Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Peter Graham’s pack threw him out when they discovered he was gay. Ever since then, Peter’s been adrift. Denying his wolf and being the boy toy of a string of older men is all Peter knows. But when his lover brings another man to their bed, and that man abuses Peter, there’s nothing left for Peter but to run, all the way back to St. Jerome, a small town on the edge of the bayou, where he once painted. He meets Billy Trosclair, a deputy and a werewolf, and discovers the town’s secret — the Rougaroux wolf pack. They have a gay man as their alpha who is mated to a gay man. To Peter this looks like home, but he’s not the type of man either Billy or the pack would want.
Not everyone in the pack is happy about the inclusion of gay werewolves, and Peter joining the pack is seen by some as a threat. Can Billy keep his mate safe until he claims Peter in front of the pack?
Note:This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, sex in shifted form, violence (date rape, beating).
Review: Bayou’s End in book 2 in the Rougaroux Social Club series. In book 1 we met both Peter and Billy. This is their story. I do have to give a warning before I go any farther. There are some scenes that may not be for everyone. There is a flashback on a rape scene and there is a very short wolf/human sexual encounter.
This book is set roughly 3 or so months after book 1 and is almost a direct continuation of the coming out theme and what this is doing to the structure of the pack. In book 1, the pack was confronted with a gay mated pair for the first time and it is unreasonable to think that from now on everything will be perfect. I like that the author chose this route and book gives the reader another look at how people come to terms with the unknown. Once again, the author is not strictly PC with her characters and their journey. However, I have to say I was a bit let down with this particular part of the book. It started out so well with a bit of mystery over who-dun-it and why. Maman is up to her old tricks with casting spells, only this time she ups the tension by “knowing” Peter and Billy need a protection spell from some big bad. Well the big bad wasn’t really so big and gave in rather quickly once confronted. It was a bit too easy for my liking. However, I do recognize that it was done this way in order to set up the next book, but I would have liked a bit more of a fight. But to each his own, and some of you may not feel as I do.
The relationship in this one has a different dynamic than the first book. Book 1 had only the barest hint of a power exchange between the main characters and book takes it up one more notch. There is an obvious D/s relationship between these men that the author uses at times, but does not fully explore. Normally, I would be screaming for the author to either give me more or get rid of it completely, but in this instance, I applaud the author on her choice to hint at the D/s possibilities. And I say this because of the rape scene mentioned in the warning. Too many authors use forms of BDSM as a way to fix broken characters, but this author didn’t do that. Instead she hinted that the men would get there one day but focused on Peter healing himself and becoming Billy’s true partner. For me, this was the right thing to do. By hinting at the potential D/s lifestyle, the author was able to inject some heat into the relationship without being disrespectful to what Peter has been through.
I enjoyed book 2 in this series and am looking forward to Bobby’s story. I chose to give this one a 3.75 due to the ease of resolution of the homophobia issue and the beastiality that was touched on in this one. That is just not my thing. However, I am still invested in this series and ready for book 3!
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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