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Danny is a teacher in small town Colorado, trying to live down his wild teenage years and living his life the only way he knows how; one day at a time. He's had a tough time of it, but Danny figures he's managed to become respectable, or at least less than notorious. The last person he expects to ever see back in town is Harlan Quinn, his old best friend and consummate badDanny is a teacher in small town Colorado, trying to live down his wild teenage years and living his life the only way he knows how; one day at a time. He's had a tough time of it, but Danny figures he's managed to become respectable, or at least less than notorious. The last person he expects to ever see back in town is Harlan Quinn, his old best friend and consummate bad boy. And when he finds out Quinn is the new Sheriff it's even more of a shock. Quinn knows there's more to his old hometown than meets the eye. There's trouble brewing, big enough trouble that he's willing to go undercover to figure out who's behind it. Quinn knows there's more to Danny than old memories and quiet living, too. There was a lot of passion in his old friend once upon a time, and he's willing to bet it's still there if he scratches the surface. He sets out to stir things up in more ways than one, pushing Danny to admit that there's more to life than he has, and that their old town just might manage to be new again....

Title : Old Town New
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ISBN : 9781934166154
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 228 Pages
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Old Town New Reviews

  • Ele
    2019-05-24 08:10

    I enjoyed BA.Tortuga's The Terms of Release. Unfortunately, Old Town New didn't work for me at all.The premise was good (second chance romance is always a favorite trope for me), and I liked the first 20% of the story. Quinn returns to his hometown ,a small town in Colorado, where he is supposed to work as a Sheriff. There, he meets his old friend and teenage boyfriend, Danny. Danny is a teacher and he carries his own demons.What bothered me to no end and made me almost DNF was the writing, especially the dialogue. For example:“Hey. There’s coffee. Bacon. Eggs.”“Yeah. Naked. Fucking.”"Anything. Fuck. Love.""You 're. I. Wow""Danny. Babe. I, oh."And this is only a small sample. Single, one syllable, random words ALL THE TIME. It didn't make any sense.The writing was repetitive too. The word "babe" was used 100 times and I couldn't tell one sex scene from the other.The "mystery" subplot with Quinn working as an undercover cop was so underdeveloped, it bordered on ridiculous.After a while I couldn't even see the point of this story. The sex was too much, not integral to the plot at all (if there was any plot to begin with), and it was mostly used as a filler. I'm sorry, but I can't recommend.*Review cross-posted on Gay Book Reviews.*

  • Ms. Nikki
    2019-04-27 05:11

    This book had a lot of potential, but as it wore on the plot and characters fell apart. One syllable words; Want...Need...Babe...Love, (Remind you of anyone?) just ruined it for me.

  • Elyxyz
    2019-05-04 06:02

    3.5 stelline stiracchiate.

  • Cindi
    2019-04-26 02:26

    I made it almost halfway and that was way more than enough for me. If I still haven't gotten into a story 77 pages in, it is WAY past time for me to stop reading it. The editing, as I've noticed other reviewers comment on, was horrible. I could have gotten over that. But I could not get beyond the dialogue. And what was the real point of the story? I got the part about the two reformed bad boys who are former lovers meeting again after many, many years. That description made it seem like it would be a good story. Boy was I wrong. Seriously? 77 pages in and I STILL don't get it? Other than the 2 of them meeting up again (quite conveniently, I might add) after 20 some odd years and rekindling whatever sexual relationship they had when they were teens. The sex was bland. Who really says "You rock my world"????????? Do people still say that? Quinn is obviously doing something undercover but the story is not written well. A comment here. A comment there. Wow........... it is really bad. And I've read a lot of books. Do I keep reading even though it bores me to tears? I don't think so.Okay, I'm obviously not finishing it and I will not rate it because I DIDN'T finish it.This was my first attempt with this author. I'm thinking there won't be a 2nd.

  • Cathy Brockman
    2019-05-11 01:20

    : Danny and Quinn were lovers when they were teenagers, then Quinn left town. Danny was in an accident where several local teens died. He was the only survivor, and he had been drunk and high. After a long stint in the hospital and rehab, he went to college and became a teacher. Danny lives a solitary life; his only friends are a couple of teachers that speak to him at work.Quinn returns as Sherrif and rents a house on the outskirts of town, and it turns out that his first love, Danny is his neighbor. Danny and Quinn hit it off well, rebuilding what they lost. Quinn has a secret of why he really is in town. One that could put him and Danny in Danger.I love B.A. Tortuga;s style of writing. The short, clipped sentences usually add punch to the characters. However, in this story, I think there were some sentences that this style made the thoughts a bit confusing, and I had to read the paragraph a few times to catch on. Of course, that is just my opinion.Both Danny and Quinns past were brought up a lot but not in detail We K ew they had one but not how they met or even why Quinn left suddenly. I would have loved more of this backstory and a bit more of the mystery that Quinn was working on than some of the sex scenes. Don’ get me wrong…the sex was scorching, but there was way too much in my opinion.Now having said that…I did like the story. I liked both Quin and Danny. There were scenes to die for. I adored the Thanksgiving scene. It was only one of the scene that made the story so realistic and brought Quinn and Danny to life. I also felt so sorry for Danny a few times as well.Just the relationship between Danny and Quinn makes this boo worth reading. Oh, I almost forgot Rags. You have to love a dog in a story, and Rags is a fun addition! If you are looking for a story with a sexy Sherrif, a hot schoolteacher, a cuddly dog, a bit of mystery, Second Chances, some angst and lots and lots of scorching hot man-sex, this is for you!* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through *

  • Aidee Ladnier
    2019-05-19 05:11

    Usually B.A. Tortuga's stories are just fun, but this one had more substance. I liked Danny and his claustrophobic life in a small town. The reappearance of Harlan not only shakes up his life but starts it on a healing path. I liked this one.

  • Elizabeth H.
    2019-05-23 09:15

    Not every B.A. Tortuga book strikes me the right way, but I liked this one quite a bit. Easy-going, easy to read, good characters. Nothing earth-shattering in any way, but a very nice weekend afternoon read. I'd recommend it to others, actually.

  • MsS
    2019-05-06 09:02

    3.75 *

  • Vallie
    2019-05-19 06:03

    **1.5 stars**This was unfortunately a big miss with me. I have noticed that the last books I’ve read by this author have either received a low rating or I haven’t been able to finish them at all. I think this might be a case of my preferences not agreeing with this author's writing style.This story actually started off in a promising way. I love childhood friends-to-lovers stories and especially second chance romance. Even more so when they involve a hot sheriff and a school teacher –naught naughty things were just waiting to happen, I was so sure! And for a good 15% of the book or so I can’t say I had any major issues. But then, the mystery subplot started unravelling and the town from hell started revealing its evil side, and what I was reading was not enjoyable enough for me to suspend disbelief to that degree.First off, I was under the impression from some references about how long it’s been since Quinn and Danny last saw each other and how old they were when they went on their different ways that they were both in their mid-late 30s. But then there were comments that made the characters sound like they were in their mid-late 50s instead. Comments such as: ” I look like what I am, a middle-aged teacher.”“I’m okay. Just getting old, yeah?”“Dan chuckled, looking damn near young for a minute.”“I...Fuck.’ Dan shifted, rubbing his fingers for a second. ‘You make me feel young.’” And then, in the complete opposite direction, comments like:”He had years and years to be an old man after Quinn moved on.”So, I don’t know what happened there. But if you’re trying to tell me late 30s is considered middle aged, I’ll have a mini freak out and come back to you when I’ve calmed the f@ck down.The sexI am not one to complain about too much steam in my books. But honestly, this takes the freaking cake. Every single interaction they had after the initial reunion started or ended with pages and pages worth of sex scenes, which,frankly, were not that original or inspiring, and they didn’t do anything to advance the plot in any way.The town Danny was under investigation of abuse and paedophilia because they found out he was gay. And Quinn’s lieutenants told him to his face that if he showed up there to be sheriff simply because he wanted to hook up with Danny, he was doing their police department a disservice. WTF? In what world does this shit happen? Skimming, so much skimming.I was very underwhelmed and unimpressed with this story. Cannot recommend. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. See this review at Gay Book Reviews.

  • Serena Yates
    2019-05-09 03:57

    One of my favorite types of stories is reunions and/or second chances. And with Quinn returning to his hometown in Colorado as the new sheriff, only to find out that his best friend from high school from eighteen years ago, Danny, is a teacher and his new neighbor, the scene is set for an entertaining read. There was more to it than that though: even though ‘Old Town New’ takes place only about ten years ago – before high-speed Internet and smartphones – the lack of all the technology we take for granted now makes it feel like a historical. The realization how much the world has changed since then was both scary and funny. The other element that surprised me, in a good way, was the mystery around Quinn and why he has really returned. I won’t give any details about that in this review, so as not to spoil the surprise, but it added some great suspense and depth to the story.Danny may be a respectable history teacher now, but he’s led a wild life. He was the only one of his friends who survived a serious car accident a few years after high school graduation, and it has changed his life. Not just because he still has a few physical twinges to deal with, but also because the guilt has shaped his outlook on life. The only reason he has returned to the small town is that his father became sick and needed his help. All Danny can do is take it one day at a time.Quinn used to be a bad boy, but has turned into an exemplary cop and now sheriff. Honest, determined to catch the bad guys, and unwilling to “let things lie” just because everyone else has accepted the status quo. There are a few who don’t like him being back and representing the law, but Quinn is determined to make it work. He is like a breath of fresh air for the town, but especially for Danny. Quinn won’t let Danny hide or fade away, and he will do whatever it takes to make Danny happy.If you like second chances, if stories set in small towns are your thing, and if you’re looking for a read full of charming little details, quirky characters, and lots of hot loving, then you will probably like this novella.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-05-23 06:04

    Danny Avers never left his small hometown of Hotchkiss, Colorado. Regardless of the accident that the townspeople blamed him for, he became a teacher and cared for his sick father. He changed his ways for the better, and still deals with the physical and mental damage from the accident. In a way, it’s like self-punishment that Danny lives a solitary life.Harlan Quinn left the small town of Hotchkiss behind, and he changed for the better too. Harlan joined law enforcement in Denver and Los Angeles, but returning to the small town as the Sheriff brings him trouble from the get-go.Dan and Quinn have a history together, from their high school days twenty years ago—Dan was Quinn’s lifeline, growing up. Quinn makes the first move and starts visiting with Dan; they talk about old times and what’s been happening in their old town. As they get a second chance to rekindle their friendship, and eventually their love, they find that small towns are not so forgiving. Quinn doesn’t want to hide how he feels about Danny, and wants to show Danny how to live again.With multiple lab busts and false accusations, Quinn and Danny find themselves in danger, not just from an unforgiving town but from people with power. BA Tortuga brings us a mystery with danger and suspense in Old Town New. There’s drug manufacturing and distributing, murder, extortion, small town corruption and prejudice–the plot is good and the story pace just right. But, most of all, the author gives us two MCs who are well developed. There’s enough information from Quinn’s and Danny’s pasts to see Quinn as still being the “bad boy,” and Danny’s change to being shy and timid.This is also a story about overcoming the past and getting a second chance at love and a better life. And, I need to mention one other character, Rags, who adds more love and laughter to their lives.Reviewed by Maryann for The Novel Approach Reviews

  • Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
    2019-05-23 04:23

    I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.2.5 starsOkay I find myself needing to read B.A. Tortuga books after reading and loving The Terms of Release. To date it is my favorite book by her. This book left so much to be desired.I liked it for the first 23% maybe, loved the second chance love trope. Quinn coming back home to be sheriff and rekindling his relationship with Danny had good potential. I’ve got several issues with the story though. I have hard time connecting with either guy. There isn’t enough information on each of them to try to get a good read on them. They barely question about the last 17 years spent apart. It’s little information that’s told, but not enough for me to accept them just starting up. Another issue was the freaking dialogue. It was super choppy and disjointed. I couldn’t follow along with the conversation between people in this book. I felt like it was an editing problem, but no that wasn’t it. It was one word responses, and diving into entire conversations without the finishing of the last one. It was frustrating to say the least. The sex was something I skimmed over. It was alot, and it took the place of the potential plot that could have been there.I didn’t get the plot at the beginning. It was little snippets before it was revealed. I felt like it should have been a prologue then so we could get the entire background on why Quinn accepted the job and decided to move back. Sadly this book didn’t work for me. I really wanted it to because I loved The Terms of Release and Say Something. This book just didn’t work, the repetitive words, the underdevelopment of the characters and plot, and the continuous sex was to much. I’m sorry but I just can’t recommend this book.

  • Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
    2019-05-03 02:26

    Review @STRWI always feel sorry when I have to write a bad review, this time more than ever cause it’s about BA Tortuga, an author I really like and whose style I enjoy so much. Problem is I had a very hard time reading this new book, Old Town New. At the end it simply didn’t work to me, at all. And I was surprised because the author has always been a winner for me.I picked this story not just for the author but because from the blurb I understood it was a second chance at love story and I’m a fan of this kind of plot. I have to say I was soon caught up in the book. The author didn’t give me all the facts at the start of what Quinn and Danny experienced in their pasts. It was kept a welcomed mystery with well defined characters and likeable since their first introduction. Most of all adult characters with a baggage on their shoulders, not light ones, just how I like them to be.Then I don’t know what happened, still something happened because they became boring, childish and unreal, all they did was having sex but believe me, the sex scenes were too many, and if I say so it means they really were too many.What particularly I didn’t like were the dialogues, unbelievably unrealistics. I was reading them with my eyes wide open cause I was so shocked this was written by the same author who wrote The Term of Release or Ever the Same. The story had potential but it fell very pointless and repetitive.I was able to finish Old Town New but it was a struggle, I didn’t DFN because I gave myself two duties when I review books, read them wholly and be honest. If it hadn’t been an ARC, I’m sure I wouldn’t have finished it.The cover art by Anna Sikorska could have easily worked cause it’s well done, i like the colors and the font, but it’s appear false and it doesn’t respect how I picture Dan and Quinn in my mind.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-04-29 07:10

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 starsI really loved this book. I mean it. From beginning to end, I was engrossed in the characters and plot. The story was well written and well fleshed out. It’s not a terribly long book, but it’s very detailed, and I was easily able to see everything in my mind’s eye. Danny and Quinn are…oh, they’re just perfect. They’re older, have faced flawed pasts, and are lonely. Their relationship begins not long after they’re reintroduced. Some might feel it’s a bit like instalove, but I didn’t. They completed each other when they were young, and now they’re all grown up, they still do. I would compare it to rereading a favorite book after it’s sat on your shelf for 15 years…comforting.Usually, I talk about the sex toward the end of the review, but B.A. Tortuga writes sex scenes with such passion and care, I want to shout about them from the rooftop. First of all, Danny survived that accident, but he was extremely hurt. His hips and pelvis were broken. In fact, his hips are actually metal, and he’s scarred all over his legs and groin area. He never looks at those scars, and he’s anxious to allow Quinn to see them. My heart melted the first time they made love, as Quinn caressed and kissed those scars because they were part of Danny. Tortuga often describes their touching as “petting,” and I love that. Their words, while sexy and dirty, are loving and tender. I know that may be hard to understand, but it just…works. I felt that each sex scene was important to the overall plot, and none of them were gratuitous, and they all left me feeling moved. Read Kenna’s review in its entirety here.

  • Deanna
    2019-04-29 01:12

    BA Tortuga is new find for me, I've only read one other book of hers. I absolutely love that this book takes place in a small town before smart phones and wifi were the norm, sometimes a great story is lost in the technology. Harlan Quinn comes back to town after 10 years away as the new Sheriff. Danny Avers his old friend and high school boyfriend lives right across the street from the Sheriff's new rental house. The two pick up their friendship as soon as they see each other, both having reasons for staying in the closet in a small town. Danny is just living each day the same as the last, work as a history teacher at the high school by day and recluse by night. A tragic accident 10 years ago left Danny with a broken body that will never be completely mended and 5 dead friends. Small town thinking has everyone playing the blame game and Danny is just trying to survive and not drown beneath the guilt and accusations. Danny and Quinn decide together that they need to stop paying for past sins so they can pave a future together as long as Quinn's current case doesn't get them killed first. I loved it! As much drama and guilt as Danny and Quinn were experiencing their romantic relationship seemed effortless. It was beautiful to watch it unfold. As all the crap from Quinn's job rained down on them they came together as a united front, never tearing each other down. I loved the touch of mystery that Quinn's job added to the story without taking it over. But most of all I loved how strong Danny was, his body may be broken but his spirit never would be. Great read. I will be adding this to my re-read list.

  • Diverse
    2019-05-13 00:57

    3.5 StarsI’m a fan of second chance romance and this one was particularly sweet. Danny and Quinn were trouble teenagers, when they separated each had to overcome huge struggles. But they did and are better men for it.Danny really had my heart. After an accident he is left scarred, limping, and very lonely. To see him glow in Quinn’s presence was the highlight of this book for me.Rags, Quinn’s dog, was so delightful. A rescue dog who had just as hard a past as Danny and Quinn finds his peace with Quinn. I loved that little part of the story.BA Tortuga’s writing style is different than I’ve read before. This being my first BA Tortuga story I didn’t know what I was in for. The dialog was a little spotty and at times confusing. There was a lot of sex and I don’t frown upon sex in stories. I say if you want to do it DO IT lol. Problem was I felt like it took away from a lot of the seriousness of the story.The plot was good, and there was an element of suspense. It is a romance and a beautiful one at that. I think there needed to be more sharpening in the meat of the story. It is a lovely second chance romance and if you love a lot of sex with your story this is a great book to read. I will read other books by this author.

  • Wende
    2019-05-07 06:10

    Danny is a teacher in a small town. He has to live with the knowledge that most in the town feel he should have died with the rest of his friends. The town has a deep secret that is revealed and is why his first love is back in town. Harlan Quinn is now the sheriff in the town. They start to slowly rekindle their friendship then their love. It was not instant love but rather a reawaking. I loved how Danny slowly started to live again. I did not like all of the book. The mystery was ended mostly off page. Everything was rushed at the end. I will say Harlan Quinn was the worse named book character in a long time. Other wised I like the book.

  • MorganSkye
    2019-05-04 01:17

    50% DNFThis story just didn’t work for me. Sometimes I can really get into BA’s writing style – the very animalistic, one word sentences, primal feeling that they invoke. This time I just wasn’t feeling it.There was virtually no sexual tension and I couldn’t understand why these guys were still in hiding all these years. It felt like the elephant in the room – the accident – them leaving one another – the mystery that Quinn is investigating – was really under-represented in place of lots and lots of sex.So… I might come back to this one day but for now I just couldn’t finish it.DNF

  • Zane Kage
    2019-04-25 09:06

    I really liked the MCs and the overall story, but odd/stilted dialogue and an abundance of sex scenes (if I'm asking myself "AGAIN???" it's too much) had me shaking my head while reading. This author is usually a comfort read for me, giving me a nice feel good sexy romance in between the grittier reads - so she remains an auto-read, even though this one didn't work for me.

  • Juxian
    2019-05-23 04:07

    3.5 stars. It felt to me similar to B.A.Tortuga's "Latigo" - also very likeable main characters, lovely meditative writing, many-many sex scenes and little bits of plot scattered between them. But I'd say there was more plot and it was quite interesting. Still, sex scenes were a bit repetitive.

  • Indigo
    2019-05-10 04:25

    3.5 stars

  • Erotic Horizon
    2019-05-23 05:20

    Old Town New by BA Tortuga (2008)

  • Romance and Fantasy for Cosmopolitan Girls
    2019-05-22 09:16

    Romance and Fantasy for Cosmopolitan GirlsAmmetto che apprezzo molto lo stile di questa scrittrice che sa sempre trattare argomenti difficili con grazia e che sa sempre rendere interessanti e scorrevoli le sue storie. Nonostante la presenza di qualche refuso questa storia è volata via pagina dopo pagina fino all’insperato happy end che i protagonisti si sono veramente guadagnati con fatica.Non è la prima volta che B.A. Tortuga scrive della mente ristretta e bigotta dei piccoli paesi di provincia, ma in questo caso va aggiunta la componente poliziesca ricoperta dal ruolo di sceriffo di Quinn. I personaggi sono perfettamente resi ed il pov alternato dà maggiore risalto alle loro diverse individualità anche se, personalmente, avrei gradito sapere di più del loro passato, sia di quello condiviso da ragazzini che di quello che li ha portati a quel punto delle loro vite. Insomma gli accenni che si fanno non rendono abbastanza lasciando al lettore la curiosità riguardo le esperienze, soprattutto negative, che li hanno segnati così profondamente.Il personaggio di Danny mi ha fatto una grande tenerezza, così insicuro per via delle sue cicatrici non solo fisiche, ma anche forte nel suo perseverare lungo il cammino scelto. Il suo volersi punire per l’incidente che l’ha visto vittima, ma di cui si sente responsabile, il suo aver rinunciato ad avere una vita provata per poter insegnare. Un uomo che ha sofferto molto per espiare i suoi “peccati” di gioventù e che merita decisamente quella felicità che trova tra le braccia del suo primo amore.Quinn, dal canto suo, è scappato dal paesino natale per cercar fortuna, ma è diventato qualcuno che non aveva mai pensato poter essere: un poliziotto. Tornare nella cittadina dove era considerato un buono a nulla e un ragazzo difficile come sceriffo non è affatto facile. L’unica cosa che gli ha sempre permesso di restare il quel luogo è la presenza di Danny ora come quasi vent’anni prima.Due uomini che credevano di aver dimenticato un vecchio amore, ma che lo riaccendono facilmente quando la vita li fa reincontrare.Una storia agrodolce su come la vita non sia mai facile, ma che se si persevera sulla propria strada, prima o poi, si verrà ricompensati.