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Bayou Dreams (Rougaroux Social Club #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,374 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Sheriff Scott Dupree’s got more problems than he can handle. He’s alpha of his small werewolf pack and coming up for re-election as sheriff in a year. On top of this, his mother is casting love spells to find Scott a mate. It’s all Scott can do to keep the town and pack under control, let alone his urges to mate.

Ted Canedo is openly gay, a disgraced ex-cop from New Orleans
ebook, 181 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Loose Id
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~~Buddy read with my bestie Jen~~

I love wolfie books. LOVE. THEM.

And the Bayou? Come to mama, New Orleans voodoo magic. Any day that includes a beignet and chicory coffee from Cafe Du Monde is a good day.

So I'm super disappointed that I didn't love this book. Because I WANTED to love it.


NO, just no.

I never bought the premise that Scott's wolf is gay, but Scott is not. It goes against all shifter/mate protocol.

It would have made more sense if Scott was struggling with his sexuality as a
Heather C
4.5 Stars

I really really liked this book. Once I started it I didn't want to put it down. I loved how it was set in Southern Louisiana and it had a lot of culture without being over the top.

This was a sweet shifter story. I just wish it gave more info on the history of the werewolves. I hope the sequel comes out soon.
3.5 stars

Some books just suffer from the length, either too short or a tad too long. This one falls in the later category. The beginning and middle part of this book are actually very interesting. It's a rather comical situation, you know, when a straight werewolf finds out that his mate is a guy. Usually, in some of other shapeshifter stories, this fact will be completely ignored for the sake of "Mate" concept. But in this one, Scott is having a hard time to accept that "I'm not gay, but my mat
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
May 05, 2011 Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bubbles Hunty by: MsMiz (Tina)
Shelves: slut-bad, slut-eh
so the start of this book was blah. i pretty much hated following ted around watching him hook his "meat" into prostitutes in the bathroom and all this other boring shit. I figured at some point this would matter in the story but it never did it just showed how boring and slutty Ted is. After chapter three it got better when the two MC's meet. Once they meet i couldn't stop reading it

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Damon Suede
May 16, 2011 Damon Suede rated it really liked it
What a delightful M/M story... and a slam-bang setup for a series. I felt like this book offered so much by way of comedy and warmth and a fresh take on some paranomral chestnuts.

Delightful minor characters, and the clever hoodoo subplot was a veritable stew of comedy and style; it managed ot be germane to the story AND the region and felt fresher than a lot of flimflammery passing for magic these days.

On that tip, I was especially happy to see southern Louisiana become such a character in its
Just what I didn't need. Another brilliant series to drain the bank account & clutter up my to read pile!

Lynn Lorenz has skilfully crafted a believable world where werewolves, normally the stuff of legends, are among us. There were no glaring contradictions to ruin the story either. It was a nice twist having the alpha do a gay-for-you plot line as well. A refreshing change from the norm given how the gay werewolf theme is being done to death at the moment. Scott's mother was a hoot & th
Mandy*reads obsessively*

Ted is a PI, and ex cop, and he left the force in disgrace ( although he didn't do what he took the fall for).
He has been having graphic dreams about a man he knows is for him for months but no idea where or who he is.
On assignment he sees the local Sheriff and it's lightning striking them both. But Sheriff Scott has huge problems with Ted being his mate.
There were times when I really disliked Scott, and I'm still not sure I'm a huge fan of Scott's mom, but I did like that even though Ted is
Nov 07, 2014 Jennifer☠Pher☠ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I really hate being in the minority but once again I find myself there.

I am sad.

This had so very much potential. Best setting in the world. GFY. Mates…

I don’t know what happened but the book just didn’t play out like I expected and I didn’t like the characters behaviors all that much.

I’m gonna see what the next book is about. I’m not throwing in the towel completely.

Buddy Read with Dani!!

Blackravens Reviews
May 11, 2011 Blackravens Reviews rated it really liked it
4.5 Ravens. Very rarely do I anticipate reading anything the way I did reading Lynn Lorenz’s story. From page one I couldn’t stop smiling, giggling at the mother bound and determined to find her sheriff son a mate. To view the rest of this review, please visit
Ahhh, like a breath of fresh air. Another favorite for me. Most enjoyable, yes indeed.

I do hope to see more. A series maybe? Maybe about the deputy finding his mate? Or more about Darcy and Peter? Yeah....please? puppy eyes
This book, despite a few niggles (discussed below), was probably one of the most realistic gay-for-you stories I've ever read, and also a good example of a werewolf/shapeshifter story.

I know that sounds like a pretty broad statement. No, I haven't read every werewolf story written, not even most of the m/m werewolf stories; I do know that I've run across a lot of stereotypes, a lot of the same story retold with different window dressing. On the surface, you might be able to say that about this s
I downloaded Bayou Dreams because the premise intrigued me. It is about a straight werewolf alpha who finds out that his fated mate is actually a gay man. Instead of succumbing to his fate, as any self-respecting paranormal hero is supposed to do, he decides to break the spell that has "fated" him to spend the rest of his life with a dude. Because he totally doesn't swing that way. Except for when he's in the presence of his fated mate, of course. Because fate is kinky like that.

This could have
Apr 05, 2013 Plainbrownwrapper rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
I generally stay away from "standard" shifter stories -- I especially can't stand the "shifter-fated-insta-mate" trope -- but this book fit a challenge and I was curious about it, so I gave it a try.

It's not bad, really. It does have the insta-mate stuff....and the "no I'm not gay" stuff...but it's the **wolf** half of the couple who thinks he's straight, which I *think* is unusual in this sort of story (I may be wrong here), and the wolf half who does the most "I can't believe this is happening
Jun 19, 2011 Marie rated it it was amazing
I ADORE “Bayou Dreams”!! Gay-for-you is one of my favorite plotlines (when done well), and LL did it here with very believable confusion and stubbornness on Scott’s part and realistic hesitation on Ted’s to not want to take a chance on a straight man. I also like werewolves but am bored to tears by the big-strong-alpha & shy-twinky-mate scenario that so many folks are writing these days. I love that Ted is just as strong as Scott in his own way, both physically and emotionally, and not just ...more
Diane Adams
May 14, 2011 Diane Adams rated it it was amazing
I have no idea why I want to like shifter books so much. I do and I keep reading them only to be disappointed time after time. I haven't read one that met my expectations, that fulfilled that undefinable something I wanted to find but never have. Until now.

Bayou Dreams by Lynn Lorenz is hands down the best shifter book I've ever read. The writing drew me into the story immediately and the pacing kept my attention completely. The heat between the MCs is scorching. I had my doubts about the idea
Oct 23, 2011 Monika rated it really liked it
Shelves: g-shifters
This is the second time I've read this book, I did it so the story was fresh in my mind when I read the second one. I have to say I LOVED THIS BOOK as much the second time as the first. I wish it was longer I didn't want it to end. The Ted/Scott relationship really worked, you know the writer has done a good job when you feel connected to them and you are rooting for them. This story made me smile and that's always a good thing.
May 11, 2011 Lasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: jessewave
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Christy Duke
This is the second shifter story by Lynn Lorenz I have read, and if they all continue to be as good, then she's a new favorite author of mine. This story interested me because its Scott's wolf that is gay, not Scott, and that is a concept I have not seen before. I always love an author's world building when it's just a little bit different from what is already out there. I also love bayou country having spent time there when I was younger, so reading about one of my favorite areas was also quite ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Charly rated it liked it
I liked it, but I didn’t see anything special about it

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

- This book does a better job of describing the irresistible mating pull than most other werewolf stories I’ve read.
- The sexual buildup and payoff are both quite good. I really believed in the desire and the physical passion between the two main characters. (see cons below also)
- The Louisiana setting, as well as the Cajun-flavored culture of the charact
4.0 Stars

Scott Dupree is Sheriff of St. Jerome and alpha of his small werewolf pack. He is overdue to find a mate and his mother has taken to casting love spells for him. Scott has his hands full trying to keep the town and pack under control, let alone his urges to mate. Ted Canedo is openly gay and a disgraced ex-cop from New Orleans. His patrol partner was killed on duty and Ted took the blame for taking protection money from the store owner to save his partner’s wife and kids grief. No one k
Sasha Conte

First things first - a nice shifter story, interesting setup and quite fascinating characters.

I'm usually a big fan of Ms Lorenz's books, but this one let me down a little. Don't get me wrong - it's well written and rather engrossing, BUT....

I'm sick of the gay-for-your-mate thing that seems to be a trend in m/m shifter books. Writing about coming out is all well and good, also the conflict involved with this, but the whole I can't have a male mate but I must be gay because my mate is male thing
Shirley Frances
Sep 10, 2012 Shirley Frances rated it really liked it
A great read. I've had it on my shelf for a long time and shied away from it because of it Paranormal aspects. Don't get me wrong, I love Paranormal books, but it has been hard for me to get into them in the M/M Romance genre. DO NOT ask me why, I don't know myself! (Yeah, I know! I'm strange.)

That said, I am very glad I read it. This book had everything! It was full of sexual chemistry, great characters and an interesting plot. Everything fell nicely into place, making me cheer for Ted and Scot
Crys Harris
Aug 06, 2016 Crys Harris rated it liked it
Between 3 and 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this a good bit. It was very fast-paced and the sex was scorching. However... some of the plot elements were ridiculous. Ted's unrequited love of his dirty cop partner and the subsequent taking of the fall for his bad behavior... I know the author explained it, but it was kinda dumb. The attitude of the others officers with no investigation? Why not just ask the shop owner? He didn't get killed.

The whole thing with the judge and Kirsten felt unnecessary. I don'
Tami (synchro from BL)
"Holy shit."
"Now isn't the place for swearing."
"No, Mom," Scott didn't hold back on the sarcasm, "It's the place for voodoo and dead cats."
"Hush." She waved at him. "Keep digging."

It could have been great. The first half was very promising with some orignal ideas and a slow introduction to the main characters and the setting for the romance.
BUT instead of believable or realistic characters the MCs remained pale and not very memorable. The story drifted very fast into sappy land and the well prep
Dec 07, 2012 Karel rated it liked it
Surprisingly likeable. Can't remember the last werewolf MM I've read that was so satisfying (actually, I can, and it's about 250 MM books ago). I'm normally a huge hater on gay for you and denial, but Lynn Lorenz managed to pull it off so that it came off as realistic without being too whiny. I was even amused by the excuse Scott managed to think up for it... 'My wolf's gay, but I'm not'? Damn, I'll love to see that in other G4U stories: My dick is gay for you but I'm not.

Overall, the romanc
May 30, 2011 Lea rated it really liked it
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Ryoma Gartre
surprisingly I liked it a lot, I was thankful that the scenes were Ted was having sexual interactions with other people were non-descriptive, Scott & Ted were wonderful together, my only complain is that Ted slowly goes from a manly self assured male to a chick-with-dick in the end, it wasn't his overall acting, it was more his thoughts Scott related, that give me the impression, the way he phrased it, I was like oh, okay.

Out of that is a very good book, hope to see Billy & Peter togethe
Mar 09, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters
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Jessie Potts
Oct 10, 2011 Jessie Potts rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-shifters
I really loved this one! It was sweet and angsty just what I needed. Only thing that could have made it perfect would have been some real bad guys. (view spoiler). All around a good wolf romantic read and it was 180 pages so a little longer than the short stories I've been reading lately.
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Nicely developed story with two great main characters. I loved that, even though it was the mating heat trope, the guys actually fought it and considered how it would affect their lives. The side characters were great, the story was not overly angstsy and it kept me involved. I am eagerly looking forward to the next one! 4.5 stars and I rounded up.
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I’m from New Orleans, that’s N’awlins for those of you who speak the language. I grew up in the Riverbend, or Carrollton, for the old timers, but was a Quarter rat from the age of 11, taking 3 buses to go to art class on Burgundy Street at the Cabrini Doll Museum and NORD center. I attended Univers
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