Refired

Refired When Kris Cerny walks back into Two Spirits the art gallery he owns with Josh McPhee all he wants is a clean break Austin s booming real estate market means the building he bought years ago is worth

  • Title: Refired
  • Author: B.A. Tortuga
  • ISBN: 9781634767347
  • Page: 402
  • Format: ebook
  • When Kris Cerny walks back into Two Spirits, the art gallery he owns with Josh McPhee, all he wants is a clean break Austin s booming real estate market means the building he bought years ago is worth a fortune, and with the sale, he and Josh can finally go their separate ways They won t be reconciling, right Josh may be sober now, but an addict is always going to be anWhen Kris Cerny walks back into Two Spirits, the art gallery he owns with Josh McPhee, all he wants is a clean break Austin s booming real estate market means the building he bought years ago is worth a fortune, and with the sale, he and Josh can finally go their separate ways They won t be reconciling, right Josh may be sober now, but an addict is always going to be an addict, and Kris can t take that chance again.Josh isn t willing to sell Not yet He s discovered a new artist in Santa Fe he knows will put Two Spirits in the black, and if he can just make a success of the gallery, maybe he can earn Kris s respect, if not recapture his love He need Kris to give him time for one buying trip, one gallery show Josh wants nothing than a final chance to make things right Kris agrees to let Josh have this last ditch effort on one condition he wants to go along for the ride On the way Josh hopes they ll find the next big thing in the art world as well as peace, forgiveness, and a love he thought was lost forever.

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    1. I loved this book with its theme of “refiring” something to make it better. The symbolism of the clay wedding vase that is set up in the prologue, then picked up later in the story, adds a nice touch to a beautiful, if difficult, love story. Like the clay, some relationships don’t make it on the first go, for whatever reasons. In this story, Kris and Josh have spectacularly failed to make theirs work, despite the fact that they love each other deeply. Kris is ready to break up, but there i [...]

    2. Josh McPhee is a recovering alcoholic, five years and counting, and still working hard to stay sober. He’s part owner of Two Spirits art gallery, with his ex Kris, and wants to prove to Kris he is a new man and can make the gallery work. But, Kris wants to sell the gallery. When Josh discovers some interesting work by an artist called Cypress, who lives in New Mexico, he decides to travel there to see the man personally. Kris tells Josh he wants to make the trip to New Mexico with him, but Jos [...]

    3. Review to follow at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words. In the meantime, here's a little Josh. ARC provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

    4. With this book we get Josh who is a recovering addict who drank a lot which caused his relationship to Kris to end. While I did like them together very much I have to say I was not a huge fan of how hard Kris was on Josh. I know he had bad things happen to him in the past but there were times I felt like he was way to hard on Josh, when Josh was trying so hard to recover and not drink anymore. Other than that I really liked how this author wrote this story and these characters even though Kris d [...]

    5. How many times did you have a last time when you knew that’s what it was? I am a sucker for second chance romance and this book simply worked for me.Josh and Kris, they were lovers once and are business partners still, but are they friends? Can they be friends or even more once again?That is just one question that comes up in the first few times of this book.Told in the dual POV’s of Kris and Josh, we begin to see how this relationship worked and how it all fell apart. We know that Josh is a [...]

    6. Sometimes you just need to walk through hell twice before you get it right. Kris and Shane thought they were in love and had it all together until selling their art gallery seemed to rip them apart. The truth of it was that Shane was meant to be an artist not a dealer. Kris needed to learn some basic like skills and most of all he needed Shane.

    7. Reviewed by Caer Jones for QUEERcentric Books4.5 starsAustin 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 goodbyeO GUYS LEARN THAT MAYBE FORGIVENESS IS BETTER THAN SAYING GOODBYEJosh 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 e [...]

    8. I really loved this somewhat unusual romance. It is the story of two long term partners whose relationship has broken down. College lovers who have grown apart, Josh and Kris can’t seem to do anything but hurt each other as the adults they have become. At times sweet and exuberant, this is also an emotionally raw read. Josh is a recovering alcoholic and Kris has become an arrogant stuffed suit. The past they don’t talk about won’t leave them alone. I found the complexity of the men’s rel [...]

    9. In lieu of writing reviews – I’m taking an extended break – I decided to leave this list showing some of the reasons for the stars I’ve given to the stories I’ve read. 5 Stars – Given to stories that had me falling in love with the characters or stories where I hated the characters but the author had me hooked. For stories that had me so engaged in the plot I couldn’t put the book down and stories that either made me cry buckets and/or laugh until I cried. In short…. these ones r [...]

    10. Refried M/M5 starsI received this book from Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.I loved this book, I always enjoy books by B.A. Tortuga. This was a story about Kris and Josh, Josh was an alcoholic and Kris lost family members from alcoholism. So Kris was very hard on Josh, they both loved each other but struggled with trusting. Their journey was the story and it's was very heartbreaking at times.Kris was a cowboy with a lot of money, but I felt he took out his own issues on Josh [...]

    11. At the beginning I was like yawning all the time. A long-term couple love story that was at the end and a bad broke up with mutual recriminations apparently to be told. A journey in which all the goods and bads had to be discovered. I really was not into it. So I kept in reading it just because I had purchased it and did not want to waste the money spent. But then they arrive in Santa Fe. And everything change. The story twists into an incredible up and down of angst and sorrow and hope and tear [...]

    12. This book made me want to visit Santa Fe and learn how to paint! It showed so much love for everything artistic and the southwest and I enjoyed every minute of it. I'm now off to see if Cy or Zack got their own book because I'd love to see how their story turns out as well.

    13. RefiredBy BA TortugaFour starsJosh 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 [...]

    14. Original review on Molly LollyFour stars!This book was so good. I loved Kris and Josh. They were both broken but definitely still in love. Seeing them start to get together again but having it all blow up in their face proving they’re not quite ready for happily ever after. The storytelling is fabulous. I loved getting lost in their journey. It was wonderful getting to see their ups and downs as Josh tried to prove himself and Kris tried to justify himself.This was one story though that the se [...]

    15. This was not exactly what I was expecting - I thought it would be more of a betrayal to overcome than it was. This was much better - still angsty and full of feeling and emotion but neither MC was a "bad" guy. Loved it! On my to-be-read-again list!

    16. A Joyfully Jay review. 3 starsThe premise of Refired is a tried and true, quasi enemies to lovers trope. It’s got the added twist that these enemies were lovers before they were enemies and the question is: will they make it back to being friends, let alone lovers? The angst is set to 11 and just about every single character brings a load of it to the table at one point or another–the saving grace being that the supporting characters don’t exist solely for the purpose of purveying more ang [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. Josh admits he is an alcoholic. He has been clean and sober for five years. The gallery is just beginning to come around when Kris walks in telling Josh he is going to sell the building. When Josh asks for a chance to bring in a newly discovered artist and prove he can make the gallery work, Kris agrees. Kris also goes along; The trip brings them closer together, but Josh just when Josh thinks things are looking up for both the gallery and his love life it all comes crashing down around him.A ho [...]

    19. “He wrapped one hand around the nape of Josh’s neck, right under the heavy braid, so he could deepen the kiss. He rocked his body against Josh, who stumbled back against the door.”4 saddle me up stars!! What a great book!! Loved the story, loved the characters, loved loved loved.Josh is a raging alcoholic and Kris has had family members that have struggled with it. Not wanting to see Josh go down that same path, Kris is hard on Josh. While they both love each other deeply, they both strugg [...]

    20. *copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher via Pride Promotions in exchange for an honest review*Josh, an artist owns a gallery with his ex, Kris. Kris wants to sell the gallery for a huge profit, but Josh refuses to sell. He wants to make something of it, and he also doesn't want to let go of the last connection he has with Kris. When Josh goes on a buying trip Kris decides to go with him. Things heat up while they are away, but hearts will be re-broken if they can't make thing [...]

    21. I almost DNFed this book. Several times. I was just interested enough in seeing how the MCs got together to slog my way through to the end. Which was sweet, but actually, not worth it.The problems though -- rambling dialogue, weird asides, sometimes incomprehensible timeline. All of the characters talked the same, acted the same. And at least one entire conversation where each sentence started with "rock on". The end result seemed to be that artists are just weird people, and you gotta love 'em. [...]

    22. Friends, lovers, alcoholics & business partners, all these things are what Kris and Josh used to be. Now neither really know what they are to each other, but what they do know is that they do love each other. Can love be everything for these two? Josh hopes so, but Kris is holding onto past traumas regarding his family and Josh. Unable to trust Josh again, Kris makes mistakes that cost both of them their happiness. I wanted to love this book but I didn't, I can't put my finger on exactly wha [...]

    23. Really loved this book. It was almost a five star book but I don't know that I would say amazing! I love that it is a mature romance that starts with the couple after they have already been broken up for some time. Alcohol addiction pushed them apart even though they still love each other. Sex and romance was never the problem for Josh and Kris.They still own an art gallery together and make one last buying trip to New Mexico even as Kris tries to convince Josh to sell. This book also spans quit [...]

    24. It was a very emotionally charged story for me, and in a very painful way. Frankly speaking, I was shaking all the time while I read it. I was SOOO angry with Kris. What an utter, disgusting, unimaginable turd he is! I don't think I've ever been more disgusted with a character - okay, with a main character, with the one who's supposed to be a good guy. I don't think he deserves Josh, and happiness, and being forgiven just with saying "sorry". The book was really good, though. All the secondary c [...]

    25. In Rainy Day Review Queue❥❥**´¨)¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)(¸.•´ (¸.•`*ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.Reviewed by Jaime from Alpha Book Club

    26. The end was already written, so what's left? Convincing us it's worth it. In this case it wasn't. The book was good. It has everything I like about an angsty mm romance. Everything except two main characters who deserve each other. This is where the story falls flat. Josh deserves better than Kris. Kris doesn't deserve Josh. The end.

    27. felt like I was trying to get through pillars of the earth. long drawn out story of a recovering alkie who owns a art gallery and his x love who just happens to be his b'ness partner . partner has issues, they go at it like bunnies on the trip SO that wasn't an issue trust was. we have personal growth. odd artist , adopted dogs, lots of money, just not my kind of story.

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