The Archer by Abigail Roux
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is probably the hardest review I have ever done. I floated between 2 and 3 stars for a while. In the end I decided that I would give it 3 stars because the last 10% of the book I was very gripped.
This book was very hard for me to get through. I am a pretty fast reader and can easily get through a 200+ pages book in a day but this book being close to 600 pages took me forever. This was the “Never Ending Book” to me. I found myself begging for it to get done (although I couldn’t find it in myself to actually stop reading it).
I found it hard to follow or didn’t like it for these various reasons:
1. Too many POV’s (I was better able to deal with this as the story went on)
2. They seemed to talk in circles a lot. Half the time I couldn’t understand what they were talking about and at points it started to feel as if the writer hadn’t completely figured out what she wanted them to say yet (I am a huge fan of Abigail Roux and have never felt like that about any of her other books).
3. There was too much bed hopping and sex in situations in which seemed unlikely that highly trained assassins and specialized operatives would partake in (not that some of it wasn’t entertaining and sometimes hilarious)
4. There were to many times in which it seemed as if they were not as smart as I wouldn’t have expected from men with their training, that led their lives the way that they did for as long as they did.
All of that said it was still hard for me to convince myself to just stop reading the book and never pick it back up again. I had to finish it in it’s entirety, find out what was going on, what would happen to all of theses characters. It was not predictable, every time I thought I had it figure out I found I was wrong. I thought I knew who the Archer was and it turned out to be someone different. I thought I knew who was going to turn out to be a bad guy and then I was wrong. The writer did a great job of keeping me second guessing things.
The book contains some great moments of hilarity (the Vampires), plenty of secrets and mystery, hot sex scenes and copious amounts of angst and emotion.
Fireman’s Carry by Charlie Richards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Carl is a Detective, divorced with two children and straight. Vince an out an proud Fireman. When Vince moves across the street from Carl the two become fast friends bonding over their exes who cheated on them.
When Vince’s ex Lonnie shows up demanding for a second chance Carl steps in pretending to be Vince’s new boyfriend. A kiss meant to drive the point home to Lonnie sparks an intense attraction between the two. Carl is now faced with the fact that he may be attracted to his friend and if so then what now?
This is a really quick easy read. It was the kind of story you read if you just want a short, happy and easy book. If you are looking for a angsty, emotionally raw read, this is not it but it is enjoyable. 3.5 stars!
Bayou Dreams by Lynn Lorenz
ebook, 181 pages Published March 1st 2011 by Loose Id
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sheriff Scott Dupree’s got more problems than he can handle. He’s alpha of his small werewolf pack and coming up for re-election as sheriff in a year. On top of this, his mother is casting love spells to find Scott a mate. It’s all Scott can do to keep the town and pack under control, let alone his urges to mate. Ted Canedo is openly gay, a disgraced ex-cop from New Orleans. His patrol partner was killed on duty and Ted took the blame for taking protection money from the store owner to save his partner’s wife and kids grief. No one knew Ted was in love with his partner, not even his partner. Having him die in Ted’s arms killed something inside Ted too. When the moon is full and Scott’s momma works her magic, Ted’s erotic dreams and his work as a PI bring him to St. Jerome and sexy, straight Scott. Scott’s stunned to learn his wolf is gay and wants to mate with Ted. Ted refuses to become involved with a straight man, much less a werewolf, terrified to risk his heart again. Especially if it he has to watch Scott fight to the death for his right to claim Ted as his mate.
I really enjoyed Bayou Dreams. I appreciated the different feel that this story had from the shifter books I have read lately. The premise of a were who’s wolf is gay but the man himself is not gives a whole different look at the GFY theme.
The characters Ted and Scott were great but my favorite was definitely Scott’s mom Mrs. Dupree. She was a bit of crazy and constantly had me laughing at her “Spell er…Prayers”. And there is definitely more to that cat of hers.