Author: AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
(Book 5 of the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series)
Sean Mercado, a rookie Dallas Marshal, and Nicholas Fournier, a Canadian cop, are pulled into Jubilee and Kieran’s lives after a near death experience for Jubilee, shot during a bank holdup that leaves him seriously wounded…
Former Canadian Special Ops Nicholas Fournier never dreamed making a deposit at a Dallas bank for his ailing aunt would change his life, but it does when the robbery occurs. Soon afterward, he meets Sean Mercado, a new recruit to the Big D.
Nicholas is still reeling from a romantic fiasco where he threw caution to the wind by traveling to Texas to meet a guy he communicated with online. Though originally planning to fly back home, he’s now tempted to spend a little more time with the hunky Sean, a Louisiana transplant, and find out more about the US Marshals.
But Nicholas soon discovers there’s a lot going on in this hectic Texas city, and it ain’t just summer rain…
(Book 6 of the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series)
Sean Mercado, a rookie Dallas Marshal, and Nicholas Fournier, a Canadian cop, are getting closer and closer as they work with their respective partners, Jubilee and Kieran. Now, they tackle an unusual nemesis, a gay serial killer and the death of someone close to home…
As Kieran and Jubilee struggle with the state of Texas over their desire to adopt a child, Sean and Nicholas go undercover in an unusual and dangerous assignment, posing as potential boyfriends for Trendon Patrick, a serial killer with a difference. Patrick has a taste for law enforcement types, and counts on their in-the-closet status to stop them from reporting his activities.
When Patrick abducts Sean, he seems to know all his secrets and fears, including the time a pedophile tried to abduct him when he was nine.
Meanwhile, Nicholas has his hands full also, protecting a witness to murder. Except the witness is as wacky as they come. He thinks he’s a vampire and insists on being called Prince Vlad.
(Book 7 of the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series)
Kieran, Jubilee, Sean and Nicholas tackle two highly unusual cases.
First they must track down a serial killer from Dallas who travels every weekend killing women in the notorious La Zona district in Mexico. This homicidal maniac kills with such surgical precision he’s nicknamed The Ripper.
Meanwhile, what turns out to be a routine protection assignment for Sean and Trace turns out to be anything but…and on the home front. Kieran and Jubilee are still fighting for legal custody of Juan. Will they soon taste victory or will their lives, like the weather, soon turn to winter frost?
(Book 8 of the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series)
Spring is in the air in Lone Trail, but murder is in the heart of one man…or more.
A missing mother, long-feared dead, is allegedly buried near Old Westmoreland Mockingbird Bridge made famous by Bonnie and Clyde, two of Dallas’s most notorious outlaws. Jubilee, Nicholas and Sean join forces with the Texas Rangers and the FBI to find her remains. But all is not as it seems.
Meanwhile, Jubilee, already struggling with custody issues, and his husband Kieran, being on a mission for the Canadian Mounties, learns that he has been betrayed. Lone Trail no longer feels like home since the US Marshals have hurt him one time too many.
Some fallen leaves are best left where they are…
Unlike the first four books in the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series, rampant homophobia wasn’t a major theme in the fifth through eighth books. I don’t know if the lack of the homophobia plot device or just that I was more invested in the characters, but I actually enjoyed these four books a little bit more than the first four in the series.
In Summer Rain, Autumn Breeze, Winter Frost, and Spring Leaves, we focus mainly on Sean and Nicholas, both are US Marshals based in Dallas and both men who work closely/partner with Jube and Kieran from the frist books. As such we get to see plenty from those two. We also get to see glimpses of Pauline and Trace.
Sean and Nick seemed like a good match for each other. Also, the building of the relationship seemed a little more authentic than that of Jube and Kieran. These stories focused on the relationships more than the job. There were jobs along the way for the Marshals, but the plot focused on the men, themselves, not one overarching mystery. As such, the entire book just felt more focused and easier to follow.
There are times I felt like I was in the middle of a history lesson. Often about the Marshals and often about other subjects encountered by our heroes. When these lessons would appear, it would change the entire tone of the story and stall the progress of the plot, making me want to skim. Once I start wanting to skim, I often found it hard to get back into the story.
The other thing that kept pulling me out of the story was the thought that the characters were doing “more” than the US Marshals would actually do. Some of the scenarios in which our heroes found themselves were just a little too out there for me, I guess.
Again, I would suggest reading all four of these stories together. You can enjoy them without the first four in the series, but the difficulties that Keiran and Jube face will likely be lost on you.
I am debating whether to completely the series or not. On one hand, I am interested in Marco and Sam’s story. On the other, I am starting to feel the strain of following such a long series. I will see how I feel when books nine and ten are released by Amber Allure.
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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