Bethany reviews ‘A Tooth For A Fang’ by Live Olteano. (Published by Dreamspinner Press on September 3rd, 2014)
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Three days. Three dead bodies. One newly turned, broken-hearted lycan tracker to figure out the connection.
The one summer Rick Barton takes a vacation, all hell breaks loose. Running from an abusive relationship leads him into the arms of hard-nosed lycan Travis Chandler, who gives him little choice but to become a lycan too and join the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation. Out of options, Rick joins the weird organization, expecting some two weeks of training and an adjustment period. Tough luck, he doesn’t get either. On his first day, his new partner offers to promote him to field agent if they get mated – less time wasted on training, more time on the field, and considering Rick is the only tracker the Bureau has on hand when a wave of strange murders hits the community, time is of the essence.
Someone’s killing the leaders of the paranormal world and mutilating the bodies. Investigating and tracking clues is enough of a challenge, and Rick must contend with an impatient Council, Travis’s advances, and actually adjusting to being a lycan. Only one thing is certain: Rick’s new life promises plenty of interesting adventures—as long as he can survive.
Categories Per the Author: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Erotic
“Hey,” he said.
I looked up at him, the deep tone of his voice making the little hairs on my nape stand up on end. Goddamn, he had the sexiest voice I’d ever heard.
I smiled. “Hey.”
His eyes were almost scary intense as he stood there before me and gazed down into my eyes. Most guys would feel awkward about prancing around in snug Speedos and talking to someone who’s sitting down right in front of them. This guy had no issue whatsoever with it. Why would he? He was a god of summer, with the skin and the eyes and the package to make it work.
The longer we stared at each other, the bigger his grin grew. Those lips had a wicked effect on my pulse. My heart began to pound. And the more awkward I felt, the more he seemed to get off on it. Whatever this guy might’ve been thinking, I wasn’t a blushing virgin. Or at least I wasn’t a virgin, with the heat and all I couldn’t tell if I was blushing or not. Hell, who even cared? I sure didn’t.
“So,” I said in a strained voice, “how was the water?”
He hummed a bit, as if he was thinking on that. It was water. How difficult could it be to say something about it? Instead of saying anything, though, he reached out a hand and kept it that way until I grabbed it. He got me up to my feet, gave me one of those blinding grins, and began walking toward the water and dragging me along.
“So you’re one of those ‘show, don’t tell’ kind of guys?” I asked as calmly as I could.
He chuckled. “Definitely.”
Okay. I must admit that it took me a while to get into this particular book. Not because I didn’t like it, because I did. I think it had to do with what I read right before this one. That book had put me through the emotional wringer and so I was in a book funk. But when I finally sat down for longer that 10 minutes to read this one, I really did enjoy it. This was my first Lycan book and I must say it was interesting.
Most of the time someone like Travis would’ve pissed me off, but the more I got to know him and what made him tick, well, he really carved out a space in my heart. He was a cocky, arrogant alpha with a soft spot for his partner.
Now Rick I had mixed feelings about. There were times I felt like I wanted to smack him upside his head, then there were times when I was in tears for what he had gone through and how he struggled so hard to NEVER go through that again. He was the perfect blend of naivety and bad-assery. And well, when the two of them were together it was like a car crash…you have a hard time looking away even though you know something might blow at any second.
One issue that I did have with this book is, since there were so many different paranormal creatures, I had a hard time with some of the phrases and wording. This was a very different type of mating story than I am used to. But I think that is actually a good thing, it was something new with the possibilities to take this story in many different directions. I really hope that that is what this author has in mind, cause I would LOVE to read more about Rick and Travis and where their relationship may take them.
So, all in all I would totally recommend this book if you are looking for a different kind of paranormal story. Its intriguing without being way over the top.
Liv Olteano is a voracious reader, music lover, and coffee addict extraordinaire. And occasional geek. Okay, more than occasional.
She believes stories are the best kind of magic there is. And life would be horrible without magic. Her hobbies include losing herself in the minds and souls of characters, giving up countless nights of sleep to get to know said characters, and trying to introduce them to the world. Sometimes they appreciate her efforts. The process would probably go quicker if they’d bring her a cup of coffee now and then when stopping by. Characters—what can you do, right?
Liv has a penchant for quirky stories and is a reverent lover of diversity. She can be found loitering around the Internet at odd hours and being generally awkward and goofy at all times.
Author Contact: Stop by her place at http://liv.liviaolteano.com/ for the latest news or visit her blog at http://blog.liviaolteano.com/ for occasional rants. She also regularly spamificates Twitter at https://twitter.com/LiviaOlteano and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LiviaOlteano. For The Win.
Tour Dates: 9/3/14
Tour Stops: Parker Williams, Cathy Brock Romances, Love Bytes, Prism Book Alliance, The Hat Party, My Fiction Nook, Jade Crystal, Velvet Panic, Queer Town Abbey, 3 Chicks After Dark, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Rainbow Gold Reviews, A_TiffyFit’s Reading Corner, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Foxylutely Book Reviews, MM Good Book Reviews, Multitasking Mommas
I would like to give a great big Thank You to Liv Olteano and Will at Pride Promotions for letting us participate in this book blast.