Friday, September 29, 2023

Equinox by Eli Easton & RJ Scott Release Blitz

Death stalks the forests near Prophet. Is the killer man or beast? A Lake Prophet Mystery.

The tranquility of Prophet is shattered when a horseback rider is killed on a popular trail and whispers spread of dangerous beasts roaming the woods.

Three months after the murder of Mike Bressett, the sleepy town of Prophet faces another tragedy—the death of Billy Odette, a well-liked Makah man who ran trail rides for the tourists. When Billy is discovered to have been the victim of a vicious animal attack, dragged right off a popular trail, angry locals are quick to blame a wolf pack that’s recently moved into the area. Sheriff Gabriel Thompson is the only authority standing between those who want to protect the wolves and those who want them hunted down—all while trying to keep people safe and get to the bottom of what happened.

Tiber Russo, local animal whisperer, is firmly on the side of the wolves. But when a figure from his past shows up in town, his own spiraling panic casts a shadow over his blossoming relationship with Gabriel and his ability to help the wolves.

To get to the truth, Gabriel and Tiber unravel a tangled web of deception, greed, curses, magic, and long-held grudges. But when Tiber’s life is threatened, they both just might lose everything.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of The Lake Prophet Mysteries!
For book one, Solstice, click HERE.


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Equinox by Eli Easton & RJ Scott

Book 2
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My cell phone rang. I took it out of my pocket and glanced at it, not intending to answer. But it was a 360 area code—someone local. I accepted the call. “Hello?”

“Hey, is this Tiber?”

“Yes.” I didn’t recognize the man’s voice. For a second, my brain hiccupped, and I thought it was my ex, Jeff. A chill of dread passed over me. Please God, no.

“It’s Sam, over at the riding stables.”

“Oh. Hey! Sam.” My relief was immediate but short-lived. It wasn’t Jeff, because I wasn’t asleep, and this wasn’t a nightmare. But why would Sam be calling me?

When I’d first moved to Prophet, I’d opened a customer account at the local trail rides stables up at the Thompson Cabins and I’d gone out a dozen times. It had been a big ticket item on the ‘pro’ list when I’d contemplated moving to Prophet, honestly. I’d gotten into horses on the rez in Arizona when I’d stayed with my Navajo grandma during the summers. It was one of the best things to do there, and popular with natives and tourists alike. The red rock landscape had that Old Western movie vibe and that was compounded on horseback. But since I’d taken in Duke, I hadn’t had the extra time or energy to go riding.

As for Sam, who owned the Thompson Cabins and the adjacent stables, I didn’t know him well. but I knew he was Gabriel’s brother. Gabriel—the hot sheriff of Prophet. The hot, gay sheriff, and a man I’d put firmly in the friend zone. The thought something had happened to him made my blood run cold. “Is Gabriel okay?”

“What? Oh. Yeah, Gabriel’s fine as far as I know. He’s over in Seattle for some law enforcement training today. I’m really sorry to bother you.” Sam sounded upset. “I just didn’t know who else to call who’s a strong rider. And Gabriel thinks the world of you.”

I looked across at the three crows. Two had jumped off the rock and were now pecking at the ground but one was still eyeing me. Thanks for the heads up.

“Sure. What do you need?”

“It’s Billy.” I heard Sam take a shaky breath. “He took River out this morning about eight a.m., and he hasn’t come back yet.”

I checked my watch. It was almost four. “That’s not good.”

“No. I’m getting really worried. I thought I’d better do something about it before it gets dark. It’d be good to have someone along, just in case. And with Gabriel away and the fact that Deputy Devin doesn’t ride, I didn’t know who else to ask. But if you’re busy, I totally—”

“No problem. I’ll be there as soon as I can.”

Sam gave me directions to the trailhead where he wanted to search. I gathered the troops and headed back up the game trail through the woods to my house. The dogs seemed to sense my mood had shifted, and that we were in a hurry. They came along quietly and without their usual reluctance to leave the lake.

I had time enough to worry as we hiked home. Billy Odette was the trail master for the Thompson stables. He was a Makah man in his forties—wiry, strong, and an excellent horseman. He’d grown up in nearby Neah Bay and knew the area well. There was no way he’d be out this long—for the horse’s sake, if not for his own.

I couldn’t help but flash back to the murder we’d had in Prophet just three months ago. Prophet, to all appearances, was a sleepy little town. It was historically an artist’s community. We were separated from the busy towns and cities around Puget Sound—including Seattle—by the Olympic Mountains, one of the densest, wildest, and wettest mountain ranges in the United States. On this side of them, in the open land between the mountains and the western seaboard, the population was sparse. As my mom put it, I’d moved to the ass-end of nowhere.

You’d think that would make Prophet a safe place to live. But lately, I’d begun to see the dark side of that isolation. People moved here who didn’t want to be found—me included. Maybe some of those people weren’t running from an abusive ex, or even themselves, but from the law. It drew people hoping to hide their sins in the deep, shadowed forests of the Olympics.

People who came here to escape the rules were especially angry when the local law tried to enforce them. As Mike Bressett had learned.

I prayed nothing like that had happened to Billy Odette.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 stars of intrigue and romance

This is the second book in the series, and you really do need to read them in order, as the storylines are ongoing. It will not be a hardship!

This is a very engaging murder mystery, with the two delicious characters from book one – Gabe and Tiber – working together to try and work out what has happened, why, and how to avoid it happening again. It is intense. Tiber does not have a great sense of self-preservation when he is doing what he thinks is right – which definitely caused some tension! That Mike's faithful dog, Duke, is now part of the pack, and helps give Gabe an excuse to keep visiting Tiber.

I love the menagerie of animals, and, if for no other reason, it shows us that Tiber's ex was a total douche.

The plotlines are interesting and support the bubbling romance by keeping us worried about both men as well as trying to decide who was to blame for Billy's murder. A grisly, unsavoury but sadly believable criminal partnership.

Really good read – I read it in one sitting, I was so keen to know what was going to happen, and I was not disappointed!

Equinox is a good blend of mystery and romance, which is one of my favourite genres to read. I do feel like the relationship between Gabriel and Tiber was centre stage in Equinox because Tiber’s expertise in animal behaviour means he is involved in Gabriel’s investigation into the death of a local man, Billy, who was apparently killed by a wolf. So Tiber and Gabriel land in each other’s lives more than ever.

As far as the mystery goes, it was obvious from the beginning who was involved in Billy’s death but I still enjoyed following the investigation and finding out the hows and whys of the crime. With the murder investigation and also the reappearance of Tiber’s ex, the story is packed with tension and danger and moves at a fast pace.

The story also has loving romance, and I was thrilled with the developing relationship between the men. Both Gabriel and Tiber have issues from their past to deal with and it was wonderful to see them lean on each other.

As the story came to a close, I felt like it was just the beginning for Gabriel and Tiber and I was left wanting more. Hopefully the wait for the next instalment of the Lake Prophet Mysteries isn’t too far away.



Author Bio

Eli Easton

Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, ELI EASTON has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has published over 30 gay romances.

Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particular admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story.

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RJ Scott

USA Today bestselling author RJ SCOTT has written over one hundred and fifty romance books. Emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, single dads, hockey players, millionaires, princes, bodyguards, Navy SEALs, soldiers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, cops, and the men who get mixed up in their lives, always with a happy ever after.

She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing, she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a box of chocolates she couldn’t defeat.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Equinox (The Lake Prophet Mysteries #2) by Eli Easton & RJ Scott to read and review.

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