Pros: Delightful story on several levels
Rating: 5 out of 5
Geonn Cannon’s Beware of Wolf: An Underdogs Novel is a delightful urban fantasy-slash-thriller. Private investigator Ariadne (Ari) Willow is a werewolf, or canidae. Her partner and lover, Dale Frye, helps her with both her business and her private life. Ari meets a new werewolf in town, Milo, a woman from Britain who could use a little help getting adjusted. In return for Ari and Dale’s help, Milo takes them out to dinner. She also tries to independently put the moves on each of them–but no one’s splitting up Ari and Dale! There’s a little girl missing, but Ari has nothing to do with that case. Instead, Ari gets hired by the mother of another little girl who goes missing, who’s worried that her black child won’t get a lot of attention while the little white girl is missing. Ari ends up handling ransom demands, and then tries to figure out what’s going on when a third girl goes missing.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The mystery/thriller aspects, with little girls being kidnapped, didn’t get too dark, but certainly upped the stakes. The first two kidnappings don’t seem to be connected, but all assumptions get turned on their heads with the third. There’s an interesting police detective occasionally helping out a little, and Milo gets involved as well. The action was great and kept me glued to the page.
I love the romance and sex. Dale and Ari have a beautiful same-sex relationship, including explicit sex, and it’s really enjoyable to read. Milo’s interest in them doesn’t result in the stereotypical flaring, unthinking tempers that I’m used to seeing in heterosexual romance, which is nice. People use their heads in this book.
Someone from Ari’s past shows up, and a secondary plot about old grudges between hunters and canidae comes into play. This is interesting without overshadowing the missing girls plot, and it leads to some compelling revelations.