Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: April Martinez
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.
Note:This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.
I really enjoyed this beginning to the Rougaroux Social Club series. The opening scene captured my attention and the author’s world building and characters held me to the end. Was this story perfect? Absolutely not. There were a few inconsistencies and some things that I wish were flushed out more, but this book is a great example of how an author can weave a story that captivated me enough that I easily overlooked issues in favor of finishing this tale.
Bayou Dreams was a great setup for this series. It introduced location, pack dynamics, and a cast of characters to carry this forward. I like that the world building was really part of the story. The author did not need asides or huge dialogue sequences to tell the reader about these wolves. The story was arranged so that the pack dynamics were revealed in order to move the story forward.
I also enjoyed the characters themselves. From the crazy maman casting semi-voodoo spells to accepting pack members to man-slut art instructors, the characters in this story blended well together to give an overall fun feeling to this story. I want to know more about Billy and Peter. I want to know if Wyatt ever comes around. I want to see more about Scott and Ted now that they are together.
Finally, I enjoyed this mating. And you know why? Because it was honest and more realistic than most paranormal matings. Up until he meets Ted, Scott have never once thought of being with a man. And he does not handle it well. He struggles and some of the reasons he struggles are not PC. I love that the author did not shy away from Scott thinking it is wrong to be gay or that it means he is a sinner. I love that he is worried about appearances and what other will think because it is REALISTIC! It is not practical to believe that every man who gets confronted with the gay lifestyle will be PC right off the bat. Scott struggles and his emotions run the gamut but you know what? He communicated this with folks and with Ted and he worked through it naturally. No matter how ugly. For me, this enhanced the relationship. Both men had issues to work through and both men made assumptions that backfired and hurt the other. Both men fought their attraction and in the end, it made it that much more satisfying when they mated. And i loved the initial mating. It was not instant porn star, it was actually kind of fun with Scott having to ask questions on what to do. Admitting that he was clueless and Ted had to show him the ropes. It just added to the realistic feel for me.
So once again I have to say I enjoyed this story. I love that I connected to the characters and the story drew me in. I am so glad there are already 3 other books in this series. I am picking up book 2 right now!
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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