Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bayou Dreams

Title: Bayou Dreams
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-960-7
Genre: (M/M} Shape-shifter
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Ted Canedo is having the same dream he’d had for the last four months. Could it mean he would find the man of his dreams on his upcoming trip to bayou? Ted is openly gay, a disgraced ex-cop from New Orleans. Working as a Private Investigator, his case takes him into the small town of St. Jerome where Ted meets Sheriff Scott Dupree, Alpha werewolf and Ted’s predestined mate.

Bayou Dreams is the first book in the Rougaroux Social Club series. The well written plot is filled with emotional turmoil, a touch of voodoo magic along with humor. The setting is the Louisiana Cajun swamps. The intimate scenes are delightfully sensual. The well matched characters are believable. Ted is an honorable man who has been misjudged by the NOPD. After his patrol partner, whom Ted secretly loved, was killed, Ted vowed to never fall in love with a straight man again. After meeting Scott and realizing he was straight, Ted desperately tries to break the bond between them.

Scott takes his duties very seriously. When the moon is full, it’s all Scott can do to keep the town and the pack, as well as his inner wolf under control. Scott’s wolf is not interested in the gender, only the claiming, of his mate. Add to this, his mother is casting love spells to find Scott a mate. Never in Scott’s wildest dreams did he imagine having a male mate. Scott feels guilty for rejecting Ted. However the pack came first. Scott feared exile if he claimed a male as his mate. Finally reason prevails when both men are sufferings from separation illness.

A little heartbreaking at times, Bayou Dreams illustrates the psychological chaos of a budding relationship while dealing with narrow-mindedness. The story also exhibits how negative individuals generate equal prejudice for anyone who is different. Lynn Lorenz has produced a spectacular romance that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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