Book Review – River’s Edge by B.A. Tortuga

Banished #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 245
Characters: Miguel/River
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Series

Miguel is convinced he and River weren’t the fated mates he thought they were, so when his best friend asks him to go back to Lobo Canyon, New Mexico, he knows it’s a really bad idea. Why set himself up to see River again, and to go through all that pain and weirdness again? Wulf is desperate not to be the only banished one at his niece’s christening, though, and Miguel finally, grudgingly, goes along.

River knows how bad he screwed up with Miguel, but he’s been able to tell himself it was meant to be. At least until Miguel shows up. All of his fine plans to stay away from the man go out the window then, and River decides he has to figure out how to win Miguel back. Even if the pack doesn’t seem particularly helpful, between the constant interruptions and the visiting family making his job harder.

What’s worse is that Miguel seems to be accident prone now. Until River realizes what’s going on is no accident. Someone is targeting Miguel with violence, and they have to figure out who it is, and how their love can possibly work out, all at the same time.

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I love the pack is family feel of this story, and the different mix and personalities of the characters. The world building is interesting, especially with how the politics etc work within the pack.

I loved how Miguel, despite how he’s been treated, has a lot of inner strength, and has made a new life for himself within a new pack with Wulf. He totally kicks arse when he goes up against the bad guy. Go Miguel! I wanted to roll my eyes at River at times, as he convinces himself he and Miguel can’t be together instead of actually talking to Miguel and seeing what he thinks about the situation. I loved how River sees Miguel’s scars as a sign of his strength rather than being ugly. I liked these guys together.

The pack members are definitely more than just pack, but also family. I particularly loved Laurel who is cool, smart, and kind. The relationship between Miguel and Juniper is sweet and I loved the idea of a protector. The mystery part of the story had me guessing, with a nicely done red herring.

4 out of 5 stars.

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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