Book Reviews

Delsyn's Blues (Vasquez & James 2) by Lou Sylvre at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 04-April-2014

Book Blurb

Sonny James and Luki Vasquez are living proof that the course of love never runs smoothly. Ambushed by grief, Sonny listens to a voice singing the blues from beyond the grave. While revisiting the sorrows and failings of his past, in the here and now he puts up a wall against love. Just when Luki chips through that barricade, the couple becomes the target of a new threat from outside: an escalating and unexplainable rash of break-ins and assaults.

Thoughts of infidelity rise between them, a threat that may strain their newly mended love past its limits. To come through the trials alive and together, Luki and Sonny will have to unite against enemies who were once friends and overcome crippling hatred and overwhelming fear. If they succeed, maybe then they can rekindle the twin flames of passion and love.


Book Review

'Delsyn's Blues' is the second book in Lou Sylvre's 'Vasquez & James' series about Luki, ex-ATF Agent and owner of a highly successful security firm, and his lover, Sonny, a reclusive weaver who lives in the woods on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Before you ask me, yes, in my opinion, these books must be read in order for all the history and backstory that comes along in each. I really enjoyed the first book and its climactic ending which involved Sonny's nephew, Delsyn, so I was excited to jump into this installment. I wasn't very happy to begin the book and immediately be sad, but I understood where the author was taking me so I forgave her.

When Delsyn slipped into a coma after a fall, Sonny sent Luki home to Chicago, wanting only to be alone with the nephew he loved. Sonny didn't even call Luki when Delsyn died, but Luki shows up at the graveside as Sonny is being arrested for the murder of Delsyn. What?! Sonny is being accused of turning off the machines that were keeping Delsyn alive. Sonny is so depressed and despondent that he doesn't even really care. So whether he wants him there or not, Luki is going to make sure to clear Sonny's name. But Sonny does want Luki, they just have to weather some storms to get back to where they began. One of those storms is the possibility that Delsyn died because he overheard something…by someone who might've been a friend.

One of the things I liked the most about this book was getting more history on Sonny and Luki. Discovering Sonny's drug addicted youth and Luki's painful memories of clubbing almost broke my heart. Sonny has spent his life just ignoring the bad stuff and Luki has gone one better by trapping all emotions behind an icy wall. So when these two men hit a rough patch, neither can help their ingrained and instinctual responses. But I wanted to smack them both upside their heads. Men. Hmpf. Luckily they came to their senses and realized what the important things in life are.

I think I liked this second installment even more than the previous. Once again there was a mystery to solve and a whole lot of action adventure, but there was more understanding of these main characters and I responded very well to that. The tempo and pace of this book seemed to flow better and I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading the next adventure with Luki and Sonny.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 260 pages/90677 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-January-2012
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle
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