Book Reviews

The Bone Orchard (A Haunted Blender Tale) by Abigail Roux at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Historical / Paranormal / 19th Century / Western / Cowboys / Officers of the Law / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 21-March-2019

Book Blurb

After leaving a trail of terror and death in his wake, the notorious “Missouri” Boone Jennings finally meets his match in San Francisco when US marshal Ambrose Shaw catches up to him. The story of his capture, and the marshal’s bravery, has already become legend back east by the time Pinkerton inspector Ezra Johns gets off the train from New York City to testify in the murderer’s trial.


When Ambrose is unable to give witness to the evils he’s seen, Ezra becomes their lone hope for putting Jennings in a noose. But if Ezra thinks that’s his biggest problem, he’s got plenty to learn about life—and the afterlife—in the spirited West.


Fortunately, Ambrose is there to assist, and more than happy to oblige Ezra—in the courtroom or the bedroom. He spent his life bringing justice to the Wild West, and if he has a say in it, that’s how he’ll be spending his death too.



Warning: this title contains the following sensitive theme - explicit violence.

First edition published by Riptide Publishing in the anthology 'My Haunted Blender's Gay Love Affair, and Other Twisted Tales', August 2014.


Book Review

What could be more exciting than the Wild West in 19th century America? The days of outlaws, US Marshals, and a Pinkerton agent is what Abigail Roux brings to the table in 'The Bone Orchard'. Marshal Ambrose Shaw has tracked no-good, lying, murdering, filth, "Missouri" Boone Jennings, through six states and two territories, and finally caught him in San Francisco. Ezra Johns is a special investigator for the Pinkerton Agency who has come from New York to testify against Jennings in his trial. Due to a shortage of rooms in the hotel these two strangers end up sharing a room.

The author's story is one of murder, revenge, and finding love at the wrong time and place, but defying all odds to keep it. I can't go into a whole lot of detail because it's too spoilery, but suffice to say that Ezra and Ambrose defy the very laws of physics to get their man, and the laws of the heavens themselves to keep each other. I was very impressed at how the author wrote this tale because I truly never saw any of it coming and I was very surprised at every turn. Seeing some familiar faces near the end was the biggest shock of all, but oh so welcome!

Thank you, Abigail!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 124 pages/30200 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-August-2014
Price $2.99 ebook
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