Dutch by Madhuri Pavamani

Dutch by Madhuri Pavamani
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (342 pgs)
Other: M/F, F/F/M, Anal sex, Multiple Partners, Masturbation
Rated: 3.5 stars
Review by Rose

I’ve spent years holed up in the deepest, darkest parts of the city, fighting to keep Death and her Poochas from crossing the dead back to the living. My skill with a blade is bested only by my menace, my despair, my anguish – the strongest weapons I yield.

Then I meet Juma Landry and it all goes to hell.

She is beauty and love and sex and light, everything I am not. And she makes me want things I haven’t desired in years. But the monsters of my life, the evil lurking in the dark corners of my soul, those places craven and vile, bind me to a past I cannot shake free. As the most skilled Keeper for The Gate, nothing and no one can prevent me from excelling at a job I never wanted. I do it because it is my legacy, a fate I cannot outrun, but when Juma becomes my next assignment, each of her nine lives to be ended by my hand, I must decide: the legacy I never wanted or the love I don’t deserve.

This is an adult fantasy and while it’s not labeled as erotic, in this reviewer’s opinion it should be. Before the principles meet, both male and female lead characters in this fantasy romance have engaged in multiple episodes of sex of various types (M/F, FFM, oral, anal, etc). Even after they meet and become cognizant of the attraction between each other, their sexual activities are not limited to the other. So, it’s important that the reader be aware of this, because I would hate for someone to pick up the book and not realize how much graphic sex there was.

That being said, the storyline is very interesting. We learn about Dutch, who is a Keeper of The Gate – the gate separating life and death. It is their job to keep those people who have died from coming back, by killing Death’s Poochas. This is an incredibly dark book, and does include some descriptions of torture.

Death is not the Death we normally think of– this Death is a very sexy woman who is very hedonistic and lives only for pleasure. She allows selected dead people to return to life – aided by her Poochas.

The main conflict comes in when Dutch and Juma (one of Death’s Poochas) meet and discover themselves to be soulmates only to discover that Dutch has been assigned to kill her.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, and you see both Dutch and Juma grow and change quite a bit. Though I was a bit dismayed by the darkness here, I was very invested in these characters. I enjoyed watching their development and look forward to seeing how Dutch and Juma resolve the difficulties that surround them.

FYI, this is the first book in the series and ends on a cliffhanger.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Dutch sounds intriguing. Can’t wait to read it to learn more about Juma, Dutch, and his job as Keeper of the Gate.

    • Hi Joanne, thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at DUTCH. I don’t want to give anything away, but there’s so much more to Dutch and Juma than meets the eye. They’re dark and raw, but as you read along in this book, and books II and III, I think their evolution is pretty extraordinary. Anyway, thanks again for saying hi, best of luck with the giveaway, and happy Monday. xx, Madhuri

  3. Good morning and thanks for hosting me and my raw sexy book – I’m so pleased to spend the week with you and your readers. Also, a big thank you for the review and your thoughts on DUTCH. It is admittedly a very dark book, and perhaps that reflects a bit on my personal life at the time I wrote it, but if it makes you feel any better, books II and III brighten up. A little. At least I promise not to leave readers a depressed, sobbing puddle of nothing at the end 🙂 Thanks again and I’ll be around all week, checking in, and answering any questions folks might have for me. Happy Monday! xx, Madhuri

  4. kim hansen says:

    Sounds good.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Kim. I hope DUTCH, and actually all three books in The Keeper Series, wind up on your TBR pile. Best of luck with the contest and have a great day. xx, Madhuri

  5. Great post – I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by, Victoria, and I couldn’t agree more – L&S review is thorough and thoughtful and I’m so appreciative of their words about DUTCH. Like they said, the novel is dark, but I like to think there are some really wondrous glimmers of hope in there. Also, Dutch and Juma are mad sexy if you ask me. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and best of luck with the giveaway. xx, Madhuri

  6. Thank you for the thoughtful review.

    • Right, Elf? This review is great – it’s thorough and touches on so many aspects of the novel. I’m glad my words crossed paths with this blog. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi – good luck with the giveaway. If you win, maybe DUTCH will land on your TBR pile. xx, Madhuri

  7. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt.

    • Cali – so glad the excerpt caught your attention. Thanks for stopping by the tour, saying hi, and checking out my book. Best of luck with the giveaway! xx, Madhuri

  8. Great

  9. Nikolina Vukelic says:

    Thank you for your honest review, it’s much appreciated!

  10. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    • Thanks Lisa – so far the tour is going well and I think it’s getting DUTCH on a few more folks’ radar. Which is all I really want for my dark sexy book. Thanks for stopping by and fingers crossed for the giveaway.

  11. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a fabulous story.

    • I like to think of it that way, Rita. But you never know – you spend months, sometimes years, writing a book – that doesn’t mean anyone will like it. The fact I’ve managed to get even a few positive words about DUTCH means a lot. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the giveaway.

  12. Gwendolyn Jordan says:


    • Thanks Gwendolyn, and thanks for taking the time to stop by this tour stop and say hi. Good luck winning the gift card.

  13. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  14. Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading it!

  15. Bea LaRocca says:

    Congrats on the book and the review tour . I’m looking forward to reading this and the other books in the series.

  16. Bea LaRocca says:

    This sounds like my kind of read. Thanks so much for posting and for the honest review.

  17. The concept of Death being a sexy woman is fun and unique. I like the ideas of Death being able to end people and return them to living. Like Batman’s villainess Poison Ivy said, “We give you life, and we can take it away, just as easily.”

  18. Bea LaRocca says:

    I hope that you’ve had an enjoyable and successful book tour. Best of luck with all of your future endeavors.

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