Authors: T.C. Blue, Kiernan Kelly, Lydia Nyx, Julia Talbot, B.A. Tortuga
Genre: M/M contemporary
Length: eBook, 205 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: New Orleans is beautiful, mysterious, and above all, sexy. Po’ Boys explores all the dark alleys and shadowy cemeteries the city has to offer, with all the heat you expect from the Deep South.
In Ghost Hunting with the Stars by Lydia Nyx, Harley Weston is an average guy. So when Jackson Carney, America’s favorite gay ghost hunter, comes to film a TV show at the haunted French Quarter hotel Harley works in, Harley isn’t impressed. However, Harley does admire Jackson’s surprisingly down-to-earth attitude.
In Bubba’s All Night Diner and Bait Shop, by Kiernan Kelly, you’ll find muffuletta and murder at Bubba’s, where the danger is as thick as the accents, and the sex is as spicy as the jambalaya.
In Sexual Frankenstein, by TC Blue, friends and band mates Darian Jones and Tony Delacourt think they know each other well. When an opportunity for the band falls into their laps, it seems like a dream come true, but between their unacknowledged attraction, and some questionable decisions, they must decide whether to play it safe, or risk it all.
Finally, in Link to the Crescent, by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga, werewolf Landry is sent to New Orleans from his home in the swamp, told he’ll meet his destiny. What he meets is vampire, Thierry, who might just be exactly what Landry’s looking for.
Let the good times roll!
Review: Having lived in the Gulf Coast area for many years, I fell in love with all things Cajun. So, I was really looking forward to reading this book. It is made up of 4 different stories, all set in or around New Orleans,
In Ghost Hunting with the Stars, by Lydia Nyx, Harley meets Jackson Carney, America’s favorite gay ghost hunter, and immediately thinks he resembles a perfectly decorated cake. All pretty on the outside but weirdly fake. Harley is just an average guy and has no interest in celebrities, but as he gets to know Jackson he starts to realize that America’s favorite gay ghost hunter is really a pretty nice guy.
I loved the author’s writing style and she created two very likeable characters. They had an easy way of bantering with each other that made me smile. I also enjoyed the secondary characters she added into the story. Harley’s best friend Keith was funny and a bit crass and Jackson’s assistant Amanda was slightly scattered and frantic.
This story had a little bit of ghost hunting, a little bit of sex, some real life stuff thrown in and really well written characters and dialogue. Very enjoyable!
In Bubba’s All Night Diner and Bait Shop by Kiernan Kelly, Jackson shows up at the diner looking for the Malvin brothers and Bubba offers to show him the way to their cabin. Bubba is the diner’s owner and has an accent as thick as the gumbo they serve. Jackson looks like an FBI agent, but is really looking for the Malvin brothers to get their signature on the paperwork that will give his company rights to the natural gas reserves hidden underneath the swamp. Too bad the Malvin brothers are too dead to sign anything!
Bubba and Jackson get acquainted during the murder investigation and subsequent arson investigation and hospital stay. When the whole thing finally unravels, Bubba and Jackson are more than happy to keep seeing each other, even if they do come from two totally different worlds.
I liked the story the author created and it really was true to life with gators and shotguns and everything else you find in the back woods of the bayou. I admit, though, I am never a huge fan of trying to read accented speech. It makes it very realistic, but there are a few too many aint’s in the story.
In Sexual Frankenstein by TC Blue, Darien and Tony have been in the band with each other for a couple of years, each one secretly crushing on the other and assuming they have no chance. An amazing gig falls in their laps and during the course of the night they find themselves getting involved with other people. These brief liaisons serve to open their eyes to what they COULD have if they just manage to find the courage to grab it!
When Tony and Damien finally acknowledge their attraction to each other and end up in bed it is sweet and hot and a little bit frantic and even just a tad bit awkward. Just what you would expect of 2 college kids who have been suffering from unrequited love for the last 2 years!
The author created a group of very likeable characters and I loved that there was an epilogue at the end to let us know how things ended up after the initial craziness of the new relationship.
In Link to the Crescent by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga, Thierry is bored. He has been around a long time and has lost interest in life. Landry is a werewolf, sent from his pack, in search of his destiny. He is young, but denies it, and hungry and wanting to play. Thierry offers him a nice rare steak and a bit of fun and they quickly move forward to a fiercely loyal and protective relationship. Unfortunately, another pack has already claimed this area for themselves and Landry and Thierry need to stake their own claim.
This was a fast paced story with thoroughly enjoyable characters. Thierry is protective and loving and Landry is adorably playful and willing to please. I found it interesting how the author blended the wolf and the human in some scenes. It was often difficult to determine which one was actually in charge. Throughout the story, I could really feel how much they cared for each other. I wish the story had gone a little farther, I didn’t want it to end!
These four stories are all very different, but if you love the bayou and all things Cajun I think you will really have fun with this anthology!