Title: The Wolf at Bay (Big Bad Wolf #2)
Author: Charlie Adhara
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 24th 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Page Count: 262
Reviewed by: Jia
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.
We get a deeper understanding for both characters as we learn more about Cooper and Oliver. I recommend you look through The Wolf at the Door again unless you’ve read it recently because the author has very little recap from the first story, some yes but not the finer things necessary for understanding all about their relationship in the beginning of this book. I loved this one and I love those two together. Have you read the first book you seriously need to read Wolf at Bay too.
This book deals with a murder mystery from way back where Cooper’s father becomes a suspect. It doesn’t help that the FBI investigating seems to have it in for the two BSI agents. Bringing Oliver Park with him to his childhood home is Cooper’s attempt at better their relation since both of them aren’t so good at communicating.
Often, I have thought if they just communicate, or say something in the stories it could have been avoided. Here, the author has done a remarkable job in getting me to feel both sides’ anxiety or insecureness to the point that I really love it, it mesh together beautifully. The angst feels necessary because the way both men reacts and what they say is based in their different personalities and life experience that it simply couldn’t have been any other way. These two haven’t had the easiest upbringing and it plays a major part in how they are today. The characters are flawed with many layers and it’s a joy to read.
There’s a lot of angst as both men tries to work out where they stand, what they want and how to get there. I’d say that the crime-solving took more space in the first, The Wolf at the Door, and this one focuses a little more on their relationship.
The writing is really good and I’d love to read more books from this author.