“Unsafe Exposure” by Kaje Harper is an excellent addition to a unique series peopled by memorable werewolves. It has been fascinating to watch the evolution of a pack that has multiple gay couples in a world of rampantly homophobic shapeshifters, and this story does a great job of depicting pivotal events alluded to in a previous book. I think one would savor the events in this particular story far more if familiar with the previous stories in the series (and I confess that I welcomed the excuse to reread them for the fourth or fifth time), most particularly the third story as events are alluded to there which are expounded upon in this story. It was wonderful to get a glimpse of favorite characters although their cameos were all too brief for my tastes.
I think that what I appreciate most about these stories is both their sensitive handling of traumatic events and horrific repercussions of bigotry and hatred and the beacon of light they offer for those who are dealing with the challenges of finding one’s comfort zone. The excitement and drama that accompanies the danger that these characters face because of their nature and their sexual orientation is nicely balanced by the relationships that flourish and the occasional lighthearted events (I love that Cord has a feline shadow and hope to see even more of Fractal and his brother, and the recruitment of the Team Jacob and Team Derek denizens was inspiring, lol). I also like the twists that are constantly being presented in these stories and was fascinated by the formation of the new Pack and the surprising nature of the interaction between its members as each has so much to teach the other. The only drawback to reading these stories is that the author has so many fascinating series to add to and I am always impatiently awaiting the next chapter in all of these guys’ lives. I look forward to discovering what new story comes out of her talented imagination!
This m/m erotic paranormal story is the fourth novel in the ‘Hidden Wolves’ series that also includes a couple of short novellas that give more insight into the characters. This particular tale introduces Dylan Shore, an artist who is suddenly caught up in a world he’d never imagined, and tempted by an attractive male who is an intriguing mixture of knowledge and ignorance.
Dr. Alex Corwin is far from his home and Pack, but discovers he is not the only one doing research in Chicago, plus he has a lot to teach the unschooled but sexy Canadian who somehow becomes involved in a struggle that will change not only his life but the entire world.
Stepping out of the closet as a gay man may be a walk in the park, compared to coming out as a werewolf.
From the moment artist Dylan Shore arrives in Chicago, his life gets twisted like a kaleidoscope. Why does a street gang he's never met want him dead? Why is a hot but odd mathematician stalking him? And how can half the things Alex Corwin says possibly be true, no matter how honest he seems?
Alex has a frightening dilemma. Dylan is attractive, appealing, out and proud. He's also completely unaware that he's a werewolf. It shouldn't be Alex's job to tell him, and warn him that gay wolves usually end up dead. But someone has to, before he finds out in blood and violence.
Chicago's not Alex's home town, but somehow he needs to protect Dylan from the local packs, protect the Packs from being outed by Dylan, and keep his cool around the first man to touch his own deeply-closeted heart.