Wolf, In League by A.F. Henley

Wolf, In League by A.F. HenleyWolf, In League by A.F. Henley

Genres: M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Less Than Three Press on October 12, 2016
Pages: 209
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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After the events of the last book, I wasn’t sure what to expect next, but wow!  The new elements paired with Arius’ revenge plot was not it and it was a delightful surprise.  As I’ve noted before, I love the author’s take on paranormal romance and how it is generally told with the human view in mind and the humans do not easily find the secret paranormal world they are in easily accepted.

This third installment of the Wolf, WY series, Wolf, in League should be read in order as it flows from the previous stories.

Wolf, In League opens with a dedicated geneticist, Dr. Matthew Dietrich, for the Committee brought before the lead scientists and offered a shocking task.  Matthew is a hard worker and prefers to work in the peaceful hours of the night as he searches for breakthroughs and seeks to amaze his employers so they’ll take him on permanently.  The Committee is prestigious and would be a nice feather in his cap, but they also have the funds for him to work hard and discover much.  Oddly, this isn’t the task his bosses have in mind.

Matthew is presented with the craziest thing he has ever heard- the existence of supernatural races like werewolves and vampires.  He definitely has to believe in the existence of the vampires as his new partner.  Gavin is most definitely a vampire, but he blows Matthew’s assumptions out of the water.  Matthew must adjust while on the job as he and Gavin are sent to Wolf, WY to check on why the Committee has lost contact with the werewolf pack there.  There is worry that the wilder and rebellious vampires are planning something.

Settled into their pretend marriage and home, Matthew and Gavin are wary of each other, but then things really get interesting when they get an up close and personal with the O’Connells and their situation.  Things are definitely not what Matthew or the others were led to think when the truth starts coming out.  A great conspiracy must be stopped.

I found Wolf, In League a neat addition to the series.  Like the others it is parts well-developed and some parts needing a bit more, but a solid story path for all that.  Up until now, the only other vampires in the story haven’t exactly been on the side of good, but now one of the main characters is a vampire.  Matthew is a researcher and scientists so he is led by curiosity and need to know.  He is on near overload with all that he has been exposed to with learning about the existence of supernatural races.  It was fun to watch him adapt and slowly team up with the others, particularly Gavin.

Gavin was an interesting, enigmatic character.  The story is all told from Matthew’s perspective so from the beginning, the reader must guess at Gavin’s thoughts and intentions.  Though, granted, it wasn’t that hard to figure it out.  Matthew is somewhat clueless, but then his focus is on so much more and he’s clueless about relationships and being social.  In the end, it all comes out and it was a sweet romance surrounded by excitement and the issue with Arias and the Committee.

The ongoing inclusion of the O’Connells was welcome so I could have a little reunion with Randy and Vaughn, Lyle and Rafe, the kids, and now Randy’s dad.  I think Randy’s down to earth wise dad was my favorite character.  He may only be human, but he’s the most level headed of the bunch.

After that series of news segments at the end broadcasting a big world-changing event, I am now oh so curious to find out what happens next.  This is a M/M Paranormal Romance series that’s a bit of something different in tone, world, and relationships that I would definitely recommend.

My thanks to Less Than Three Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Oh this sounds good,and I love that he has a vampire scientist for a partner.

    • These have such a unique feel to them. I enjoyed the vampire partnering especially as in the other books the vamps were the bad guys.

  • I like the name of the publisher. 😀 I’d not heard of this book before! A scientist and a vampire and a town called Wolf… interesting mix going on there. I’m glad you enjoyed this book so much, Sophia!

    Great review. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I’ve really enjoyed several books from this publisher. They pick up unique writers.

      Yes, the first book is called Wolf, WY and it was neat that half the residents didn’t realize why their town is called Wolf.

  • I’ve not heard of these books before although if I saw the covers of the other two I might have. It certainly sounds different. Are all the books M/M? You know I told you I bought my first M/M the other day but I remember now that I also read and loved Lover at Last from BDB. Also one in a series by Catherine Coulter about an FBI agent and it was good too. Glad you are loving this series!

    • These aren’t well known, but I’ve reviewed all three books on the blog so you can go back and get my thoughts on the other two. Yes, they are all M/M. These are low-key on the passion and romance with more a general focus on a blend of the paranormal secret, mystery and the characters.

      Oh yep, that’s right. Lover at Last and a few other romance series do slip in an m/m romance pair. Christina Lee is another one who does that with her Between Breath’s series that is mostly m/f NA and then book five is m/m. Rie Warren writes series that have both m/m and m/f too.