Title: Winter’s Wolf (Tales of the Harker Pack #3)
Author: Tara Lain
Narrator: Max Lehnen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 02/27/2015
Audiobook Release Date: 03/25/2015
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
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.
My View – Story:
I was not aware that this series would have a third story. The only character I could imagine needing his story told was Jas, but he was still too young. So I was a bit trepidatious about picking this one up. However, the author cleverly tied new characters into this world in a way that made sense and made me eager to carry on to the end.
This was a fun story to listen to on audio. It had a lot of things to pay attention to and the narration helped keep them all interesting. First there was Winter and his father returning to the pack. Winter has alway been a lone wolf and it was cool to envision the ways he learned about society and how his beast adapted. It was also cool to see how they shook things up in the mostly settled pack structure by revealing their link to multiple characters we have already met. Especially Lindsey and his family.
Then there was the rebellion and the drug trafficking scheme. This had its moments of mystery and action that kept things from going stale or turning overly romantic. I enjoy a good “who done it” and so I was happy to have this as part of this story. I also love how this served to bring the new families closer together and just cemented many of the reason I loved Casper!
Next there was the new idea that partial wolves can temporarily shift by ingesting powerful were blood. This is a concept that is pretty unique to this world and I found it fascinating. I also liked that this fact helped grease the wheels so to speak in the overall “human’s can’t know about us” issue.
Finally, there were the romances. Winter and Matt didn’t have an easy go of it with the packs interfering and Matt’s mistaken belief in his mental illness. But once those obstacles were removed, the men got their HEA and it was a good one. there was also a side romance between Winter’s father and the love of his life. This romance caused some family drama at first but then was also a satisfying HEA.
I liked this story. I wonder if Jas will get his a book of his own? Also, will there be more in this series, or is this the end?
My View – Narration:
Max Lehnen was an OK narrator. His voice was clear and easy to listen to, but I do not think he was the best choice for this story. For me, his voice did not match the story or the characters and sometimes I felt he didn’t do the emotions justice.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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