Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review: Winter’s Wolf (Tales of the Harker Pack #3) by Tara Lain

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Winter's Wolf coverWinter Thane and his father Damon come down from northern Canada ostensibly so that Winter can learn about pack life. His dad has been a loner for over 25 years and even though he got custody of Winter when he was born 20 years ago, he remained a lone wolf. Winter quickly finds out that there’s more to the story than he originally thought. Apparently his father broke one of the cardinal rules of werewolves—no sex with humans—and fled the area after one night with the love of his life, a human.

Another thing Winter quickly learns is that he is not the only gay werewolf and though his father has constantly berated him about his sexual desires, when they rejoin the Marketo pack, they find out about Cole Harker and Lindsey Vanessen, both gay werewolves, both now married and accepted into the pack. One is married to a werepanther and one to a human. So Winter’s father is shocked, and Winter is thrilled by the new information.

Winter also learns that he most definitely is attracted to a male—and a human one, at that. Matt Partridge is the FBI agent investigating a drug ring that seems to be centered in the area of the Harker and Marketo packs and when Winter spots him talking to Cole Harker and the local sheriff, between his scent and his looks, Winter can barely walk as he moves away from him. Later that night, behind the bar, he finds out just how much Matt is also attracted to him.

Winter becomes involved in the investigation into the drug ring when he accidentally uncovers some of what is going on. Sharing those secrets with Matt and convincing him to allow Winter to help makes a good reason for the two to keep meeting, but the course of true love (or lust) never runs smoothly and between the investigation, Winter’s involvement with some of the younger pack members in what’s turning out to be a coup attempt in the Marketo pack, Damon’s meeting with the woman who fathered his other son, <spoiler> who turns out to be Lindsey Vanessen</spoiler> and a complication in Matt’s personal life, the two will be lucky to live—never mind find time to love each other.

Nothing is as it first seems, however, and the complexity eventually boils down to an outright fight for their lives. Will they get their HEA? Of course, Tara Lain doesn’t disappoint, but it’s not easy to get there.

I liked the story overall, as I’ve liked the others in the series. However, there were some minor discrepancies which bugged me in addition to the fairly easy resolution of the problems. I was more strongly attached to Lindsey and Seth in their story (A Wolf in Gucci Loafers) than I was to Winter and Matt in this one, perhaps because of Damon’s side love story with Elizabeth. I think there were a few too many plot lines and love stories all going on at once. But, lovers of Tara Lain stories will like this one, and it is a nice fit to the Pack & the Panther series so shifter lovers should like it as well. Overall, I liked it a bit more than average, but not enough for a 4 star rating.
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Cover Art by Aaron Anderson depicts half of the face of a man superimposed on a background of a wolf howling at a full moon. Although this does represent the story, the MC in the story has “a mane” of hair that’s so pale it’s like silver. The MC on the cover has short, blond hair. I would have liked the cover so much more if it truly represented the MC.

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Book Details:

ebook, 220 pages, also available in paperback
Published February 27th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781632165442
edition languageEnglish
seriesTales of the Harker Pack

Tales of the Harker Pack Series:

  • The Pack or the Panther (Tales of the Harker Pack, #1)
  • Wolf in Gucci Loafers (Tales of the Harker Pack #2)
  • Winter’s Wolf (Tales of the Harker Pack, #3)

 

Barb, the Zany Old Lady, Review: Wolf in Gucci Loafers by Tara Lain

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

 

WolfinGucciLoafersLGSequel to “The Pack and the Panther”, this is Lindsey’s story. Lindsey—flamboyant, wealthy, half-human/half-wolf, destined to live his life without a partner because wolves don’t tolerate gay men or humans, and gay human men? Never. And forget having a human mate! Wolf code forbids him from ever revealing the existence of werewolves to humans. He would be put to death, and what they would do to the human would be beyond unthinkable.

When he smells a delicious and intoxicating human scent one night and follows its trail to the sexiest human he’s ever laid eyes on, he knows immediately that his wolf would want to dominate this man and that he can never allow that to happen. When he finally meets the guy, he finds out Seth Zabrowsky is a cop helping the FBI with the recent string of kidnappings of wealthy children, and he knows that he can’t ever have his heart’s desire. A cop would be so very, very bad.

When the governor’s daughter is kidnapped, Lindsey rushes to his friend’s aide. Lindsey Vanessen and his wealthy family have supported the governor financially, and Lindsey and the man have become friends. It was the governor who actually helped Lindsey and his best friend Cole get Cole’s husband back when he was kidnapped in “The Pack and the Panther”. What Lindsey doesn’t tell Seth and the FBI is that he recognizes the warehouse where the little girl is being held, and he takes it upon himself to rescue her, but he does it in his street vigilante, little-old-lady costume. Yes, Lindsey is known on the streets as the Granny, a woman who has thwarted rapists and unofficially helped the cops cut back on late night crime.

After the kidnapping, Seth seeks out Lindsey’s help to mingle with the wealthy set in the hopes that he can spot something that will lead him to the ringleader of the kidnappers. It’s during this time that he and Lindsey can no longer deny their attraction, and they seek a rough and tumble alpha fight for dominance in their sex. And, not too amazingly, they are both very happy with the fact that their very dominant natures have found a complementary partner. Of course, true love never runs smoothly and Seth finds out about Granny, insulting Lindsey and breaking it off with him before it goes any further. There’s more intrigue and angst along the way in this book, with the men getting together and breaking up a few times before a crazy kidnap and rescue scene that reveals Lindsey’s true form to Seth.

There’s a concurrent subplot about a young orphan who Lindsey immediately warms to and feels a bond with. The young boy is unaware that he’s a wolf about to undergo his first change, but thanks to Lindsey’s intervention, he’s accepted into Lindsey’s family and his pack in time to make a difference.

I really liked the push/pull of the guys’ relationship in this story, and both characters were well-developed and likeable. In fact, I really liked Lindsey in the first book and loved him even more in this one. There were some major holes in the mystery, principally surrounding a double kidnapping where one victim was rescued and failed to inquire about the other victim until the next day. Since they were on a date together when the kidnapping occurred, my expectation was that there would be some mention of the other man by the victim, the cops or someone. I can’t go into greater detail because it would be a major spoiler but that made this section seem off, and if the author’s intent was to direct our attention to the possible kidnapper through that awkward situation, it was overkill. It was already easy to figure out long before that.

Since the MCs do get their HEA, and a very nice one indeed, and I loved the MCs, the basic storyline, and the pace of the story, I’m happy to recommend this one to my m/m friends who are looking for a light mystery with some very hot characters who spend some very hot time between the sheets.

Cover art by Aaron Anderson.  it was hot and colorful and fit the story perfectly with it’s depiction of Jeremy in his flamboyant clothing as well as his wolf persona. 

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Book Details:

book, 235 pages
Published April 16th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published April 15th 2014)
ISBN 1627984518 (ISBN13: 9781627984515)
edition languageEnglish
seriesTales of the Harker Pack #2

Series:  Tales of the Harker Pack:

The Pack or the Panther (Tales of the Harker Pack, #1
Wolf in Gucci Loafers (Tales of the Harker Pack #2)