Lydia Reviews: Stalking Buffalo Bill by J. Leigh Bailey

TITLE:  Stalking Buffalo Bill

Author: J. Leigh Bailey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 220

Characters: Donnie Granger, William Bryce

POV:  1st POV

Sub-Genre:  Shape-shifter, Series, Dreamspun Beyond

Kisses: 4

Blurb:

A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill.

A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.

While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.

It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.

Review:

Stalking Buffalo Bill is a new shape-shifter story by author J. Leigh Bailey.  This story is written in the first person, so we get to see everything from Donnie’s point of view.  Donnie is one of those characters that most readers are sure to like from the beginning.  He is brash, cocky and a know it all coyote shapeshifter.  His past relationships have been rocky and now he has his eyes set on a local professor.  His fascination with the professor has him crossing into the stalking category, something Donnie is not apologizing for.  The older man makes him nervous and the day he finally gets up the nerve to talk to the man, bounty hunters show up looking for William.  Of course, this means Donnie has no choice but to stick his nose into things.  I loved the way William reacts when Donnie shows up in his animal form.  I could not help laughing a time or two.

What Donnie does not know is that William has been watching him just as much.  When the two find themselves together again after Donnie warned him of the hunters, the passion that erupts between them is intense and the author really heats up the pages.  I loved the way Donnie reacts afterward when William tells him what kind of shifter he is.  I laughed as much as Donnie.  Everything is not all roses and sunshine for these though, remember someone is looking for William.

It turns out William is not exactly who he said he was and his past is starting to catch up with him.  William’s past is not what I was expecting, and I really enjoyed the direction it takes the story.  William’s protectiveness towards Donnie really comes through at this time as the younger man cannot help himself and goes out of his way to help William.

The various twists and turns Stalking Buffalo Bill has been very entertaining and will keep you turning the pages of this story.  This is one story I am planning on re-reading again soon.

Reviewed By:   Lydia

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Lydia Reviews: Guyliner by J Leigh Bailey


Title: Guyliner
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: J leigh Bailey
Pages: 250
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Connor works his butt off to maintain the golden-boy persona he’s created. He has the grades, the extracurriculars, the athletics, and a part-time job at his dad’s shop… every detail specifically chosen to ensure the college scholarships he needs to get the hell out of the Podunk town where he lives. The last thing he needs is an unexpected attraction to Graham, an eyeliner-wearing soccer phenom from St. Louis, who makes him question his goals and his sexuality. Sure, he’s noticed good-looking boys before—that doesn’t have to mean anything, right?—but he’s got a girlfriend. There’s no room on the agenda for hooking up with Graham, but the heart doesn’t always follow the rules.

As he and Graham grow close, other aspects of Connor’s life fall apart. Family pressure, bad luck, and rumors threaten to derail his carefully laid plans. Suddenly the future he’s fighting for doesn’t seem quite as alluring, especially if he has to deny who he really is to achieve it.

Review:

Guyliner is a coming of age story that has made its way to my keeper shelve as I will be reading it again. This story has its fair share of angst and there are times when things get intense, but these things do not over run the story, and instead helps move the story and characters along.

The main characters in this book are high school students and athletes, and that is where the similarities end. Connor is the towns golden boy, a title he hates. he goes out of his way to make sure he is as perfect as he can be, to get into the college of his choice. He’s also straight and has a girlfriend who happens to be the coach’s daughter. He has his life planed out to the last letter which is why he is thrown for a loop the first time he sees Graham.

Graham is the opposite from Connor is many ways, the foremost being that Graham is openly gay and will not go back into the closet again. He is also struggling to overcome a gay bashing that was so sever his family felt it would be better to move to from a big city to a Podunk town that is hard to feel comfortable in.
There appears to be little that would make these two friends, never mind something more. When a fight causes the two to face after school suspension, in the form of cleaning the old equipment shed, the two become closer in many ways. But Connor is not ready to face the fact that he may be gay and Graham is not planning on being someone’s dirty secret. Of course, that does not prevent them from becoming closer and soon one thing leads to another and both their lives are being changed. Unfortunately, news of their relationship comes out and Connor is forced to make decisions he is not ready for.

I will admit there are times when I wanted to shake Connor. While I understood that he was coming to terms with being gay, as well as struggling to handle problems within his family, the way he treated Graham at times drove me crazy. Connor does redeem himself and I loved the way the author wraps up the story.
Those readers that enjoy the YA, coming of age sub-genre should give Guyliner a shot. It will grab your attention from the beginning and keep you turning the pages to see how these two will work out.

Reviewer: Lydia

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