Book Review – Sins of the Fathers by Morgan Brice

Kings of the Mountain #2
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Pages: 161
Characters: Dawson/Grady
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Series

Three deadly accidents that might have been magical murder. A dark witch with a grudge against the King family. Federal agents with supernatural abilities. And, as usual, Dawson and Grady are smack dab in the crosshairs of trouble even they can’t outrun.

When Grady King’s brother Knox is targeted by shady characters, old secrets, coverups, and lies come to light. Grady and his boyfriend Dawson begin to question what really happened when Grady’s grandparents and Dawson’s parents died. Then agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Supernatural Investigation show up pursuing a different case, only to discover that the crimes appear to be connected, with a vengeful dark witch at the center of the plot. And since monsters never sleep, Grady and Dawson are still carrying out their duty to hunt dangerous paranormal creatures, restless spirits, nefarious faeries, Civil War ghosts, creepy cryptids, and things that go bump in the night. It’s all part of the centuries-old King family mandate to protect the people of Cunanoon Mountain and Transylvania County, a mission Grady and Dawson are sworn to fulfill.

But when it looks like something is hunting the people Grady loves, it’s time to dig into the family’s painful past, uncovering dangerous details of long-ago hunts against immortal creatures who never forget—or forgive.

Can they solve the mystery and figure out who’s behind the deaths, or will they bear the deadly consequences of their hidden history? Reckoning with the past just might destroy Grady and Dawson’s plans for the future and set loose a tide of malicious magic that could sweep them all away.

Sins of the Fathers is a thrill-packed MM romance adventure full of fast cars, outlaw country boys, snarky werewolves, vengeful ghosts, menacing monsters, and a love that can’t be denied.

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I loved the second book in this series, and am already hanging out for more. The worldbuilding is fabulous, and part of a larger world. The characters pulled me in, and the plot had me turning pages, reluctant to stop reading.

Grady and Dawson are very much in love and it shows. I like how the bittersweet ghost callout they deal with at the beginning of the story makes them think about their own future together, especially as they lead dangerous lives. I like how their relationship grows in this story. They’re both capable, stubborn, and I love seeing them in action taking down bad guys. Grady, in particular, rocks in this one. Considering what he goes through, he is still a force to be reckoned with as someone finds out too late. I liked how his and Dawson’s pasts drive this story, and everything that comes with Grady and his brother being adopted into the King family.

Loved Grady’s power which is a little different yet comes in very handy.

I liked how everything that happens in the story is linked to the wider story arc of the older murders they’re trying to solve.

I like Colt and Knox, and the story behind Knox’s previous addiction. I love Denny, how he knows more than he’s letting, and the scene at the end of this book that shows his true role in the fight against supernatural threats. I also liked that although the Sheriff has his differences with the Kings, he’s still good at his job.

The two opposing factions – one for supernaturals and not humans, and the other vice versa – are an interesting addition to the story as is the Tennessee Bureau of Supernatural Investigations. I love Gibson and Tucker who need their own series.

The showdown with the bad guys is tense and edge-of-seat. I enjoyed how the story played out, and the sweet, well-deserved ending.

5 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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