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Stetson Major and Curtis Traynor are about as opposite as two cowboys can get. Stetson is a rancher, tied to the land he loves in Taos, New Mexico, while Curtis is a rodeo cowboy whose wanderlust never could be tamed. But now Stetson’s momma is dying of Alzheimer’s, and she can't remember that Curtis hasn't been Stetson's boyfriend for a long time. Curtis's absence makes h ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
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M.I.A
*4.25 Stars*

Oh man, John Solo is hit or miss for me. But, when he narrates the right story, he kills it. Soft Place to Fall is definitely the right story. He does one sexy texan accent *fans self * and his voice for our two alpha males, hot, very hot.

This is such a perfect modern western.
A second chance at love.
It was never a question of love for Stetson and Curtis. But as young men they had different passions, different futures in their eye sight. Unable to compromise they burned hot until
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Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
Not my kind of book. Sadly the writing style and the storyline didn't work for me.
Denise H.
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The rancher and the rodeo champ... yes !
This is an excellent cowboy romance, that is heartwarming, heartbreaking, serious, light, a super sexy time for our cowboys.
Stetson/Roper, 29, a hot cowboy rancher, has let things slide while his Mom was terminally ill. It’s been a rough time.
He gives in and calls his ex, because he needed him.



Curtis, 30, is a studly rodeo rider who is famous, but he’s simply the only guy who he wants. Curtis had left years ago to make his mark, and he had. Curtis immed
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Serena Yates
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, read-2019
“Curtis knew how to deal with an emergency situation, if nothing else. He’d spent a good amount of his life in one dumbass emergency after another. He was a Texan and a cowboy, after all. They only came in dumbass.” — Curtis, A Soft Place to Fall

A second-chance romance with a very special pretend-boyfriend twist, this story is as emotionally draining as I expected it to be when I first read the blurb – but I also found reading it very rewarding because, in the end, it gave me hope. With a centra
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Saritza
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this as a submission and instantly fell in love with Stetson and Curtis's second-chance-at-love story!
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Kind of a sad story that never didn’t feel sad.
Not bad just sad.
Kat
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, hurt_comfort, western
Such a wonderful second chance romance.

This story is full of so many heartbreaking opposites. One MC is famous and successful, but technically homeless, the other lives a quiet life on a failing ranch. Curtis travels a lot for competitions and Stetson dreams of traveling somewhere, anywhere. They reunite after a ten year hiatus because Stetson's mom is dying.

After scraping raw some old hurts and misunderstandings, Curtis and Stetson are finally ready to commit because Curtis finally understands
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Ruthie Taylor
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

B.A.Tortuga is one of my favourite writers of all things cowboy and rodeo - and this book is an excellent addition to the stable! It is a second chance romance which starts due to a really sad reason, but continues as they both recognise that time has given them a chance to consider what is important, and how the future might work for them both.

Stetson is so beautifully brought to life in this book. His acceptance that
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Joyfully Jay
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


Honestly, no one does cowboy stories like author B.A. Tortuga and her latest release, Soft Place to Fall, is rich in every detail that makes this kind of novel a success. From the dialogue, with those iconic lazy drawl overtones, to the pacing of the story that almost screams reluctant cowboy trying to make amends, the story flows along like a gentle rain on a cloudy day. There is a cadence to this author’s work that immediately transports you to the place where she
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Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
Soft Place To Fall is a very well done story, well written and developed. What hugely surprised me was, although the author decided to deal with some important themes, although I shed a couple (or more) of tears, the book was never too heavy or too much to take as sometimes happens to me with this kind of plots. Instead this novel was so easy to read the ending came too soon.

The romance between Curtis and Stetson is a second chance at love and I have to say it was absolutely beautiful to see how
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Bo
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the Best Cowboy Romances

There was something about Stetson and Curtis that caught me from the start. It could have been the cover, which depicts them perfectly (Stetson in the foreground). It could have been how fast Curtis reacted to Stetson's muted cry for help in coping with his mother's oncoming demise from Alzheimer's.

But mostly it came from a beautifully constructed, excellently written, and continuingly intriguing second-chance romance between the stay-at-home cowboy Stetson and the
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Serena Yates
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, read-2020
“Curtis knew how to deal with an emergency situation, if nothing else. He’d spent a good amount of his life in one dumbass emergency after another. He was a Texan and a cowboy, after all. They only came in dumbass.” — Curtis, A Soft Place to Fall

A second-chance romance with a very special pretend-boyfriend twist, this story is as emotionally draining as I expected it to be when I first read the blurb – but I also found reading it very rewarding because, in the end, it gave me hope. With a centra
...more
Ulysses Dietz
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cowboys are not normally my thing. I’m a city boy, and East Coast through-and-through. But I have some deep roots in the west, and specifically in the country where A Soft Place to Fall takes place. BA Tortuga knows it well, obviously. The land around Taos and Santa Fe is an important character in this novel; it sets the tone and provides the backdrop for this romantic drama in which there are only two other important characters.

Stetson Major is a cowboy tied to the land. Curtis Traynor is a cow
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Shee Reader
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Soft Place to Fall by BA Tortuga

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Stetson Major and Curtis Traynor are about as opposite as two cowboys can get. Stetson is a rancher, tied to the land he loves in Taos, New Mexico, while Curtis is a rodeo cowboy whose wanderlust never could be tamed.

But now Stetson’s momma is dying of Alzheimer’s, and she can’t remember that Curtis hasn’t been Stetson’s boyfriend for a long time. Curtis’
...more
Cathy Brockman
Stetson's mom is dying of Alzheimer's. She keeps asking for his ex-Curtis so Stetson ( I love this name) breaks down and calls him. Curtis hurries to his side and is heartbroken to see how bad his ex and his mother is, but happy to be back in his life.
This is a very sad and emotional story as we watch Stetson's mom pass away. The portrayal of his emotions is so realistic and heartfelt. You can feel his pain and anguish and I felt so sorry for him sleeping in the horse trailer and just surviving
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Tessi4M
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-on-scribd
Stetson and Curtis were together years ago, both living on Stetson’s ranch when Curtis wasn’t on the road with the rodeo. In the end, their priorities didn’t line up and Curtis left.

Years later, on Stetson’s request, Curtis comes back to say hello to Stetson’s momma who is dying of Alzheimer’s. And he somehow just stays. They never stopped loving each other and Curtis seamlessly weaves his way back into everyday life on the ranch and with Stetson who is determined to take the happiness he can ge
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Amy Dufera
Soft Place to Fall is a wonderful romance by BA Tortuga. It took me a while to get into this one. The writing style didn't allow me to connect to the men right away. But I am thrilled to have kept reading. At it's heart, it's a beautiful second chance romance.


Stetson's mother's sick and keeps asking to see Stetson's ex boyfriend, Curtis, setting the stage for a reunion and their second chance.

Stetson's family issues are heart-breaking. As anyone who's witnessed the tragedy of Alzheimer's in a fa
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Emilie
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Ms. Tortuga's books. This one had more "other plot" than sex scenes, but I'm fine with more plot. Stetson's mother had early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is a terrible thing, and very hard on family members of the affected person. She didn't remember that Stetson and Curtis had broken up eight years ago. Curtis was willing to come for a visit to see her.

Stetson and Curtis must have been in their early twenties when they had their relationship and then broke up. I didn't like tha
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Zane Kage
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5
4.5 stars

BA Tortuga is my go-to for Cowboy Romance when I want the real deal, when I want to be transported into another world that I normally know nothing about. Stetson (LOVE THAT NAME, GAH) and Curtis took me there and then some. From the awkwardness of their initial reunion to the rebuilding of their friendship and then more, it was easy to tell their love was still present. They still cared. The heartbreak. The loss. Yearning. It's all there, with a damn good story. All the feels in this on
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J
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
A nice second chance cowboy romance which begins as the MC's meet up again after 10 years or so. Because the reader wasn't really involved in the initial breakup, I felt that some of the emotional moments in the call that initiated the reunion were lacking. But, on the whole, this was a very sweet, cowboy twangy story with a little sadness (mom had alzheimers), a little hurt/comfort in that one of the MC's had a ranch that was circling the financial drain despite his best efforts and he found wo ...more
Hilcia
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2020-read, gay
3.5. Second chance at love for a rodeo star and a rancher. The romance is set in beautiful Taos, New Mexico. Stetson’s mother has advanced Alzheimer’s, which becomes the catalyst for a reunion with his ex-lover, rodeo star, Curtis. Stetson goes through tough emotional moments with his mother, then grief, guilt, and anger. Curtis is there for him. The rest of the romance has that quiet, easy element I like about this writer’s style. The men come to terms with their past, and begin anew as they bu ...more
Joscelyn Smith
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stetson and Curtis' story is pack full of feels. Heartbreak, loss, and longing are the backdrop to the poignant second chance romance. What begins as a desperate favor leads to the reawakening of buried feelings. This was a very emotional and enjoyable read.

*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*
Dawn Siemer
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heavy romance

Stetson starts off with one person in the world, his momma, and she has Alzheimer's. It's a good thing his ex, Curtis, comes to help because he's about ready to fall apart.

I cried a bit. There's sex, too. And a few funny parts, because this is BA Tortuga.

The romance is believable. More comfortable than hot and heavy.
Mặt Trời Nhỏ
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"You gave me a soft place to fall." --- This book! Arg! It makes me all warm and happy inside. Curtis and Stetson are just so adorable together! The relationship feels so genuine and raw. A great second-chance romance! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ed Davis
I’m not going to write a review of this book because for some reason I didn’t review it when I read it several months ago. I remembered reading it when I was checking it out to read. I was able to put a finish date because I checked it out from the library and I was able to see when I returned it.
Kristina
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review coming Soon!
Gail Smith
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into this one.
Lora
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A bit of a tear jerker for me, as my own mother is in the grip of Alzheimer's and I worry she is going to starve to death.
Good second chance romance.
Brigid
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was fine I guess but honestly kind of a slog. Not enough conflict to justify the length of the book and it’s not that long of a book.
Elizabeth J
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful!!
This novel wrecked me and make me whole at the same time, absolute grief and absolute bliss. Second chances and devotion.
10 stars!!!
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Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her hounds and her beloved wife, texting her grandbabies, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting, and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. Following their own personal joys, BA and Julia heard the call of the high desert and they now ...more

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