Thursday, March 6, 2014

Nights of Electric Blue

Author: Amber Redd
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62798-551-2
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Dragon Minx

James Oberon and his construction crew’s latest remodeling job is in the town of Stone Trail. The trip up the mountain is difficult, starting with Reggie, the co-worker, who doesn’t know how to take no, for an answer. Then they arrive in town and strange things begin to happen—and the people are just—odd.

The conflict between James and Reggie gets worse with his interest in Aaron, the local Italian restaurateur. And what’s with the strange animals seen outside the motel and what’s causing damage to the various things? Then James learns the town’s long held secret—werewolves are real. The danger escalates further when he becomes the target of a rogue. Can he and Aaron survive? Can they make a life together?

Nights of Electric Blue is the new release in Amber Redd’s Stone Trail series. Please note it can be read as a standalone.

If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you know I’m a big fan of shifter books, but this one left me feeling a little confused and unbalanced. James seems like a nice guy—likable, professional and a good boss and friend. The man isn’t stupid but when all the weird stuff starts, it’s like he’s in a brain fog. Werewolves? Really? He doesn’t know what going on and he doesn’t get upset or run for the hills? Aaron has an interesting family history, but his wishy-washy attitude about providing information to James drove me nuts. These two guys make a nice couple but getting them together during this strange time isn’t easy. My niggle—they are at cross purposes for some of the time.

There are several good secondary characters. The friends James brought with him (not Reggie) are just an example. There is plenty of drama and suspense, periods of danger and bits of information about the werewolves that live around the town that I found interesting. The flow is pretty smooth, the details are vivid and I was happy with the ending. My other niggle. It’s the villain. He’s obvious from the beginning. Yes, there were some surprises with his details, but the identity—not so much.

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