Author: A.F. Henley
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Boys in Ink and Colour
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/18/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Three years ago Lyle made a mistake that cost him his freedom, and almost his life. Now, sick to death of watching his father love the man that Lyle wanted, Lyle accepts an offer to leave Wolf, WY behind and see what life in Washington, D.C. can do for him instead.
When Lyle comes across a seductive, attractive stranger with a fascinating yet terrifying view of humanity, he’s more than intrigued. It doesn’t take Lyle long to realize that Arius isn’t just playing games, though, and when Lyle runs across a secret in Arius’ lair he has no choice but to flee, even knowing his actions will enrage Arius.
On the run, with only a psychic’s second sight and his own instinct to help him, Lyle has nowhere to go but home. The only question is, will they have him when he shows up.
Wolf, en Garde is book two of the Wolf series. It focuses on Vaughn’s son Lyle, whom we didn’t really get to know well in Wolf, WY. In book one he was vying for dominance against his dad and thought he was in love with Randy. Three years later, it feels as if no time has passed. Lyle is still hung up on Randy and resents him. He hasn’t furthered his life at all.
While on vacation, Lyle meets up with Arius, a vampire we first saw in book one. It really confused me because the blurb isn’t clear on whom Lyle’s love interest is, but I didn’t feel a connection between Arius and Lyle.
Things quickly progress and I wasn’t sure who to trust. We get a lot more wolf in this book, and the transformation is grisly. The settings are mostly dank and dark which give a somber mood to the whole thing; add in betrayal and intrigue make for a spooky, intense book.
While love survives in the end, it takes a while to get there. This is as much a coming of age for Lyle as a Paranormal Romance. I did enjoy it as it is not your typical shifter romance, which is a nice change. Although there are hints of fated mates, it is not a insta-lust or love book.
I suggest giving both book one and two a chance. I’ll be sure to read book three when it is out.
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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