Review: Ever the Same by B.A. Tortuga

Audie Barrack is in it up to his elbows with a sick calf when his son’s school calls. Seems Grainger has gotten into yet another fight. When he walks into the principal’s office, he’s shocked to find his son has been fighting with a little girl named Randi.

A little girl with one blind dad and one dad who recently passed away.


Dixon has lost his sight, his career, and his husband. Thank God for his brothers, Momma and Daddy, and his little girl, or he would simply give up. The last thing he needs is for Randi to start trouble at school, especially trouble that puts him in contact with another dad who might expect him to be a functional human being.

Dixon is struggling to live as a blind man, Audie is terrified someone might see he has a closet to come out of, and everyone from the school to both men’s families is worried for the men and their children. Unless they get themselves together and commit to change, neither of them stands a chance.

Ever the Same is a very sweet and touching story. 

Dixon and Audie being together was so natural. They slowly progressed from friends to lovers, as their kids became friends and they saw each other more and more. Before they knew it, they became the most important thing in each other's lives, but it was kind of inevitable, since they were basically perfect for each other.

Their romance was easy. Outside of their family drama, they had a very open and loving relationship. They were honest and thoughtful, and didn't let anything get in the way of finding happiness with their new family they created. I liked that regardless of everything else going on, they relied on each other.

While I loved the couple, their dialogue really threw me off quite a few times. It was stiff and unnatural to me, especially the dirty talk. They said things like 'that's cool' and 'that rocks' a lot and, I don't know, it sounded weird to me. The conversations were a bit long winded and a little hard to follow sometimes. 

The kids were cute! While I don't think they sounded kindergartners, they were still adorable. I especially loved Randi and how she worried about and helped her dad. She really stepped up and was such a sweet girl, she was never asked to help so much, it's just who she was and I loved it. 

It was a nice story. I liked the characters, but the writing style lost me. 

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I haven't read any of B.A. Tortuga, this one, after reading your review, doesn't appeal. Any suggestions of what book I should start with? Have you a favourite?

  2. I've only read one other book, the first of her Roughstock series. I read it awhile ago, but I think I liked it more than this one.