Review: 4 stars for Rougaroux Social Club: Bayou’s End
Lynn Lorenz authors several different series, each one polar opposite of the others. Her series, Rougaroux Social Club, centers on a pack of werewolves located in the Louisiana bayou. The pack dynamics are slightly different than want we usually see, which gives the series a fresh feel for those that like to eat these types of stories up. The newest addition to this series is titled Bayou’s End, and is the story of Peter Graham and BillyTrosclair.
Those that read the first story may remember these two. Peter is the young artist who made several unsuccessful passes at Ted, the pack alpha’s mate, before hooking up with a visiting art instructor. Billy is one of the alpha’s deputies and is currently in charge while Ted and Scott are out of town on a much needed vacation.
After leaving his ex, Peter goes looking for Ted, hoping the private detective would be willing to help him. What he finds in St. Jerome is more than what he ever expected. The first meeting between Peter and Billy is intense and one of Peter’s secrets is revealed right away. I did not see this little twist coming and liked that it made the connection between Peter and Billy that much stronger. I was also surprised by the way Peter was treated by his ex, who I wanted to smack. Unfortunately, Peter is one of those characters that trouble just loves to follow. This of course makes things a little difficult for Billy who is trying to juggle his pack duties, his work duties, and now the duties of being a new mate.
Although the passion between these two burns up the pages, the author does not make everything easy for them. There continues to be discord among pack members concerning same sex mating’s. This leads to a few twists and turns that soon pull Peter into the cross hairs. While the way Peter’s problems were resolved surprised me, I did like the way in which the author wrapped everything up.
Readers may want to keep in mind that this story touches briefly on the subjects of date rape and physical abuse. While the author does not throw these subjects up constantly they are important to the background story.
Ms. Lorenz has a new addition to this series coming out soon, and I for one can’t wait.