BLACK DIAMOND: Appealing Characters Shine

:Black Diamond

BLACK DIAMOND coverWilds of the Bayou #2
by Susannah Sandlin
Narrated by Elizabeth Godley
MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (October 18, 2016)

Paperback and Kindle Publisher: Montlake Romance (October 18, 2016)
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Print Length: 266 pages
Kindle is the only e-book format, print is widely available

I voluntarily reviewed an copy of this book provided by the author. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it’s a place of refuge—one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her…or anyone else.

The mysterious deaths aren’t her only problem. A dangerous drug known as Black Diamond is circulating through Terrebonne Parish, turning addicts into unpredictable sociopaths. Jena’s investigation leads her to Cole Ryan—a handsome, wary recluse struggling with his own troubled history—who knows more than he’s willing to admit. If they want to stop the killer, Jena and Cole must step out of the shadows of their pasts and learn to help each other…before the evils lurking in the bayou consume them both.

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the second book in the Wilds of the Bayou series.


My Take Oblong Shaped


Susannah Sandlin (AKA Suzanne Johnson) always writes characters I care about, immediately.  They are vulnerable, and damaged, but also strong with some  serious willpower. Sometimes they are also unlikely, like a debutante who wants to be a wildlife agent.  As someone with a luxury hotel fetish, I do love wildlife, but camping and sitting in a boat on the bayou is so not me.  Jena sort of allows me to try on her love of the animals animals, swampy rivers, and keep my hands clean. 

Jena is damaged but survives, she feels. She can be plagued with doubt, she can be plagued by feeling of failure in regards to her family. And she is embarrassed by the damage.

Susanna starts this book of with a tragedy, and not a tragedy with a hope for redemption. It was a little hard as as so much is stripped away from the character whose tragedy starts off the book.

Speaking of starting off the book, this is quite truly a series book that can stand alone.  I enjoyed the first book, WILD MAN’S BAYOU, and I highly recommend the story.  I also enjoy the narrator whose voice hints very slightly of the bayou, but it also reminds me of Susannah/Suzanne’s personality (as it comes across online).

Events unfold and introduce another character who is vulnerable, damaged, unlikely, but almost in the opposite way.  RYan, the hermit-like denizen of a bayou cottage, didn’t want the life he been was living, bit he got it. Slowly, the hermit-persona is trying to erase Ryan, and the events in this story gives Ryan a chance to come back into this world.  This world though is one where Ryan feels; he feels pain but he can also feel decency, responsibility, interest, joy.  The hermit just survives, unfeeling, uncaring, asocial. 

Then there are self-serving creeps who prey on the weak; creating istant addicts with a “bath salts” type iof drug.  The mystery isn’t hard to figure out but it is interesting to watch it get solved. And, it is interesting to . 

I detected a little humorous nod, retiher conscious or not conscious.  to the recent Saturday Night Live skit series of “Maine Justice” where Maine Curts are somehow Cajun by when she brings in a new Wildlife agent from Maine.  Maybe it wasn’t a conscious act but I was immediately reminded of the SNL skit.

I could hardly put this book down last week and missed the story, the characters and even the angst as two damaged people are attracted to each other by something besides the damage they suffer.  In finding each other they can probably start to heal.

I highly recommend BLACK DIAMOND, and the first book in the series, WILD MAN’S CURSE.

Susannah’s other authorial personna, SuzanneJohnson,  has a new book out!
I love this series!

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(Sentinels of New Orleans #6)

The uneasy truce between the preternatural species of New Orleans has shattered, with wizards and elves, shifters and vampires—not to mention the historical undead—struggling for ultimate control of the city, including the humans who still think they’re atop the food chain.

They aren’t, however—and the Summer Prince of Faerie wants them to know it.

Stuck in the middle? One unemployed wizard sentinel. For DJ Jaco, war makes for strange bedfellows as she finally embraces her wizard-elven heritage and strikes a deal with the devil so she and her ragtag band of allies can return to defend her hometown. After all, when the undead French pirate Jean Lafitte has been hired by the mayor as a consultant, things could go horribly wrong.

War is coming to New Orleans just in time for Mardi Gras, with the elves and wizards lined up on opposite sides, the shifters without a leader, the vampires promising loyalty to the highest bidder, and the soul of the Crescent City resting on the outcome of the civil war going on in Faerie between the rival princes of summer and winter.

Mardi Gras Day is approaching fast, and the line between friends and enemies grows thin as DJ tries to stave off open warfare between faeries on the St. Charles Avenue parade route.

Laissez les bons temps rouler…but be careful, or the good times might roll too close for comfort.


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