Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The board members of Garou Industries are celebrating the mating and wedding of Etienne Daurensbourg and Julio Reyes in suburban Chicago. As a wedding present to Julio, Etienne has found Julio’s childhood friend Richard Kerrigan who is living in Chicago. The two have not seen each other in over ten years, when Julio was placed in foster care after the death of his parents. Richard’s family was not able to take Julio in because of state regulations and was not given any further information on him. Richard jumps at the chance to reunite with his friend.
Richard has been living in Chicago for the past few years to take care of his sick mother. While going through this, he is fired from his job as an engineer after blowing the whistle on shoddy parts in military vehicles. The company effectively blackballs him from any other engineering company in Chicagoland. Richard is unable to move after paying for his mother’s medical and funeral expenses. Working at a local bar, a local Serbian mobster takes an interest in him. Knowing that sooner or later, the mobster will make his move on him resulting in unwanted sexual encounters or worse, he takes the offer of a job at Garou, which Etienne has helped arrange. He is to be mentored by Julien Bellaire, who happens to be Richard’s mate. Arrangements are made so that Richard can leave with Julio and the board of Garou the next morning.
As usual, the mating of a board member does not go off as planned. The Serbian mobster will not let Richard go that easily. He tracks him down to New York in order to get him back. There is also the fact that Richard must be told that he is Julien’s mate and that the board members of Garou are all wolf shifters. Julien hopes that through Julio’s friendship and Colin’s book that the transition is not as traumatic as the others have been. Now all Julien has to do is ensure that Richard is alive by the time they travel to Oregon for the mating ceremony.
As the characters in the book point out, the mates and matings all seem to follow a pattern. But the author makes each one unique and then starts to change the script on the reader. As with the previous two novels, we are introduced to the next potential mate at the end of the book. This mate seems to shatter the mold completely. I liked the introduction of Don Ferone’s gay stepson. He wants his stepfather to change his ways but is isolated from most of the family business because of his thoughts. I am pretty sure he will be a go between for the two powerful forces in New York. Please hurry with book eight, Ms. Katt.
Winterheart Designs’ cover art is another winner. The red headed Richard and brunette Julien are above a New York bridge skyline with a wolf howling against the backdrop of the moon above.
EBook, 201 pages
Edition Language: English
Published January 20, 2017 by MLR Press
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)
Julio’s Wolf (Werewolves of Manhattan #6)
Wolf Whistle (Werewolves of Manhattan #7)