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Stakes & Spurs

(Venom Valley #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Dex Wells, former deputy of the prairie town of Belkin’s Pass, awakes to the sound of screaming. He is chained to the wall of a cave, prisoner of the powerful vampire Balthazar, who has turned many of the residents of Belkin’s Pass into vampires like him, and used most others as food. Balthazar keeps Dex as bait, hoping to lure Dex’s lover, Josh Stanton, into the caves and ...more
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Published August 21st 2013 by Wilde City Press (first published October 11th 2012)
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Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, I was really worried...about a LOT of things!!!!!!

Was Dex gonna be saved or turned, was something going to happen between Dex and Balthazar, was something going to happen between Josh and Sgt. Walker, how could they possibly fight off legions of vampires and killer wolves? And now the Army too?

Well, some of these were answered, some are still on going, and yet again I'm left to wait breathlessly for the next book.

After Cowboys & Vampires, Dex was captured by Balthazar. Most of t
Can't stop now, on to book 3 - I' pretty sure I know what's coming and it's going to be EPIC!


Reviewed at the end - couldn't stop until I was done!

Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Book Two starts right where Book One left off so please read the first to get the full effect of this Cowboy paranormal series.

Dex is being held and seduced by Balthazar while Josh and Glory are trying their hardest to stay alive to rescue Dex. The action is fasted paced and I love where the author is taking us!
Don Bradshaw
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
It's not looking good for Josh, Glory and their small band of survivors. ...more
Sammy Goode
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Author Hank Edwards adds a second excellent installment to the Venom Valley series with Stakes & Spurs. Picking up where the first book left off, this is definitely a novel that needs to be read in order--and what a novel it is!

Dex has been captured by the vampire Balthazar and chained in his underground lair. In the meanwhile, Josh and Glory are in pursuit, hoping to get to Dex before he is either killed or worse, turned into a vampire as well. Josh's power to manipulate the dead by reanimating
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A much better story than the 1st. This one picks up right where the 1st left off but with much more of a depth of feel in the characters and story. Definitely a series that needs to be read in order.
Tim Brehme
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long time since I wanted to be a cowboy in the old west. Josh and Dex have reignited that desire. Great suspense, great characters and lustworthy muscles from the cowboys to the blacksmith. And let us not forget the cliff hanger ending that has me lusting for more. Thanks to Hank Edwards for another great read.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully atmospheric

In this next book in the Venom Valley series, all of the ground work has been laid and we get right into the meat of the story. And boy is that ever a good story; between the tense and fearful atmosphere, with the continual loses and challenges to the few remaining humans, this book leaves you on edge wondering who will make it out alive.

After the last encounter with Balthazar, Dex was kidnapped and Glory and Josh teamed together to save him. But Dex is hidden away and Glo
The second book is a rough climb and not as action packed as the first book, nor I suspect the last book. It's fairly typical of the second book of a trilogy where most of the build up occurs and not much else. Rape/dubcon elements in this book might make you flinch as I did and silently long for Anne Rice's vampires that don't have sex because they don't have fluids. Introduction of a secondary romantic interest character feels a bit cliché and leaves me with hopes that it doesn't fall into a p ...more
Continuing adventures of Josh, Dex, and Glory.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great installment. Even darker than the first, which is impressive considering all the zombies and vampires running around.
Stacy T
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Loving this series. Has me hook on every word and unable to put the book down! On to the next!
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This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Dex awakens to find himself the prisoner of Balthazar, the powerful vampire, but he isn't alone. Somewhere in the depths of the cave he is chained in someone is screaming and Dex is determined to escape. Balthazar is using Dex as bait, he wants to know Josh's secrets and lure Josh into a trap, Dex has the answers but a stubborn will and Balthazar will use any means to wear down Dex's defenses
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Stakes & Spurs is a direct continuation of Cowboys & Vampires. Due to circumstances following the end of book one, there actually isn't very much Josh-Dex interaction in this sequel. Dex and Josh are both separated by circumstances and distance, each having to overcome obstacles getting between them. As a fan of character interaction with the love interests, I had to say this was a disappointing (but necessary) development.

The cast of characters also broaden with the addition of Sergeant Walker
Nathan Sims
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bait is the follow up to Hank Edward’s vampire/zombie/gay western musical: Bounty (just kidding - but with a description like that doesn’t it seem ripe for a Julie Taymor/Bono adaptation? I’m just sayin’).

Edwards turns up the burner on the small western town of Belkin’s Pass as his band of heroes realize that most of their neighbors have been turned into vampires. Or an aperitif.

Though the characters are tried and true staples, Edwards breathes fresh life into them. He focuses his lens through
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4.5 Stars

The Venom Valley serial is the best sort of Old West episodic adventure, if you like books that crisscross realism and fantasy and history. It blends the sway in the saddle, gun-slinging charm of the time with the heaping helping of spooks and chills and things that suck blood in the night suspense of a paranormal thriller.

You can read the rest of this review at The Novel Approach
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
OMG This one was just as great as book one. Dex was a naughty boy letting Balthazar lure him into doing something bad. But he is back with Josh now and Sgt. Maxwell is back, hmmm wondering what will happen there. Its very obvious that Maxwell has a thing for Josh, but how will he feel when he realized that Josh and Dex are an item? Will Josh still put Dex above all others? He freaking better!!! Poor Donegan dying, I was hoping him and Beatrice would be together, they seemed so sweet for one anot ...more

Zombies, vampires, and romance in the Old West! I loved this series. Original, atmospheric, with deftly drawn, likeable characters. Well written and edited. Highly recommended.

Now if only Mr. Edwards would be these produced on audio! 💚

Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent follow up to Bounty but now because of the "cliff hanger" ending am left desperately waiting for the next in this series. ...more
Dianne Hartsock
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes! They're not a zombie or vampire!! At least not yet... *shiver* I have no idea what will happen in the next book... ...more
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Hank Edwards (he/him) has been writing gay fiction for more than twenty years. He has published over thirty novels and dozens of short stories. His books fall into many sub-genres, including romance, rom-com, contemporary, paranormal, suspense, mystery, and wacky comedy. He has written a number of series such as the suspenseful Up to Trouble, funny and spooky paranormal out for you gay romance Cri ...more

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