Early 5Bat! Review: The Wolf At The Door (Big Bad Wolf #1), by Charlie Adhara

February 8, 2018 Review 0

Early 5Bat! Review: The Wolf At The Door (Big Bad Wolf #1), by Charlie AdharaThe Wolf At The Door by Charlie Adhara
Series: Big Bad Wolf #1
Published by Carina Press on February 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Crime, LGBT, Mystery & Detective, Shifters, Suspense, Urban
Format: eBook
Pages: 275
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
5 Stars

Hunting for big bad wolves was never part of Agent Cooper Dayton’s plan, but a werewolf attack lands him in the carefully guarded Bureau of Special Investigations. A new case comes with a new partner: ruggedly sexy werewolf Oliver Park.

Park is an agent of The Trust, a werewolf oversight organization working to ease escalating tensions with the BSI. But as far as Cooper’s concerned, it’s failing. As they investigate a series of mysterious deaths unlike anything they’ve seen, every bone in Cooper’s body is suspicious of his new partner—even when Park proves himself as competent as he is utterly captivating.

When more people vanish, pressure to solve the case skyrockets. And though he’d resolved to keep things professional, Cooper’s friction with Park soon erupts…into a physical need that can’t be contained or controlled. But with a body count that’s rising by the day, werewolves and humans are in equal danger. If Cooper and Park don’t catch the killer soon, one—or both—of them could be the next to go.

Supernatural cops tend to take all sorts of liberties that always pull me out of the story. THE WOLF AT THE DOOR is a by-the-book thrill ride that has everything you could want: small town mysteries, racial tension, secrets galore, and an explosive romance that doesn’t get in the way of the story.

Werewolves have come out to the government, but not to the population at large. An offshoot of the FBI, the Bureau of Special Investigations deals with crimes that involve werewolves and, like in any organisation, there are a lot of differing viewpoints. Some officers believe that the nearest werewolf to a crime is responsible, and that “animals” do not deserve a fair trial like humans do. These prejudices made all the characters seem real, as they had to deal with their own preconceived ideas, especially when they arrived in a small town that was full of werewolves.

The characters all had their own past and secrets. Park is no longer part of his pack, even though he claims there is no bad blood between them. Dayton was literally gutted by a werewolf a few years ago, leaving a chunk of his intestines and his naivete behind. When you add old partners, police chiefs with hidden agendas and a general distrust of outsiders, you get a fantastic story that keeps on giving.

THE WOLF AT THE DOOR tackles real issues like racism, police brutality and homosexual relationships without sacrificing the very unreal, supernatural aspects that keep the mystery strong and the fur flying. I couldn't put it down until it was done.

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