Rating: 3 stars out of 5
York, England, 1912
Kent was a pack outcast. His shifter instincts cruelly muted, he was collared and kept as a stray. Until he was offered his freedom—for something in return. He must rescue Hadrian, an alpha held hostage in the wolf highlands. It’s a pleasure for Kent to follow the captive’s scent, one so wild and virile it gives him a rush. Though he despises being treated like a mutt called to heel, he’ll gladly fall to his knees for an alpha like Hadrian.
Hadrian has never met anyone like this damaged wolf warrior. His savior who licks the blood from his wounds and who arouses in him feelings he doesn’t understand or want to control. But Hadrian suspects that more than desire binds them. It’s betrayal. Pawns in an elaborate and feral deceit, they’re now caught in the deepening maze of a vengeful shifter world, where navigating the mysteries of the heart could prove just as unpredictable and dangerous as the enemies they face.
I thought Wolf in King’s Clothing by Parker Foye had many terrific elements to it. Foye’s writing was able to engage me in Kent’s situation and his need for Hadrian. In fact, Kent is the best thing about the story. He’s almost feral, a wild being yet one we are able to connect with. Foye’s decision to make him a berserker was a good one that plays out against his size and constant state of disorder and more. We feel compassion for Kent and that allows us to come to his side of the story and remain there.
Hadrian is more of a shadow character, elusive as we don’t have as much background on him and honestly, I didn’t believe in his character as I did Kent’s. Or the ugly people and beings that surrounded Kent, they were very much alive.
I found it odd that Foye decided to place his story in York, England, 1912. There didn’t seem to be any firm reason for that. This could have been any fantasy world or alternate world, there was nothing or no real reason other than to bring the Titanic into it (and that was sort of absurd). Anything else, avalanche, earthquake, bomb, could have been used to the same effect…get rid of a bunch of leaders in one place. Because the reference disappears and you really don’t care when the story is placed again. It’s merely an oddity and a jarring one at that.
The pathos at the end of the real is real. It tugged at my heart. I felt for both characters. But again, with the good comes the bad. I was also let down because there was no comeuppance for the person who put Kent through all that. It was “oh well, that happens”. I’m all about the revenge here. Ah well.
As I said, there were some good elements here, enough that overrode the bad that I’m giving it 3 stars. The writing made me connect to one of the main characters, enough to pull at me at the end when it looked like he was going to die. I only wish the author had built on the good elements they had going, and scattered the others away.
Cover art is just so so. Doesn’t speak to the era or show the interesting characteristics of the MC’s. Could be any book.
This book is approximately 32,000 words\ebook
Expected publication: May 15th 2017 by Carina Press
Original TitleWolf in King’s Clothing