Title: The Soul Collectors 2: Laying Down the Lawman
Author: Alex Bowman
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Characters: Jason McCall, Elia
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance, Series
Sheriff Jason McCall has been entrusted by his community to protect and serve. When dead bodies start littering the morgue, his investigations lead him to a world of creatures he never believed in. Questioning his own sanity, he closes in on the killers, never expecting to be attracted to one of the things that go bump in the night.
Elia comes to the area when he senses a spike in evil energy, knowing the Hell Demon Horde is behind the rash of deaths. When he’s nearly arrested by the local sheriff, he’s tempted to let the sexy lawman put him in cuffs and have his wicked way with him.
Bodies collide as they find solace in each other. Jason’s weary of joining their fight, bound by the oath he gave his neighbors. So, Elia pulls out all the stops to lay down his lawman.
Wow! For just under 110 pages, Laying down the Lawman packs a lot of punch! This is the second book I’ve read by Alex Bowman, and this is an author I’m quickly becoming addicted to reading more of. From page one, the book starts off with a bang and ends with one too! Between the adventure, romance and interesting world building this novel has… I’m already ready to read the next book in the series.
I’m going to tread lightly with this review because I don’t want to give anything away. This is the second book in the Soul Collectors series and in my opinion is just as good as the first one. I will say that Laying Down the Lawman could probably be read as a stand-alone book, but I highly recommend reading the books in series order. There is a lot of world building and the heroes in the first book play an intricate part in this novel, so to fully understand the dynamics and the politics the author has created, these books really should be read in series order.
Jason McCall is a sheriff that has pledged to keep his county safe. Lately, there’s been mysterious deaths in his jurisdiction that not only has him perplexed by how and why it’s happening, he’s also discovered that he has the ability to see things that others don’t around him. Jason has a military way of thinking and his beliefs are pretty much black and white. There are many things he doesn’t understand, and has misconceptions about, and when he meets Elia, who insists on helping him, he instinctively knows there is a lot more to him than meets the eye. Trust doesn’t come easily for him, and as Elia continues to reveal things about him and even Jason himself, it not only confuses him, it also makes him question everything he believes in.
Elia is the Crown Prince of Kallypso and knows a Soul Collector when he meets one. He also realizes that Jason is in denial about many things. Not only is Jason a Soul Collector, Elia knows that he and Jason have an intense emotional connection between them that cannot be denied. Even when he takes Jason to Kallypso, Jason still is leery of him and doesn’t trust Elia and wonders about his motives. But Elia knows with love and a lot of determination on his part, Jason can live up to be what he’s meant to be and share a deep love and connection with Elia that he’s never thought he’d share with someone.
There is definitely a push-pull between the two heroes, Elia and Jason. Jason has been through a lot and is distrustful of Elia, so Elia must earn his love and respect. I loved that the other characters in the first book also played a big part of this one too. The series continues to go on rather smoothly and has made me anxious for the next book. *cough* Graeae and Avery *cough* If you are looking for a fast-paced book with plenty of action and well as some truly amazing characters, then Laying Down the Lawman is definitely for you!
Here are the Soul Collectors books in series order:
Losing his Religion
Laying Down the Lawman
Reviewed By: Gabbi