Title: The Wolf at Bay (Big Bad Wolf #2)
Author: Charlie Adhara
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 24, 2018
Genre(s): Werewolves, Mystery, Paranormal
Page Count: 262
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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 was waiting for this book ever since I read the first book in series, The Wolf at the Door. It was a delight, coming from an author unknown to me. I liked the book and figured it was going to be rather interesting series. It lived up to the promise and once again I’m eagerly waiting for the next book.
This one starts with heavy focus on Cooper and Oliver’s relationship. Cooper is waffling around, unsure where they stand with each other and his past experiences made him unwilling to dig deeper to find out. At the same time, Oliver is tentative with him because Cooper isn’t giving him any encouragement so they are stuck. On top of it, old secrets stars showing up, changing what was supposed to be quiet weekend at home for Cooper into nightmare. The case, an old murder, clashes with the way he viewed his childhood and his family, changing his perspective on things. He is forced to dig deep into past and deal with hard truths that surface. Thorough it all Oliver is there for him, supporting him. Sadly, neither is willing to bring his feelings in the open so they kept stumbling in the dark. Despite everything, they still hang onto each other.
The case unravels slowly, after taking several turns and twists. There are secrets atop secrets. This was the case with the first book too with a quite unexpected ending. I can’t wait to see what’s in the store for the third book.
It’s emotionally charged and well constructed mystery. I enjoyed reading it.