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Product Details

  • File Size: 2058 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (January 18, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01A8XW7E0
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Josh McPhee and Kris Cerny broke up years ago over Josh’s drinking. In the face of Josh’s five-year sobriety, made clear at the start of the novel, the reader is surely a little puzzled at Kris’s resistance to what is clearly a deep mutual bond between them. The chief charm of Tortuga’s novel about love and art in the Southwest is the gradual revelation of what’s behind Kris’s inability to let go of his nearly irrational fears.

This story had two things that I love a lot: a redhead, and pottery. I’ve never actually gotten my hands on a redhead, but I handle ceramics professionally all the time, including lots of Pueblo pottery. The metaphoric use of a traditional Pueblo vessel as part of the story really appealed to me as a curator.

The back-and forth structure of this book might be confusing for some folks, but I liked the incremental understanding of these two young men’s stories, their backgrounds, and the history of their relationship. Youthful drinking these days always bothers me, because it’s a widespread behavior that seems very proto-alcoholic to me, and indeed is the crux of the problem between Josh and Kris.

The true issue at the heart of the story is masked by the superficial one: Kris’s wish to sell the gallery that Josh still runs, and Josh’s refusal to accept even a hugely lucrative offer. Both men are hiding behind this distraction rather than trying to figure out where their happiness lies. A road trip to Santa Fe to find a new artist to dazzle the Austin art scene is the catalyst, and Tortuga liberally spices the narrative with appealing, quirky characters, particularly the sprite-like Native artist Cypress, and Kris’s mysteriously unhappy twin sister Kristyna.

There are moments of great emotional punch in “Refired” and while it follows the norms of its genre fairly strictly, it also offers us new ground to explore and new ways to understand the wounded human heart.
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Kris and Josh are working on their break up. Kris just wants to finish one thing - selling off the gallery they own together. Josh is desperate to prove that he is no longer the drunk who dated Kris - he even has his five year chip.

This is a well-written story, which I expect from BA Tortuga. All of the usual elements are there - wounded characters trying to recover, misunderstanding, misjudgments, etc. Oh, and some smoking hot sex as well.

The motivations for each were 100% believable, though I did want to slap some sense into both of them at times. Both men get their moment of epiphany the finally leads to true healing.

Now I just hope that we get Cypress's story, and the artist gets his happy ending.
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Reviewed by Caer Jones for QUEERcentric Books
4.5 stars

Austin and Santa Fe come alive in BA Tortuga’s Refired, providing a sweeping landscape for two guys to learn that maybe forgiveness is better than saying goodbye.

TWO GUYS LEARN THAT MAYBE FORGIVENESS IS BETTER THAN SAYING GOODBYE

Josh and Kris met in college and fell passionately in love, planning their lives together. Everything was rosy until Josh’s drinking got out of control.

Kris tried to save him, tried to get him to stop drinking, but eventually had to break up with Josh to save himself. It took Josh another year before he finally crawled out of the bottle and started trying to rebuild his life.

Refired begins five years later. Josh has maintained his sobriety, but that’s not enough for Kris. Once a drunk always a drunk, right? They see each other occasionally, still co-owning an art gallery, and while they love each other, love isn’t enough.

When neither of them can move on, Kris decides to force a clean break by selling the gallery. Josh refuses the deal. Each eager to get their way, they agree to take one final art buying trip together.

Will time in each other’s company on a mini-vacation bring them back together or push them forever apart?

THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC

This book was fantastic. Seriously, let me count the ways.

The plot was engrossing. Josh and Kris’s relationship took center stage, of course, but there was a lot of other stuff going on too. The gallery’s new show. An artist and his life. Kris’s family drama and the drama Josh’s AA sponsor gets pulled into.The world doesn’t stop just because we’re going through a relationship crisis, and this book gets that.
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Refired takes the idea of second chance romance and gives it a new age/hippie tweak with its quirky characters and style. The characters are my favorite thing about the story, the writing format not so much.

Josh is so sweet, and I personally felt proud of him for facing his personal issues and coming out on top-sober now for five years. He shows strength of character, and is one you can easily cheer on as you read. Kris is a little stiff and is very undecided when it comes to Josh, wavering back and forth on his feelings. The two of them together make a bit of an odd pairing to me. There's some unique supporting characters, my favorite one being the ultimate in eccentric artists, Cypress (I sure hope he's going to get his own book!).

While the story itself is pretty interesting, the way it is written felt scattered. There's a lot of back-and-forth dialogue and at times it was difficult to sort out who was saying what. That new age/hippie tweak really makes itself known in the writing and did make it harder for me to concentrate on the book.

I did enjoy the story though, and was happy at how the ending turned out. This is recommended for M/M romance fans 18+ due to adult language and M/M sexual content.
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