Thursday, March 1, 2012

Guest Review for Blood on the Bayou by Stacey Jay

Why do we love dysfunctional characters? Is it because we can relate? Is it because we believe that if THEY can survive, maybe we can? Is it because we are warped and like to see other people suffer with life? Who knows!

Annabelle is VERY dysfunctional. She has low self-esteem. She drinks too much, she loves too hard, and the monsters she battles in her real world don’t compare to the demons she battles on the inside! Regardless, I love Annabelle.

In Blood on the Bayou, Annabelle’s love life takes a turn (for the worse or for the better is for you to find out), her magic abilities are further explored, and the characters around her (human and/or otherwise) create havoc in Annabelle’s quest for peace and normalcy.

We have not one, not two, but three central players, in Annabelle’s messed up love life. Back for a return performance as boyfriend number 1 is Cane. In Blood on the Bayou, we find Annabelle exploring a possible future with Cane, only to unlock secrets about the man she thinks she loves which makes her doubt Cane’s feelings and motivations behind the relationship.

Boyfriend number 2 is Hitch. I know, you THINK he is not a boyfriend since Hitch supposedly has a pregnant fiancĂ©e but in reality, Annabelle’s feelings for Hitch are as strong as her feelings for Cane. Like Cane, Annabelle is discovering secrets in Hitch’s closet that makes her doubt her own feelings for him AND whether she can trust him.

And finally, we have Tucker. Tucker’s past is as invisible as his body. Don’t worry. The reader learns plenty about Tucker but the revelations create more questions than answers. By far, Tucker is my favorite character, he’s playful, mysterious and for the life of me, I can’t figure out his motives.


I hate love triangles. I really do. That is why I’m shocked that I love this series. I think because Annabelle is so dysfunctional with a heart of gold, I can’t help but be an Annabelle cheerleader, hoping she’ll end up with the right guy, and live happily ever after. The problem is who is the right guy?

Blood on the Bayou is not all about the love-Bermuda-triangle. It also has non-stop action, and a storyline that revolves not only around the faeries, but an entirely new species is introduced. You’ll have to read it to find out!

A huge thank you goes out to Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead for her review of Blood on the Bayou.

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