Published by Carina Press on May 15th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, LGBT, Paranormal Romance, Shifters
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
Kent was a pack outcast. His shifter instincts cruelly muted, he was collared and kept as a stray. Until he was offered his freedom—for something in return. He must rescue Hadrian, an alpha held hostage in the wolf highlands. It's a pleasure for Kent to follow the captive's scent, one so wild and virile it gives him a rush. Though he despises being treated like a mutt called to heel, he'll gladly fall to his knees for an alpha like Hadrian.
Hadrian has never met anyone like this damaged wolf warrior. His savior who licks the blood from his wounds and who arouses in him feelings he doesn't understand or want to control. But Hadrian suspects that more than desire binds them. It's betrayal. Pawns in an elaborate and feral deceit, they're now caught in the deepening maze of a vengeful shifter world, where navigating the mysteries of the heart could prove just as unpredictable and dangerous as the enemies they face.
There is so much to love in WOLF IN KING’S CLOTHING, it’s hard to decide which part of this m/m Victorian-y werewolf paranormal romance novel I enjoyed the best. Wait, no, I loved Kent. He’s a rough character who has been magically collared, his tail and ears docked. He’s the driving force behind this novel.
This world is grimy and sticky, filled with dirty locales and even dirtier people. Hadrian, the alpha Kent is sent to fetch, doesn’t fit into that world. Kent does fit; he is barefoot most of the time, wears clothes that are little more than rags and lives in a room in a boarding house.
There’s a great deal of attention given to the smells in this book, something I always enjoy with werewolf novels. It helps to convey the animal nature of the characters. Haidan smells like seawater and home to Kent, which is the only thing that keeps him from attacking him when he goes into a berserker rage. Kent nuzzles into Haidan’s neck and inhales him to calm down, to find himself. Despite them knowing each other for a short amount of time, the characters had a believable bond built through experience and fate. I’m so over the “fated mate” trope. Without trial, that motif is no longer enough for me.
I do wish there had been another 100-200 pages of WOLF IN KING’S CLOTHING. Although Kent and Hadrian find each other, there are still unanswered questions about why Haidan was trapped up north and who wanted him released. Is it someone from his own pack setting him up to fail? He is a non-traditional alpha werewolf, being strong in magic instead of brute force - it’s a fun twist, and one that makes him unpopular within his pack. I would have loved to see these two interacting with the pack more, see what they could build together. This is still a solid, fast-paced novella, with characters you can’t help but want to follow.More Reviews:
- For other historical novels with paranormal elements, check out the Scandals With Bite series by Ann Brooklyn.