Little Dip (Garoul, #5)
It’s 1977, and Connie Fortune has an easy, freewheeling life as a wildlife photographer and illustrator.A new contract brings her to the Little Dip valley to track down a rare bird, but a clash with Sylvie Garoul, the valley’s owner, and her daughter, the haughty Marie Garoul, ruins the deal.The following year Connie tries again. Marie Garoul is as cold as ever, but this time, things have changed. The residents of Lost Creek are up in arms about strange goings on in the valley, and Connie is unsure whose side she is on.

Little Dip (Garoul, #5) Details

TitleLittle Dip (Garoul, #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 5th, 2017
PublisherDirt Road Books
Rating
GenreRomance, Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal, Glbt, Lesbian, Shapeshifters, Werewolves

Little Dip (Garoul, #5) Review

  • Lex Kent
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 Stars. It was great to be back with the Garoul clan. First I want to mention, while this is the 5th book in the Garoul series, this is a prequel. This book takes place in the late 70’s, way before the other four books in this series. What is nice about this, you do not have to read the other books first. If you are new to the series, you can start right here if you wish. This was a really enjoyable read and I hope it is not the end of this series.Connie is a moderately famous wildlife phot 4 1/2 Stars. It was great to be back with the Garoul clan. First I want to mention, while this is the 5th book in the Garoul series, this is a prequel. This book takes place in the late 70’s, way before the other four books in this series. What is nice about this, you do not have to read the other books first. If you are new to the series, you can start right here if you wish. This was a really enjoyable read and I hope it is not the end of this series.Connie is a moderately famous wildlife photographer and illustrator. She is on the hunt of a rare bird that has been seen in Little Dip. Little Dip is private property owned by the Garoul’s who don’t like trespassers. After being told she is not welcomed on their land, Connie decides she will sneak in anyway. What could possibly go wrong?I just love paranormal books, and the Garoul series are some of the better lesfic werewolf books around. In fact, book 2, Ambereye is one of my all-time favorite books with one of my all-time favorite couples. When I heard this book was coming out I honestly could not be more excited. Throughout the series we learn little pieces of the characters histories and events that happened to make them the way there are. It was great to finally read this story that tied everything together. This is the start of many characters I have grown to love, from the other books. It was also nice to see how Connie and Marie got together. Connie and Marie are great, and even more likeable than I remembered. The romance is slow going, but the chemistry is obvious. The sex scenes were nice and steamy. I do feel this book is still at the beginning of their relationship. I feel we just scratched the surface. I would actually love to read another book that picks up where this one left off so I could read about Connie and Marie’s relationship developing even more.I am big fan of this series and highly recommend these books to paranormal-romance fans. If you are new to this series and you read this book, make sure you go and grab Ambereye, it is fantastic! I really hope this is not the end of the Garoul’s, I would love another book.An ARC was given to me for a honest review.
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  • Jem
    January 1, 1970
    Little Dip is the long awaited prequel - - the "missing link" that completes the saga of the Garoul clan of werewolves. Their adventures and romances (such as they are) are chronicled in a four book series that to this day, remains the only shapeshifter series I love completely and would wholeheartedly recommend. The reason being that each book is different enough from the others not just in plot but also in tone and mood that it never gets old. The only thing missing from the series and thus in Little Dip is the long awaited prequel - - the "missing link" that completes the saga of the Garoul clan of werewolves. Their adventures and romances (such as they are) are chronicled in a four book series that to this day, remains the only shapeshifter series I love completely and would wholeheartedly recommend. The reason being that each book is different enough from the others not just in plot but also in tone and mood that it never gets old. The only thing missing from the series and thus intrigued me forever was a book featuring the most important characters in the clan: Marie, the Alpha of the clan and her human mate Connie. Ever since the first book, I've waited and waited to see if these two, and most especially Connie, will have their own story told. In the series, Connie was just always on the periphery of things, a calm and supportive presence. But her unusual situation intrigued me. And at the risk of it being a bit spoilerish, what happened to her in one of the books felt like the ultimate sacrifice to love. But alas, we never got her POV. It's been years so I've pretty much given up hope that there ever will be. Connie will have forever remained a mystery to me. In my mind, she was the most intriguing one. The trailblazer. The one who paved the way for the rest. So when news that a new Garoul book was imminent and it was about her, I salivated like a hungry wolf. And now... I'm a happy and sated wolf. The book ticked all my boxes, and much more. My review is a bit delayed because immediately after I was done with it, I dived right into Book 1. It was supposedly just to refresh my memory of what happened to Connie and to check for continuity, and also to prep for this review. Big mistake! I ended up reading most of it, as well as a lot of the other books in the series. :) In hindsight, I realized how perfect 'Little Dip' fit into the series, both as a prequel for fans, and as a proper introduction to new readers. As a series intro, I felt it worked better than Book 1 which was dark, edgy and had a less than sympathetic lead. Mind you, Little Dip is still dark and edgy, but it's also spiced with lots of sweet and endearing. It's set decades before the events in the series proper, and we get to meet and see little but insightful glimpses of the pivotal characters of the series, as they were kids. Even better, the events in Little Dip leave a few loose ends that are ultimately resolved, often in a bittersweet manner, decades later in the other books. Now that's awesome plotting.Freelance nature artist Connie Fortune lived the perfect bohemian lifestyle: independent, mobile, doing the things she loved most-- capturing nature on film and canvas, and getting paid handsomely for it. If she can find her subject, that is. Her specialty is birds, the rarer the better. On a quest to photograph and paint a rare yellow cuckoo, she finds herself having to surreptitiously trespass into a secluded and expansive valley owned by a reclusive family, where the bird has been reportedly sighted. The family is headed by a stand-offish matriarch and her equally haughty daughter Marie. Strange things are going on in the valley though. Or at least, there are rumors of things. But Connie isn't going to let one little rumor like a Big Foot sighting scare her away from her prized cuckoo. Even if it means taking the bull by the horns and investigating the beastly creature herself. As in all the Garoul books, there is always a simmering undercurrent of danger throughout. Little Dip may be the epitome of serenity and beauty, but there is a hidden and underlying creep factor that intrudes and eventually explodes the calm. It's kind of a running theme (or trope, because it does strain logic at times) in the series. But I've learned to run with it and just have a good time. I wouldn't call this a comfort read. It's uncomfortable. And there are murky moral issues a-plenty. But there's so much more to enjoy--the fab writing, the unforgettable characters, crisp pacing, sustained tension throughout. As I mentioned before, the story does get rather dark at some point. Werewolves are wild animals after all. Monstrous looking ones even. And werewolf / human romances? Don't expect wining and dining. More like 'You're mine!'. Followed closely by 'Forever!'. But then this is Connie we're talking about. Stubborn, independent, fearless (or rather clueless) Connie. She's not gonna just roll over and do... whatever. At least not without putting up a good fight. Connie explains it best: she (like all of us) expected 'falling in love' to be joyful, instead she mostly felt angry and vexed. Who wouldn't be in her place? Well, thats were-love for you. I guess that pretty much sums up the tone of the book: Vexed. Mild spoilers ahead. The line between lust and love, though, is pretty blurry. The last part of the book deals with this prickly issue well enough though I felt it could have been better. I mean, it was always easier to accept Marie's love as true. But Connie's? Even she doesn't seem to know for sure. Oh the lust is genuine alright, but it may just be clouding her judgment. In hindsight, I wonder if she truly knew what she was getting herself into. I mean, in regular romances, we only risk our hearts. In Connie's case, she would literally be risking her life. Of course, there's nothing like a life-and-death-situation ending to clear all the the doubts. But still.... The fangirl in me wished there had been more at the end beyond a declaration. Like maybe an epilogue. But narrative-wise and considering the length of the book, I thought it was an okay place to end it. Still... I can't help but wonder what happens next? How does she cope with life beside an Alpha? Or a non-human, even? How does she deal with the wolf part of Marie? The next gen human were-girlfriends in the later books are luckier in that they'll always have Connie to look up to. But she's gonna have to go through it all alone. Do I smell another book? ;) 4.6 starsARC from the publisherBTW, even though this is labeled as Book 5 of the Garoul series, I highly suggest new readers to pick this up first. Then work through books 1 to 4. Why? Most of the characters in 1-4 are here, in all their childhood (or in the case of Connie, clueless) innocence. It'll break your heart that much more knowing what's gonna happen to them. And make their eventual redemption all the more meaningful.
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  • Just a man's point of view
    January 1, 1970
    It 's so nice to be back into Garoul series!And Little Dip is somehow getting the old vibe of Ambereye, so full of humour and fun. While the other books were a bit more about paranormal mistery and action, Little Dip rediscover the lightness of the second chapter, thanks to the freshness of the character Connie, so eager to put herself in trouble. Love and romance won't be lacking.Those who loved the series, like me, will love to see all the known ladies as little kids, as Little Dip is a preque It 's so nice to be back into Garoul series!And Little Dip is somehow getting the old vibe of Ambereye, so full of humour and fun. While the other books were a bit more about paranormal mistery and action, Little Dip rediscover the lightness of the second chapter, thanks to the freshness of the character Connie, so eager to put herself in trouble. Love and romance won't be lacking.Those who loved the series, like me, will love to see all the known ladies as little kids, as Little Dip is a prequel to the series. But the book can be read as a standalone and is a good entry point to the series.
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  • Netty
    January 1, 1970
    This was my least favourite of the series, in fact I'd go as far to say I was bored for most of the book, the characters were ok but boring, i didnt take to connie very much,there was just something irritating about her, plus because I read all the other books first I felt I already knew the story, it just filled in a few gaps!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    In this Garoul prequel, we go back to 1977, and meet a younger Connie Fortune who is a wildlife photographer and illustrator.She arrives in the Little Dip valley on assignment to take photos of a rare bird in the area, but after a confrontation with two of the Garoul women - Sylvie and her daughter Marie, Connie thinks it's best she leave. But she doesn't just leave it there, she comes back, and strange things start to happen....It's been a very long time since I read a Garoul novel, and this tr In this Garoul prequel, we go back to 1977, and meet a younger Connie Fortune who is a wildlife photographer and illustrator.She arrives in the Little Dip valley on assignment to take photos of a rare bird in the area, but after a confrontation with two of the Garoul women - Sylvie and her daughter Marie, Connie thinks it's best she leave. But she doesn't just leave it there, she comes back, and strange things start to happen....It's been a very long time since I read a Garoul novel, and this truly makes me want to revisit the previous 4 books - and soon.I love the way Gill brings you in straight away into her world, and even if you haven't read the series yet, no worries, as this is such a good stand alone.Marie and Connie are a couple of the best characters I have read, and going back to the Garoul family felt like seeing old friends again, and catching up with them over a glass of wine, and learning new stories of their lives. Brilliant addition to the series. Go read it when it comes out!I received an ARC of this book through Dirt Road Books for an honest review.
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  • BookAddict
    January 1, 1970
    Im a new fan of this series.I was immediately sucked into the world this author has created. Marie and Connie are great characters, I wanted to know more about them and everyone else in this world that was created in this book. I didn't want to put the book down and i definitely didn't want it to end.I will be recommending this book to my friends. Cant wait to read more from this authorI received an advance ARC copy for and honest review.
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  • Tiff
    January 1, 1970
    The Garoul series has always been one of my most favorites to read. I have adored each book and been captivated by the characters that have jumped off their pages. I had no idea what to think about going back to the beginning and telling Connie and Sylvie's story (set in the late 1970s) but I was in for whatever adventure Gill McKnight was going to throw my way. Connie Fortune is in the Little Dip area to photograph and illustrate the Yellow Cukoo. A bird the has recently been placed on the enda The Garoul series has always been one of my most favorites to read. I have adored each book and been captivated by the characters that have jumped off their pages. I had no idea what to think about going back to the beginning and telling Connie and Sylvie's story (set in the late 1970s) but I was in for whatever adventure Gill McKnight was going to throw my way. Connie Fortune is in the Little Dip area to photograph and illustrate the Yellow Cukoo. A bird the has recently been placed on the endangered species list and is extremely rare to be seen in North America. Connie's quest for the elusive bird drops her right into the path of Sylvie Garoul.Marie Garoul has been brought back to Little Dip to help her mother/pack leader work on the family almanac. Marie and Connie clash from the minute they meet. There is that pull towards each other but their heads and smartass comments keep them circling each other the majority of the book. Tensions and high and so is the attraction.Beware once you start this one you will have a hard time putting it down. As always Gill Mcknight dazzles us with her storytelling. You couldn't ask for a better escape. This book is fun, sexy and so well written. I sincerely hope that we see more Garouls soon!
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  • Loek Krancher
    January 1, 1970
    Top-Notch!Connie can't wait to explore the interesting wildlife of Little Dip. Little Dip, a small place surrounded with lakes, mountains, forests and it is the only place where a rare bird was ever spotted. The only problem is that this is a very private property. A cry for help and an unexpected meeting with an attractive dark-haired woman unraveled her perfect life and led her into a world she never knew existed. Between the women was an attraction but there was also a lot of tension. Connie Top-Notch!Connie can't wait to explore the interesting wildlife of Little Dip. Little Dip, a small place surrounded with lakes, mountains, forests and it is the only place where a rare bird was ever spotted. The only problem is that this is a very private property. A cry for help and an unexpected meeting with an attractive dark-haired woman unraveled her perfect life and led her into a world she never knew existed. Between the women was an attraction but there was also a lot of tension. Connie would like to stay far, far away from her but her feelings were a tangled mess. One moment she wanted to throttle her and the next moment she was flirting with danger. Connie's only purpose was sketching and photographing the rare bird and nothing could stop her. But with all the weird and scary things going on in her life it is hard to maintain focus. Connie begins to suspect that there is something going on and she wants to find out what’s hidden in Little Dip. This is a perfect mystery and romance. I totally became wrapped up in this story. It is an original, thrilling and completely absorbing story. Beautiful crafted and full of suspense. The author has the skill to draw you immediately into the story. I loved it and I highly recommended it.
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  • Kamloth
    January 1, 1970
    Little Dip - Garoul series Book 5 -By Gill McKnightThe beginningI have not read any other book in the Garoul Series and will so be reviewing this book as a stand-alone while trying to give it context.Cant it be read as a stand alone? Yes. Does it thrive as a stand-alone? Not according to my standards. Little Dip is a prequel so it can be an entry point into the series. The plot is set in the 70’s so, from my understanding, about one generation before the rest of the Garoul book. I was expecting Little Dip - Garoul series Book 5 -By Gill McKnightThe beginningI have not read any other book in the Garoul Series and will so be reviewing this book as a stand-alone while trying to give it context.Cant it be read as a stand alone? Yes. Does it thrive as a stand-alone? Not according to my standards. Little Dip is a prequel so it can be an entry point into the series. The plot is set in the 70’s so, from my understanding, about one generation before the rest of the Garoul book. I was expecting more supernatural stuff plot wise. Like an all-out werewolf war or prophecy quest or even an OMG!-Leprechauns-exist kind of book. At its core, Little Dip was more a metaphor for inter-ethnic romance (with major cultural differences between the two worlds) than the paranormal mystery that I was expecting. Just to be clear - there is both romance and mystery in this opus. However, the romance aspect is more prominent than I would have expected -  or loved - in this genre. On more than one occasion I felt that some story arcs were not used to the maximum of it’s potential and it left me hungry for more - that did not came. I am guessing that all those thing are already answered in other books of the series, but for a first time read it was incomplete. In my opinion, while a new reader can follow and enjoy Little Dip, they can not fully appreciate it. I would strongly advise you to start with Book One. That being said, if you are a fan of romance and are not sure if a paranormal/supernatural story is something you like please start with Book 5. It might be the incentive you need to broaden your horizon.The Garoul Series seems very interesting and I looking forward to reading the rest of the books.ARC Review
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  • susan
    January 1, 1970
    OmgOk I am a big fan of the Garoul series. So when this book came out I was all excited. It was weird seeing the other characters from the other books as kids. I loved how Connie and Marie met. If you have read the other books you got some answers of questions you may have had. This was a great addition to the series. I definitely recommend this book.
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