Title: When Will I See You Again
Author Name: Julie Lynn Hayes
Publication Date & Length: January 26, 2014 – 254 pgs
Raoul Marchand is the crown prince of Charisma, the infamous night club in Crescent Bay, renowned for its supernatural clientele. He has the pick of any and all men, but he cares for none. He uses them and throws them away again, and has done so for some twenty years, in the aftermath of a tragedy that robbed him of what he loved most in the world.
Alexx Jameson is an idealistic would-be reporter with the Crescent Bay Chronicle. Presented with an opportunity to write a story on the Marchands, he eagerly grasps the chance to be a real reporter. His friend, Chronicle receptionist Miller Fenwick, suggests they go to Charisma to do a little research. Alexx isn’t sure that’s such a great idea. After all, he’s still under age, being only twenty. No problem, Miller can fix that! Added bonus, there’s a full moon tonight.
When Alexx first encounters Raoul, it isn’t exactly in the way he dreamed of, and he’s sure he made a terrible first impression. But Fate throws them together under unforeseen circumstances, and the attraction between them can’t be denied.
Can Raoul let go of the past long enough to find his future with Alexx, or is he doomed to repeat past mistakes?
It took me a while to get into this story. I found the beginning confusing and I felt like too many characters were thrown at me too quickly for me to absorb.
Once I found my bearings, I really enjoyed this tale of werewolves, murder and romance. Alexx is a great lead – I loved how the plucky, wannabe journalist rises to the occasion when he finds himself involved in a murder investigation. The older, jaded and guarded Raoul is the perfect match for Alexx’s naive innocence and the two are a fantastic pairing.
I think a little more world-building needed to happen in this story. I’m still not very clear about Raoul’s family or the nature of the werewolves in Crescent Bay. But I enjoyed the book and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Julie Lynn Hayes was reading at the age of two and writing by the age of nine and always wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Two marriages, five children, and more than forty years later, that is still her dream. She blames her younger daughters for introducing her to yaoi and the world of M/M love, a world which has captured her imagination and her heart and fueled her writing in ways she’d never dreamed of before. She especially loves stories of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat, Ramesses, loves books and movies and role playing on the Internet, and hopes to be a world traveler some day. By day, she’s an administrative assistant for a global elevator company, by night she writes and is also an editor for Wayward Ink Publishing and MuseitUp Publishing. Her family thinks she is a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all.