Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Going home digs up bad memories, so it’s something Bureau of Special Investigations agent Cooper Dayton tries to avoid. When he’s guilted into a visit, Cooper brings along Oliver Park, his hot new werewolf partner, in the hopes the trip will help clarify their status as a couple…or not.
When Park’s keen shifter nose uncovers a body in the yard and Cooper’s father is the prime suspect, Cooper knows they’re on their own. Familial involvement means no sanctioned investigation. They’ll need to go rogue and solve the mystery quietly or risk seeing Cooper’s dad put behind bars.
The case may be cold, but Park and Cooper’s relationship heats up as they work. And yet if Cooper can’t figure out what’s going on between them outside of the bedroom, he’ll lose someone he… Well, he can’t quite put into words how he feels about Park. He knows one thing for sure: he’s not ready to say goodbye, though with the real killer inching ever closer…he may not have a choice.
I just love The Wolf at Bay (Big Bad Wolf #2) by Charlie Adhara. It’s a first for me by this author. I picked it up because I was intrigued by the cover and the description. At the time I had no idea it was part of a series. I had to find that out once I went scrabbling for more information at Goodreads for information about the author and found that there was a story that preceded this one. Too late, I was already heavily involved with Cooper Dayton, Oliver Park, and Cooper’s visit home.
I’ll tell you immediately Adhara’s characterizations are amazing. Layered, complex, and highly interesting people/beings emerge immediately from the story. I didn’t have to read the first novel to get into the stress filled relationship and shaky dynamics that is the partnership, personal and professional, between Cooper and Oliver. It’s like being close to quiet lightning. it crackles and you don’t want to look away from the energy.
They are struggling to figure out how to emerge from what was clearly a disastrous event. Cooper’s ex partner and his unwitting involvement in his corrupt affairs. Yes, this will send me running back to that first story but I didn’t feel I needed it to read this book. I got enough information to feel satisfied that I had sufficient groundwork here to go on.
A call from Cooper’s family and an invitation from Cooper for Oliver to accompany him seems like a good idea until a body is found under the gazebo in his family’s backyard.
How Adhara builds this case, all the emotions, the labyrinthine path filled with clues, old personal history, memories both good and bad is incredible. The author builds it around Cooper’s family, his memories of his childhood, and his tenuous connections to his father in present time. All the while as he and Oliver try to figure out where they stand with each other. And keep Oliver’s identity as a werewolf from the family. I did say that, didn’t I?
I’m so in love with this author and story. I need the next book in the series to arrive. I guess the first story will have to do until then.
Love shifters? Murder mysteries? And romances? Why not combine all three? Pick up one beautifully written story with outstanding characters and a romance you will go crazy over in The Wolf at Bay (Big Bad Wolf #2) by Charlie Adhara. I can’t recommend this one highly enough.
Cover art is simply and relevant from a scene in the story. Love it.
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ebook, 249 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2018 by Carina Press
SeriesBig Bad Wolf #2