Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Audiobook Review Tour: The Eagle and the Fox (A Snowy Range Mystery) by Nya Rawlyns


Book Title: The Eagle and the Fox (A Snowy Range Mystery)

Author: Nya Rawlyns

Publisher: Jade Horse Publishing

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Cover Artist: Dreams2Media

Genre/s: Contemporary western, M/M romance, romantic suspense

Length: 8 hours and 39 mins/274 pages/93300 words

It is a standalone story.


Josiah Foxglove is given a second chance when he takes over his family’s spread in the shadow of the Snowy Range. A veteran of the Gulf War, he came back broken in body and spirit.

Marcus Colton buried his long-time lover and best friend three years ago. Lonely and still grieving, Marcus finds solace in protecting Petilune, a pretty girl with learning difficulties, who will surely become a victim of abuse and neglect without his help. But that doesn’t help him get through the long, dark nights.

When violence wracks the small community of Centurion, WY, it’s easy to place blame on Petilune's mysterious new boyfriend, Ojibwe teen Kit Golden Eagle. It looks open and shut, but for Josiah and Marcus the facts simply don’t add up.

Something’s rotten in Centurion, something that smacks of a hate crime…

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3 Stars overall for the story and narration combined

Book one in the Snowy Range series. This book is a western type mystery set in the present day, intriguing with a little bit of romance thrown in. The romance aspect of this book has a slow-burning lead up to the two older men coming together. 

I had previously listened to Timber Lake, the second book of this series in Audio (not sure how I missed this first book) and I enjoyed the author's writing style and how they incorporated the mystery and action into the storyline. This story was written just as well as the second book. However, I personally struggled with this book at times because I did not like some aspects of the story and how it played out and the characters were just not as likable to me as the characters were in book two. The storyline has a slow build up from the beginning that gives us a lot of details regarding the past of the two main characters Josiah/James and Marcus. There were also quite a few secondary characters mentioned and the story follows along and switches between the romance between Marcus and James and the mystery surrounding the supporting characters.

Audio – I have heard about a dozen of Nick J. Russo’s audiobook narrations previously and I really do enjoy his take on the books he is narrating, including his narration of the second book Timber Lake in this Snowy Range series. *Maybe I am wrong* but, in my opinion, I feel like maybe this book was just not the right fit for him, from more of the book content & story aspect. I felt like he was having to “read” more of the book to us; instead of actually giving us an in-depth narration. Nothing in this book and/or narration really stood out to me in general, but that does not mean that other people will feel the same way I do. I am just a little disappointed to say that this one really didn't hit the mark with me, it was fine, but not great.

About the Author

Nya Rawlyns writes a variety of genres – suspense/mystery, contemporary western, romance, romantic comedy, women’s fiction, literary fiction and contemporary young adult fantasy. A lifelong equestrienne, she has competed in dressage and distance riding. She lives in rural Pennsylvania with her daughter, horses, cats, and the hens from hell. She has a family of friends and supporters who provide not just inspiration but absolute belief in her characters and stories.

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