Book Reviews

Bayou Loup (Rougaroux Social Club 3) by Lynn Lorenz at Lorenz-Lane Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 16-September-2020

Book Blurb

After spending a hot, no-holds-barred sex-filled weekend at a hotel with a man he only knows as Mark, werewolf Bobby Cotteau isn’t sure but he thinks he’s found a new mate. Problem is he never got his lover’s real name. Or his phone number, or even where he lives. But that’s not Bobby’s only problem.

Mark is Professor Mark Bradford, and he’s spent his career as a zoologist trying to prove there are wolves living in the swamps around St. Jerome. If he can do this, he’ll make a name for himself, restore his damaged reputation and maybe even name them after his father, who was killed by a wolf during a camping trip in the swamp with a teenaged Mark.

After a weekend of the best sex of his life, Mark’s fallen hard for Bobby, but without the man’s real name, he has no hopes of ever seeing him again. And the longer they’re apart, the more desperate he is to find Bobby. It’s like he’s under some kind of spell.

Meanwhile, at the Rougaroux Social Club’s yearly Rugarou Festival, where Bobby’s in charge, everything is falling apart. The forecast is for storms, the Virgin Mary has appeared in a tree on the festival grounds, pilgrams are swarming, beer is being sold…and his new mate is about to expose Bobby’s pack to the world.


Bobby has a choice to make.


His pack or his mate.



First edition published by Loose Id, December 2012.

Second edition published by Hartwood Publishing, December 2018.


Book Review

From the moment Lynn Lorenz introduced the character of Bobby in the first installment of the 'Rougaroux Social Club' series, I knew, I just knew, there was going to be something he was hiding and that he would get his own story. In the second book, Bobby outed himself to a very small number of people and they certainly aren't going to say anything. So Bobby is still hiding his true self, even though he's the former sheriff, the former alpha and a former husband. I knew the author would continue on the path of great writing, strong characters, and I was crossing my fingers that Scott's maman would be up to no good.

Bobby, as I said, is the former sheriff of St. Jerome, and the former alpha of the wolf pack, the Rougaroux Social Club. He is an elder of the pack and his wisdom is dearly respected. His wife died several years before, and he loved her and grieved horribly when she passed, but the truth is he's had to hide being gay for most of his life. His wolf wanted a woman as mate, so when he met Carol, they mated and had twenty years together. Now Bobby figures it's time for the man to have what he wants. Granted, it's been decades since he's been with a man.

Mark is a professor who takes one look at Bobby in the hotel bar and says "I want me some of that!" And, who could blame him? Bobby is hot! Mark isn't too shabby, either, just a little younger than Bobby, and they hook up agreeing on no last names, no personal info, just sex and fun. And, umm, wow, it's steamy hot! But, one night turns into, the next day and the next night together. They spend the day at a church festival having more fun than each of them have had in a very long time. When they finally part at the end of the weekend, Mark is torn apart as he's driving away.

Remarkably they manage to run into one another again a couple of months later and get one more night together. By this point, Bobby is fairly certain that Mark is his mate, but he doesn't know how to say anything, and certainly doesn't know what he would do about coming out back in St. Jerome. Unfortunately, Bobby starts having dreams about Mark being in trouble. Without a last name, and with the Rougaroux festival in a week that Bobby is chairman of, Bobby hires Ted to locate Mark for him. Ted locates the existence of a zoology Professor Mark Bradford, who is camping in the woods around St. Jerome to prove the existence of the pack of swamp wolves Mark is positive exist. Mark doesn't believe in the rougaroux legends of the werewolves, but he does believe a pack of wolves lives in the swamp. He saw one when he was camping with his dad as a teenager, and the wolf attacked his dad, causing a heart attack and his father's death.

I'm not telling the ending, you are going to have to read the book to discover what happens at the festival, if Mark gets his scientific evidence, and, whether or not, Bobby and Mark even end up together! I so adored Bobby's story! I'm very grateful to Lynn Lorenz for writing it as I truly felt Bobby deserved his own tale. I would have loved a little more one on one between Bobby and Mark, but, in exchange, I got the crazy shenanigans of Scott's mother and finding Jesus's face in the oak tree. This is a wonderful series that I can't recommend enough!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 192 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-August-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Loup-Shifter-Romance-Rougaroux-ebook/dp/B08FD76GK9