Author: Amelia Faulkner
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
A night-blind vampire. A werewolf with lousy self-confidence. And a whole hell of a lot of danger…
Tooth & Claw, Book 1.
Ellis O’Neill is an art dealer with too many problems: his eyesight has deteriorated to the point of night-blindness; he’s estranged from his family, to whom he owes a considerable sum of money; and his guide dog went right off him the night Ellis died. Without his dog, Ellis is trapped in a life bouncing between home and work, dependent on his personal assistant.
Werewolf Randall Carter has problems of his own. He loves his pack, he really does, but as their Omega he’s always the one to bear the brunt of their rage. It’s a role he can’t avoid, and Randall isn’t sure he can take it for much longer, so he buries himself in his day job. Randall’s the best dog trainer in the city, and when he’s offered a client who needs him to work evenings he’d be a fool to turn it down.
Soon Randall is falling for someone he should despise. Everything about the undead is anathema to his kind, but Ellis is exactly the kind of guy Randall would want to ask out on a date – if he were still breathing. Worse, they may not have too long to figure their feelings out. Someone or something is gunning for Ellis and anyone else who gets in the way; they won’t rest until the vampire is destroyed.
This is Book 1 in a new series in which we meet Ellis and Randall. Neither man is human nor do they have an easy life and what starts out as a business transaction soon leads to more.
Ellis was trying hard to come to terms with the fact that he would live his adult life as a blind man when he held himself a pity party, went out and got drunk and ended up in the arms of a Vampire. Once turned there was no going back but the Vampire felt cheated his new creation was blind and left him to fend for himself. Ellis runs an art gallery and has great support from his best friend Jay, who is aware of his vampire status and a sight dog that has recently started misbehaving.
Randall is an Omega Werewolf who is bullied relentlessly within his pack. His one passion in life is his work; he loves training dogs and although he has never worked with a service dog before he is looking forward to the challenge. It helps that the dog’s owner is hot!
Werewolves don’t live happily alongside other predators but the more he gets to know Ellis the more taken with him becomes and the less he agrees with his pack rules.
The premise for this story was good although I felt it dragged a little in the middle with too much information that wasn’t necessarily relevant. Randall finds himself having to protect Ellis against a threat to his life which is all tied up to his past. There was a lot of talk about Randall’s pack killing Ellis if he was a Vampire as they suspected but at the end this was left unresolved. Randall and Ellis were certainly a couple by the end of the book but there was no more mention of how the pack felt.
I look forward to Book 2 and hopefully the unanswered questions will be resolved.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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