Book Reviews

Blood Howl (Sanguis Noctis 1) by Robin Saxon and Alex Kidwell at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-May-2014

Book Blurb

Gun for hire Jed Walker doesn't figure it for a difficult job-a simple smash and grab retrieval-except his new client doesn't want money or goods. He wants shy, gorgeous Redford Reed, a man who turns Jed's world upside down inside a day. He is in no way prepared to fall hard and fast for his newest assignment.

Redford Reed lives his life locked in his grandmother's house, haunted by a terrible curse and watching the world pass him by until Jed shows up, sent by a man who will stop at nothing to claim Redford as his own. Teaming up with Jed is Redford's only chance at survival, but as the violence escalates, so does the tension between them. Even though they each finally have something to live for, now it's going to take all Jed's skill and every bit of courage Redford has just to stay alive.

Book Review

Talk about a different shifter romance! No destined mates, a pack that isn't a real community (and doesn't even play a major role), a layer of mystery around the reasons for being a werewolf, and a number of shooting and explosion scenes that would do an action/adventure movie proud. And on top of all of that, as if it weren't enough, the two main characters fascinated me to no end, not that the supporting characters were any less interesting; they just had less air time, so to speak. Now, imagine someone wanting one of the main characters kidnapped, and hiring the other main character to do the deed, but instead he falls for the kidnappee-to-be, and you're set for this explosive story to sweep you away.

Jed may be a gun for hire, and he certainly does his title proud with all the weaponry he constantly drags around with him, but he has a conscience. Or maybe a code. Either way, he doesn't just accept any assignment, he needs there to be some sort of justice being done. I doubt he'd admit that if you asked him, but it is one of the reasons he steps back from his "task" of killing Redford the moment he discovers the man isn't really a bad guy. The other reason, of course, is that he falls for him, head over heels. Only, he'd kill you before admitting that. Jed is a totally self-sufficient man, or so he likes to believe, and nothing and nobody can touch him. Until he meets Redford, and then all bets are off. Jed's fierce loyalty comes to the fore, and he becomes Redford's greatest fan and staunchest defender. Really, like a modern-day night in shining armor, except with him, it's shiny guns and knives, and the occasional grenade.

Redford is an enigma wrapped in a mystery and served with a side of riddle. On the surface, he is a shy, withdrawn man with a major social skills challenge. Deep-down he believes he is a monster ever since he got bitten by the werewolves who killed his parents when he was five. His grandmother may have taken him in, but she certainly didn't give him a real home or show him any love, teaching him to hide from the world. Once Jed appears in his life, Redford goes on a journey of discovery that has him thawing, opening up, and blossoming into a passionate man and lover. The amazing transformation, however, doesn't touch his core of innocence which both Jed and I found amazing.

With more twists and turns than I believed possible to fit into a book of this length, some extremely hot scenes as Redford discovers the physical pleasure he can give and receive, and an underlying story line that has the potential to continue for several more novels, this book certainly held my attention. I cannot wait to read the next volume!




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 210 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2011
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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