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Bombs and Guacamole

(Border Crossing #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  42 reviews
ER doctor Dusty Lowry grew up in a conservative rural Texas family that has never quite forgiven him for staying in New Mexico after his stint in the Army. Paramedic Nate Miller, Dusty’s best friend since their early Army days, has a hippie momma, a tiny apartment, and is in lust with his buddy. When their other Army friend, Kyle, gets married, they start thinking about se ...more
ebook, 214 pages
Published May 6th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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Serena Yates
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, read-2016
With a title like ‘Bombs and Guacamole’- which just made me go “huh?” - and knowing how funny BA Tortuga’s books can be, I just had to read this one. Just like the title and the blurb promise a mix between hilarious and suspenseful, this novel offers both with an additional portion of sweetness thrown in for good measure. Initially, the focus is on best buddies Nate, an EMT, and Dusty, an ER doctor, who have been secretly lusting after each other since their Army days. The threat from a bomber w ...more
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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

DNF @ 22%

I'm sorry but I'm taking a much needed break from this author. I think I've done well with my reading by this author thus far. I've loved two books by her tremendously and that blind faith is what keeps be requesting her books. I can't in good conscience read anymore. I think I'll just remember Say Something and The Articles of Release as my favor
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
The romance and the connection between Dusty and Nate in this book is absolutely wonderful. I love friends to lovers stories. These two are fantastic friends and even better lovers. I love the intimacy they have as friends and I love the group of friends and family that surround these two men.

However - this is supposed to be an action/mystery about an escalating bomber. While I loved the romance, the action sequences became increasingly implausible until the final explosion made that scene from
Don Bradshaw
B.A. Tortuga always comes through for me. Dusty, Nate and the other characters were wonderfully developed. The bombings put some suspense and mystery in a beautiful story that highlights the U.S. southwest. There was a depth to the story that kept me turning pages. I loved that both Nate's and Dusty's families knew that the guys were gay. Nate's mother was a hoot. The cover picture is awesome.
Joyfully Jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Oh, how I loved this book! I’ve only just begun going through B.A. Tortuga’s library. I can tell you this. She does not disappoint. She writes characters who are real, gritty, and human. It’s not always pretty being human, and she captures it all in fantastic detail. Dusty and Nate are so much alike. They work hard, and they feel things deeply. They leaned on each other before they were a couple, and once they were together, the need to rely on each other became
May 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
a nice story of friends who finally decide to admit that they have feelings for each other. 1dr,1 paramedic . it was a pretty quick read, bombing angst ( had the guy pegged from first mention which was weird for me since I get it wrong lots). I wasn't engrossed in the story nor did I feel a connection with the characters ( which saddened me). I wish there had been some feelings or immersion in the story.
May 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer-romance
Groanworthy. All these guys did was eat food: enchiladas, nachos, pizza, pizza, enchiladas, burritos, rinse, repeat. All while a ridiculous undercooked and farfetched plot went on. They started out like sort of real guys and quickly devolved into idiots who talked like 7th grade boys. The author just mailed this one in with no finesse.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
The main plot of B&G is this: two dudes eating. So that's the "guacamole" part, I suppose. The "bomb"/suspense part? Let me put it this way: LOL.

Avid Reader
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bombs and Guacamole by B.A. Tortuga
4.5 stars
M/M Romance
Triggers: Bombing
I was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

I really enjoyed this story. It was about more than the relationship between Dusty and Nate. It was about their friendship and their friendship with Kyle, who is also a minor part of there story.

Despite that they are now, all out of the service, Kyle, Dusty and Nate continue their friendship. In this story, you get to see how those relationships evolve. It is
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
BA's Dreamspinner books have plot aside from the romance plot. The other plot here is that someone is bombing ambulances, and one of the protagonists, Nate, is a paramedic. I figured out right away who the villain was, and I never figure those things out. If the guys had figured it out that quickly, the book would have been much shorter. I enjoyed the romance plot. The protagonists feared homophobia from their families, so there was that element involved, too. In general, they talked things out ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. This book is hilarious and f'ing amazing and I just loved it even though the end was a bit of a ride. I loved Dusty and Nate and I think that they are the bomb - no pun intended ;)
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Not feeling 100% & needed an easy to read no brainer & this was perfect, enough plot to keep me interested, uncomplicated, 2 clueless best friends, & enough guacamole that i need to make some now
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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From that review:Friends to lovers is a staple in BA Tortuga's contemporary romance fiction  and Bombs and Guacamole (Border Crossing #1) is another action packed example. Sexy, fun, and full of the Texas warmth and chili pepper hotness I've come to expect and need in my BA Toturta stories, it features paramedic Nate Miller and ER doc Dusty Lowry, best friends since the Army who a
Heather Rawlins
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love BA Tortuga’s books and Bombs and Guacamole is no different. Good lord, I so want to eat the food that keeps getting mentioned in the story. It was like a tour of New Mexico and a little bit of Texas. So awesome. I love Nate and Dusty, they are just so sweet. I kind of love those oblivious friends who finally figure out what they truly mean to each other. Then mixed in is some military and a bit of a mystery. Plus great friends, it was great and I can’t believe I have had this book for a f ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Hopefully the series continues.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh, my. They're such guys. Tortuga does that really well.
Ana Miranda
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice, nice.
Christie Thorsen
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Upon first seeing the blurb for this book, I was really excited to read it and lose myself in the world of Bombs and Guacamole. The thing is, I couldn’t get lost in it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a sweet book and I am not averse to reading another BA Tortuga book. However, it was so sweet I got bored and found it hard to pick up again after putting it down. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even finish reading it. Maybe I’ve become a cynic, but everything just went too smoothly for our intrepid couple ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once their friend Kyle settles down with his new wife, Liah, Nate and Dusty keep the camaraderie going. Nate’s job as a paramedic, and Dusty’s as an ER doctor, keep them on schedules that are crazy, but they always seem to find the time to meet up. One thing both of them love to do is eat, and guacamole is a staple of their diet.

Dusty worries about hospital staff, friends, and family finding out that he’s gay. He recalls his mother’s reaction when he was younger, with the passing of his uncle. T
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-read
A copy of this book was provided for a fair and honest review through Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews.

Bombs and Guacamole is a smooth, easy read. I found the suspense of where and when the bomber would strike next to be riveting. I did find it rather easy to figure out who the bomber was, but it did not seem to take away from the drama and worry about the safety of Dusty and Nate.
Dusty and Nate are the classic case of two guys who can’t see the forest for the trees. Both are gay, although one i
Natosha Wilson
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was so incredibly good. I loved every minute of it. The two main characters Dusty and Nate are just unbelievably perfect for one another.

Now don't get me wrong they did not start out in this book as a couple, but that is because they were both chickens about coming out to their best friend and then losing the other, which in my opinion is very telling of the two of them. By this I mean that if they loved each other so much already before they got together and was scared of the feeling
Morgan  Skye
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, bgs
This is a pretty low angst book about two guys who’ve been friends forever being pushed into really thinking about their lives and deciding that life is too short to be a coward where love’s concerned.

First they see their best bud get married and that emphasizes their desire to find that “special someone” for themselves. Then a mad bomber begins targeting first responders (of which they are both) and that really hammers in the point.

Though neither guy is apparently “gay” they’ve always been attr
Andrea Goodell
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another good read from this author.

Two men that served together, understand the basic beings that they are, gay, is unacceptable, that has been drilled into there heads for years, first by life than by the military. So even though they are best of friends they are scared to share this one truth with each other. And that is they love one another, they want no one else. And if they can’t have them totally, then the best of friends forever will have to be enough.

So we have three friends, but one br
Cathy Brockman
: Nate and Dusty have loved each other since their stint in the military, though both men have kept this a secret. When Kyle their other best friend married, both Dusty and Nate start thinking about their lives and wanting what Kyle has. When bombs start hitting first responders both Dusty and Nate, realize they may lose more than a friend.
Bombs and Guacamole is one of B.A. Tortugas best works yet. The story started out funny from the first page. I laughed so much in this book, I cheered on Nate
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG! This book was perfect, it got me out of my slump, my love for this book is off the charts!

Seriously, I love a good romance, from best friends to lovers and this was it plus more!

No drama, and if there was it wasn't with my boys! No angst, and if there was it wasn't with my boys, it was there surroundings!

This book was perfect for me #angfriendly all the way.

I haven't read this author before, and I adored the cover I went in blindfolded with this one and I'm so happy I was able to request
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, medical, m-m
Best friends retired from the military find friendship and more as they try to stay alive while there are bombs going off all over their town in New Mexico.
M/M medical themed romance.
ER doctor Dusty Lowry is lonely, but is so busy that he hardly notices until his best friend Kyle's marriage to an awesome lady wakes him up and makes him look around and finally deal with his huge crush with Paramedic Nate Miller who is his other best friend from his military service.
New Mexico is Dusty's home afte
Lynnette Hartwig
I loved this book, it was so great there were some problems but overall I loved it. . Dusty and Nate are the main characters and they author came up with a way that they just fit together perfectly in though they were complete opposites. I fell in love with Dusty and Nate almost immediately. The author has a way of just making them fit. The mystery in this story (such as it was) was not very clear and really it appeared to be utter chaos. I feel that mystery need to be very clear in every aspect ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I did quite like the read but felt I would have liked more depth to the story, especially the build up to Dusty and Nate, and in the bombings, and in the denouement with the culprit.
I liked the story line but perhaps culture clashes mean that the big Texas thing and the scenes with Dusty, Nate and Austin were a big confusion for me.
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I really like this author and I enjoyed the book but I just think it could have been more. I wanted to see this relationship really unfold and once they decided, yup we are together, that was about it and I just wanted more.
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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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