Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
It’s been nearly a year since Scott and Ted set up house together in St. Jerome. Life is good. Ted is trying to get his PI business off the ground with the occasional job and still painting for the gallery. Scott is alpha of the pack and sheriff of St. Jerome.
But Scott’s mother, Darlene Dupree, is not content. She wants grandkids and she wants them now. Taking matters into her own hands, Maman, as Scott and Ted call her, works her magic in the middle of the night next to the bayou.
Before Scott and Ted know it, they’re saddled with two boys. Which wouldn’t be so bad, if someone in the pack would take them in. But no one steps forward to claim them and Scott and Ted are left with a terrible choice, take in the kids themselves or give them up to CPS, where the boys can’t hide what they are – werewolves.
It’s the wrong time and the wrong kids. But the first rule of the pack is to protect the pack and there is no other choice to make.
In Bayou des Enfant, the reader gets a chance to see more of Scott and Ted from book one of this series. At the end of book 1, Scott was still adjusting to the fact that he and his wolf were in love with a man. This book picks up a year later and shows that Scott is still struggling to adjust to what that means for his life. He struggles with defining things in terms of two men rather than a man and a woman and often times, lines get blurred and his thoughts are less than ideal. The question of who is the woman comes into play as well as what it means to bottom. Does it mean that he is less of a man. Once again, I applaud the author for tackling these less than PC topics. It shows reality and that not everyone automatically knows the right way to deal with things. We all have to learn somehow, right? And if no one is willing to touch these topics, people will continue to misstep sometimes.
I also like that this story has some real meat to it. It touches on several tough topics including adoption by a gay couple and how the world around them reacts. It touches on bigotry and hatred of anything not “normal” including a troubled 10 year old child. The author once again uses the plot to show that society still has a long way to go before equality is the norm, equality for all, not just the LGBT community.
This one pulled out some strong emotions in me. When the so called adults ignored a poor child just because he had issues and bartered with him to get his younger “normal” brother away from the gays, I wanted to cry. To see a child who had been physically beaten by his own father, then rejected by his pack simply because he was coping the best he could, hurt my heart and reminded me that this world could use a bit more kindness all around.
I enjoyed this story. I loved the character growth and the struggles Scott and ted went through in adjusting to having a family before they were ready. I loved seeing the change in people, once Scott and Ted took a stand and defended those two boys. I loved that the ending was so happy. However, I am curious if this is the last installment of this series. If it is not, I am not sure how exactly the author intends to continue forward with the current cast of characters.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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