Book Review & Giveaway: The Monkey House by Boyd Taylor

21 Feb

Book #3 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series

Category: Adult Fiction, 212 pages
Genre: Political Suspense
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: May 29, 2015
Tour dates: Jan 3 to Feb 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some adult language and elusion to sex)



Book Description

This, the third Donnie Ray Cuinn book, pits Donnie against the old friends and new enemies guilty of land fraud and corporate greed. Donnie returns to Austin from his law practice in the Texas Panhandle to confront All-American football player Wesley Bird, his former best friend. In the company of beautiful, athletic Anna Kaye Nordstrom, Donnie experiences the “new” Austin of glitzy condos, trendy restaurants and social media. He also revisits the “old” Austin of barbecue, power politics and greens versus developers. Donnie finds that not much has changed.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. This is the third book I’ve read in the Donnie Cuinn series. I read Hero and The Antelope Play in the past couple of weeks and I have liked them all but they are getting a little better each time.

 Donnie enjoys living and practicing law in a small town in the panhandle of Texas. When he finds out that his former best friend, Wesley, has talked his mom and foster father, Papa, into investing in a big development, Donnie decides to return to Austin. He needs to check things out himself because he doesn’t trust Wesley. Donnie has missed his best friend and gives him another chance. I cringed when he made that decision. It’s obvious that Wesley will never change. 

At the same time, Papa is leading the fight against developers who want to turn the Monkey House and its land into condos and stores. The land is across from the retirement center he and Donnie’s mom live in and many people believe it would make a wonderful park.

This book, like the first two, was difficult to put down once I started it. Not only was there a lot going on, but I had to know if Donnie was going to be able to help Papa and other members of the retirement center. And would they have to live across from modern condos or would they get their park?

I enjoyed getting to know Donnie better in this book and liked that Papa was back. I’m definitely looking forward to reading book four.

Book trailer for Necessities
(Book #4 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn Series)

About the Author 


BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

Boyd’s first novel “Hero” was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, “The Antelope Play,” dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, “The Monkey House”, involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel “Necessities” predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

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2 Responses to “Book Review & Giveaway: The Monkey House by Boyd Taylor”

  1. fuonlyknew February 21, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

    I shared my review today too. This series is a hoot and very addictive!


    • sleepygirl2 February 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm #

      It is! I still have one more to read in a couple of days. I’m looking forward to it.


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