Book Reviews

Summer Rain (Orgasmic Texas Dawn 5) by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly at The Pele Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Law Enforcement / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 05-January-2024

Book Blurb

Sean Mercado, a rookie Dallas Marshal, and Nicholas Fournier, a Canadian cop, are pulled into Jubilee and Kieran's lives after a near death experience for Jubilee who is shot during a bank holdup that leaves him seriously wounded.

Former Canadian Special Ops Nicholas Fournier never dreamed making a deposit at a Dallas bank for his ailing aunt would change his life, but it does. He meets US Marshal Jubilee Mason who in turn introduces him to Sean Mercado, a new recruit to the Big D. Nicholas is still reeling from a romantic fiasco where he threw caution to the wind traveling to Texas to meet a guy he communicated with online.

Though planning to fly back home, he's tempted to spend a little more time with the hunky Louisiana transplant and find out a little more about the US Marshals. He soon finds there's a lot going on in this hectic Texas city and it ain't just summer rain.


First edition published by Silver Publishing, 2013.

Second edition published by Amber Allure, 2014.

Third edition published by MLR Press, November 2017.


Book Review

This is book five in the authors' wonderful 'Orgasmic Texas Dawn' series and I was super excited to jump into this. The first four stories had primarily focused on the lives and love of Kieran and Jubilee. 'Summer Rain' moved away from them as the main characters, although they are still prominent, and introduced me to Sean and Nicholas. I can strongly suggest that you read these books in order or you might feel a little lost.

Jubilee heads to the bank to re-sign the direct deposit papers for his and Kieran's new home mortgage, and while he's there, an armed robbery occurs. That's how Jubilee meets Nicholas. Nicholas is an ex-Special Forces and ex-detective in vice with the Ontario Provincial Police who came to Texas, where he was born by the way, to meet someone he had met online. I don't recommend that and neither does Nicholas. The guy had completely misrepresented himself to Nicholas. Anyway, he helps Jubilee stop the robbery but in the process, Jubilee gets shot.

Kieran isn't all that thrilled with the US Marshall position he's held for the past year. He's an undercover cop, for crying out loud, not a babysitter which is all this job seems like to him. Now he's been assigned a rookie, Sean, from Louisiana who apparently was the top of his training class. It's not that Kieran doesn't like him or think he's not a good Marshall. Kieran just sees it as one more babysitting assignment. And, Kieran's in a bad mood anyway since he and Jubilee received a letter from Child Protective Services telling them that they were not fit to adopt Juan because they're gay. Doesn't matter that they've fostered him since they rescued him from the sex slave trade, apparently they aren't good enough to actually be his parents. So, when Kieran gets notice that Jube was shot, everything goes downhill.

I have to say I was really liking Nicholas until he mentioned he doesn't like bacon. What kind of a person doesn't like bacon? That's criminal! Okay, just kidding, I really liked Nicholas. He is a straight arrow, honest, kind, compassionate, and really cares about people. He was in the Canadian military where he was decorated with honors, he received a chemical engineering degree in two years, he speaks three languages and has a rudimentary knowledge of three more. Sean shares many of those same traits, although Sean is much more naive and inexperienced than Nicholas. Sean isn't out and has very little actual experience with another man. To say the least, Nicholas and Sean start off on a pretty rocky road. Neither one is very trusting of others. Nicholas is a little afraid of the innocence he senses in Sean and unsure whether he should start anything. It was fun watching them fight through it all.

This book was a little different than the others in that it was more relationship building. And, not just between Sean and Nicholas, either, but with all four of the men, plus Pauline and her boys and some of Jubilee's team members, particularly Trace. There was not as much action but it was setting the stage for all of them working together and being in each other's lives. The bank robbery at the beginning and then all four working a case involving gun trafficking across the border at Niagara Falls and that's the extent of the action and adventure. I really enjoyed this story. I loved watching everything happening and seeing these four men begin to develop a strong friendship. Now I'm just looking forward to the next installment.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 174 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-January-2024
Price $2.99 ebook
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