Author Name: Liv Olteano
Book Name: A Counselor Among Wolves
Series: Leader Murders
(Recommended to be read in order)
Release Date: May 8, 2015
Pages or Words: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Categories: Crime fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Five dead leaders, their bodies arranged in a pentagram. Treason, lies, and backstabbing. A make-believe affair that turns into a real mating.
Timothy Sands is a PBI counselor, half-fey, half-elf, with a secret crush on Herman Weiss, PBI director. As a new chapter is added to the Leader Murders, it is Weiss’s responsibility to investigate what seems an impossible-to-solve case. The other problem? Weiss is suffering from rages, and his only salvation lies in Tim’s emotional-grid-balancing skills. They only have to pretend to be a couple for Tim to use his talents, and he owes Weiss a big favor. Piece of cake, right?
The fey might be involved in the Leader Murders. Someone on the Council might be their ally, and another prominent PBI figure looks more and more suspicious as they investigate. The stakes are upped when Timothy’s father, the Fey King, threatens to leave the Council destitute if they don’t hand Timothy over to him. Weiss’s brilliant solution? Mating Timothy and forcing the Council into protecting him.
There’s only one small hitch in that plan: instead of protecting one, the Council might decide to get rid of two.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Just when we thought the Leader Murders was finally solved, the discovery of a new set of deaths opens the case right up. This means that the supposed mastermind, PBI director's mate herself may not be the one behind it. If that is true, then who is? This should have made Herman Weiss' life easier, but the new discovery made his life even worse. But wait, let's backtrack a bit.
Herman saved the life of one young fey prince, Timothy. Half fey, half elf, this young prince was not the beloved son of the Fey King. Timothy is actually targeted for execution. Herman saving him years ago meant that Timothy was under his protection. As a PBI counselor, he now has the opportunity to help Herman out.
Herman's mate is about to be executed for her involvement in the Leader Murders. His behavior of violence and increasingly uncontrollable temper is expected. However, if it should get worse, it would be considered a rage and raging alphas were put down. Herman did not want to be put down. He wants Timothy to help him by pretending to be his lover, and his future mate. Does that leave Timothy a choice?
One would say yes, but it's really a no. Especially as Timothy wants to help, albeit not like how Herman wants it done, but help all the same. So the playacting is going, more murders are cropping up, Herman's rage is increasing and Timothy finds out that things are not what they seem. In the meanwhile, the pretending became for real. To complicate things more, the feelings get in the way.
This is a nice continuation to the Leader Murders series and it does open quite a few unexpected revelations. Then again, there are more things left hanging which should lead us to the next stories. As a murder/mystery, this is an okay read. It is how Herman dealt with the whole situation that rallied this story, though. Timothy? Not so much, his role is more supportive but does turn to something else as the read reached near the end.
Timothy is a character I found hard to realize in my brain, probably because there is not much background about him, other than his family ties. With this story, we get to find out who he really is but in the process, we get to find out more things about him and his kind (the half elf/fey). Which leads to speculating there is something going on here we have no idea yet. Olteano is leaving that part out for now, and that intrigues me. As for the cliffhanger ending, well, technically it is not one but it does feel like one. I am now curious what comes up after that load was revealed and leaves me to question what is going on in the Fey kingdom that... no, sorry. I won't spoil.
Now I can't wait for book three... dangit!
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About the Author
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.