Book Review – Kings of the Mountain by Morgan Brice

Kings of the Mountain #1
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Pages: 173
Characters: Dawson/Grady
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Series.

Fast cars. Outlaw country boys. Snarky werewolves, vengeful ghosts, and menacing monsters.

Dawson King’s family has been hunting things that go bump in the night in Transylvania County, North Carolina, since before the Revolutionary War.

Dawson was never happier than when he was racing his souped-up Mustang along winding mountain roads and hunting monsters with his best friend, Grady. Then Grady fell in love with him, which should have been perfect since Dawson had already fallen hard for Grady.

But Grady was only seventeen, and Dawson feared that sooner or later, Grady would realize his feelings were just a first crush, and then he’d be gone, leaving Dawson devastated. They both needed space to figure things out. So Dawson joined the army, while Grady stayed on the mountain.

Four years later, Dawson is coming home. He’s more sure than ever Grady is his forever love, and they’ve both agreed to begin this new aspect of their relationship as soon as Dawson gets back.

Then Grady’s father is killed in a werewolf hunt gone wrong. Grady is devastated, and he’s throwing mixed signals about moving forward. Dawson knows he needs to hold off on this new thing between them until Grady has time to grieve. But monsters never sleep, and one hunt after another throws Dawson and Grady into constant danger, while tension and unresolved feelings ripple between them.

Making it even harder, Dawson’s got a secret. He’s dreamed of death omens—which point to something stalking Grady. Can Dawson figure out who’s trying to kill Grady, save his life, and win back his heart?

Plenty of mutual pining, hurt/comfort, spooky chills, sexy thrills, and a very happy ending. Kings of the Mountain is the first novel in the series. It is a MM romance intended for readers 18 years of age and older.

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I’m already a huge fan of this author, and loved this new series.

The world building is fabulous, and gave me a Supernatural with a touch of Dukes of Hazard vibe from the onset. I love that the sheriff and his men are werewolves, and the name of the mountain and the car amused me. As always, I appreciated the cameo mention from another character from one of her other series, which is one of my favourite things about this author.

Dawson and Grady are both very likeable characters, and there’s plenty of hurt/comfort in this story. I liked that their PTSD was handled head on, and realistically, and that it did impact their decisions moving forward, as they struggled to follow their hearts, yet be there for each other. I also liked that they make mistakes and that not all hunts go well, and sometimes people die. It upped the stakes and added an edge of realism and danger. I really felt for Grady in particular and what had happened with his father.

Denny is wonderful. He’s caring, and yet no nonsense and tells them what they need rather than what they necessarily want to hear. What he tells Dawson when he calls him an idiot is very spot on, and perfect.

The narrative winds back and forth between the past and the present, but I thought because these guys have a complex and long friendship as well as relationship it made for a richer story being able to see their history rather than being told about it. The various hunts are all quite different, and I particularly liked the haunted motel, and the twist of why the ghost decides to make his presence known.

I thought the final show down was exciting, and I liked how the story came together with all the threads explained as part of it. I’m already looking forward to reading more of these guys, and also hope to see them take a role in part of the author’s larger universe.

5 out of 5.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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