Title: Wolf, en Garde
Series: Wolf, #2
Author: A.F. Henley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 254 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (May 17, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: 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 who 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.
Product Link: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&products_id=1119
Review: Each book in the Wolf collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.
I find myself not really liking this as much as I did the first one. Lyle is a spoiled brat through most of this story, hateful to his father and his father’s mate, but he makes a mistake that will cost him. It has a very dark tone to it, which unlike the first one I didn’t much care for this one.
It is full of action and mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next. It has a fast pace to it, but there was some parts that were just not fast enough to really keep my attention like it should have. Lyle was a total ass to his father’s mate in the first story. He had come into his wolf powers and starting to show his dominance to everyone.
Now you get to see Lyly’s story.
Lyle and his family decide to go to Washington to visit Randy’s family but things start to go downhill from there. He comes across a vampire that was pure evil, but he was intrigued by him at first. Then he realizes that not everything is as it seems, and he finds himself in quite a bit of trouble. This is the same vampire that Randy had met when he and Wolf broke up for a bit. It would seem that Arias wants revenge. He finds Rafe in a locked room of Arias, and helps him to escape.
He realizes his attraction to Randy was much different from that of his attraction to Rafe. His father had told him that you will find the one for you, and he has come to the conclusion that his father was right. It would seem that his father was right about more than just that. He really needed to listen to his father more.
In this story the characters were not as well written as I had expected, which was a bit of downer. You don’t really get to know much about Rafe till sometime later in the story. There is quite a bit of heat to this story but the darkness over shadowed it for me. I just couldn’t seem to get into it like I should have, but that could be because I didn’t much care for Lyle as it was. He just didn’t sit well with me at all.
Other than that the story itself is well written and has a lot of depth to it that surprised me. The chemistry that was in Rafe and Lyle was smoking hot. As for Arias, he is as evil as they come. Vaughn was a bit too much for me also. He treated Lyle like a toddler to me. He definitely came off more Alpha, but not fatherly. Now Lyle has a chance to grow into adulthood and so far he has a ways to go.
The thing with this story is the fact that you don’t actually meet Rafe till the story is almost over. It just seemed completely off to me. This whole story just seemed off and not as well written as the first. I just couldn’t really connect with the story at all, and couldn’t keep my attention on it. I was a tad disappointed in this one.
I wonder what the next book will give me.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com