The Wolf at the Door by Charlie Adhara isn’t really one of my typical reads. But it’s an absolutely wonderful mix of several of my favourite genres, and it’s a positively amazing book. It’s an M/M, wolf shifter, romantic suspense story. That’s quite a mouthful, but it’s so, so good.
The Wolf at the Door isn’t new either, it’s the first in the Big Bad Wolf series that so far has three installments but more are coming. Which is a good thing because I’m totally hooked.
Agent Cooper Dayton works for the BSI, the special branch of FBI that handles crimes involving werewolfs. While Cooper is still recuperating after a vicious werewolf attack, his superiors thinks it’s a great idea to saddle him with a new partner – Agent Park. And Park just so happens to be a werewolf. A sexy AF werewolf. The two men have to work together to solve a series of mysterious deaths where all the evidence points to a wolf killer. Cooper doesn’t know if he can trust his new partner, but that doesn’t stop him from being all sorts of attracted to him. An attraction that is very much reciprocated.
Right, so. I can obviously enjoy a fine suspense novel, but if there’s no love and shenanigans interwoven into the suspense-y storyline, I’ll get bored. I’m all about the love. But this read has it all. Two partners attracted to each other but unsure of the other one’s feelings. People that can turn into wolfs and are impossibly strong and fit (yum). Naughty, delicious raunchiness. And all is mixed in with the overall plot of finding a clawed killer. Obviously I was engrossed from the very beginning.
I would have liked to see more of Park’s wolf characteristics. Sure, he’s super fit and built, and he has a very good sense of smell. But it sure would have been nice to get to see him in action, so to speak. There was a noticeable lack of sweaty, bare-chested show-downs. Which is a bit of a shame if you ask me.
Also, the entire story is told from the viewpoint of Cooper. So the read keeps you guessing a lot concerning Park and wolfs in general. I suppose that’s part of the allure though, and there are two more books already where hopefully more will be revealed. I truly hope the next book – The Wolf at Bay – has dual POVs. I’d just love to get into Park’s head.
The Wolf at the Door is a great, great read. And I adored Adhara’s writing. It’s really funny how you can just immediately tell sometimes, whether the author is a man or a woman. In Cooper’s musings when he tries to connect all the dots in the case, he compares it to trying to make a bed with a too-small sheet. That was probably the best analogy I’ve read in a long time. It’s also – in my mind – not a comparison a male author would have made.
I really loved this book. But I can’t write this review without going on a bit of a tangent here. I don’t read suspense that often but The Wolf at the Door got me thinking of one of the few I have read, namely Gregory Ashe’s series about Hazard and Somerset. That series is …. amazeballs. A work of art. And Gregory Ashe is simply brilliant. So if you’re craving some exceptional suspense with a pair of gay detectives who are also involved with each other, this is the series for you. There aren’t any werewolfs though.
That was a weird review. I started writing about one book and ended with recommending a completely different series. Well, we can’t have that. The Wolf at the Door is a truly great read and I’ve already bought the sequel. So if you can’t decide where to start, you should go for both Adhara’s and Ashe’s books. They will not disappoint!