Title: The Case of the Wandering Wolves
Author: Mell Eight
Series: Trickster’s Eye #1
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Six years ago Latrans found his mate—and had to let him go. Now York has returned pleading for Latrans’ help. His daughter has been kidnapped and Latrans is the only person York trusts to get her back. But a simple matter of rescue proves to be far more complicated than anticipated, and even having his mate at his side may not be enough to win the day.
Source: ARC from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley
As a fan of Mell Eight’s Supernatural Consultant series, it amused me to find this series also deals with a private investigation agency (Trickster’s Eye). I’m sensing a theme. Anyway, as with the other series, this is very much only a first part in something bigger. The case may well be solved during the story, but the wider romance plot has barely even begun.
Jackal Latrans, a were-coyote, found and fell for his mate at the worst time. While his instincts might make everything simple and easy for him, human York has a very different take on things. Which led to a painful rejection and separation that means they haven’t see each other for six years when York comes asking for help.
Since this is all told from Latrans’ pov, it’s easy to see how hurt and baffled he was by York’s rejection, but I like that York doesn’t return and simply fall head over heels back. In fact he’s pretty angry with all the ways Latrans has been trying to look after him and his daughter over the years. Some might think it sweet, others might call it stalking. It’s nice that the reader is allowed a certain leeway to make up their own minds. It’s also really nice that the romance doesn’t push York into brushing aside behaviour he thinks is problematic.
The mystery itself is interesting, with a few little twists that I didn’t expect, even if I did guess some of it. Due to the short length of the story, though, I do feel it was a little rushed at the end and sometimes lacking in a bit of detail and depth, which was a shame. Overall, though, this is an interesting beginning that leaves plenty of room for more, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for it.
The Case of the Wandering Wolves is Out Now.
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