Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The fourth book in the Wolves of Manhattan series by A. C. Katt begins at McClellan High School where Kane Brady is refusing to pass two members of the basketball team just because the coach told him to do so. The two players, along with the coach, decide this young gay teacher needs to be taught a lesson. The two players, along with the other three starters from the team, brutally rape Kane as he is walking home from school late one night.
Gabriel Martin is the fourth in the Garou Industries, the werewolf owned company. Though his territory is small, his position within the corporation is important, as the director of technology. He has been dreaming of his mate lately and with three other board members having found their mates, he hopes that the premonition comes true. Driving from the Newark airport into the city, the roads become hazardous in a snowstorm. Traffic moving at a crawl, he notices a young man staggering out of an alley. Moved to help the wounded man, Gabriel immediately recognizes the man to be his mate. He informs his betas of this fact to marshal resources to help Kane. He brings Kane to the hospital where the pack doctor is working and calls the Alpha to inform him of his discovery.
Gabriel, along with his friends and the previous found alpha mates, try to convince Kane that he would recover better in Gabriel’s penthouse suite while those who abused him are sought out. After the players and coach have been rounded up, the group convinces Kane to spend the holidays with Gabriel. Just as things begin to settle down and the big reveal about shifters and mates is to take place, the group receives word that the coach has made bail and is seeking vengeance. Gabriel and his friends must prepare for the mating ceremony in Atlanta while keeping an eye out for the newly freed coach. To complicate matters, an alpha with dual citizenship in Russia has recently returned to America to escape the violence brought on by Putin’s homophobic laws. The Prime Alpha is worried that major trouble for his shifters is just around the corner and must prepare for the upcoming battle.
As usual, this is another fine outing in Ms. Katt’s series. The story follows the others in that an abused human is rescued by a member of the Garou Industries board. It is even pointed out by one of the characters that this is a recurring theme in finding the mates. The mates are also of Irish descent and have various shades of green eyes. It will be interesting to see if this pattern sticks with the next book. The supernatural help that Kane receives to help recover from the rape allows for the story to move forward without the trauma of the event preventing the mating from going forward. The growing bond between all the alpha mates is touching to read as they have all suffered in the past and form a support group amongst themselves.
The cover art by Winterheart Design shows our blond Kane and the dark haired Gabriel above the New York skyline with an image of a wolf superimposed behind our two heroes. It fits the character of the book well.
ebook, 166 pages
Published March 2016 by MLR Press
SeriesWerewolves of Manhattan #4
Series: Werewolves of Manhattan