Ruffskin (Dance with the Devil #2.5)
Johnie and Grimm is my favorite couple, so I'm happy to read this. While the story is about Peyton, the wolf who was a bartender in Johnnie's bar, the story follows The couple's actions. There was a mutiny in Peyton's former pack, and his former lover, Hudson, was involved. A very dire crime was committed. It's up to Johnnie and Grimm to solve it.
A beautifully done story. Very dark topic that is seldom found in m/m stories. Yet, the banters and closeness between Johnnie and Grimm are ...more
At around 9,000 words, it’s a pretty quick read, but still very fun to visit again with these characters, especially Johnnie and Grim, who so much love to bicker with each other just as much as they love to m ...more
This sidestory to Dance in the Dark (Dance with the Devil, #2) is a short case related to the mysterious package sent to Peyton Blue, Bremen's bartender.
It's really good to read Johnnie and Grim again -- and to read how Johnnie can still be grumpy (the story is opened with Johnnie being totally jealous of Grim's ex *grin), while Grim is patiently loving him. I love these two!! Unfortunately, it is not quite long enough story related to Peyton himself (related to his past, to the man he ...more
This story was theirs even if Peyton and Ruff were reunited again, they just didn't have any real on page time.
Ms Derr dealt with a horrible issue very carefully and with sensitivity.
Definitely recommended for fans of Dance in the Dark.
The Dance with the Devil series has several books that are only loosely related to one another by worldbuilding, so Ruffskin follows immediately after Dance in the Dark and deals with the same characters. It is important to read that novel first, because this short story does not stand on it's own. All of the character building and relationships are forged in the novel, and I would have been lost if I had not read it first. I was still a bit lost, actual ...more
I Don't think I'll ever get enough of Johnnie and Grimm~
So why only 4 stars, when I love Johnnie and Grimm and can never get enough~
Ruffskin....The book, well I did not feel fulfilled" Ruffskin" and Peyton's story some of their pages seem missing~
This was a good story, although short. I enjoyed it as a medium for giving me more of the char ...more
This short story is the perfect little quick read and follows Dance in the Dark nicely.
*You need to read Dance in the Dark before reading Ruffskin
It is a typical night at The Bremmer, it’s pouring outside and Johnny is arguing with Grimm inside over an alleged flirtation at a party they just left. A messenger interrupts them looking for Peyton Blue, the werewolf coowner and bartender of The Bremmer. The strange courier has a package to deliver, one that has an immediate effect on their beloved barkeep. When Grimm chases after the courier, he disappears under a magical spell.
The package is from Peyton’s past, bringing with i ...more
A stranger leaves a parcel for Peyton, who then reacts badly to seeing it. Johnnie and Grim set out to get to the bottom of the mystery.
This is a great little short story for those of us who are fans of Johnnie and Grim. Johnnie and Grim come to the aid of Peyton when a parcel is delivered and a mystery begins. Peyton ends up being attacked by members of his former pack, as they look for the Alpha Candidate. and the alpha candidate has fled them f ...more
Ruffskin IS book IV in the series, but it comes right after Dance in the Dark. As it says in the very beginning of Ruffskin: "Ruffskin takes place after Dance in the Dark, and is best read after that story."
I don't know when the books were published, but chronologically Midnight should come first, then Dance with the Devil, then Dance in the Dark, then Ruffskin.
When we left Johnny and Grim, they had become a happily established couple, who were deeply in love and quite possibly the feistiest duo around. I was so glad to see Johnny’s pen ...more
I loved this book. Adored it. As much as every other "Dance" .book
It was so short and I was so distraught upon finishing it that I even tried tricking myself into believing that I had a faulty copy and really, it was a Lord-of-the-Rings-length novel.
And no, as un ...more
Not offered on audio.
This is the first title in the series that I read instead of listening to the audiobook. While I would love to have the entire series on audio, I couldn't wait that long to finish the series. It isn't very long. We revisit the Bremen and all the characters associated. We learn about more about Peyton Blue, the bartender, and finally learn a bit about how wolf packs work in this world.
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I felt so bad for Peyton and Ruff, that they'd been so close to each other for so long and that fears and hurts from the past kept them apart. I would have liked to have seen a chapter or two (I want to say epilogue, but can you have an epilogue for a short story?) at the end to show how Peyton and Ruff are doing.