Advanced Review by Gillian: Wolf, en Garde, by A.F. Henley

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Wolf, en Garde, by A.F. Henley
Series: Wolf, Book Two
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: May 17, 2016

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4-of-5

summary

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.

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M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Shifters
Paranormal (Werewolves and Vampires)
Contemporary

 

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Oh my goodness, what an action packed sequel this was! I was initially unsure if I wanted to read Lyle’s story, given that his uber-hormonal actions almost spelled the end for Vaughn and Randy in Book 1, but he certainly redeemed himself. This was a thrill from start to finish, always keeping you slightly off-balance so you didn’t know exactly which way the story was going to go. Between mysterious strangers with deadly secrets and family members who weren’t what they seemed, the surprises kept coming and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Lyle has grown up a little since his introduction in Wolf, WY. He’s not the out-of-control teenager he once was. But even at 21, his sheltered life and his ever prowling wolf side means he’s still a little emotionally immature, short-tempered and slightly bitter that his father has found happiness with Randy, the man who he has crushed on for a few years.  It’s not until a planned visit to Washington D.C. to visit Randy’s parents does Lyle finally have a taste of freedom from Vaughn’s vigilant eye and is allowed to explore the city on his own. There he meets an outspoken, enigmatic vampire named Arias who both frightens and attracts Lyle. Arias seems worldly and fascinating to Lyle and he is initially keen to follow Arias’ advice to separate himself from his father and embrace his inner predator. But Arias has more than a few secrets that, if revealed, could not only cost Lyle his life but also the lives of his entire family. When Lyle rescues Rafe, a young psychic who has been imprisoned by Arias, he finds himself having to flee the city and head back home to the one person who has always had his back. But before he gets there, he’ll have to learn to rely on his own strength and cunning to save not only himself, but the young man he has promised to protect.

I love it when an author makes me love a character I disliked in a previous book. I was kind of hating on Lyle right up until about halfway in when his character finally dropped the sulking schoolboy act and began to think logically and clearly about Arias and what he was hiding. But when he rescued Rafe, I was well and truly reformed. And what about that mysterious Rafe? What an intriguing character he turned out to be. What does he know? What has he seen? What will be his purpose when Arias sets out to fulfil his promise to bring down a world of hurt on Lyle, Vaughn and everyone they know and love?  So many questions!

What I loved about this book was it’s high energy and it’s twists and turns. It kept me turning the pages of my Kindle well past my bedtime just to see how it would all turn out. The ending felt like it wrapped up a little too suddenly, but it didn’t impact my overall enjoyment of the book. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal/shifter type stories – I’m sure you’ll love the joyride as much as I did.

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Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica.

A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.

Henley has been proudly working with LT3 since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since–an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose.

Comments, kudos and signature card requests are happily received at afhenley.com.

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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