Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Spring Break at the Villa Hermes

Author: Xavier Mayne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781632166524
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery, Series          
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Donnelly and Brandt are coming up on an anniversary and to celebrate, as well as to give his lover a much needed break from all the wedding planning, Brandt arranges for a week getaway.  What should have been a week of relaxing turns into more when some unexpected guests, as well as a hurricane show up.

Spring Break at the Villa Hermes is the fourth story in the A Brandt and Donnelly Caper series.  A year has passed since our main characters became engaged and the wedding planning has gotten a little out of hand at times.  Both men are feeling pressured and to give them some time alone, they head south for a week on the beach.  If you have read the other stories, you know that these two young officers always end up helping others when they are most needed.  It’s no different in this story as the two men find themselves helping out a group of young men looking for a good time during spring break. 

Unfortunately, it seems at times that Brandt and Donnelly are only secondary characters in this story as the college boys have a variety of secrets and problems that bring about more than a few surprises.   This is not necessarily a bad thing because Ted and Bark are great and I loved watching them, as well as the others, as they came into their own. 

The mystery aspect of Spring Break at the Villa Hermes is also a little light and does not really come into play until the latter part of the story.  There is a little different from the previous stories and I hope future additions to the series will bring back the stronger mystery side story that the author is so good at.  Another factor that fans of this series will notice is missing would be Bryce and Nestor, although they do make a brief appearance at the beginning.  To bring that touch of crazy to the story that these two usually supply, the author introduces two new secondary characters, one of whom is almost as crazy as Bryce.  

Spring Break at the Villa Hermes will keep the readers entertained with a wide selection of characters that all help keep readers turning the pages.  Readers should keep in mind that, to get the most from this series, it is best to read the stories in order.

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