Author: Rhae Camdyn
Publisher: MLR Press
Can a Flemish Giant bunny find love with a Texas jackrabbit lawman, and not end up a person of interest in an active DEA investigation?
On the surface, Jackass Flats seems as common as ticks, tornadoes, or tumbleweeds on the plains of North Texas. But, scratch past the small town charm of Mama Cee’s restaurant, or Gear Grinders Garage & Machine Shop, and you’ll find a whole mess of things going on. Mix a DEA investigation going off the rails, a Paul Bunyan sized French émigré dealing exotic cars, and a long-eared lonely deputy scouting for stuff and nonsense at the infamous local casino, and a very subtle bow-chicka-bow-wow romance track playing in the background, things get spicy with cayenne, cilantro and a heartwarming dash of good natured hilarity.
As Sheriff Drayton Jeepers like to say when caught unawares, “No one south of that highway lives in their own skin.”
Yeah, we’re not sure what he means either, but finding out promises to be fun!
I’m so close to finishing this, but I just can’t do it. I had a sense early on that this book might not work for me, but I wanted to give it a chance. Shifter books tend to fall into one of three categories: silly and fun rom-com, cheesy and overly dramatic Telenovela, and sexy dramatic thrillers. This one fell awkwardly between the first two categories. If that sounds like a good time to you, then pick this up because I think you’ll like it. But it didn’t work for me.
I’m fine with silly, but I’m reading this for the ROMANCE. I’m at 68% and the romance is non-existent as far as I can tell. These guys have barely interacted and I didn’t feel any chemistry. In addition to that, we don’t know them very well as individuals. We’ve gotten the absolute bare minimum of back-story on both of them, and I don’t have a sense for them as people.
Speaking of no back story. It took me almost this entire 68% to figure out if shifters were out or not in this world. Turns out they’re not. BUT the people in this town do not talk in code or secrecy at all, and have on occasion shifted in public. WTF. Granted, this is apparently a nearly all shifter town, but for that reason I find it odd that a shifter happens to wander in for an unrelated job. ALSO, the prologue was the Native American explanation of HOW shifters in this town came to be… and then later they mention a Scottish shifter and a French shifter… sooo how did THOSE shifters come to be?!?!? I’m assuming not from the same Native American shaman.
Ultimately, my main issue is that the majority of this book is made up of long winded monologues completely unrelated to either the romance or the “mystery” plot. It just seems to try too hard to be witty and clever and banter-y, without ever quite hitting the mark. I don’t particularly like any of the characters, or particularly care about what happens to them. I ended up giving it 2 hearts because there was something about this story that made me want to like it, and give it enough of a try to get to 68%. I do think some people will find it funny and cute, so I’m probably an outlier. But know what you’re getting yourself into.