Review: What She Wants by BA Tortuga

Calleigh and Adrian might have an open relationship, but she’s tired of staying home. She wants Adrian, and his lover Packer, to be all hers.

Calleigh and Adrian have always had an open marriage. Adrian being on the road all the time has made it easy for them to have separate lives, but neither of them acted on their agreement to see other people until Adrian met fellow Aussie and force of nature, Packer Stevens.

Now Packer and Adrian are always together, and Calleigh is left at home, missing her man. When Calleigh decides she’s not going to let Adrian go without a fight, she comes up with what she thinks is the perfect plan. She hits the spa, and the gym, and sets out to find her inner buckle bunny, intent on getting her bullrider back, and maybe on impressing Packer a little, too. She heads out on the road, ready to fight for her husband.

What Calleigh doesn’t understand is that her plan will be wildly successful, and also the hardest thing she’s ever done in her life. Packer is more than willing to play, but he’s as complicated as Calleigh is emotional. As much as he loves Calleigh and Packer, and the sexy games they play, Adrian has to try to set things right, but can he find a way to give Calleigh what she wants, and make everyone else happy at the same time?

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing. This book can be read as a stand alone novel but is related to the Roughstock Sweethearts series.


Goddamn, this was good! Fuckhot and then some. BA Tortuga sure knows how to write menage erotica. I was in for a complete shock as I started reading this on my way to work. Squirming all over the train seat…. Jeebus. This threesome is amazeballs! (is that still a thing?)

Calleigh is determined to give it one last go at reviving her 8 year marriage with Adrian after the last 9 months being separated by his Rodeo tour, and his relationship with fellow rider Packer. So she works her arse off to get all fit and sexy, and then presents her case by ambushing Adrian and Packer as they wake up in their hotel room, on said tour. What happens over the next few weeks is complete flames. All over the place. But can the momentum last, or is this just one last play before Calleigh’s and Adrian’s marriage ends for good?

This is a novella, set after Book 2 in the Roughstock series, and while I have not read the prior books in the series, I am going back to inhale the rest of them as soon as I’m done writing this review. That said, this book can be read as a standalone, in my humble opinion.

BA’s writing style is pure country. Beautiful and gritty. I especially love that the Aussie’s in this story are convincing. Some American writers try to write Aussie and it falls completely flat, but this woman! OMG she nailed it! The speech style, the sneaky slang, especially for country boys, without going over the top. Pure joy to read. I’m almost convinced Texan’s and Aussie’s are the same….. Almost.

I love Packer. He is a city girl’s wet dream. All hard, and direct, with an edge. Taking charge and being all cave man while still being loving and attentive, taking what he wants and giving it back ten-fold. Swooning here. This is why there is reality shows called “The Farmer Wants a Wife” that does so well here (yeah I know it’s a British invention, but it is huge here, in it’s 10th year running). Everyone wants that kind of cowboy. Dreams of sea-change, picking up and moving out bush to find some rugged country boy, yes please.

Adrian is a sweetheart, and really, he is trying his best. It’s hard to be in love with both your best friend, and your wife. Poor Adrian (not really), but after his initial shock of Calleigh turning up, he melts into things as if they were never apart. I love the way he speaks to Calleigh. His dirty talk is both panty-melting, and loving. The way he responds to both Calleigh and Packer is delicious.

Calleigh - poor, sweet, awesome Calleigh. Her self-doubt made my heart twinge for her. It took her a while to feel like this wasn’t just a play party, and that these fellas really wanted her to stick around. But she was on fire while she was making her case (not that she needed to, these guys love her). She kept her shit together and just went with it, taking what she wanted, and making no apologies. Sexy, strong woman. Independent as hell. I love her so much. She deserves all the happiness in the world.

As you can tell, I love this novella, and I am falling in love with this series. The rough edges of the cowboys works so well. There’s something so raw and primal about these characters. They just get down and dirty, and then get on with it. I’m beginning to want to visit a Rodeo just for the experience and excitement of watching burly (hairy?) men ride.

I’m pretty sure I mentioned the sex was off the charts hot. For those of us who love MFM/MMF menage, this will hit the spot. I was a little worried that after the first few sex scenes, it would lose it’s edge, or that it was PWP; I was relieved of that anxiety and found that there was a decent plot, and this trio were getting to know each other in the non-biblical sense just as much as they were getting naked. And yes, the sex stayed hot the entire read. Beautiful, passionate, slutty, messy, sex.

For a novella this was a well rounded piece. A full length novel would have been even better (because I’m greedy for this trio), but I’ll take what I can with this one.

Recommended for lovers of western erotic-romance, with bisexual men, and a woman who knows what she wants, and goes and gets it.

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