This erotic m/m paranormal tale is an excellent addition to an inventive and entertaining series. I always enjoy this author’s tales because she delights in taking established conventions in a particular genre and tweaking them in a new and unusual fashion while still highlighting the inequities attendant on bigotry and discrimination against those who don’t comply with established conventions. There are exquisite revelations that help interconnect this story with previous ones in the series even as there are somewhat pointed demonstrations of the problems with hypocrisy, both within families and within packs. It’s hard to believe that novel permutations can still be added to the complicated issues that star in these stories but the author manages to continue to introduce new and just as compelling characters who have their own unique problems, yet face the same underlying issues that trouble many of those who follow their heart, no matter what. There is a delightful combination of tension and suspense as well as a poignant and touching reunion that is both a surprising and delicious development. This is an exciting and sensual addition to a great series, and I look forward to meeting even more members of these unique packs.
“Winter’s Wolf” by Tara Lain is part of the ‘Tales of the Harker Pack’ series and introduces Winter Thane, whose father, Damon, has brought from their isolated life to be introduced to the pack he has never known. Despite his father’s desire for Winter to find a female mate, he becomes attached to a sexy FBI agent, Matt Partridge, despite the pack’s strictures against both humans and gay relationships. Winter discovers that there are multiple secrets surrounding his family and that danger threatens not only the man he has become attached to, but an extended family that has much more in common with him than he ever dreamed of. Now he must not only get the pack to accept Matt, but he must convince Matt to accept all that Winter is…but it turns out that Matt has to also accept who he himself is as well, which may be an insurmountable obstacle.
Winter Thane was raised on the two cardinal rules of werewolf existence: don’t reveal yourself to humans under penalty of death, and there’s no such thing as a gay werewolf. It’s no surprise when his father drags him from his wild life in remote Canada back to Connecticut to meet his old pack in hopes it will persuade Winter to abandon his love of sex with human males. Of course Dad’s hopes are dashed when they come face-to-face with the gay werewolves in the Harker pack.
Winter takes one look at FBI agent Matt Partridge and decides bird is his favorite food. Partridge is embroiled in an investigation into drug dealing and the death of a fellow agent. He can’t let himself get distracted by the young, platinum-haired beast, but then Winter proves invaluable in the search for clues, a move that winds them both up in chains and facing imminent death. Winter quickly learns his father’s motives are questionable, the pack alphas are a bunch of pussies, humans aren’t quite what they seem, and nothing in the forests of Connecticut is pure except love.