Title: A Tooth For a Fang
Author Name: Liv Olteano
Publication Date & Length: September 3, 2014 – 216pgs
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.
When I picked this up, it was with some hesitation that it might be more or less just another werewolf novel. I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to find it was nothing of the sort.
There’s almost nothing I didn’t love about this book. It was a fun, sexy read with plenty of plot to hold my interest. I enjoyed the detective/murder mystery aspect, though I did think the person caught in the end was a little predictable.
For such a light read, I thought the author explored issues of power abuse, control, and intimate partner violence were fantastic. Though the abuse the main character, Rick, had been through was central to the plot, it came across as realistic rather than preachy. It’s a sensitive topic, but the author managed to convey some deep feelings woven nicely among the more lighthearted and steamy moments.
I was worried the end might be too much of a cliffhanger, but the elements came together nicely. And if this is part if a series, I look forward to reading more about these characters.
My only concern was that there were some minor formatting issues in the Kindle version I read. Otherwise, it’s very well-written.
Overall, this was a terrific read, and I recommend it to anyone who likes detective stories, non-human creatures, hot sex, and powerful-but-loving men, served with a side of social issues.
I give it 4.5 stars.
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