Book review: Crimson Bayou by Alizabeth Lynn
Title: Crimson Bayou
Author: Alizabeth Lynn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Amazon Rating: 4.7 stars
Reviewer: Nancy Miller
For Carissa Blaine, going home is both the easiest and the hardest decision she’s ever had to make. She is a young widow looking to move on with her life, and she soon meets Aden McTarver, her handsome neighbor with a deep secret. A secret almost as large as the fact that her tiny hometown is, and had always been, overrun by werewolves.
Sparks fly between Carissa and Aden while the two find themselves pawns in a deadly plot for the Crimson Bayou Pack Master to continue the growth of his pack. With the help of a wily sorceress and a couple of good friends, Carissa and Aden discover a love that transcends supernatural species.
Unfortunately, they have no way of knowing that the things going bump in their little bayou town are much worse than they fear. There’s a sorcerer pulling the strings, and he won’t stop until everyone, human and creature alike, bows under his rule.
I can be a real reading snob. I have shelved books because I couldn’t stand the typeset. So the fact I finished Crimson Bayou by Alizabeth Lynn is a definite positive. The beginning moved too slowly for my taste but I kept going and I am glad I did so.
There were a few misspellings. Not a big deal. There were two words that just kept jumping up over and over…snort(ed,ing) and cursed (he cursed, she cursed, he was cursed. Ms. Lynn is fond of detailed descriptions, which, later on in the book, I appreciated but at the beginning I found it a bit much, at times, repetitive.
It is definitely a romance with most of the story taking place in the character’s heads and the angst of a number of things keeping them from consummating their love. It got interesting when the suspense kicked in. High stakes, high risk, twists and turns to complicate the situation, that’s when it got good. I wish it started sooner. Carissa, open the shed already!
I appreciate that the author didn’t make her heroine a shrinking ‘Help me, help me’ type. Like Shakespeare’s line: She may be little but she is fierce. My favorite line was “Complication was her middle name-and she wore it well.
And the hero is thoughtful without too much muscle flexing. Just enough. I did find him a bit naïve for someone so old. There are questions about my existence I would have posited way sooner but then that would be sacrificing storyline.
All in all, I give it a 4 of 5. I would recommend this book with a proviso about the beginning-just keep going. The author previewed Volume Two at the end and I hope she will let me know when it is available.