Bayou Loup (Rougaroux Social Club #3)
Publisher: Loose Id
Length: 218 pages
After spending a hot,
no-holds-barred sex-filled weekend at a hotel with a man he only knows
as Mark, werewolf Bobby Cotteau isn’t sure but he thinks he’s found a
new mate. Problem is he never got his lover’s real name. Or his phone
number, or even where he lives. But that’s not Bobby’s only problem.
is Professor Mark Bradford, and he’s spent his career as a zoologist
trying to prove there are wolves living in the swamps around St. Jerome.
If he can do this, he’ll make a name for himself, restore his
reputation and maybe even name them after his father, who was killed by a
wolf during a camping trip in the swamp with a teenaged Mark. But after
a weekend of the best sex of his life, Mark’s fallen hard for Bobby,
but without the man’s real name, he has no hopes of ever seeing him
again. And the longer they’re apart, the more desperate he is to find
Bobby. It’s like he’s under some kind of spell.
Meanwhile, at the
Rougaroux Social Club’s yearly Rugarou Festival, which Bobby is in
charge of, everything is falling apart. The forecast is for storms, the
Virgin Mary has appeared a tree on the festival grounds at the church,
pilgrims are swarming, and beer is being sold... and his new mate is
about to expose Bobby’s pack to the world.
This is the third installment in the Rougaroux Social Club series. I reviewed the first book and gave it 4.25 stars, and loved the concept that the hero’s wolf
was gay, but not the man. This is a theme throughout the books, or:
“The wolf wants what the wolf wants.” An interesting twist on the
Gay-For-You trope in my opinion.
Bayou Loup is Bobby
Cotteau’s story. The former sheriff and alpha of St. Jerome finally
finds love a few years after his wife and mate dies. While Bobby always
knew he was gay, his wolf fell in love with his wife, they mated and
they were happy for many years until her passing. But now Bobby has the
chance to explore his homosexuality and first time out, he meets Mark
Bradford and they agree to a strings-free weekend fling…that winds up
turning into a couple of weekends as their chemistry is off the charts.
As Bobby slowly begins to realize that Mark is his true mate, Mark’s
past threatens the St. Jerome pack...and Bobby’s very life.
with the other books, I thought Ms. Lorenz’s take on werewolf
bonding/mating was unique. Scott Dupree from the first book (Bobby’s
successor as alpha in the pack) was straight, but when he met his mate
his wolf wanted the other man and as much as Scott fought it, in the
end, the mating bond and love won out. In this version, Bobby knew he
was gay, had sexual encounters with other men, but once his wolf met his
future wife, that was it. Bobby got married and was very happy until
she died. Here comes the second unique concept: an unmated wolf slowly
dies, or turns rogue and is put down by the pack. So, when Bobby meets
Mark and realizes they are mates, it is life and death for him that his
wolf claim Mark. In my estimation, Ms. Lorenz has created a distinctive
mythology in the wolves of St. Jerome that bucks the traditional
But despite my great love for the world building
in this series, there were some issues with characterization that
ultimately brought the book’s rating down for me. While readers of the
series have a background on Bobby, we get little characterization on
Mark until the near end of the book. The first 30% of Bayou Loup
is the sex between Mark and Bobby, and while completely hot, I never
understood why Bobby’s wolf fell in love with Mark. The men know very
little about each other outside of the bedroom. And while I love
Insta-Love/Mates as much as the next shifter fanatic, I wanted more
interaction that did not involve sex to draw me into Mark and Bobby’s
Now, my favorite character from the series, Mrs.
Dupree (Scott’s mom) is back and causing trouble, plus Scott and his
partner Ted make appearances, so fans of those characters will be happy,
but overall I was a little disappointed with Bobby’s story. That is not
saying I am not recommending this book because I am, but be aware there
are still some aspects of the book that failed to live up to book one’s
brilliance in my opinion.
Originally reviewed on Jessewave.