A big welcome to Morgan Brice as part of her tour with Gay Book Promotions for Huntsman by Morgan Brice.
I already love this author’s writing so knew I’d love this new series. I’m already hanging out for more of Liam and Russ. I liked how they’re both so different, and their shifter animals aren’t the same either, yet both men are getting over past relationships so hesitant to risk their hearts again. I must admit I do love the fated mates trope, so this part of the story made me very happy as did Liam being a librarian.
I particularly loved the world building in this book. The mix of psychics and shifters hit two of my favourite genres, and the reference to two of the author’s other series was the icing on the cake. I like the idea of the Huntsman too and although they’re the bad guys, I’m kind of hoping we haven’t seen the last of them.
The dialogue between Russ and Liam, and their shifter selves, was amusing, and very much captured the feel of both the wolf and fox. I liked how their animal selves had very different personalities to their human side. I thought having different scents for the different animals was very clever.
The scenes between Russ and his late husband were nicely written, and very poignant yet not overly emotional, which made them very believable. I really felt for him, as it was obvious he and Anthony, although not fated mates, had been very much in love. On the flip side, Liam’s ex is a nasty piece of work, and I really hope it all catches up with him at some point.
I loved the small town feel and the location sounds amazing and very beautiful. I liked how the locals all came together, and the strong sense of community, friendship, and found family throughout the story. I loved Russ’s brother and poker buddies and hope they get their own HEA.
The action scene was exciting, and a page turner, and I thought Liam’s tracking idea was very smart. The ending of the story completed a very satisfying read, yet left me wanting more of Fox Hollow.
5 out of 5 stars.
Book Title: Huntsman: Fox Hollow Zodiac Book 1
Author: Morgan Brice
Cover Artist: Adrijus Guscia and Melissa Gilbert
Release Date: July 20, 2020
Genre/s: Urban fantasy MM paranormal romance
Trope/s: sexy shifters, hurt/comfort, second chance love,
sincere psychics, hot first responders, found family, and fated mates
Themes: learning to trust again, taking a chance on love, leaving the past behind,
moving past grief and loss, starting over, embracing your whole self
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 60 000 words/205 pages
It is the first book in the series
Available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and paperback
A grieving wolf. A hunted fox.
Fated mates, thrown together by chance, and the looming threat of a fabled Huntsman who might tear them apart forever.
A grieving wolf. A hunted fox. Fated mates, thrown together by chance, and the looming threat of a fabled Huntsman who might tear them apart forever.
Fox shifter Liam Reynard is running from a killer. He uproots his life to find sanctuary in Fox Hollow, deep in the Adirondack Forest in New York.
When his car breaks down, sexy wolf shifter Russ Lowe comes to the rescue, and one touch makes it clear they’re fated mates. Neither man was looking for love, and both are still mending from past heartbreak. When mysterious fires and disappearances threaten Fox Hollow, Liam fears the killer is hot on his trail. Can he protect the town and his fated mate from the evil hunting him, or will an ex-lover’s betrayal cost Liam everything he loves?
Huntsman is full of sexy shifters, hurt/comfort, second chance love, sincere psychics, hot first responders, found family, and fated mates. Intended for readers 18 years of age or older.
Flashing lights broke Liam out of his gloomy thoughts. The tow truck headed toward him, then did a U-turn and pulled in front of Liam’s car, backing up until it was close enough to hook up the Honda.
The truck driver got out and walked toward Liam, who reluctantly got out of the car. Even though he had called for assistance and it was clear the stranger was a legitimate responder, Liam couldn’t help feeling jittery, with his hands sweating, and heart thumping.
Those reactions doubled when he got a good look at the driver.
Oh, just shoot me now. Fuck my life. Why did he have to be so fine?
In the glare of the truck’s spotlights, Liam made out all the important details. The man had broad shoulders, strong arms, powerful legs, and a solid chest, standing a good five inches or more over Liam’s five-foot-seven frame. Liam had thought he might be saved if the driver was ugly as sin, but he was out of luck. His face was as utterly lickable as the rest of him.
“You called for a tow? Mr. Reynard?”
“I’m Russell Lowe—everyone calls me Russ. I own Lowe’s Auto Shop in Fox Hollow, and tonight I’m your personal tow truck driver,” he said with a broad smile and dimples. The man’s sharp cheekbones, full lips, and strong chin were highlighted by dark brown scruff. Liam’s gaze traveled upward, surprised at gray hair flecked with brown framing a face that couldn’t be older than thirty-five. Green eyes made Liam wonder what kind of shifter Russ might be.
He swallowed hard and might have blushed when he realized Russ seemed to be checking him out too. No matter how attractive his roadside savior might be, Liam’d had enough man trouble to last an eternity, and he sure didn’t need more in a new town.
“Yes, I’m Liam Reynard. Just Liam,” he said, wishing he could conjure up the natural charm that had always served him well in community theater performances. His fox could be quite dramatic. But now, on the run, scared for his life, and in the dark with a stranger in the middle of nowhere, he couldn’t muster his usual flair.
“The engine started making strange noises, and I pulled off. I didn’t want to break anything.” Liam cringed because heknew next to nothing about cars. Admitting that takes points off my “man score,” doesn’t it? Then again, so does being a sports-hating, gay fox shifter twink.
Well, at thirty, I’d thought my twink days were behind me. But when he compared his own shorter, lithe, dancer build to the solid man-mountain in front of him? Yeah, twink still fits.
“I’m glad you stopped the car without waiting for the car to stop you.” Russ finally shifted his attention away from Liam and focused on the Civic. “Let’s get the tow set up, and then you can ride in the cab with me to Fox Hollow.”
About the Author
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, Treasure Trail, Kings of the Mountain and Fox Hollow. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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