One hell of a fight.

When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family.

Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy running a
ebook, Dreamspun Desires #6, 228 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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In all the years I’ve been reading m/m books and all the years B.A Tortuga has been writing m/m this is my very first time reading the author. If “Trial by Fire” is the usual fare can I honestly say that I haven’t t been missing much or is it a case that I might have been missing all too much? This book had melodrama coming out of its wazoo. Daytime soap opera type shiiiii….

Lachlan has been searching for his sister for many years, and when he finally gets a
3.5 Hearts--It's official!

I've popped my audiobook and Dreamspun Desires cherries!

It was a long search for the right narrator that didn't sound so robotic. And if anyone is going to pop my audio cherry, it should be someone memorable. And you can't forget a name like Rusty Topsfield.

I'm going to pretend this is what Rusty looks like except with ginger hair. Dreamboat.

Well, how was a first timer's take on audiobooks? I don't think it'll be something I'll run to listen to a lot. I was he
3.5 Stars

In this Dreamspun Desires offering, we have an orphaned baby and her two uncles (from different sides of her family) warring over custody, which is a particularly tricky situation because one lives in Texas and the other in Australia.

Plenty of cowboy melodrama ensues, as Holden (the Texan) and Lachlan (the Aussie) go from hostile strangers to forever in love in 2 seconds flat.

I don’t mind a fast moving romance every now and again, so that aspect didn’t particularly bother me as it may
I went into this book expecting a fun premise, a bit of melodrama, and instalove - just as the Harlequin Gods... er... Dreamspun Desires editors intended. And I got it in spades.

Unfortunately, I found the soap opera-worthy plot twists to have been even more over the top than I was expecting. I know a lot of readers will be grinning right about now, eager to bite into the submarine sandwich of long lost siblings, bears with babies, kidnappings, assaults, murders, and constant bickering, but it j
Oh, this was an epic story. It has a bit of everything - two men who are different but not, heartache and pain, meddling parents, kidnappers who are bumbling fools, sacrifice, and even a baby.

It's a sweeping grand story of two men from different corners of the globe, united in grief, divided by what they think they must do, lusting after each other (holy hot boysecks, batman), and fighting for what they want.

I read this epic tale while on the edge of my seat for the most part, crying and laughi
BWT (Belen)
Belens Audio Book Review

This fun and sweet romance actually has a little bit of everything: humor, insta-love, suspense, some emotionally charged scenes, action, heartache, some sexiness, and even a kidnapping!

For over two years Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney has been looking for his runaway sister. Instead of the happy reunion he hopes for he instead finds out his sister and her husband have recently been killed in a plane crash leaving behind their infant daughter in the custody of her husband's twin
Jenni Lea

This was good, y'all. Even though I cried about 900 times while reading, it was still a light and fluffy comfort read. Over-the-top drama just the way I like it.
5 Cowboy Up Stars!! Between Oz and Texas - these cowboys do it bigger and better while finding love along the way!!

Trial by Fire is from the collection of books known as Dreamspun Desires which are books where
Love Always Finds a Way
Dreamspun Desires are contemporary category romance novels, complete with your favorite heartwarming heroes, captivating plots, and exotic settings. These titles are all about happily ever afters that leave you with a satisfied smile for days.

So, this is one of my f
Tanu Gill
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved some bits about the book, especially the nicknames and goofing off between all friends. But I really didn't like some others, like the Harlequin Intrigue storyline.
But a fine enough read, otherwise... Just not one I would ever revisit...:-)
Avoid the audiobook if you plan on reading this book. The horrible job the narrator does with the Australian accent makes the entire experience just awkward for everyone involved.
I reckon I should tell y’all how sweet this story is and it was. So sit back and lend this ginger your ear for spell.

I am not going to go into great detail with my review on this book. I am a firm believer that telling you what happens in the book, things that made me surprised should be left to each individual reader so I am gonna hit a few points and let sleeping babies lie in the arms of adorable, rugged and sexy cowboys. You ready? You best get your aww faces on...

When Holden’s twin brother
Serena Yates
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, read-2016, feel-good
What a fantastic novel! ‘Trial by Fire’ is action-packed, emotionally intense, full of hot cowboys from two continents, and an utterly charming story. The setup is simple: two families fight for the right to raise a little girl left an orphan when her parents die in an airplane crash. One family runs a huge rodeo operation in the US, the other an enormous cattle station in Australia. Both don’t have to worry about money, and neither is willing to give an inch where the little girl is concerned. ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Hey lovelies, are you familiar with Dreamspinner Press’ Dreamspun Desires series? If not, you need to pick that shit up right now. I haven’t read all of the books in the series, but the ones I have read are pure entertainment.

It’s basically like watching a lifetime movie with a soap-opera flavour –ish. The romance is grand (and often unbelievable), there’s always some kind of villain, there is a mystery to be solved, and of course, a rather dramatic rescue mission. In this book, two cowboys c
This is book that races at a break neck speed with its boots stuffed full of action.

I liked both Holden and Lachlan. I loved that Holden wasn't very big (height) and I loved that both our heroes grieved and risked.

I liked the cast--horses, dogs, and crazy oldies and all.

I am not sure all the allusions to Brokeback Mountain (tongue and cheek?) replaced the need I had to take a break and slow down and simmer and have these two get some real time together.

So, yeah. Out of breath but need more t
Chris, the Dalek King
Lachlan McCoughney has been looking for his sister since she ran off years ago. When he finally gets word of where she has gone, it also comes with the bad news that she had died, along with her husband, in an airplane accident. Devastated that he had found his sister only to lose her again, Lachlan is determined to go to the US and find his niece who was being cared for by his sister’s in-laws. But when he arrives he finds that Holden Sheffield–-his sister’s brother-in-law-–has full custody and ...more
Jane (PS)
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
The flow of the story doesn't stop. It has its downtime, but there's action and movement around every corner and I like that in a book. It's focus is more on the plot than on the sex, although the sex is fine ;)

The relationship development is pretty quick and its not totally realistic, but you have to remember that this is still styled on the Mills&Boon/Harlequin romances, so that's sort of a given :D
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love when I can picture places in a story. Being an Aussie myself helped along the way and even though some of the slang was hilarious and over the top, I loved this book. Put 2 hot cowboys together with a baby and I'm gone. Complete mush. Great read.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
BA Tortuga brings us new feuding families, the Texas Sheffields and the Australian McCougheys, in Trial by Fire, a story filled with drama, tension, a wee mystery, and cowboy love—right up to the first punch.

Holden Sheffield owns a big spread in Texas and helps out with a traveling rodeo business. He’s been left with the legal guardianship of his niece, Chloe, after his brother and sister-in-law died—a responsibility he takes seriously—and everyday he’s becoming more of a dad to her. He would ju
Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
I started this story loving the blurb. The chemistry between Holden and Lachlan was good but for some reason I couldn't get into the story itself. To me it was too fast paced and I was having trouble following. Not sure if it was all the Aussie language mixed with Texas. I enjoyed how Holden handled himself with his niece since he lost his twin brother and BFF in an accident against all the family telling him what should be done. I was happy with the HEA but again I thought it was just too easy ...more
Don Bradshaw
A fun story of Australia meets the U.S. to fight over custody of a baby girl. Holden has legal custody of Chloe while Lachlan thinks that he should have custody. Bring in the grandparents and all hell breaks loose. Throw in Chloe being kidnapped and barns being burned and the story is complete. I enjoyed the differences in tastes of food and culture. The writing is typical Tortuga, smooth and clean. A very enjoyable twist on a cowboy story.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
I just didn't like it, sorry. There was too much going on, too many characters bumbling around, too much insta-love. Not for me.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars...Love that came out of a tragedy. I loved these two together.
Happily Ever Chapter
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> > Judging a Book by its Cover < <
Super cute… stoic, serious looking cowboy holding a small infant.
Synopsis sounds truly enjoyable.

> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person
Setting ~> Texas, USA, with Epilogue in Australia
Holy cow, what was not to like about this one?
Hot cowboys, a baby, animals, some sweet moments, mystery intrigue, action, sexy times, meddling parents… yes!
Lachlan is a wealthy and successful cattle ranche
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This audiobook was provided to me through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.

When he finally tracks down his long lost sister, Addie, Lachlan McCoughney is brokenhearted to discover that she and her Texan husband, Landon, have been killed in a plane crash. Even more distressing is that she left behind a three-month-old daughter named Chloe, and Chloe is in the custody of Landon’s brother. Enraged, Lachlan rushes to Texas to get her back only to be met with a short
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Dual review with Morgan on The Blogger Girls

When Lachlan finds out that his baby sister died months ago, he hops on a plane to Texas intending to take custody of his niece, Chloe. But when he shows up to the Sheffields, he doesn’t expect the fight they’re ready to give to keep the little girl and especially doesn’t expect to get his ass handed to him by Holden Sheffield. Thankfully, the Sheffields are nice enough to let Lachlan get to know Chloe but when the unexpected happens, Holden and Lachla
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alpha-book-club
Title: Trial By Fire
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Keri Tabor
Release Date: March 16, 2016
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Aussie
Page Count: 228
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Aussie and Texan.. YES PLEASE!!!
Lachlan first meets Holden after finding out that his sister has died and left behind a daughter. Holden is grieving over the loss of his twin brother and best friend while taking care of his niece. If you don’t care for Insta-love than this book mi
Joyfully Jay
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

I have to say, even though I was intrigued by the blurb for Trial By Fire, I wasn’t altogether enthused after I’d read the first few pages. Lachlan is Australian, and I had a few issues with some of the colloquialisms. I just wasn’t feeling it. I pressed on, and I was so happy to be wrong. I wound up absolutely loving the story.

My emotions were all over the map. I was angry with Adelaide for leaving her family and never telling them they had a niece/grandchild. Ye
Morgan  Skye
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Lachlan’s sister Adie left her life of cloistered richness to run away with a rodeo bull rider who is the twin of Holden Sheffield. When she and her husband die they leave behind a 3 month old baby girl that nobody in Lachlan’s family knew about but are determined to keep.

Holden is of the impression that the McCoughney’s are ruthless snobs who can’t possibly be good enough for his little niece even though her new uncle is a hottie.

When the ranch faces some danger – including the kidnapping of th
Arch Bala
This is just my second read from the Dreamspun Desires and I actually enjoyed it! I wasn’t convinced by their insta-love by I loved Holden’s character. The MCs reminds me just a tiny bit of Travis and Charlie – prolly bec of the Aussie and Texas connection. It was a lovely read and also my first from B.A. Tortuga.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
Good fun book. books with kids are always fun to me. And this one had a sweet little infant with some big tough cowboys wrapped around her little fingers. So sweet. It was nice to see that everyone would move heaven and earth for that little girl.
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Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her partner, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and cof ...more
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