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Debbie Herbert’s Bayou Wolf – Review

Tallulah Silver is tough. She has to be—because she’s the Choctaw tribe’s only female shadow hunter, and because she doesn’t know how else to survive the loss that almost destroyed her. Payton Rodgers has devoted his life to protecting his pack. But when mauled bodies start to pile up in the bayou, Payton begins to wonder if Tallulah might be right about werewolves deserving the blame. As darkness gathers around them, Tallulah will have to decide if she can risk opening herself up to love again. And Payton will have to determine where his true loyalties lie.

As many of you know, I am addicted to Debbie Herbert‘s books, but I didn’t expect to love Bayou Wolf as much as I have her other books. Why? This novel’s heroine, Tallulah Silver, was a secondary character in an earlier novel (Bayou Shadow Hunter) in the Bayou Magic series, and I found her to be infuriating for most of that novel. This was the first and only of Debbie’s books that I’ve stepped into with any amount of skepticism at the outset, and I’m delighted to report that Bayou Wolf washed that skepticism away by the end of the first page.

Bayou Wolf paints a much more vulnerable, human portrait of Tallulah that I was easily able to relate to. She’s wounded and deeply flawed, which makes her all the more real and endearing to me.

Now, on to our hero! I fell head-over-heels in LOVE with Payton Rodgers as I was reading this book! (Probably because he reminds me a lot of my amazing husband, but I’m heavily biased on that subject.) I love that Payton is a genuinely good, hardworking man in spite of his flaws and insecurities. It was incredibly easy for me to fall in love with that character, and with the journey he and Tallulah take together on their way to finding true love.

As always, I adore the setting (Bayou La Siryna) because it speaks to this Southern Alabama native on a soul-deep level.  Bayou La Siryna is like home to me in more ways than one, and Debbie Herbert paints a perfect picture of just how enchanting places like my hometown can be.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book! It’s another supernatural hit from Debbie Herbert, in my book. 😉

 


Debbie Herbert's Bayou Wolf – Review

Tallulah Silver is tough. She has to be—because she’s the Choctaw tribe’s only female shadow hunter, and because she doesn’t know how else to survive the loss that almost destroyed her. Payton Rodgers has devoted his life to protecting his pack. But when mauled bodies start to pile up in the bayou, Payton begins to wonder if Tallulah might be right about werewolves deserving the blame. As darkness gathers around them, Tallulah will have to decide if she can risk opening herself up to love again. And Payton will have to determine where his true loyalties lie.

As many of you know, I am addicted to Debbie Herbert‘s books, but I didn’t expect to love Bayou Wolf as much as I have her other books. Why? This novel’s heroine, Tallulah Silver, was a secondary character in an earlier novel (Bayou Shadow Hunter) in the Bayou Magic series, and I found her to be infuriating for most of that novel. This was the first and only of Debbie’s books that I’ve stepped into with any amount of skepticism at the outset, and I’m delighted to report that Bayou Wolf washed that skepticism away by the end of the first page.

Bayou Wolf paints a much more vulnerable, human portrait of Tallulah that I was easily able to relate to. She’s wounded and deeply flawed, which makes her all the more real and endearing to me.

Now, on to our hero! I fell head-over-heels in LOVE with Payton Rodgers as I was reading this book! (Probably because he reminds me a lot of my amazing husband, but I’m heavily biased on that subject.) I love that Payton is a genuinely good, hardworking man in spite of his flaws and insecurities. It was incredibly easy for me to fall in love with that character, and with the journey he and Tallulah take together on their way to finding true love.

As always, I adore the setting (Bayou La Siryna) because it speaks to this Southern Alabama native on a soul-deep level.  Bayou La Siryna is like home to me in more ways than one, and Debbie Herbert paints a perfect picture of just how enchanting places like my hometown can be.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book! It’s another supernatural hit from Debbie Herbert, in my book. 😉

 


Review – Bayou Shadow Hunter by Debbie Herbert

I am a long-time reader of Harlequin romance novels. When I was 10 years old, I discovered my mom’s stash of Harlequins. She had a whole walk-in closet full of them! It was a waiting utopia of romantic ideals. See, my mom was a Harlequin subscriber for many, many years. She had more than 500 Harlequin romances, and I read them all before middle school ended. I guess you could call me a Harlequin romance novel addict.

I started collecting my own copies of romance novels after Mom’s collection ran out, and it’s something I still do to this day. Almost every time I go in Walmart or Barnes & Noble, I come out with a Harlequin romance of some kind. My favorite Harlequin lines are Nocturne, Intrigue, Romantic Suspense, Love Inspired Suspense, and Love Inspired.

I’ve decided that, because I’m passionate about reading romance novels, I’m going to review the ones I read here. First on my list is Bayou Shadow Hunter, author Debbie Herbert’s latest Harlequin Nocturne release. (I’m a HUGE fan of her Dark Seas trilogy–it doesn’t get better than mermaids and romance. Check them out at http://www.debbieherbert.com/books/.)

While Bayou Shadow Hunter is a departure from Debbie’s Dark Seas trilogy, I am already craving the next book in THIS series! Yes, Bayou Shadow Hunter is THAT good. You’re wondering what makes it so good, right? Well, buckle up because it’s a long list.

First and foremost, I ADORE the setting–Bayou la Siryna. It strongly resembles the area where I grew up. Being a native of the Alabama Gulf Coast and married to an avid fisherman, I can vividly see and feel the bayou setting. Actually, every bit of the setting feels real to me.

Next on my list of loves about this book is the heroine, the Hoodoo practicing “witch” Annie Matthews. I feel deeply connected to her on so many levels, and I can identify with every single one of her struggles. I don’t want to detail too much and risk spoilers, but she’s one of the most real and well-rounded romance novel heroines I’ve ever read.

Naturally, the hero–Tombi Silver–comes next! This strong, sexy, brooding Choctaw Shadow Hunter is mouthwateringly strong and far beyond hot!

I love how the plot is shrouded in suspense, Hoodoo, and Choctaw legends, all inexorably entwined. The spiritual framework for this novel perfectly matches the internal belief system I developed growing up in an area similar to Bayou la Siryna.

As for the shadows that Tombi hunts, I have had my own struggles with similar evils, and that part of the novel felt so REAL to me.

That’s what I love about all of Debbie’s novels, though. She has a fantastic way of making magic feel real.


Manhunt by Tyler Anne Snell

I love the characters, settings, and plot that Tyler Anne Snell created in her premier Harlequin Intrigue novel: Manhunt. I must admit that I may be slightly biased in Tyler’s favor, however, because we took several creative writing courses together at Troy University, and she is a delightful, interesting human being. Not only is Manhunt sexy and fun, but it is also jam-packed with fascinating plot twists. Sometimes it takes me a couple chapters to fully engage with what I’m reading, but I did not experience that with this book. It sucked me in from the very first word and didn’t let go until the last. Tyler’s use of foreshadowing is nothing short of masterful, and I love how real her characters felt to me. I also ADORED the “sound of the south” easter egg nestled in the pages of Manhunt. What do I mean by Easter egg? “Sound of the South” is the name of Troy University’s marching band, but Tyler uses the term to describe nature’s indigenous music in the Southern states. Well done, Tyler! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next!


Siren's Secret by Debbie Herbert

It may sound strange to say so, but I felt very at home in this book. I loved the setting, and especially loved the mentions of Mobile because it’s a place I know pretty well. Mrs. Herbert shows small, Southern, coastal communities in their full color and glory. The mention of real incidents that have affected the Gulf Coast, like Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill lent even more credibility to the story. Not only is the setting pure perfection, but I have also had a lifelong obsession with mermaids and romance. That made Siren’s Secret pretty much the perfect book for me. I love that there is a romance novel with a mermaid as the heroine. I loved every minute of discovering the relationship between Shelly and Tillman as it developed, and I love the sizzling attraction between them. I love how it always seems to be more than mere physical attraction, though, no matter how Shelly and Tillman try to convince themselves otherwise. I like the supporting cast of characters. I love how the characters’ names all fit so well, especially for Lily and Jet. I love how good Shelly is with Tillman’s autistic little brother, Eddie. I also love how truly well constructed the villain is. I won’t say more for fear of accidental spoilers. Suffice it to say that Siren’s Secret is a perfect marriage of fantasy and reality.


Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert

It may sound strange to say so, but I felt very at home in this book. I loved the setting, and especially loved the mentions of Mobile because it’s a place I know pretty well. Mrs. Herbert shows small, Southern, coastal communities in their full color and glory. The mention of real incidents that have affected the Gulf Coast, like Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill lent even more credibility to the story. Not only is the setting pure perfection, but I have also had a lifelong obsession with mermaids and romance. That made Siren’s Secret pretty much the perfect book for me. I love that there is a romance novel with a mermaid as the heroine. I loved every minute of discovering the relationship between Shelly and Tillman as it developed, and I love the sizzling attraction between them. I love how it always seems to be more than mere physical attraction, though, no matter how Shelly and Tillman try to convince themselves otherwise. I like the supporting cast of characters. I love how the characters’ names all fit so well, especially for Lily and Jet. I love how good Shelly is with Tillman’s autistic little brother, Eddie. I also love how truly well constructed the villain is. I won’t say more for fear of accidental spoilers. Suffice it to say that Siren’s Secret is a perfect marriage of fantasy and reality.


Snow Blind by Cassie Miles

This fast-paced Harlequin Intrigue novel is one of my favorite Harlequin reads of all time. Sasha Campbell witnesses a murder after drinking three glasses of champagne and calls 911. Unfortunately, the bubbly has gone to her head, and when sheriff’s deputy Brady Ellis shows up, he’s a little wary of her claims because she’s obviously a wee bit intoxicated. Their chemistry is instant, electric, and deliciously satisfying. The only problem is that Sasha is the only witness to the murder, and when Brady decides to investigate, there’s no evidence to be found. Snow Blind is a sexy thrill ride with plot twists you’ll never see coming, no matter how well-read you are.
Additionally, her setting descriptions are fabulous. I’ve only been to Colorado once but reading this book made me want to go back.
I recommend that you pick up a copy today!

Celebrating a Friend's Success

Congratulations are in order for one of my former classmates, Tyler Anne Snell! She’s been published with the Harlequin Intrigue line. When you can, please check out her premier novel Manhunt. As someone who took creative writing courses with her, I can guarantee you that the book will be witty, fast-paced, and impossible to put down.

Congratulations, Tyler!


Celebrating a Friend’s Success

Congratulations are in order for one of my former classmates, Tyler Anne Snell! She’s been published with the Harlequin Intrigue line. When you can, please check out her premier novel Manhunt. As someone who took creative writing courses with her, I can guarantee you that the book will be witty, fast-paced, and impossible to put down.

Congratulations, Tyler!


Harlequin Christmas Challenge

So, as some of you may know, I absolutely adore Harlequin romance novels and would love to write for Harlequin someday. I submitted an entry to their Christmas Challenge, and I’m looking forward to the guaranteed editor feedback.


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