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Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Wolf at the Door by Charlie Adhara - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Cooper was proud of his position with the FBI, but a werewolf attack made him sign a contract with the BSI, the Bureau of Special Investigations, out of curiosity. He had to know what happened to him. At the BSI secrecy is incredibly important. Cooper chases wolves, but can't tell anyone what his job entails. A new case inspires the bureau to work with the wolves instead of against them and Cooper is being assigned to a new partner. Park is an agent of The Trust, an organization that represents werewolves. Cooper doesn't know anything about the enigmatic wolf by his side, can he trust Park?

Cooper and Park have to look into a series of deaths and disappearances. There are hardly any leads, but it's clear that the murderer has brutally attacked the victims. While they're trying to find clues nothing seems to add up. Cooper has to find out more about his case, but it's also important he gets to know Park. When they're spending time together sparks fly, but can they give into their feelings when there's a case to be solved and are they safe themselves when it appears both humans and werewolves are being targeted?

 The Wolf at the Door is a fantastic gripping story. Cooper is strong and capable, but he's also kind and caring. He's good at what he does. Park immediately fascinates him, the werewolf is clearly intelligent, but he's also a mystery. I liked that aspect of the story a lot. They have plenty of chemistry and I couldn't wait to find out if they'd have a chance together. Their case is brutal and their timing isn't ideal, but that leads to a lot of great unexpected moments. I liked this duo a lot and enjoyed reading about both their mission and their relationship.

Charlie Adhara has written an amazing suspenseful story. I absolutely love a good werewolf book and The Wolf at the Door definitely falls into that category. I was intrigued by the case Park and Cooper are working on and was equally interested in their love story, which kept me glued to the pages. The setting is a remote forest filled with danger, which adds to the creepiness of the crimes. The Wolf at the Door is a fantastic story. I highly recommend this thrilling sexy book.

Advice

If you love gripping m/m shifter mysteries you should definitely read The Wolf at the Door.

About Charlie Adhara


Charlie Adhara has always loved a good story and, on occasion, a bad one. After getting her degree in neuroscience, Charlie decided she’d much rather study the heart. She now writes contemporary, mystery, paranormal, queer romance. Or some assortment of that. Whatever the genre, her stories feature imperfect people stumbling around, tripping over trouble and falling in love.

Charlie has done a fair amount of stumbling around herself but tends to find her way back to the northeast U.S. After all, home is where the dog is.

Links

Website // Twitter // Goodreads

Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?


Hi! Thank you for having me on With Love for Books.

Let’s see, some facts about me:

1. The Wolf at the Door is my first book so all of this is pretty surreal and exciting.

2. Besides writing, my other creative passion is sculpture. Unfortunately that creative urge doesn’t extend to the kitchen. Or rather it does but then too often goes horribly awry.

3. I grew up hoping to stumble across a haunted fill-in-the-blank à la Scooby Doo. Still waiting, unfortunately. In the meantime I read and watch a ton of mystery. If it’s mystery romance, that’s even better.

4. All my best thinking happens in the bath while wailing loudly along to Billie Holiday. It’s my super-serious creative process.

2) How did you get the idea to write a m/m shifter suspenseful romance?

Oddly enough I started with the location. I’d recently spent some time hiking in Maine and couldn’t stop thinking what a good place for a mystery it was, especially a paranormal one. Those forests felt full of legends. I kept expecting something spooky to be happening around every trail bend. Then I thought what if the ‘legend’, or werewolf in this case, was the one hiking into the forest from the outside, what would he be worried about?

3) Can you describe the main characters of The Wolf at the Door in eight words each?

Cooper: Prickly, funny, independent, passionate, loner, recovering, anxious, good-intentioned

Park: Patient, mysterious, kind, sexy, lonely, perceptive, charismatic, a “fixer”.

4) How did your writing journey start?

As a kid I enjoyed imagining new characters I thought were missing from my favorite books. Eventually I got into writing my own short stories, first as a hobby and then a bit more seriously. I still enjoy writing them but those stories are all a bit…sad. Pessimistic. Once I discovered romance books I tore through them on a completely blissed-out reading binge. It sounds naïve but I was literally like, good things can happen to people, too? Books can have happy endings? It was a game changer. I became excited about writing again in a way I hadn’t been in awhile. I was back to imagining my own characters to stick into stories and thinking up new adventures for them. Then one day it just hit me, maybe I can write a romance of my own.

5) You love stories with happy endings, what does true romance mean to you?

True romance is the journey of finding and accepting love into your life no matter how you personally define and experience that love. To me the common base of love is being truly seen and accepted by your partner(s). It’s championing someone and feeling equally supported in turn.

6) What do you like the most about werewolf stories?

I’ll never get sick of stories that imagine paranormal creatures living in our real contemporary world. In my books, werewolves are basically people who’ve evolved alongside us but never lost touch with their primal instincts (plus some sexy super strength, speed, shifting, etc.). I think we’re more familiar with the werewolf howling in the woods or on the moor in isolation or a historical setting, but books that imagine them having to adapt to today’s society when it’s so hard to be alone never mind keep a huge secret? I just love that.

7) You don’t write about perfect people, what makes imperfections in someone’s character so interesting?


I think imperfect people are more realistic, relatable and just as deserving of happy endings. I rather see someone acknowledging and working on their flaws than someone who showed up on the page ready-baked, all the hard work already behind them. I think (hope) we’re all working on ourselves our whole lives. It’s a process that doesn’t need to be finished before you’re allowed love. Besides, what is perfect anyway? And according to whom?

8) Can you tell a bit more about your love for dogs?

Ha! What gave me away? You can’t lie to a dog (except maybe about throwing the ball when it’s behind your back). But you can’t lie about feelings. They pick up on our energy– things like anxiety, fear, happiness– and they can reflect that back on us. I spent some time volunteering at a no-kill rescue shelter. These animals had gone through a lot and were still going through a lot, honestly. But if I focused on finding my own calm assertiveness, forced myself to mediate, I could see them just let go and relax; see them start to trust me. In order to make them better they force you to be better.
Not to mention they’re cute as hell.

9) You are a wanderer, what have your journeys taught you and how do you use these experiences for your stories?

The obvious benefit is people watching. I’m a people watcher no matter where I go. But the other thing I’ve enjoyed is realizing the locations themselves have different personalities. That’s something I’ve tried to convey in my writing, the mood or character of a town and the way the geography, history, community and culture of a place shapes its people and affects the events that happen there.

10) What are your plans for the future?


I just finished up the editing process for Cooper and Park’s second adventure, The Wolf at Bay, coming in September, 2018! The guys have a lot to figure out about their relationship but neither of them is great at talking about feelings so it won’t be easy. Family drama and a murder or two doesn’t help!

Now I’m about to start working on book three which seems ages away but I’m so excited for it! There's a lot of plotting ahead of me but I've got my spool of red thread and cork board ready to go.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of The Wolf at the Door by Charlie Adhara.

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10 comments:

  1. Fantastic! Paranormal and mystery is just my kind of books. I love Werewolf stories.

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  2. The cover looks very spooky, I love it!

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  3. This book looks really interesting, fingers crossed

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  4. The Wolf at the Door sounds like a gripping, paranormal romance with plenty of twists and turns, suspense, intrigue and action.

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  5. Sounds good, thanks for the review and giveaway

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  6. Do love my werewolf books and the FBI aspect of this makes me want to read it even more.

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  7. I like the book cover and the story seems interesting.

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  8. sound great all ready added it to my wish list.

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