Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel from Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: It’s been nearly a year since Scott and Ted set up house together in St. Jerome. Life is good. Ted is trying to get his PI business off the ground with the occasional job and still painting for the gallery. Scott is alpha of the pack and sheriff of St. Jerome.
But Scott’s mother, Darlene Dupree, is not content. She wants grandkids and she wants them now. Taking matters into her own hands, Maman, as Scott and Ted call her, works her magic in the middle of the night next to the bayou.
Before Scott and Ted know it, they’re saddled with two boys. Which wouldn’t be so bad, if someone in the pack would take them in. But no one steps forward to claim them and Scott and Ted are left with a terrible choice, take in the kids themselves or give them up to CPS, where the boys can’t hide what they are – werewolves.
It’s the wrong time and the wrong kids. But the first rule of the pack is to protect the pack and there is no other choice to make.
Review: Darlene and her familiar are at it again. She’s out there in the swamp with her stolen, tree ring Jesus praying for grandkids. Possibly, Darlene is starting to realize she needs to be careful what she prays for. She just might get it. With the sudden death in an automotive accident of some pack members, there are new orphans in the pack. The pack likes to take care of itself, and there is really no way CPS can get their hands on a couple of werewolves. That would affect the safety of all of them. The big problem is the kids are Wyatt’s. Nobody liked Wyatt all that much and his older boy, Charles, looks like he’s shaping up to be as much of a mean spirited bully as his father. Local pack Alpha and Sherriff Scott Dupree and his partner Ted Canedo are the ones who have to take them in. Ted isn’t really ready for that. Ted’s not sure he ever wants kids, not at this time, not at the age of Charles and Timmy, and not with the emotional problems Charles has. But they don’t have a choice.
Scott has a lot of guilt dealing with forcing kids on Ted. He’s also got a lot of issues dealing with his own sexuality and his emotions regarding Ted. It’s been really easy to say he’s in a relationship with a man because he’s got a gay wolf, but there is more to it than that. Now Scott just has to admit that to Ted. And raise some kids. None of it is quite as bad as either of them really expected. Ted finds maybe he actually sort of likes these kids and has no qualms taking care of someone the way kids need. Scott also realizes pretty quick just how happy he is with the boys. Of course, that’s when the pack thinks it’s the perfect time to get involved.
It’s possible to read this book as a standalone, but I wouldn’t recommend it. At least read the first book, Bayou Dreams, if you don’t plan on the whole series. Scott and Ted’s relationship at the beginning of the book was good but certainly imperfect. Suddenly having a couple of kids was in no way a cure for their ills. These guys had a lot to work through all of a sudden and still provide a stable home for grieving kids.
The fractiousness of the pack was interesting. It was a good example of how people accept things in stages. The pack was okay with a gay alpha. And a gay alpha’s mate. Then things were okay with some more gay couples. Then people again had to assess their own prejudices. Is it okay for a gay couple to have a family? Pack members really had to stop and think about that one. And they had to think hard.
Amidst all the pack politics and couple’s struggles was a fairly wounded kid. Charles had spent most of his life as his dad’s victim. Wyatt was not a very nice guy. Charles was dealing with a situation most adults find horrible and doing so while being openly badmouthed by the people around him. I think Charles’ character was written well, if maybe a little expediently written to fit into the confines of the story. I feel the boy probably needs years of therapy, but the narrative flowed well. Overall, I think this was a great continuation of the series, from Darlene to the new additions to Ted and Scott’s family.