Friday, July 6, 2018

Review Tour: Stag and the Ash (Rowan Harbor Cycle #5) by Sam Burns (Review + Giveaway)

Review Tour: Stag and the Ash (Rowan Harbor Cycle #5) by Sam Burns (Review + Giveaway)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 45,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Melanie Farlow @ Clause & Effect

The Rowan Harbor Cycle Series

Book #1 - Blackbird in the Reeds - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Wolf and the Holly - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Fox and Birch - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 - Hawk In The Rowan - Amazon US | Amazon UK


Jesse Hunter is finally trying to be an adult, but it still feels like an act. His place on the town council is a sham. He’s rarely called on to do anything. His boyfriend is grieving the loss of his mother, and while everyone seems to think he’s doing a great job caring for Sean, Jesse feels like he’s more of a distraction than a real help.

March is shaping up to be a bad month. First, random chance leads him to the realization that the town’s recent trouble is his fault. Then new werewolves come into town, and it turns out they’re also Jesse’s responsibility. He feels like he may be at his breaking point, and he doesn’t want to drag his friends and loved ones down with him. But how will he handle it alone?

4.5 Stars!

Stag and the Ash is book 5 in the Rowan Harbor Cycle series, which needs to be read in order as it follows an ongoing storyline.

Jesse has been one of my favorite characters in the series ever since we met him in Blackbird in the Reeds, he's fun and sweet and really came into his own in this installment. Yes, he had a few missteps along the way, but he had his heart and his mate, pack and town's best interests in mind. And boy, poor guy had his work cut out for him in this book with Madison, Anthony and especially Josh. I loved him and Sean and how caring and loving Josh was with him, mindful that Sean had just lost his mother and allowing him the time and space to grieve her. It was so fun to see Wade and Jesse interact, Wade is so serious and Jesse is so fun-loving, one would never believe they were brothers. I also loved that Jesse got to confront one of the monsters of his past and finally move on from that.

As always, I just adore the town and all its people and how they all rally around to help each other when needed.

Overall, the book started off a bit slow, but it picked speed around the halfway mark and from then on, I couldn't put it down. It was a great addition to the series and I can't wait for the next book! Very recommendable!

*** copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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Author Bio

Sam wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.



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