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Timtuk Canyon Ranch (Mojave Mountain Wolves 1) by A.J. Llewellyn at eXtasy Books

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Magic / Shifters
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 01-March-2018

Book Blurb

When Smith Ryland develops a sudden, pathological fear of heights, he seeks professional help. A lifelong animal ecologist, he can no longer climb trees or trek through rainforests to follow the bird colonies he’s studied for eleven years. He takes a job looking after wild animals in the oddly named Timtuk Canyon Ranch, in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert. He’s astonished to find the ranch is in the mountains. How can he handle this unusual assignment? And what’s up with Jones, Just Jones, the mysterious, magnetic owner of the ranch?

Jones has secrets. Smith intrigues him because Jones is the caretaker of numerous animals most people don’t even know exist. Smith is comfortable with all the animals, including the ones that aren’t part of the…everyday world. Jones senses Smith needs the ranch as much as Timtuk needs him. Can Jones trust this newcomer? Something is changing, bringing with it…magic, but also the threat of lethal danger to Timtuk Canyon Ranch.

Book Review

A new paranormal world, mysteries clouded in riddles, and a very suspenseful story are some of what you can expect from this novella. In typical A.J. Llewellyn fashion there is also lots of humor, and the end result is a very entertaining story. Not everything gets resolved by the end of this installment, so be ready to be left with a few questions. But the beginning of this new series is definitely tantalizing enough to have me looking forward to whatever is next.

Smith has issues. A sudden and fairly recent fear of heights is one of them, very poor taste in picking friends is another. Smith doesn’t seem to see the problem for a long time, but I had my doubts from the start… As he is offered a new job and gets to know his employer, more than one strange thing happens and makes it clear that there is a lot more going on than meets the eye.

Timtuk Canyon Ranch is in the middle of nowhere, and getting to know its various inhabitants was very interesting. Some of them are more mysterious than others, but every single one seems to have a story that is as exciting as the question of what is going on with the owner of this faraway sanctuary for a very wide range of animals. Things rapidly escalate once Smith turns up, and the story winds its way into the clearly paranormal very quickly.

If you like adventures, if mystery and suspense get you going, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that will challenge your ideas of what is “real”, then you might like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 112 pages/32850 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-February-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
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