Book Reviews

Spring Leaves (Orgasmic Texas Dawn 8) by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly at MLR Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 21-March-2018

Book Blurb

Spring is in the air in Lone Trail, but murder is in the heart of one maniac or more. A missing mother long feared dead, is allegedly buried near Old Westmoreland Mockingbird Bridge made famous by Bonnie and Clyde, two of Dallas's most notorious outlaws. Jubilee, Nicholas and Sean join forces with the Texas Rangers and the FBI to find her remains. But all is not as it seems.


Jubilee, already struggling with custody issues and his husband, Kieran being on a mission for the Canadian Mounties, learns that he has been betrayed. Lone Trail is no longer home. The US Marshals have hurt him one time too many times and some fallen leaves are best left where they are.




First Edition published by Silver Publishing, June 2013.

Second Edition published by Amber Allure, February 2015.


Book Review

'Spring Leaves' is book eight in the exciting 'Orgasmic Texas Dawn' series and it sets the stage for the end of Kieran and Jubilee in the US Marshal's and the beginning of a new main character, Marco. Sean and Nicholas are still very much involved, too, but Kieran, Jubilee, and Juan move out of the storyline in this installment. Which made me pretty sad because they've been my favorite part of the series.

Kieran and Nicholas are sent to Canada to help with a problem within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP. Kieran does not plan on returning to Texas when the investigation is done. He's going to take a position in Canada and once Jubilee, as a single man, can get custody of Juan, then they will join Kieran in Canada. Kieran and Jubilee are a mess because they don't know how long they'll be separated and it broke my heart.

Meanwhile, Jubilee and Sean get pulled in to help search for the body of a missing woman. They are assisting the FBI, but the whole thing seems weird from the get go to both Jubilee and Sean, and they are wary at the lack of information given to them. Turns out the FBI and the state attorney general are investigating the cadaver dog's handler who apparently has been planting evidence and wrongfully convicting people. Jubilee gets mad because the "evidence" the FBI showed them when they lied to them, was cropped photos of one of Jubilee's old crime scenes, and Jubilee pretty much tells Sean that he's done. No matter what happens with his adoption of Juan, he's done as a US Marshal. Jubilee is burned out and tired, and he wants something different for himself and his family. Jubilee is allowed to adopt Juan and they head off to Canada to meet up with Kieran, leaving Sean feeling very alone.

Nicholas returns to Texas and he and Sean are put on a modern day Bonnie and Clyde case. Of course, the Bonnie in this situation is a voracious preying mantis who kills her husbands and kids for life insurance policies. The men are just dumb enough to fall in love with her. The whole crowd reunites in Vancouver as Kieran and Jubilee renew their wedding vows with Juan. Nicholas doesn't miss an opportunity to propose to Sean and it came as no surprise the answer was yes.

Even though I'm sad about Kieran and Jubilee not being around anymore, or at least in a very minimal way, I enjoyed this ending to their tale. It looks like Sean and Nicholas might have a decision to make about where they end up, and Marco is going to be a US Marshal so he should feature in the next books. This was a good addition to the series.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 44000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-March-2018
Price $5.99 ebook
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