Bayou's End

Lynn Lorenz
Bayou's End
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October 2011
Book 2 of Rougaroux Social Club
LGBTQ, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Peter Graham's pack threw him out when they discovered he was gay. Ever since then, Peter's been adrift. Denying his wolf and being the boy toy of a string of older men is all Peter knows. But when his lover brings another man to their bed, and that man abuses Peter, there's nothing left for Peter but to run, all the way back to St. Jerome, a small town on the edge of the bayou, where he once painted. He meets Billy Boudreaux, a deputy and a werewolf, and discovers the town's secret -- the Rougaroux wolf pack. They have a gay man as their alpha who is mated to a gay man. To Peter this looks like home, but he's not the type of man either Billy or the pack would want.

Not everyone in the pack is happy about the inclusion of gay werewolves, and Peter joining the pack is seen by some as a threat. Can Billy keep his mate safe until he claims Peter in front of the pack?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, sex in shifted form, violence (date rape, beating).

Book Review by Tyra Berger
Jul 13, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
97 people found the following review helpful
I was so looking forward to another trip into the bayou and another story of the Rougaroux Social Club wolves and the second installment did not disappoint. Mrs. Dupree is casting her spells again and you never know who is going to get caught up in them. But sometimes getting caught in one of her spells is just what the doctor…er, wolf ordered.

Peter is down on his luck and down to his last couple hundred dollars. So he heads back to Bayou's End to try and find his friend Ted and see if he can give him a hand ‘til he can get back on his feet and get a little money put away. When he hears that Ted hooked up with the local sheriff, he heads to the station to see if he can find him. What he finds is Deputy Billy Trosclair.

When Billy first sees Peter, every instinct he has rages at him to protect the smaller man. After hearing part of his story, he offers Peter a place to stay until he finds a job, all the while not really understanding his visceral reaction to Peter. Just when things start to come together for Billy and Peter, Peter is accused of stealing and Billy has to arrest him. Billy has to make a choice…believe the man he has just met and maybe his mate, or the man who is an elder in the pack that Billy has been a member of his whole life.

I was completely heartbroken for Peter. He was a precocious, vivacious character in the first book and to see him so broken in this book made me sad and angry. Watching him grow into a man that could not only trust again but find his self-worth was wonderful.

Billy is one of those John Wayne men. He is loyal and trustworthy and has your back no matter what, he isn't afraid to stand up for what is right. He gets put in a bad position having to choose between Peter and his job and while I know he made the right choice I wanted to smack him for it.

We get to know a little more about the ex-alpha Bobby Cotteau and I hope he gets a story because that man needs someone to love him. We get to reconnect with Mrs. Dupree and her always interesting black cat and I seriously think she is one of my favorite characters of all time. I don't know what it is exactly but she makes me smile every time I am reading about her. We don't get to see a lot of Ted and Scott in this book but I am hoping to learn more about them and the rest of the Social Club in the next installment.

The story isn't about hatred and bigotry even if both of those elements are in there, it's about acceptance, not just of other people but of yourself, and it's about love and its power to heal.
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