Riding the Wolf

Life is good for Red Taylor. She lives with the love of her life, Daniel, is a professional jockey training her grandmother’s horse and has high hopes of becoming the first woman to win the Kentucky Derby. She goes about her life as any one would until she receives the envelope. It can’t be real; it’s too horrible. But what is really horrible is that the pictures of dismembered women are real, and this is the killer’s way of telling her she’s next. He’s the Axeman.

Daniel is happy and content with Red. Mostly. Before he and Red committed he also dated men. While he is faithful and happy to be so he sometimes misses that part of his sexuality. But no man has tempted him as much as Red does. When Red receives the envelope full of grisly pictures, the detective sent to protect her may change the status quo.

Jack Kennedy is a Detective with his own mystery. Three years ago he was bitten and since then has been infected with lycanthropy. Every full moon he changes into a beast. But the upside is his enhanced senses. The previous women who were being stalked by the Axeman and were under police protection were still butchered. But they weren’t protected by a werewolf. Red will be. And the added component is she calls to him as no woman ever has before. But he can do nothing about it because he could unwittingly infect her, ending her career.

Working loosely within the constricts of the childhood story, the author brings all the components together to make for an engrossing read. The relationship between Red and Daniel is strong, but they have a naughty streak. Well aware of Daniel’s proclivities for other men, Red is turned on rather than threatened. When Jack is introduced into their relationship, they are both attracted to him. This heats up their sex life, and Jack hears it all with his enhanced hearing. Since he’s been celibate since he was bitten (he will not infect someone else) this drives Jack nuts.

The pace of the story was even and never lagged. The paranormal elements added a lot to the story. While sex was a component, it wasn’t all the story was about. Jack’s struggle was the main focus of the story. Not just his attraction to Red and eventually Daniel, but his struggle with his lycanthropy and the severe restrictions he placed on himself to safeguard others. The pain and suffering he endures were well-conveyed, and as a reader I was angry for him when things were revealed as to how he was infected. With a lot of tension, I was kept entertained until the end.

Book Blurb for Riding the Wolf

Length: Novel
Red Taylor thought she had it all: her wonderful lover Daniel and the career she’d always wanted. For years, she’d trained her grandmother’s horse, in hopes of becoming the first woman to win the Kentucky Derby. Then an envelope arrived, full of graphic pictures of murdered women--and a note telling her she was next.
Detective Jack Kennedy was assigned by the police to protect her. But Jack has his own secret: an attack three years ago infected him with lycanthropy, and every full moon he struggles to control his inner beast. His hunger for Red makes it harder to control the creature inside him, but giving in to those desires will inevitably infect her, too--and in turning her into a predator, prevent her from ever riding again.
Daniel has been Red’s lover for years, but before Red, he dated men as well as women. He resents Jack for wanting Red, but at the same time, he’s fighting his own lust for Jack. The three will have to figure out more than their relationships to keep Red safe from the Axeman.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, dubious consent, male/male sexual practices, menage (m/m/f), violence. ** 

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2010 4.00