Representation: cis-males, gay
Genres: Urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Troups/Themes: hurt/comfort, mutual pining, friends-to-lovers, childhood best friends, second chance, coming of age, forgiveness for self and others, crush maturing into love, letting go of guilt, family.
Dawson has just arrived home after 4 years in the army where he ran to because of his attraction to Grady, his cousin, who isn’t really his cousin since his uncle was adopted and it was said a couple of times that he wasn’t blood related but still if that’s something you are sensitive to don’t read, they were raised cousins.
Anyway, he gets off the plane and the people who were meant to pick him up didn’t show which wasn’t a good sign, especially since he’s been dreaming about a bad omen, meaning death or danger (honestly I can’t remember) and he believes it’s attached to Grady. On the drive home with one of this other cousin, he leans that Grady and his dad where on a hunt, it didn’t go well. Grady’s father was attacked by a werewolf and bitten and begged Grady to kill him, though he couldn’t, they struggled, and the father died. Grady wasn’t taking it well.
Grady is at home, trying to deal with that fact that his father died, but it’s more than that. It was that he couldn’t kill him. As well as the fact that Dawson is home but things aren’t going how he’s hoped.
The book was very heavily about the romance between the two main characters. Nearly eclipsing everything else, in my opinion, which disappointed me as I wanted more of the hunting which was little more then a quick drive in info dump and accomplish. I wanted more details on what they used, how they set up. I also understand why it wasn’t there, if the focus wasn’t the hunts of the story (and like I’ve said, it wasn’t).
The build up to the main plot point was a little underwhelming in my opinion but was the most interesting part of the whole book. I also wish I could have learnt more about the others in the family they seemed like interesting people but I’m guessing they’ll come with the next book.
Rated: 3 stars
Kindle edition: 238 pages (63K words)
heat rating: 4 flames
Published 21st of May 2020 by Darkwind Press
this is the start of a new series
“Dude, you can’t keep me hanging for over an hour until we get home. Please.” Dawson didn’t care about begging. He needed to know what had happened, so he could figure out what to do when he got there.
Colt slid him a sidelong glance and relented. “If I tell you, you’ve got to keep Uncle Denny from whupping my ass, because he told me not to.”
“You know I will.”
Colt tightened his grip on the wheel, his knuckles bone-white and kept his eyes on the road, a convenient way to avoid looking at Dawson. “We’ve had some problems with rogue werewolves and feral shifters lately. They like our neck of the woods because it’s remote. If they didn’t bother anyone, we might have let it ride. But there’ve been livestock kills and some attacks on people that just barely got pushed back.”
“How did you know you’ve got weres and shifters?” Dawson fell back into hunting mode out of old habit.
“It’s that time of the month,” Colt replied with a smirk. “Seriously? The weres are only out the three days of the full moon. You know this shit—did you forget it all while you were gone?”
Dawson flinched. “Just confirming. Didn’t want to assume.”
“Wouldn’t be the first time you made an ‘ass’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me.’” Colt’s smile faded. “Anyhow, we’ve all been out trying to track down one particular werewolf. He didn’t stay in the forest and feed off the deer. If he had, no one would have bothered him. Kept coming near towns, snatching farm animals. Grady and Aaron thought they’d figured out a pattern and guessed where he’d strike next. So they did a stakeout.”
Dawson found he was holding his breath. He had an awful feeling about how this was going to go.
“They were right,” Colt continued, his voice flat. “The werewolf got the drop on Aaron. Grady shot the wolf—silver to the heart—but he’d already bit Aaron.”
“Aaron begged Grady to shoot him. Grady refused. Grady also wouldn’t just leave his gun and walk away.”
“He knew how it had to end,” Dawson said quietly, his voice thick with sorrow for both Grady and Aaron.
Colt shrugged. “Maybe he needed more than a few seconds to be okay with killing his father.” At Dawson’s wince, Colt relented. “Sorry. I don’t know what happened to Aaron’s gun; he probably lost it when he got jumped. Anyhow, Aaron went for Grady’s gun, and in the struggle, it went off. Killed Aaron. Grady walked home, covered in blood, and told Uncle Denny what happened. Denny took care of the body.”
“Jesus,” Dawson murmured. “What did they tell the cops?”
“Sheriff Rollins knew about the rogue were. He had his men out looking for it, too. So what went down could have happened to anyone.”
At least no one was going to jail. That was a small comfort. “What about Knox?”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, Treasure Trail, Kings of the Mountain and Fox Hollow. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
the review on this post are my own honest thoughts and opinions from an ARC I received via the hosting company.