While attending the Denver Pride Festival earlier this summer, I came across DSP Publications’ booth. Looking for local authors and local stories, I found A. J. Marcus and his Mountain Spirit Mysteries, based in Colorado. His first novel in the series, Eagle’s Blood, introduces readers to Brock Summers, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer and Landon Weir, a wildlife rehabilitator.
They’ve known each other for a while but when Brock is scratched by an orphaned eagle he rescued, Landon offers to dress his wounds. It is the first time Landon sees Brock without his shirt and first time Brock feels Landon’s fingers on his bare skin. Sparks start flying between them.
Their romance grows as Brock and his colleagues are trying to find poachers who have been killing endangered eagles and posting videos on line. Along the way, bears and elk are also killed for bait to lure eagles to their deaths so their valuable feathers can be sold.
Eagle’s Blood reads more like a romance novel as the main story and the action/suspense as the background. Much of the story is actually educational. The reader learns how rehabilitators take care of wounded wildlife with plenty of details. It gives one an appreciation for the work they and the wildlife rangers do to protect animals.
I admit I was a little disappointed in the ending since the perpetrators are never named or described, as if Marcus decided to take the easy way out. Still, the final climax is exciting and of course, Brock and Landon decide to take their relationship to the next level and live together.