Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: Mountain Prey by Lyn Gala

Reviewed by Fehu
Mountain Prey by Lyn Gala
Dreamspinner Press
Novel: 210pgs
4.25 Pants Off

Stewart Folger lives in the Appalachian Mountains, where people take care of their family and follow the Bible. He feels that Appalachian pull in his blood, but that hasn’t tamed his wild side. A youth full of pranks left him with the nickname Stunt and a preference for danger in and out of bed. Other than a few contrary moonshiners who hate him for philosophical reasons since he’s a forestry technician and federal employee, he doesn’t have a problem in the world. Then one day he runs into Alex Soto, a man out for revenge.

Just out of prison, Alex knows firsthand that the justice system doesn’t treat poor and rich equally, so he’ll have to go outside the law to avenge his brother’s death. When an innocent man lands in the middle of his plans, he doesn't know what to do… other than take him hostage. Unfortunately, he never planned on having to deal with Stunt or with the twisted logic that passes for reasonable in Stunt’s mountain home.

When I saw this book and requested it, I didn't see the BDSM warning, which would have given me pause and I might have given it a pass. I'm glad I didn't see the warning, since the book turned out to be quite a fun read. Surprisingly funny well written and well all that enter abandon logic and let's go through the mirror into the Mountain Kingdom. ;)

Stunt was minding his own business as a forestry technician, when he saw something or rather someone he shouldn't have and got kidnapped for his trouble. Now, you would think being tied up and held at shotgun would make a guy not go arguing with the crazy man, who has the gun pointed on you, but not Stunt, no sir! Being tied up is nothing new to Stunt, he actually likes some bondage in his sex life and it's not like his kidnapper is hard on the eyes, if it were not for the crazy revenge plan Alex was plotting against a drug lord, who murdered his brother, Stunt might have liked the Dom and his own treatment.

Now not everybody would feel sorry for his kidnapper, but Stunt proves that he earned his name and advises Alex on potential allies for the take down of the new arrived drug lord. That's when all the fun begins! Alex is not the world's best kidnapper and seeing as he hadn't planned on taking a hostage, the sheriff said it very well in the end, and both of them shouldn't go for any Mission Impossible casting show. Sound advice from law enforcement to guys who were actually trespassing, but they did help with the capture of a drug lord, so his mellow attitude might come from that.

Did I mention that Alex asked one of the local moonshiners for help with his revenge plan? Well, yes, of course he would help with kidnapping a federal agent and killing of a drug lord. Who wouldn't in his place? Now, that's not the best part of this crazy scheme! How would you go about silencing a federal agent, namely Stunt and keeping him from telling on Alex? The nice moonshiner has the perfect plan: marry them! For all the fans of forced marriages, here is a shot gun wedding for two guys!

I won’t tell you how they got the drug lord in the end and survived to tell the tale, but I will say that normal logic wasn't present there as well! All in all this has been an interesting ride and I can honestly say that there were a lot of twists and turns that I didn't expect. However the writing is excellent and I was instantly pulled into the story. While Stunt seems to lack some common sense, he and Alex made quite a pair. Mountain logic was a fun discovery and made for a lot of let’s say...creative explanations in this story. Sex scenes were pretty hot and Stunt spends quite a lot of time bound in this book and mostly enjoying it.

Should You Read It? Mountain Prey has a lot more humor than you would expect and a lot less drama than I assumed from the blurb. If you like fun characters and don't mind some bondage, then you might want to give this one a shot. It's quite the ride, but I didn't put it down until I was finished.

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