Author: J Leigh Bailey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Provided by Publisher
Blurb: A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill.
A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.
While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.
It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.
Review: Donnie Granger is going to make his move on William. It doesn’t go so great. William is rather disinterested. When some guys who smell like mafia hit men show up looking for a guy who fits William’s description Donnie springs into action! He saves William who is still pretty disinterested in Donnie. Of course Donnie isn’t going to leave well enough alone. William hasn’t always been a mild mannered professor, and he does not want Donnie involved in any way. Any way includes romance. There will be no involvement. So of course there’s involvement and Donnie realizes things are a lot worse than he could have imagined. Things go wrong. They go really wrong.
I liked this book quite a bit more than I expected I would. Which sounds rather unfair as I’ve really liked all the previous Dreamspun Desires books I’ve read. I think I forget how good they are. This book is tropetastic in all the best ways. Donnie is sort of a too stupid to live character, but he manages to save the day with his craziness and friends. William is a wounded hero. There’s love at first sight. There’s even some hurt/comfort.
Okay, now all those tropes I laid out also had some reality thrown at them. Well, as much reality as you can get in a paranormal romance about a super-spy/college professor. Donnie did ping a little too stupid to live, but he also had a lot of regrets about his actions. Donnie was aware his mistakes put others in danger and had a lot of guilt. William’s wounded hero aspects were grounded in very tragic happenings. Bad things had happened to him and he didn’t want a repeat. Donnie immediately knew he wanted William and that felt a bit like love at first sight, but as it turns out these guys didn’t really hit it off too quickly in any way beyond attraction. Donnie and William spend a good portion of the book sparring verbally and emotionally. Lust at first sight is all fine and dandy but the love took a bit longer.
This book isn’t overly complicated, it’s not mind blowing, it’s not a Reading Experience, but I really enjoyed it. I had fun reading this book! I feel like fun books get hugely underestimated. This will be a book I reread and will heartily recommend to anyone interested in paranormal who is looking for a fun and entertaining read.