A Tooth For a Fang, A Counselor Among Wolves, & A King and a Pawn by Liv Olteano ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Leader-murdersTitle: A Tooth For a Fang, A Counselor Among Wolves, & A King and a PawnSeries: Leader Murders #1-3

Author: Liv Olteano

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: AngstyG

Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/17/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal


A Tooth For a Fang

Leader Murders: Case One

Three days. Three dead bodies. One newly turned, broken-hearted lycan tracker to figure out the connection.

The one summer Rick Barton takes a vacation, all hell breaks loose. Running from an abusive relationship leads him into the arms of hard-nosed lycan Travis Chandler, who gives him little choice but to become a lycan too and join the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation. Out of options, Rick joins the weird organization, expecting some two weeks of training and an adjustment period. Tough luck, he doesn’t get either. On his first day, his new partner offers to promote him to field agent if they get mated—less time wasted on training, more time on the field, and considering Rick is the only tracker the Bureau has on hand when a wave of strange murders hits the community, time is of the essence.

Someone’s killing the leaders of the paranormal world and mutilating the bodies. Investigating and tracking clues is enough of a challenge, and Rick must contend with an impatient Council, Travis’s advances, and actually adjusting to being a lycan. Only one thing is certain: Rick’s new life promises plenty of interesting adventures—as long as he can survive.

A Counselor Among Wolves

Leader Murders: Case Two

Five dead leaders, their bodies arranged in a pentagram. Treason, lies, and backstabbing. A make-believe affair that turns into a real mating.

Timothy Sands is a PBI counselor, half-fey, half-elf, with a secret crush on Herman Weiss, PBI director. As a new chapter is added to the Leader Murders, it is Weiss’s responsibility to investigate what seems an impossible-to-solve case. The other problem? Weiss is suffering from rages, and his only salvation lies in Tim’s emotional-grid-balancing skills. They only have to pretend to be a couple for Tim to use his talents, and he owes Weiss a big favor. Piece of cake, right?

The fey might be involved in the Leader Murders. Someone on the Council might be their ally, and another prominent PBI figure looks more and more suspicious as they investigate. The stakes are upped when Timothy’s father, the Fey King, threatens to leave the Council destitute if they don’t hand Timothy over to him. Weiss’s brilliant solution? Mating Timothy and forcing the Council into protecting him.

There’s only one small hitch in that plan: instead of protecting one, the Council might decide to get rid of two.

A King and a Pawn

Leader Murders: Case Three

Bert Cooper’s life used to be great, until his sister turned out to be a traitor. Now Bert feels the whole pack looks on him with doubt and suspicion. To prove his loyalty, he volunteers to be the first ambassador at Fey Court, gathering information to finally solve the Leader Murders and punish those plotting against the Council and community. At least, that was the plan….

When Bert meets Sir William Matthew Sims, Court Interrogator, and one hell of a sexy man, life becomes a balancing act. And when the Fey King is assassinated, things become really messy.

Pack politics, fey politics, treason, suspicions of treason…. Bert has to choose between being ruled by his fears or standing up for what—and who—he believes in. And it might just break his heart.

My View:

I almost picked up A Tooth for a Fang back when it was first released in 2014.  However, with the release of the third installment in the series, I finally could no longer resist this intriguing series.

The Leader Murders are part paranormal, part romance, and part mystery.  Exactly what I have been needing in my books lately.  Each of the three stories revolves around a different central couple but involve the main characters from the other two installments.  They also all revolve around the so-called “Leader Murders”.

I am not going to go into details about what those are, as River Song is so fond of saying “Spoilers”.  I will tell you that each installment deepens the mystery while still moving the story along.  We have new murders to solve while building the author’s world a little more.  Each of the main characters in the series is certainly their own individual with their own personality, trials, and challenges.

The author entertains and intrigues from the first words of A Tooth for a Fang until the last of A King and a Pawn.


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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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