Splintered Lies was a very good addition to the In the Shadow of the Wolf series. I liked it as much as the first two books. It can stand alone, but I would recommend that it be read in series order. Nick’s love and attraction to Joe is intense and passionate. It made for a good read as well as the added storyline of Joe's wife and child dying. I’m recommending Splintered Lies.
When Joe Christie's wife and child are murdered Nick Alexander, his partner at work and ex-lover, steps in to take care of Joe through his grief. When Joe met Mara Nick had stepped aside to allow Joe his dream of having a family. But when information comes to light that Mara and the baby’s deaths were not just a random homicide Nick must try to keep Joe from going feral. Will his love for Joe be able to keep Joe sane or will Joe tip over the edge and loose himself to his wolf?
Joe is consumed with grief about his wife and baby, and wants nothing more than to lash out. Nick is Joe's best friend, but he will do anything to help Joe fight the people who want to kill them both.
Joe Christie is consumed with grief and when new information about his wife and baby comes to light his first instinct is to kill.
Nick Alexander is first and foremost Joe's best friend. When Joe met Mara, Nick stood to one side and respected Joe's decision to settle down, despite being in love with the man who was his lover. Now, in the middle of a case that is murder and betrayal, he has to fight his love for Joe and the people who are trying to kill them both.