Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The sixth installment of the Wolves of Manhattan starts a little differently than the rest. We have already met Julio Reyes, the destined mate of Etienne Daurensbourg. As an independent call boy, he helped Donal when Donal was under control of an abusive pimp. Due to his generous nature, Donal’s mate Alexi thanks him by making Julio’s dream come true—tuition for beauty school and an apartment to live in while attending with a promise to help start his own business after. However, all that may never come to be as a former client of his stabs him in his new apartment.
Etienne is one of three unranked alphas on the board of Garou, the company run by the North American werewolf council. He and Alexi went through alpha training together when they were younger. He, along with Armand, helped secure the release of Alexi from a Russian prison and relocate him and his staff to America. Having been introduced to his mate just recently, Etienne hopes he does not have the problems the other alphas had with claiming their mates. To be safe, he sends one of his betas to Julio’s new apartment to check out the area. Luckily, he arrives in time to save Julio’s life.
With Julio recovering from injuries and his assailant caught, Etienne hopes that his mate will be receptive to the idea of werewolves and mates. However, there is trouble brewing in his home pack as one beta believes Etienne is unworthy of being alpha as Alexi, a stranger to America, got his mate first. The other alphas believe that the charge is unwarranted as mates are given by the gods as they see fit. However this problem must be dealt with. As Etienne faces the challenge of the pit, or where werewolf challenges are fought to the death, he wants to take care of this problem before he officially makes Julio his mate.
This is another enjoyable read in A. C. Katt’s engrossing werewolf series. The basic story line remains the same but each novel seems to have a different twist to it, which prevents it from ever being boring. As the rest of the alphas meet their mates (there are only two left), it appears that the series is gearing up for a final confrontation with the leader of the Russian werewolf council and his tyrannical ways. It appears that Julio will be the strategist of the mates being a human high beta. The end of the book previews the next mate, who happens to have been a childhood friend of Julio’s, who is also of Celt descent.
Winterheart Designs again comes up with a cover that serves its purpose. The models for Julio and Etienne are how I would have pictured them. They are pictured above a New York skyline.
EBook, 191 pages
Edition Language: English
Published: September 20, 2016 by MLR Press
Series: Werewolves of Manhattan