Release Day Review by Gillian: Wolf In League, by A.F. Henley

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Wolf In League by A.F. Henley
Series: Wolf, Book 3
Published by: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: October 12, 2016

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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summary

It’s been months since anyone at the Committee has had any contact from the O’Connell family or their pack members, and they are not happy. Suspicious of the activities that took place in D.C. and determined to find out what the wolves are up to, the Committee recruits one of their newest residents, Doctor Matthew Dietrich, to play the part of neighbor and infiltrate the family.

Matthew has always been a keep-to-himself kind of person. Though idealistic and optimistic, he prefers to work in solitude, at night, while he researches the findings that he hopes will one day change the world. When he’s approached by the executives of the Center, he has no idea why they’d choose him. And to say he skeptical over the concept of men that can shift into wolves would be an understatement. Until he meets his new partner, the man that will play the part of his “husband” in the Committee’s scheme, Doctor Gavin Strauss.

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

Note: These books need to be read in the order they were released.

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When Book 2 of the Wolf series ended, I had no firm idea on where the next one would take us but I knew it was going to be good. I’m thrilled to say that Wolf In League not only met my expectations, it exceeded them.

Wolf In League introduces us to two new characters, who I think just became my new favourite couple in this series. Matthew is a medical resident and researcher, and Gavin a high-ranking doctor both working at the world renowned but quietly sinister Genetics Development and Biological Connectivity Group (aka the GDBCG or the Center). They meet when Matthew is specifically recruited by Gavin for a special project spearheaded by The Committee, one that will open Matthew’s eyes to possibilities he never even suspected.

Matthew is an interesting character, full of contradictions. He is a brilliant researcher and believes in cold, hard facts but he’s also a spiritual man who wears a cross and prays for help and guidance. He heads a small team of scientists, but prefers to work nights to avoid being disturbed. His job requires the use of animal testing, but he insists that his small test subjects be treated with as much dignity as possible.

Gavin, on the other hand, is delightfully subversive. I absolutely adored how his darkly flirtatious and forthright attitude played off of Matthew’s serious-minded, rather dry sense of humour.  This was immediately apparent at their first meeting – mere minutes after Matthew learns that his new ‘husband’ is a vampire:

No fever. It was actually cool, corpse like even, and his hand recoiled as though operating on its own. No obvious sinus drainage, no apparent inflammation of the eyes or flush on the skin. “Muscle aches?” Matthew found himself asking, following the rote he was so accustomed to. “Nausea? Sore throat?” “No.” Gavin smiled a slow, teasing smile that seemed to light his eyes. “But I could give you one if you wanted me to.” “Hilarious,” Matthew said, lifting one eyebrow.

I loved the relationship between these two very different men. Despite the circumstances they find themselves in, their ‘courtship’ as it were, is far more lighthearted than either Vaughn and Randy’s or Lyle and Rafe’s. I definitely laughed more reading this book than I did the others and it was down to how Matthew and Gavin communicated with each other. Through the forced intimacy of the project, there is an ease between them that didn’t immediately exist with the other two couples.

Thankfully, Wolf In League gives us a little more time with the other Wolf couples plus the smaller O’Connell’s, when circumstances force them together. The twins are thriving, with Rafe seeing some very interesting things in Hannah’s future. Also, an old enemy makes an appearance, causing havoc and delivering some very unexpected news to an unsuspecting audience (yes, I’m trying very hard not to be spoiler-y here).

The last few pages of the book had me riveted and with each turn of the page I was nervously wondering what the future is going to look like, not only for the wolves of Wolf, WY but for the world at large. It was a brilliant end to a thoroughly enjoyable book.

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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 working with Less Than Three Press since 2012.

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You can purchase Wolf, In League at:

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

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