Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wolf in Gucci Loafers

Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62798-451-5
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Being half-human and half-werewolf has left socialite Lindsey Vanessen on the fringe of both.  Wolves don’t like that he’s gay and his wolf instincts make him too aggressive for human men, so he has little chance of finding love in either world. Being a success at business is Lindsey’s focus until friends who are members of other wealthy families are kidnapped. During the investigation he meets Seth Zakowsy, a hunky cop who pushes all his buttons. His problem—keeping his wolf half a secret.

Flamboyant men usually get little more than a glance from Seth but the attraction he feels for Lindsey is something he can’t deny. Having him involved in his investigation is a distraction, but allows Seth access into the wealthy world of the victims. Then he discovers Lindsey’s aggressive passion, which is a good match for his own dominant needs.  Can two men from vastly different worlds make a relationship work, when secrets and lies are standing between them?   

Wolf in Gucci Loafers is the second release in Tara Lain’s Tales of the Harker Pack. It’s possible to read this book as a standalone but there’d be greater understanding of Lindsey’s world if they are read in order.

I fell in love with Lindsey in Pack or the Panther and my feelings for him haven’t changed. It’s just now I understand him better because I know his story—what makes him tick and his personality is more developed. I thought his struggle to deal with his human and wolf halves was handled nicely. I like Seth, too. He’s focused, dedicated, and did I mention sexy?

The kidnapping premise is interesting and there’s a lot about the story I found pleasing. The pacing is good, the descriptions are vivid, I liked the differences between Lindsey and Seth and there is always something happening. I mean I never got bored—although I did roll my eyes. Yes, there are parts that made me grin and some that made me chuckle, but still others made me grit my teeth in frustration. It’s because what’s happening in the scene is so cheesy or ridiculous I could hardly stand it. That’s why I had so much trouble deciding on my rating. Parts of the story I really enjoyed—they were fun and entertaining, while others made me cringe. *Spoiler alert* Lindsey taking on the role of a vigilante character? Really? Totally didn’t work for me. 

I also liked seeing the previous characters. They added grounding in pack for Lindsey and allowed the author to provide the needed back story. So, despite my niggles, I enjoyed Lindsey’s tale of finding love and hope Ms. Lain writes another. 

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