Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hair of the Dog

Title: Hair of the Dog
Authors:  Ashlyn Kane, Morgan James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-347-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Shape-Shifter Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

When Ezra Jones decides to walk home from his father’s wake, he’s drunk. The next morning, he wakes up covered in blood and has a nasty wound on his shoulder. He’s also hung over and can’t remember what happened. A dog, maybe? Ezra’s morning gets odder when two huge men arrive at his front door with an unbelievable story that he was bitten by a werewolf. It’s a crazy idea but the only one that explains the ugly bite that’s already healing. 

Following the rules of Alpha Callum Dawson isn’t easy. Ezra’s used to making his own decisions and having the hunky man telling him what to do…and wanting to obey is disconcerting. At least he can fill the time until his first shift by helping to research what or who is behind the strange and deadly outbreak within the Lycan community. As Ezra and Callum grow closer, the danger escalates.  If they’re not careful, Ezra could wind up dead. 

The cover for Hair of the Dog (which I love) is what first caught my attention. Ezra, not knowing what had happened, and his confusion pulled me into the story from the start. I like this guy. He’s out of his element, dealing with his new life, and his reactions are often funny enough to make me chuckle. And he’s cute and a little endearing. Then there’s Callum…Mr. Control Freak who works at denying his attraction to Ezra. He’s a likeable guy too but needs to work on his communication skills.

The story is well-written, has an even pace, interesting characters and some good world-building, with unusual details on werewolves and their social structure. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense part of the plot and didn’t figure out who the villain was until the end (the character’s personality is a little two dimensional). The investigation is nicely developed, using Ezra’ computer skills as Callum’s assistant. Their relationship grows slowly but realistically and when it turns physical, it’s sizzling hot.  

My niggles: What about Ezra’s father’s house and his stuff. It was never mentioned again. Wouldn’t his cousin and family be worried when he disappeared? There were several inconsistencies involving the villain and the timeline of his life. 

Despite my above-mentioned issues, as a werewolf story lover, I did enjoy the book. I don’t know if there are plans to turn this into a series but I think it would be a great idea. If not, then maybe at least a sequel. Hint. Hint.

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