Blackbird in the Reeds (Maya’s Review)

Title: Blackbird in the Reeds (The Rowan Harbor Cycle #1)
Author: Sam Burns
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 4th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Fantasy; Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 188 pages
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Devon Murphy has never believed that there were fairies at the bottom of the garden, but when he’s in an accident on his way to his grandmother’s house and comes face to face with the biggest, baddest wolf he’s ever seen, he’s forced to reconsider.

When his grandmother asks him to look into a string of suspicious accidents, he finds a much bigger mystery to unravel. From his childhood best friend to the too-attractive Deputy Wade Hunter, everyone in Rowan Harbor seems to have something to hide. Devon has to get to the bottom of it all before the accidents turn deadly.

Devon has made practice of keeping everyone at arm’s length so there is nothing holding him back when his grandmother asks him for help. Return to the small town of Rowan Harbor doesn’t start auspiciously, because he has a car accident and hallucinates a wolf. Things start looking up when he meets handsome deputy. Sparks fly literally and figuratively.

I’m rather fond of paranormal romance books but this one turned out not to be to my taste. I found the plot scattered and uneven and couldn’t connect with character. Most of the time I was just confused: Devon isn’t aware of town’s secret, but he is the one everyone expected to fix the problem? It was far fetched for me. There are hints to what town’s secret was deftly scattered through the story but their appearance was confusing to me. I’m sure the author did this deliberately, and objectively I can see sense in it, but the story itself didn’t appeal to me.
I had similar problem with the relationship development. It started promising, but chemistry fizzled out in the middle.

In all fairness, the writing style is good, and the storyline interesting. It might be better fit for other lovers of paranormal romance books and I believe there is sequel in the works.

The Rowan Harbor Cycle

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