The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 🤨🙂😣🥰
The heroine: Jillian – she works for the International League for Interspecies Cooperation, who thinks that with camera phones everywhere and social media being what it is, that it is just a matter of time before supernatural creatures are outed to the world. While on her way to her first field assignment in South America, when her mentor was injured and she was re-routed to Mystic Bayou, Louisiana to study the town full of humans and supernatural creatures in order to see how they all get along.
The Hero: Bael – Sheriff of Mystic Bayou. He is worried about secrets that the town is hiding will be found out by the Doctor coming to town. He is even more worried when the Doctor that comes to town is not the man he checked out, but Jillian, who is unknown to him.
The Story: Jillian is intrigued by the fact that she was the person assigned this job in Louisiana since she had never yet been on a field assignment. Though she is exited to see the supernatural outside her research in a educational setting while getting her doctorate in paranormal studies. She is happy to see that instead of a tent, she is put up in the house of a witch that passed away, which included a swing bed, ghost lights and more.
I got this audiobook on audible plus, because I like dragon shifter stories. But was very pleasantly surprised to find that this was one of those books which had a bunch of supernaturals in one town, it had some great storylines and a whimsical approach, where the main character, a human woman is aware of the supernatural and fascinated by every aspect of it, this was her first time actually seeing some of these things in real life.
There are some great things in this book that are different from a lot of other paranormal books I have read or listened to. For example there were supernatural creatures and bits of whimsy that I have rarely seen, like alligator shifters, mermaids, sex crazed dolphins, unicorns, magic pie and dragon hordes. It reminded me a bit of the Whispers from the Bayou series by Sandra R. Neeley that I really enjoyed for the same reasons. Plus the romance was terrific. There was chemistry like crazy between Jillian and Bael.
The narration was dual narration and the book was told from dual points of view. Narrators Amanda Ronconi and Jonathon Davis did a terrific job on this one. Both narrators have a bunch of different voices and accents including southern, cajun and more which were used for different town residents. This was a great paranormal book with a very mysterious storyline about a rift in the bayou which drew the magical people to Mystic Bayou hundreds of years ago that seems to be getting stronger and having a huge affect on the people. There are six books and two novellas in this series and all are on Audible Plus, so I plan to listen to all of them if the rest live up to this one.
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