Book Reviews

Hurricane (Stormy Weather 3) by BA Tortuga at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-November-2017

Book Blurb

Galen and Shane are back in the final installment of the Stormy Weather series, and a tempest of epic proportions is brewing. Once they couldn’t get enough of each other, but now Galen’s long hours are driving a wedge between him and Shane. Lonely and starved for his lover’s attention, bartender Shane falls in with a new crowd that doesn’t have his best interests at heart, and Galen struggles with a workload he can’t manage and an unscrupulous partner who wants to eliminate Shane. He can barely keep his head above water, let alone chart a course home to Shane. 

 

While they’re floundering and trying to hold their relationship together, a hurricane heads for the Florida coast—and they’re directly in the path of the storm. It’s a crisis that will either finally break them apart or remind them how much they stand to lose if they don’t hold on to each other.

 

Also included is the free novella Bartender Rescue.

 

 

 

First Edition of Hurricane published by Torquere Press, 2008. First Edition of Bartender Rescue published in the Bar None anthology by Torquere Press, 2013.


Book Review

Hurricane
Shane and Galen’s relationship, as passionate as it was from the start and as loving as it has become, has never been easy. Hence the very fitting series title ‘Stormy Weather’ and the increasingly “stormy” book titles, with ‘Hurricane’ the most dangerous one yet. In this final novel-length installment, Shane and Galen’s relationship is tested to the max. The “tempest of epic proportions” mentioned in the blurb is not an exaggeration – both literally and figuratively. Both men drift onto a path leading away from each other and into trouble, and I was on pins and needles while they were trying to get stuff figured out. Neither of the issues is new, but since they didn’t quite manage to deal with their problems in the last book, things are now coming back to bite them in the you-know-where.

Galen has been involved in managing the football team he part-owns, and work is getting increasingly demanding. I guess it is tempting for him to move in a world he was once a part of as a player, but he is losing sight of what is most important to him: Shane. All kinds of misconceptions about “what Shane would want” and the usual idea of driven people that they are doing it for their family get in the way, not to mention his business partner who is clearly way more attached to and demanding of Galen than business demands – only Galen refuses to see that. I was ready to smack Galen over the head – so he’d wake up and see reality – more than once.

Shane is working hard to make the bar a success, but he misses Galen. Shane ends up making some “friends” who are not exactly good for him… and even though partying around does not make him happy either, he is too lonely not to be tempted. A lot of self-doubt and old insecurities plague Shane, and his biggest fear – Galen leaving him – haunts Shane to the point of desperation. Needless to say, things get a lot worse before they get better.

If you have enjoyed watching Shane and Galen meet, fall in love and deal with life before, then you will love this book. If you want to see them love and fight and make up again once more, go buy and read this novel. And if you’re looking for the same sort of drama and emotion that were present in the first two books, you will probably love this third and final installment as much as I do. Too bad it’s the last full-length one in the series – but luckily there are a few short-stories about Shane and Galen out there as well.

Bartender Rescue
This short novella of about 50 pages at the end of this edition of ‘Hurricane’ is set eight years after the end of the novel. It was fun to see more of Shane and Galen
I can’t say I was super surprised that Shane is now running five bars – once a workaholic, always a workaholic, I guess. At the heart of it, he feels as though he isn’t worthy of Galen unless he is a successful businessman, so he can’t seem to stop working his a** off. I knew that nothing could be further from the truth, Galen loves him just the way he is, yet I could see where Shane is coming from and why he might believe that he needs to work himself ragged to prove himself.

Galen definitely comes to the rescue, and he does it in a very considerate way. He doesn’t exactly “tell” Shane what to do (thought he is tempted), but instead he is supportive, asks the right questions, and manages to get Shane to think and come up with a solution.

‘Bartender Rescue’ is a great addition to Shane and Galen’s world, a wonderful glimpse at their lives, and, contains great passion, some wonderful loving, and more than one very, very hot bedroom encounter. Thanks, BA!

Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 220 pages/65323 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-November-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hurricane-by-ba-tortuga-8905-b