The third installment of the Cowboy and the Vampire, Rough Trails and Shallow Graves, is dark road through love and sacrifice. The duo nature of this story rings throughout, in the hope and struggles that Lizzie and Tucker face, the evils of man vs. monster, and the quirky adventures of contrasting characters such as Elita and Lenny teaming up to save THE DAY, makes for a very fulfilling and enjoyable read. McFall and Hays know a thing or two about the harmonic nature of dark comedy and western gothic, and they share that magic in many surprising twists and turns in this book.
Just when Lizzie and Tucker think they have overcome the worst to face them yet after the vampire apocalypse in Blood and Whiskey, a dangerous mercenary group kidnaps Lizzie at the altar and sets Tucker off on a mission like no other. With Rurik, Elita, Lenny, and his faithful companion, Rex, Tucker searches for a new kind of monster, one who threatens not only Lizzie and their unborn child, but the rest of humanity as well with plans to uncover the youthful and healing secrets behind vampire blood and a means to market it.
The third book continues with the same adventures, witty humor, sexy scenes, and plenty of gore the Cowboy and the Vampire series are known for, but with much added darkness and despair. The characters continue to grow on you, and some in the least imagined ways. Expect to be shaken, shocked, sad, and hopeful at once. Unlike books one and two, book three takes the reader towards a conclusion no one expected, a conclusion that after all Lizzie and Tucker managed to suffer through, was inevitable and leaves the reader pleading for more. Five stars! It’s that good.