Title: The Wolf at the Door (Big Bad Wolf #1)
Author: Charlie Adhara
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: February 19, 2018
Genre(s): Mystery, Paranormal, Werewolves
Page Count: 275
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
A former FBI agent is partnered with the enemy in this suspenseful male/male shifter romance from debut author Charlie Adhara
Hunting for big bad wolves was never part of Agent Cooper Dayton’s plan, but a werewolf attack lands him in the carefully guarded Bureau of Special Investigations. A new case comes with a new partner: ruggedly sexy werewolf Oliver Park.
Park is an agent of The Trust, a werewolf oversight organization working to ease escalating tensions with the BSI. But as far as Cooper’s concerned, it’s failing. As they investigate a series of mysterious deaths unlike anything they’ve seen, every bone in Cooper’s body is suspicious of his new partner—even when Park proves himself as competent as he is utterly captivating.
When more people vanish, pressure to solve the case skyrockets. And though he’d resolved to keep things professional, Cooper’s friction with Park soon erupts…into a physical need that can’t be contained or controlled. But with a body count that’s rising by the day, werewolves and humans are in equal danger. If Cooper and Park don’t catch the killer soon, one—or both—of them could be the next to go.
This book is approximately 90,000 words
Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Mackenzie Walton
Werewolf and cops combination? I was already a goner. But this is more than just exciting story: the author put a lot of effort in building Park’s and Cooper’s relationship. The two start with mistrust sprinkled with attraction. It’s Cooper’s job to hunt werewolves and he isn’t thrilled to find out his new partner is one of them. Plus, it seems like his boss has her own agenda. It’s match made in hell or at least purgatory.
Cooper doesn’t like werewolves. To be fair, he does have a good reason and his prejudices show from the beginning. He is also a fair man so when faced with unattractive truth he peels away layers of his feelings and bullshit he was shoveled with in the aftermath of traumatic event. Park on the other hand, is very calm and collected. It frustrated Cooper to no end as his new partner simply didn’t fit in the image he had of werewolves. He didn’t allow himself to be riled up, which fueled Cooper’s attraction. We don’t get Park’s POV, so he stays shrouded in mystery.
While they are both attracted to each other, real life and political machinations get in the way. Despite suspicions they harbor, they end up flirting whenever they are not on guard around each other. It was funny. The mystery was slow moving but compelling, so I wasn’t bored a second while reading. In truth, I enjoyed dynamic between Cooper and Park too much to stop reading.
The conflict between them is expertly handled. Cooper comes off as reasonable. His reactions aren’t illogical just not deserved. He is annoyed at Park’s existence, powers that be that brought them together at his own attraction to the man. The author must be movie buff because movie references kept popping in the story.
The ending was unexpected and exciting. I’m definitely on the hook for the next book in series!