Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Three Days in Jackass Flats
AUTHOR: Rhae Camdyn
PUBLISHER: MLR Press
LENGTH: 217 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 21, 2017
Can a Flemish Giant bunny find love with a Texas jackrabbit lawman, and not end up a person of interest in an active DEA investigation?
On the surface, Jackass Flats seems as common as ticks, tornadoes, or tumbleweeds on the plains of North Texas. But, scratch past the small town charm of Mama Cee’s restaurant, or Gear Grinders Garage & Machine Shop, and you’ll find a whole mess of things going on. Mix a DEA investigation going off the rails, a Paul Bunyan sized French émigré dealing exotic cars, and a long-eared lonely deputy scouting for stuff and nonsense at the infamous local casino, and a very subtle bow-chicka-bow-wow romance track playing in the background, things get spicy with cayenne, cilantro and a heartwarming dash of good natured hilarity.
As Sheriff Drayton Jeepers like to say when caught unawares, “No one south of that highway lives in their own skin.”
Yeah, we’re not sure what he means either, but finding out promises to be fun!
There’s been a shift lately, a shifter shift if you will, away from the more commonly found paranormal characters of werewolves and growly alpha lions. Instead we’ve seen the emergence of more obscure creatures, in fact some authors seem to see it as a challenge to find the strangest, rarely heard of animals out there for their characters to shift into. Some succeed, some leave us cringing, and some leave us laughing our asses off in the best of ways. I’ve read three or four books now with shifter bunny characters, but I’m declaring Three Days in Jackass Flats to be my favourite. And yes, I laughed my ass off in the best possible way.
This is the story of lawman, Clyde, and car importer, Beau, but more than that, it’s the story of a crazy little shifter town called Jackass Flats. Before the story begins proper, we’re treated to the backstory of the town and the shifters that live there. I really enjoyed the author’s take on how these shifters came to be. From here we dive straight into the police drama and the humor, as Agent Maddie embarks on a high speed chase, law enforcement vs. informant, coyote vs. jackrabbit, through the scrubby land outside of town. There should have been no one for miles, but somehow they manage to sprint across the road right in front of Beau, one of our intrepid main characters. Beau is towing an unimaginably expensive car, which is being delivered to the very mega-criminal that the informant works for. The trailer crashes, Deputy Clyde is called to the scene, and wouldn’t you know it, Clyde knows both the agent, the informant, and he senses that Beau is his mate. (I’m going with mate, although the author never actually uses that word. And it’s not exactly the same, but you get the point.) This is the kind of comical cops and crims story that I enjoy. The whole town gets involved including the sheriff, business owners, mechanics, waitresses and obviously the resident Little Old Ladies.
This really is a different kind of shifter story, the fact that the characters are all shifters is almost incidental, but at the same time, it adds another interesting element. And really, Beau was just too freakin’ adorable. An overgrown, pouty bunnyman who adopts a stinky runt of a dog and is quick to slip into French and cry when emotional. And I promise, it wasn’t annoying crying. Although it frustrated the heck out of the other characters.
My only complaint is that the sex scenes are all off page. I know, right! I never ever complain about that. But there was such a build up to First Moon, the time when shifters turn into ragingly horny animals, that I was left kinda disappointed when it jumped from the men getting together in a hotel room to the next morning. Especially when they’ve created such over the top sexual destruction and the room needs to be practically quarantined.
While Clyde and Beau find their happily-ever-after here, the crime part of the plot carries over into the next story where we’re obviously set to get a new set of main characters. I can only hope that their “gee-pee-ess”, as Beau would say, also leads them to Jackass Flats.