Author: Michelle Osgood
Publisher: Interlude Press
Rating: 2 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Nathan Roberts was just your average polyamorous librarian living in Vancouver until his best friend Deanna started dating a werewolf. While hosting the small pack in his apartment while they hid from the underground network, the Huntsmen, Nathan gave in to his attraction for Cole, the pack leader’s brother. Now, the two are navigating a serious relationship.
When his neighbor is murdered, Nathan is convinced the death is linked to the supernatural, but Cole and their friends deny any paranormal connection. This leads to a fracture of trust between Nathan and Cole, and Cole’s pack is left to deal with an unknown killer on the loose. As Nathan pursues answers on his own, he must come to terms with the truth and his feelings for Cole.
Review: Nathan and Cole got together during difficult times. They love each other, but Nathan is clearly not over his experiences. A hostage situation and learning werewolves are indeed real as are scary people that hunt them have left a mark on Nathan. Nathan is convinced there has to be more than werewolves out there. In spite of every werewolf he knows denying it, Nathan is still convinced werewolves can’t be the lone paranormal creature. When a nearby murder causes all of Nathan’s fears of violence to resurface he focuses all his problems in an obsessive quest to find out who or what killed his neighbor and who or what his neighbor was.
I’ll tell you right off the bat I didn’t like this book. It was self contradictory in a way that felt like bad logic instead of good satire. It skirted around PTSD while minimizing the reality and severity of it. I want to say here and now it does not matter if other people have it worse. Trauma is trauma. Saying Nathan doesn’t have it bad like Ryn is akin to saying a heart attack victim doesn’t have it bad like a cancer patient. Needless to say I was pretty disgusted with Nathan’s perception of his problems, and the way he minimized them was never refuted.
I’m supposed to believe Nathan’s obsession with finding other paranormal creatures ended because one bad guy was human? Really? One bad guy who was clearly the bad guy because of his identity. Honestly, that’s as lazy as making all the baddies African American or Queer. Maybe it’s time to give up the literary device of simply using the out group as the scapegoat. All people have the capacity for evil, not just a toxic sub-group. And still, from a logical standpoint one bad guy being human does not mean there aren’t other supernatural beings out there.
Anyways, I felt like this book missed the mark on a lot of levels.