Review of ‘Coyote Blues’ by Karen F. Williams
I really enjoyed this one. Williams has me hooked. She is an excellent writer that always manages to impress me every time I pick up one of her stories. And every time I read one them, it just makes me want to read more. I’ve been slowly collecting Williams back library for a while now. I think I have all her stories so you will be seeing more reviews of Williams books in the future. Her writing style really works for me and I can’t wait to read more by her.
As a huge paranormal fan, I love that this is Williams’ main subject to write in. What I have noticed, in her last few books, is she doesn’t just write paranormal, she writes lesbian paranormal books as if they could be true. ‘As the Crow Flies‘ and now ‘Coyote Blues’, both of these books are not so far out there. I know that sounds odd to say when I am talking about a werewolf book, but if werewolves and werecoyotes truly existed, I think they would be like in this book. While I love to be taken to different worlds and on grand adventures, it is very appealing that Williams brings a little bit of paranormal magic to the real world. And because some of her books feel realistic for a paranormal story, I believe this book (and ‘As the Crow Flies’) would appeal to people who are not giant paranormal fans. This is a second chance romance, mixed with some family drama, that just happens to have a werecoyote as the main character.
If you have read Williams before, you will know she is very intelligent. I have seen her speak on a webinar and you can tell she is a smarty-pants. There are certain subjects she is very learned in and she tends to put them in her books. So while this is a werewolf book, it is also cerebral at times. One of the mains is a professor of social work so there are some very interesting scenes that take place in the classroom. I studied sociology in college so I knew some of what Williams was explaining, but some either I forgot over the years or was just new to me and so I enjoyed hearing about it. I love learning something while reading especially when it’s in an entertaining fiction book. Plus Williams always explains herself well and never talks down to us as readers which makes the little learning experience all the more enjoyable.
As I mentioned before, this is a second chance romance. That is what the heart of the book is about and finding family in the people you love. I liked the two mains as a possible couple. Both have been through it all and you had to wonder was there ever really a chance of them getting back together? Williams left me hanging for a while and I was quite pleased with the climax of the book. It was a little messy but I liked it that way. The story choices that Williams made all worked for me which makes me happy.
This was a really good book. It was sweet and cute at times but also harsh and a bit dark at times. It was a well-rounded, almost realistic paranormal book. Heck, even the few flashbacks worked really well. I’m the kind of person who hates flashbacks but this is an example of how to do them right. I absolutely recommend this book to paranormal fans but also second chance romance fans too. Williams is a talented author and I can’t wait to read more by her. 4.25 Stars.
An ARC was given to me for an honest review.