Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
After spending a hot, no-holds-barred sex-filled weekend at a hotel with a man he only knows as Mark, werewolf Bobby Cotteau isn’t sure but he thinks he’s found a new mate. Problem is he never got his lover’s real name. Or his phone number, or even where he lives. But that’s not Bobby’s only problem.
Mark is Professor Mark Bradford, and he’s spent his career as a zoologist trying to prove there are wolves living in the swamps around St. Jerome. If he can do this, he’ll make a name for himself, restore his reputation and maybe even name them after his father, who was killed by a wolf during a camping trip in the swamp with a teenaged Mark. But after a weekend of the best sex of his life, Mark’s fallen hard for Bobby, but without the man’s real name, he has no hopes of ever seeing him again. And the longer they’re apart, the more desperate he is to find Bobby. It’s like he’s under some kind of spell.
Meanwhile, at the Rougaroux Social Club’s yearly Rugarou Festival, which Bobby is in charge of, everything is falling apart. The forecast is for storms, the Virgin Mary has appeared a tree on the festival grounds at the church, pilgrims are swarming, and beer is being sold… and his new mate is about to expose Bobby’s pack to the world.
Bayou Loup is book 3 in the Rougaroux Social Club series. This is the story of Bobby’s second chance at a mate and this time, the mate he truly desires, a man. This story is a different than the last two as it has more plot and more action away from the relationship itself. A good portion of the story focuses on the execution of the annual festival held in this small town and crazy Mrs. Dupree has a side story around seeing Jesus’s face in a tree. These things allow the author to display more about the town and inject some humor into this story when the relationship troubles are more on the serious side.
I enjoyed the suspense in this story. Bobby and Mark have more to contend with than the previous matings. Bobby is a widower and has a lady admirer who won’t take no for an answer. On top of that, his mating seems doomed from the get go when the author reveals Mark’s career goals. It makes for some great tension and also some heartbreak when Bobby is forced to make a hard decision. However, because of the things that are stacked against the men and the mating pull, the author is able to display more character growth than in the other stories and I liked that. I liked seeing Mark and Bobby struggle. Their HEA was more satisfying for me because it was not easy.
Once again the author included some D/s dynamics in their relationship. It seems the alpha wolves enjoy a little dirty talk and domination in the bedroom. It was extremely HOT, but I wish the author would have done more with it.
Finally, I have to say, I am unsure of where the author will go with this series at this point. There are no obvious candidates for future couples as there was really no new characters introduced and no plot elements left hanging. I know there is another story in the series, and I am eager to pick it up to see how the series will move forward.
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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