Title: Czech Mate (Agents of C.L.A.W. #1)
Author: Jane Wallace-Knight
Release Date: October 8, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal, Shifters, Suspense
Page Count: 39,448 words
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Set in the Happily Ever After Mating Agency universe, C.L.A.W. is a secret subsection of MI6 dealing with shifter matters that the rest of the world can’t know about. Andrew Brady was proud to work for such an organization, working behind the scenes on his computer to help keep the world safe.
When the son of a prominent British politician, and a fellow fox shifter, goes missing in Prague, Andrew is forced to go out into the field for the first time. It wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact he was partnered up with Lane Roberts, leopard shifter, secret agent, and all round serial flirt.
The two men had been butting heads for two years, dancing around each other in a game of Lane’s making. Putting himself in danger, and having to pretend to be married to Lane Roberts would have been bad enough, but the deeper they go the darker their mission seems to get.
The blurb was enough to pique my interest. I’ll also admit to getting a kick out of wordplay: Claw for shifters.
While the writing could use some brushing up, my overall impression of the story was that it is interesting. I was invested in characters and enjoyed their banter. It’s a fast paced story and heroes are kept busy. There is enough differences between men, Lane who is field agent, and Andrew who works primarily behind his desk to make mutual attraction believable and intriguing.
Andrew is unwilling to act on his feelings because he doubts Lane’s interest is genuine and Lane has been hurt in the past which is why he is hesitant with Andrew. Circumstances they find themselves in made them reevaluate their actions. It was both amusing and engaging read, despite some quibbles I had about the story.