Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The fifth book in A. C. Katt’s Werewolves of Manhattan series is more of the same, which is a good thing for the reader. The leadership of the loup garrou and Garou Industries keep finding their mates in humans in trouble. These pairings find redemption for both men and bring gifts to the werewolf council. These will be needed as they fear an upcoming battle looms in the near future.
The human mate this time is Donal Berne. A runaway at the age of fourteen, Donal has spent the last seven years working as a call boy Vito Apuso, for an underling of Don Ferone. Apuso has abused Donal and gotten him hooked on heroin in an effort to control him. The only reason he has survived as long as he has is because of Julio, an independent call boy. However, Donal has decided that seven years of abuse from Vito and the johns he is assigned to is enough and decides to end it all with an overdose.
The Garou Industries executive this time is fifth in charge Alexi Davidoff. He was the second in command of the Russian Council. Three years ago, Alexi was arrested for protesting the inaction of the Russian police after his beta was murdered by gay bashing thugs, which caused the death of the beta’s mate as well. Having spent three years in a Russian prison nearly broke Alexi. After his release is negotiated by Garou Industries, Alexi immigrates to the United States and takes over the Colorado territory of the American Council, which is within his birthright. As he is travelling to his new home in New York City, he spots a young man on a park bench with a needle sticking out of this arm. He investigates and discovers the man is his mate and calls for help.
The resolution to Donal’s problems seems to have been solved a little too quickly but a further complication is thrown in shortly afterward. However, this threat is mostly talked about as a possible threat to both Donal and Don Ferone but is resolved almost as quickly and off screen like the first problem. The tension in the previous books just wasn’t there this time for me. The epilogue is a probably preview of the next book of the series, where unlike in the past, the future mate has already been introduced. As mentioned before, the characters mention a possible big battle that is coming in the near future. There are three more members of the Garou ruling board who are unmated, so this battle may be a ways off yet. I eagerly await the conclusion of this series.
The cover art by Winterheart Designs has Donal and Alexi above a New York skyline. Above the two men is Alexi’s wolf. It Is well done and fits the pattern of the rest of the series.
EBook, 217 pages
Edition Language: English
Published: May 20, 2016 by MLR Books
Series: Werewolves of Manhattan
- His Omega (Werewolves of Manhattan #1)
- Remy’s Painter (Werewolves of Manhattan #2)
- Scarred Mate (Werewolves of Manhattan #3)
- Marking Kane (Werewolves of Manhattan #4)
- Alexi’s Mouse (Werewolves of Manhattan #5)
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