Coyote Dreams

, by Kt Clapsadl

Coyote Dreams by C.E. Murphy
Walker Papers #3

Instead of powerful forces storming Seattle, a more insidious invasion is happening. Most of Joanne Walker's fellow cops are down with the blue flu—or rather the blue sleep. Yet there's no physical cause anyone can point to—and it keeps spreading.

It has to be magical, Joanne figures. But what's up with the crazy dreams that hit her every time she closes her eyes? Are they being sent by Coyote, her still-missing spirit guide? The messages just aren't clear.

Somehow Joanne has to wake up her sleeping friends while protecting those still awake, figure out her inner-spirit dream life and, yeah, come to terms with these other dreams she's having about her boss…. 

Joanne finally realizes her feelings for Morrison in this book, just in time for Morrison to have started dating someone else, a cute little thing. So what does she do? She jumps off a cliff and into another man's arms, specifically, the cute little thing's brother. Yes, he is quite scrumptious, but he just isn't Morrision. Later on in the book Joanne is positively green with jealously and proceeds to make an absolute fool out of herself. What is even more astonishing is that she eventually admits everything, and I mean everything, to Morrision, but you will just have to read the book to see how all that goes over.

Ahh, Gary. What can I say. He is everything she needs to support her. His utter devotion to her brought tears to my eyes at several points. Everyone else in the books seem to think their relationship is sexual, but that isn't it at all. Its more of a fatherly, best friend's, brotherly love. She wouldn't have survived this long at all without him, and the following excerpt really shows this:
Gary says: "You think I'm one of the bad guys, Jo?
Every vestige of good cheer drained out of me like somebody'd opened a valve, complete misery rising to take its place. My throat went tight and my eyes sting with tears, color heating my cheeks even as my stomach twisted and my hands turned icy. 
"If you are I'm throwing the towel in now, because I just couldn't  handle that."
I just think that really sums up just how important Gary has become to her, and I couldn't help putting it in here.

This series has gotten back on track in my opinion. After dragging her feet in the mud for so long, Joanne is finally stepping up to the plate to accept her responsibilities. She's always going to have some doubt since that is her nature, but as of now she isn't going to let it hold her back anymore. Its going to be a long journey into learning how to properly use her powers and I think there still will reprecussions from her magical overload back in the first book. However, this book really showed a turning point in her attitude. She admitted a lot of hard truths to both herself as well as Gary and Morrison. I think just being honest with herself and others will go a long way towards healing her. I cannot wait to see the fallout in the next book!

On a quick side note, I just have to say how much I love this cover. The colors are great and Joanne looks so sensual, something we hadn't seen from her before this book. It really works with the changes that are going on with her. I love when a cover really fits the book.



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Coyote Dreams (The Walker Papers, Book 3)
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