Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: Santos (Dark Riders #2) by Lynn Hagen

Santos (Dark Riders #2)
by Lynn Hagen
Published September 30th 2013 by Siren-Bookstrand, Inc
Formats Available: Adobe Acrobat, HTML, EPUB, Mobipocket

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

[Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, werewolves, HEA]

Things are heating up in Paradise City. Lonnie Winston's looks can get him any man he wants, but his sights are set on one bear of a man named Santos Alverez. The guy is pushy, difficult, and makes Lonnie want to pulverize the brute. So why is Santos the only person who heats Lonnie's blood with a craving that is driving him insane? 

Santos thinks Lonnie is a loudmouth, pain in the ass. He is the only man who can push Santos's buttons, sending him into a snarly fit. Lonnie is the total opposite of what Santos looks for in a man, and he knows that it would never work between the two of them. They are more liable to kill each other than have a romantic relationship.

But when someone close to Santos is killed, Lonnie proves just how much he cares when he goes after the Darlings in order to avenge Santos's pain and loss. Keeping the man at bay is becoming harder to do when Santos realizes he is falling hard for the tattoo artist who is quickly becoming his entire world.

Santos is literally a sort of continuation rather than a second installment of the series. Where Falcon (Dark Riders #1) ended, this one opened. (I am rambling...) It gives us a deeper look into the rocky and loud relationship that is Santos and Lonnie. It also wraps up some of the loose ends of that first book and predictably opens new ones for the third book. Which brings us in closer with that Detective Jack Tate whose own transformation is a sure thing after what has been revealed here. 

Santos' and Lonnie's relationship was a given after reading that first book. We all knew that there will come a time when these two would get tangled up and not just verbally. We also knew that Lonnie would get transformed for he was a prime target in the first book already. There was really no cheesy romance between these two men and theirs was kind of a volatile one, so I am not too crazy about it. Also, Lonnie's transformation opened a mystery which was never resolved so I am kind of left lost a bit.

I rated this a little lower than Falcon regardless of my breezing through this fluffy light-read. To put it bluntly, it was the very loose ends that kept popping up that bugged me a bit. Well, more than a bit. These were distracting. Like the tape recorders left around the shop and the discovery of who was the snake in the pit - that kind of flopped for me as it was - at least for me - a missed opportunity to create a really angsty scene or something. Another thing that bugged me was the death of Santos' good friend. Again, it was sort of dealt with summarily and then the messy confrontation. I was just left dissatisfied. Then again, it's just me who was bothered, so don't mind me if you don't agree.

Overall though, for all of the loose ends and distractions, this is a pretty great installment for the series and I am will continue to follow up on this, especially with the Det. Jack, Emilio, Rider and Jake. I really am curious how this will all come out later on. Well, really for Rider as I am a sucker for great doggy stories. 

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