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Love is hitting the slopes, and the competition is fierce. It’s Gay Ski Week in Aspen, and blind sculptor Bleu Bridey and his ex-fiancé, Dan, are at the Leaning N Ranch to unveil Bleu’s latest commission. Former Olympic snowboarder Ryan Shields is there too… and he’s Bleu’s true love who got away. Seeing Bleu again, Ryan remembers how they couldn’t get enough of each other Love is hitting the slopes, and the competition is fierce. It’s Gay Ski Week in Aspen, and blind sculptor Bleu Bridey and his ex-fiancé, Dan, are at the Leaning N Ranch to unveil Bleu’s latest commission. Former Olympic snowboarder Ryan Shields is there too… and he’s Bleu’s true love who got away. Seeing Bleu again, Ryan remembers how they couldn’t get enough of each other in college. Too bad it looks like Bleu is with Dan now, because Ryan would love to remind Bleu how good they were together, in and out of the sheets. Between Ski Week parties, a bunch of exes, a private ski lesson, and one terrible accident that leaves Bleu stranded and Ryan in rescue mode, it’ll be a wonder if these two manage to survive, much less find a few seconds alone to remember how much love they have to keep them warm even in the worst of storms. Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza


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Love is hitting the slopes, and the competition is fierce. It’s Gay Ski Week in Aspen, and blind sculptor Bleu Bridey and his ex-fiancé, Dan, are at the Leaning N Ranch to unveil Bleu’s latest commission. Former Olympic snowboarder Ryan Shields is there too… and he’s Bleu’s true love who got away. Seeing Bleu again, Ryan remembers how they couldn’t get enough of each other Love is hitting the slopes, and the competition is fierce. It’s Gay Ski Week in Aspen, and blind sculptor Bleu Bridey and his ex-fiancé, Dan, are at the Leaning N Ranch to unveil Bleu’s latest commission. Former Olympic snowboarder Ryan Shields is there too… and he’s Bleu’s true love who got away. Seeing Bleu again, Ryan remembers how they couldn’t get enough of each other in college. Too bad it looks like Bleu is with Dan now, because Ryan would love to remind Bleu how good they were together, in and out of the sheets. Between Ski Week parties, a bunch of exes, a private ski lesson, and one terrible accident that leaves Bleu stranded and Ryan in rescue mode, it’ll be a wonder if these two manage to survive, much less find a few seconds alone to remember how much love they have to keep them warm even in the worst of storms. Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza

30 review for Whiskey to Wine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This is the third book in the Leaning N series, and another installment of the popular Dreamspun Desires series. Bleu Bridey is a sculptor, creating masterpieces with his hands. He's also blind, living in Santa Fe, and a good friend of Stoney and Ford, the owners of the Leaning N ranch near Aspen. Bleu has been working on a commissioned piece celebrating the love story between Stoney and Ford, and he's traveling up to the ranch for Gay Ski Week, a yearly event, to unveil said commissioned piece, This is the third book in the Leaning N series, and another installment of the popular Dreamspun Desires series. Bleu Bridey is a sculptor, creating masterpieces with his hands. He's also blind, living in Santa Fe, and a good friend of Stoney and Ford, the owners of the Leaning N ranch near Aspen. Bleu has been working on a commissioned piece celebrating the love story between Stoney and Ford, and he's traveling up to the ranch for Gay Ski Week, a yearly event, to unveil said commissioned piece, with his ex-boyfriend, gallery owner Dan, who's a good friend to Bleu even if their romance is over, and professionally involved with him as well. Also at the ranch is Ryan Shields, a well-known and successful snowboarder, who's been asked to attend Gay Ski Week by his publicist/ex-boyfriend Phil, to promote his exclusive line of snowboards to the folks attending the ski week, as well as performing a show run. Ryan and Bleu were involved in college where they shared a room, but once college was over, Ryan panicked at the thought of spending his life with a blind man and fled. And in the process broke Bleu's heart. Bleu is sharing a cabin with Dan, separate beds, and Ryan has to share a room with Phil. While it's made clear to the reader early on that neither is involved with anyone when they first meet again, Bleu and Ryan assume that the other is taken, and nothing can come of the sparks they still feel after all these years. Bleu's not a cheater, and Ryan isn't either. While their initial interaction is awkward, the more time they spend together, the more they both realize that the feelings they once had for each other never really went away. And once they clear up that they're both unattached, they leap at the chance to be together again, more mature, less fearful, more secure in who they are, and more prepared to deal with what life throws at them. Yes, Bleu is still blind, but it's no longer a deal breaker to Ryan, and it was a joy to watch Ryan be subtly helpful to Bleu, while giving him the space he needed to do things on his own. He enabled him, and he never made him feel lesser than. Of course there is a bit of drama along the way, and there are some tense moments when Bleu, after a bad accident on a snowmobile he's riding with Stoney, is left stranded and scared, but not helpless. He's smart, he uses his head, and he does what he can to keep himself and Stoney as safe as possible while they wait for help to arrive. And of course, we get a HEA because that's part of what makes this series so charming. The author's writing style really lends itself to this type of romance while being so descriptive as to transport the reader into the white wonderland that is the Leaning N ranch in the winter. I love the cast of characters BA Tortuga created for this series, and how they all have such strong bonds, romantic or familial, that carry them through whatever may come. And Geoff, the ranch cook, is such a fabulous character, and I'm still hoping he'll get his own happy ending. While this book can be read as a standalone, it is helpful to have read at least the first one to be familiar with the folks who live and love on the ranch, all of whom play a part, big or small, in this here book as well. I enjoyed this, and I think you will too. While there's not a lot of steam due to there being a limit on steam as part of the Dreamspun Desires titles, what we do get happens as part of natural progression of the relationship as Bleu and Ryan rekindle their love story. It fit where it happened, and I was entirely sold on the relationship without a lot of bedroom shenanigans. ** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

  2. 5 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    To call the Leaning N “unusual” is a severe understatement and does this quirky Colorado ranch with its lovable owners and caring secondary characters a severe disservice. The Leaning N has already been a brilliant location for the first two volumes in this series, and I couldn’t wait to find out what this third novel was all about. With a blind sculptor named Bleu and a former Olympic snowboarder named Ryan as main characters, both their exes in attendance for Gay Ski Week, and a promise of a s To call the Leaning N “unusual” is a severe understatement and does this quirky Colorado ranch with its lovable owners and caring secondary characters a severe disservice. The Leaning N has already been a brilliant location for the first two volumes in this series, and I couldn’t wait to find out what this third novel was all about. With a blind sculptor named Bleu and a former Olympic snowboarder named Ryan as main characters, both their exes in attendance for Gay Ski Week, and a promise of a second-chances type plot (one of my favorites) I had high expectation. Well, let me tell you, they were more than met! Please find my full review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Happily Ever Chapter

    ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ 4-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ The cover model takes the majority of the layout, wearing a white t-shirt under a white winter coat. In the background, a row of (presumably) cabins are depicted, each adorned with “icicle” lighting. It kinda feels Christmassy, although it’s not a holiday story. For me, I’d probably pass on this one based on the cover but the author name gave me pause and the synopsis lured me in. I love reading stories with differently-abled characters. POV ~> Third-person It’s ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ 4-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ The cover model takes the majority of the layout, wearing a white t-shirt under a white winter coat. In the background, a row of (presumably) cabins are depicted, each adorned with “icicle” lighting. It kinda feels Christmassy, although it’s not a holiday story. For me, I’d probably pass on this one based on the cover but the author name gave me pause and the synopsis lured me in. I love reading stories with differently-abled characters. POV ~> Third-person It’s Gay Ski Week at the Leaning N ranch. Bleu is there with Dan, his manager/ex-boyfriend to unveil a commissioned sculpture. Bleu’s first-and-true love from college, former pro-snowboarder-turned-designer, Ryan, is also in attendance for a marketing stop and exhibition event and is joined by his ex-boyfriend/manager, Phil. While this IS the third book in the series and there’s obviously some back stories to be told of some of the secondary characters, it’s nothing so complicated that a reader new to the series (such as myself) would feel like a complete outsider over. Don’t tell Bleu Bridey that he can’t… being a highly sought-after artist, being blind is not an issue for him. Adventurous and a bit of an adrenaline junkie, it’s enough to drive Dan nuts as Dan’s a chronic worrier. The week-long event brings the former college lovers back together to rediscover one another, both now much more mature but no less passionate. BA Tortuga does a great job of portraying Bleu’s experiences and mannerisms. A full range of emotions can be expected to be had when reading this one. The cast of characters was diverse and entertaining. The story flowed nicely. The plot was dynamic and conflicts were resolved in a timely, appropriate manner. Predictability was low. The conclusion provided an implied HEA but I felt that the way it was delivered took away from Bleu and Ryan, just a bit. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.3 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dieter Moitzi

    Bleu Bridey is that handsome blind sculptor living in Santa Fe who has become a frequent visitor of the Leaning N ranch near Aspen. Shortly after Christmas, his ex-boyfriend and gallery-owner Dan Klah drives him up to the ranch for the Gay Ski Week and the unveiling of Bleu’s latest work, a sculpture celebrating the ranch owners’ love and mutual commitment. Bleu is happy to meet up again with the friendly staff and to discover the snow-covered mountains. That is, until he stumbles upon who else Bleu Bridey is that handsome blind sculptor living in Santa Fe who has become a frequent visitor of the Leaning N ranch near Aspen. Shortly after Christmas, his ex-boyfriend and gallery-owner Dan Klah drives him up to the ranch for the Gay Ski Week and the unveiling of Bleu’s latest work, a sculpture celebrating the ranch owners’ love and mutual commitment. Bleu is happy to meet up again with the friendly staff and to discover the snow-covered mountains. That is, until he stumbles upon who else but his college-ex, Ryan “I Fucked Up Your Life And Left You Heartbroken” Shields (I’m quoting the author here). Ryan has made his name world-wide as a prodigious, Olympic snowboarder. He’s now living in Boulder, doing the odd show-run, and managing his own, successful snowboard company featuring exclusive designs. He’s helped in this by his one-time lover Phil. When he meets Bleu again, the situation is awkward, both being polite, but clumsy around each other. Ryan immediately regrets the silliness of his college-boy behaviour, however, which has let to their split-up. He realizes he’s still very smitten with his ex-lover. Bleu, by the way, can’t deny he’s feeling the same old chemistry between them, too. But. Bleu is there with Dan, who seems to be Bleu’s husband. And Ryan sleeps in the same room as Phil. It looks as if both were already emotionally engaged with someone else. It takes some chapters for Bleu and Ryan to clear up any misunderstanding, to catch up and get to know each other anew. But as you turn the pages, things get smoother, and almost halfway through the book, it becomes clear these two will make it happen. They are in love, they have matured, they are ready for the Real Deal. That’s a constant till the not-so-surprising ending, despite events apparently working against them. I must confess, I haven’t read the first two books of the series. But this can be read as a stand-alone novel (although I’m certainly going to check out what I’ve missed in the previous books). It’s written very nicely, even though in the beginning I was somewhat confused by the profusion of secondary characters (shoot me, but my first-name-memory is pretty lousy). Another quibble would be that sometimes the dialogues could have been trimmed shorter and that there’s no real need to interrupt them with thought processes or explanatory notes. I also think in the eleven years I’ve been living with my boyfriend I haven’t “babe”-d him as often as Ryan and Bleu do in just a couple of days (is it a Texan/Coloradan thing?). But these are minor quibbles. The book is evenly paced, there’s chemistry, there’s love, there’s friendship, there’s understanding, there’s (old) romance blooming again. The characters are really endearing, and it was a surprising but nice experience to “see” the world through the eyes of a blind man (something I have to say BA Tortuga pulls off very well). Moreover, as an Austrian-born guy, I’m exceedingly fond of romantic kissing going on when snow is falling on the romantic kissers. As already mentioned, I’m looking forward to reading the first two books—“Whiskey and Wine” has whetted my appetite for more tales out of the Leaning N ranch. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review has been originally posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natosha Wilson

    I was thoroughly surprised by this book. I say that because I have read other books by B. A. Tortuga and though were not bad persay, they was just not my cup a tea. But I will admit that this was a decent read. I have not read the previous books in this series, and with being honest I probably will not read them now but I can say this was a good read and I would recommend it for others. Bleu has always been blind so it has not been something that he had to get used to. Being blind is all he has I was thoroughly surprised by this book. I say that because I have read other books by B. A. Tortuga and though were not bad persay, they was just not my cup a tea. But I will admit that this was a decent read. I have not read the previous books in this series, and with being honest I probably will not read them now but I can say this was a good read and I would recommend it for others. Bleu has always been blind so it has not been something that he had to get used to. Being blind is all he has ever known so his life was not in turmoil because of it. Yes it does affect some things but he is used to that. He knows his limitations and he knows that not everyone can handle being with someone who is blind. He found that out first hand by his ex boyfriend Ryan. Ryan and Bleu were boyfriends in college and for a while after but Ryan did not take into account the changes that would come once they moved in together and Bleu did not have help from an assistant like he did in college. Because of this their relationship ended and both men started over with their lives. Now years later, Bleu has his career and is happy in his life. A little lonely at times but happy for the most part. When he goes to Leaning N Ranch for a party for his art, he never expected Ryan to be a guest there as well. At first Bleu tried to avoid him but that was really not possible on the ranch. After getting over the shock of seeing Bleu again, Ryan wanted to get to know him again. He knows that the way they ended and ending their relationship over the fact that Bleu was blind was not the right choice but now that he has a chance to make things right between them, he is not going to give that chance up. Can two men that once had a relationship get a second chance to do things right this time? Will they be able to learn to let go of the past in order to be able to move forward? This was a great read. Like I said I was surprised but I was glad. I normally do not read books by B.A. Tortuga but I am glad I gave this one a chance. Was given this galley copy for free for an open and honest review

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Brockman

    Bleu is a blind sculptor and good friend of Ford and Stoney. Ford has commissioned him to do a sculpture for Stoney and the reveal is to tie in with Gay Ski Week. Bleu shows up with his ex, Dan and runs into his first ex, Ryan who is there for the Ski exhibition with his ex, Phil. Say that three times fast. So this cover tells me nothing about this story. I would never guess a blind man, sculptures or anything about the story, but B.A. Tortuga is an auto-buy for me, plus the blurb sounded pretty Bleu is a blind sculptor and good friend of Ford and Stoney. Ford has commissioned him to do a sculpture for Stoney and the reveal is to tie in with Gay Ski Week. Bleu shows up with his ex, Dan and runs into his first ex, Ryan who is there for the Ski exhibition with his ex, Phil. Say that three times fast. So this cover tells me nothing about this story. I would never guess a blind man, sculptures or anything about the story, but B.A. Tortuga is an auto-buy for me, plus the blurb sounded pretty good especially with the blind sculptor. I love seeing how physically -challenged people thrive and find love. I had one more issue with the story. That was Dan. He is an ex, bossy and I saw absolutely no reason for him in this story other than he is how Bleau got to the ranch, Ford could have easily brought him up from when he was working at his other office. Having said that...I loved Bleau. I loved his strength and how hard he tries on his own. I loved how he wanted to 'see things' and experience life. His exuberance is contagious. I also liked Ryan and loved getting to see more of Stoney, Ford, and Quartz and the other guys at the Leanin N. I was hoping for Geoff's story but this one was great and I have a chance for more books in this series! If you like Second-chance romance, Physically challenged characters, snow, Snowsports, and a great romance you will like this!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review Rating: 4 stars out of 5 For the full review visit https://wp.me/p220KL-ggV From that review: I am really enjoying the Leaning N series from BA Tortuga and this story especially checked a lot of my boxes for contemporary romances.  The first beingOK it's author!  yes, I can never pass up a BA Tortuga story, and Whiskey to Wine (Leaning N #3) by BA Tortuga has so many elements in it that I love to red about.  It has cowboys and kids in the family that owns A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review Rating: 4 stars out of 5 For the full review visit https://wp.me/p220KL-ggV From that review: I am really enjoying the Leaning N series from BA Tortuga and this story especially checked a lot of my boxes for contemporary romances.  The first beingOK it's author!  yes, I can never pass up a BA Tortuga story, and Whiskey to Wine (Leaning N #3) by BA Tortuga has so many elements in it that I love to red about.  It has cowboys and kids in the family that owns the Leaning N (they are central to every story here.  It also has a wonderful second chance at love, lovers reunited aspect to the romance and main couple.  Plus the couple itself has two men whose characters and personalities are just so compelling that it makes for a story and romance that grabs you right from the start. For all our reviews, check out http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    I enjoyed this book even though I had not read others in the series and there were lots of characters from other books. Bleu is a blind artist who has returned to Colorado to unveil a statue and it overlaps with a local ski competition and his ex from univ ends up staying at the ranch as well. There is some confusion with both assuming they are with their roommates but they are actually exes. Before long they connect again but have to get past their history. I love Bleu. He is fearless and wants I enjoyed this book even though I had not read others in the series and there were lots of characters from other books. Bleu is a blind artist who has returned to Colorado to unveil a statue and it overlaps with a local ski competition and his ex from univ ends up staying at the ranch as well. There is some confusion with both assuming they are with their roommates but they are actually exes. Before long they connect again but have to get past their history. I love Bleu. He is fearless and wants to experience everything in the world despite being blind and has to deal with so many people wanting to keep him "safe" all the time. He ends up proving himself in a crisis. So Bleu made this book for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marge

    Really nice story with good MC's and secondary characters. Loved seeing lots of Stoney and Ford again. I was worried about some "Big Misunderstandings" but there were only some little misunderstandings which caused tension but were resolved quickly. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katy Beth Mckee

    I love the way these two reconnect. How they can overcome misunderstandings. They just seem so well suited to each other now that they're grown up. But you all get the sense that they wouldn't have worked out if they had tried to stay together before.

  11. 5 out of 5

    S

    Really enjoyed this!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Evma

  13. 4 out of 5

    C Brooks

  14. 4 out of 5

    Audrianna

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ktasher

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mick

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scott Henni

  18. 5 out of 5

    MRS. D. A. NEWBY

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Fritzinger

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Heffernan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zane Kage

  22. 4 out of 5

    DeAnna

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susinok

  24. 5 out of 5

    Avid

  25. 5 out of 5

    Popcorn

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy A. Staab

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deb Stalker

  28. 4 out of 5

    Froggymomma

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ineztey

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carola

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