Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Marc Thierry is the alpha of not only his pack in Northern Minnesota but also the packs of the upper Great Lakes region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario and Manitoba. As he has recently been appointed third to the North American Garou council, he spends a lot of time traveling between Minnesota and Manhattan. As the Alpha and second on the North American Garou council have recently found their mates, Marc is forced to spend more time in Manhattan. So he buys the top three floors of an apartment complex so that he does not have to always stay in hotels. One day, when his cook has the day off, Marc decides to order delivery from his favorite Chinese restaurant.
Colin Callahan is a graduate student working on his master’s degree. He also writes gay werewolf romance novels. As the royalties from these books has just become enough to live on while going to school, he decides to give up his delivery job at the Chinese restaurant he has been working at for the past few years. As the restaurant nearest his home has closed, he works at the owner’s Manhattan location. Today is the last day he is working for Mr. Zhou. He is given an order to take to an apartment a few blocks away. He makes sure his hoodie is pulled up and takes off on his bike.
When Marc opens the door the door to the delivery guy wearing the hoodie, he realizes that he has finally met his mate. He invited the delivery guy to join him and his associates (who are actually Marc’s betas) to join them for dinner. After getting the go ahead from Mr. Zhou, Colin agrees to stay. When Marc tells Colin to remove his hoodie and get comfortable, the young man hesitates. When Colin finally does remove his hoodie, the scar he received when he was eleven years old that stretches from his ear down through his cheek is shown. Marc thinks that the scar is not something to be ashamed about but realizes that it causes his mate discomfort. Colin meanwhile cannot believe that the three men have not only not mentioned the scar but made no outward reaction to it. Usually he finds men he is interested in run to the hills when they see his disfigurement. Does Marc honestly not care about the scar or is he setting him up for a fall later on? When Marc finds out that Colin is a popular author among werewolves, he hopes that he can prove to Colin that they really do exist and not frighten the skittish man away.
I continue to enjoy the Wolves of Manhattan series. While the trouble for the human mates in the past has come from running away from organized crime in New York, this time it comes from closer to home. Unrest from Marc’s pack with the Alpha Bitch (the lead female werewolf in the pack) causes the pair to return to Minnesota sooner than expected. When Marc declares her a rogue wolf, she vows to get revenge on Marc through Colin. I really enjoyed how the three alpha mates seem to bond throughout the book. As they are three men who had no experience with werewolves before their mating, they support each other’s efforts. I hope when they meet the next mate that he will feel as welcome as Colin has been.
The cover art by Winterheart Design is once again nicely done. The Manhattan skyline is placed in the lower third. The upper third has Colin in his hoodie and Marc in a unbuttoned blue dress shirt. Just above them in the background is Marc’s wolf howling.
Ebook, 186 pages
Edition Language: English
Published: October 8, 2015 by MLR Press
Series: Werewolves of Manhattan