Reviewed by Roberta
TITLE: Winter’s Wolf
SERIES: Tales of the Harker Pack: Book 3
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 220 Pages
Tales of the Harker Pack: Book Three
Winter Thane was raised on the two cardinal rules of werewolf existence: don’t reveal yourself to humans under penalty of death, and there’s no such thing as a gay werewolf. It’s no surprise when his father drags him from his wild life in remote Canada back to Connecticut to meet his old pack in hopes it will persuade Winter to abandon his love of sex with human males. Of course Dad’s hopes are dashed when they come face-to-face with the gay werewolves in the Harker pack.
Winter takes one look at FBI agent Matt Partridge and decides bird is his favorite food. Partridge is embroiled in an investigation into drug dealing and the death of a fellow agent. He can’t let himself get distracted by the young, platinum-haired beast, but then Winter proves invaluable in the search for clues, a move that winds them both up in chains and facing imminent death. Winter quickly learns his father’s motives are questionable, the pack alphas are a bunch of pussies, humans aren’t quite what they seem, and nothing in the forests of Connecticut is pure except love.
I have read Tara’s Tales of the Harker Pack from the very beginning and I have LOVED each book that has come out and this newest installment delivers.
Winter Thane is a gay shifter who has lived off the grid all of his life. His father, Damon has decided that they need to come home to the pack life and to mate off Winter to a nice female, because there is no such thing as a gay shifter. Winter is this sweet, young man who is an alphanta wolf who knows who he is and is very ok with it. Winter is really smart and kind and I really liked him. I liked how even thrown into this new environment, Winter adapts so well to the changing environment and people.
Matt Partridge…what to say about Matt, that he’s a good guy with lots of stress in his life. Matt is this really wonderful character that cares about the job that he’s in. He wants to solve this case in the worst way, as an FBI agent has lost his life and there are drugs on the street. He needs to find the people behind this and take them off of the street. He also cares for his father who is diagnosed schizophrenic with a weak heart to boot.. His father has the worst time during the full moon and he’s getting weaker. Matt is being pulled in so many different directions and then there’s this new guy in town that turns him on and to find out that he’s related to the Marketo Family…is Winter in on whatever is going on here and using the attraction to keep an eye on him?
I liked that we got to see Cole, Paris, Lindsey, Jazz and Seth in this book. We didn’t get to see much of Seth and that saddens me, as I liked his character, but to see the others…that was really cool. I enjoyed that some time has passed and people are more settled into their lives. I liked that Lindsey had a big part in this book. I loved that Elizabeth and Pop-Pop, Lindsey’s Grandfather made some great secondary characters in this book. I loved the fact that they played more heavily than even in Lindsey’s book. I loved the way that Tara brought all of these characters together. Ben and his ilk…you knew that they were the bad but I liked how Tara gave you bits about them as the story went along.
Now, there were some interesting plots going on. Plot point…who was the leader of the drug ring and who all were in it. Who were the shifters plotting against the Harker/Marketo packs? What’s really the illness that Matt’s father has and how does that translate throughout the book? Damon, Winter’s father and his “Jane”, what’s the deal happening there? Who is Jane really and….well you’ll just have to read and find out the answers to those questions. I will say that most of the answers weren’t really a surprise, however, it was a fun read.
Now, as we’ve seen in Tara’s books, she does some really good sexy time and that happened here as well, so don’t you worry. I’ve got your back regarding the sexy time. Tara did a great job bringing these two young men together both as a romantic pairing as well as partners working towards a goal.
This book was a really wonderful addition to the Tales of the Harker Pack series and I can’t wait for the next installment. Great Job, Tara!!