Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Wolf's Man Friday by Julia Talbot

The last thing Sebastian Zeller wants is to be pack Alpha. But when the pack leader, his uncle Ron, is attacked, he has no choice but to leave his beloved Colorado mountains and fulfill his duty as Ron’s heir—at least until his uncle recovers. In the meantime, he intends to lure the attacker out… and make them pay.

When Ron gets wind of Sebastian’s plan to catch the attacker, he doesn’t like the idea of risking his heir. That’s where Jaxon Reedis comes in—he’ll balance protecting the dark and sexy werewolf with pretending to be his personal assistant. He’s walking a fine line that requires all his foxy wit and craftiness… and that’s on top of the inescapable feeling that he and Sebastian are meant for each other. When the attacker returns, will they be able to maintain their deepening bond when danger threatens to tear down everything they’re building?

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Having loved Wolfmanny, I didn’t hesitate when the opportunity came up to review The Wolf’s Man Friday. As much as I loved the Marcon household and would have loved to have seen more of their lives, the second book in the series focuses on a new Nose to Tail Inc. employee and his assignment – to guard the alpha’s nephew, without his full knowledge, and keep him from putting himself in danger while the alpha recovers from a near-fatal attack. So the man in charge, Richard, sends in a fox shifter, Jaxon, to serve as Sebastian’s personal assistant… who just so happens to carry a gun. And much like readers saw in book one, the sparks certainly fly as the wolf and the fox discover there’s more to each other than meets the eye.

At first glance, The Wolf’s Man Friday looks like it might be a mystery as Jaxon is brought in to protect Sebastian from being attacked by an unknown party, but the farther into the book I read, the more I realized that the reader isn’t expected to suss out whodunit. Sebastian, Jaxon, and the reader are all kept in the dark as to who might be responsible and why because Sebastian’s uncle and alpha, Ron, refuses to admit to remembering the details of his attack. Now I don’t actively try to figure out who the bad guy is in books very often, but by the time I felt that enough clues and information had been presented, Sebastian and Jaxon were on the same page as I was – this doesn’t mean other readers won’t figure it out sooner or have strong suspicions about it, but rather that there wasn’t an obvious culprit from the beginning. For me, this actually ramped up the action and danger of the story, albeit somewhat unnecessarily at times when Sebastian let his guard down at inopportune moments. Seriously, you’ve been attacked multiple times already and you’re going on your merry way as if you haven’t a care in the world? Yet such is the foolish mindset of someone who feels safe on their home turf. Fortunately for Sebastian, Jaxon was on the job – both as bodyguard and mate. Ah, yes, the men found an unexpected treasure in one another, their mate.

While it seemed as though much of the focus of the book was on the threat to Sebastian and the subsequent action, Talbot again does a nice job of weaving the romance between the men into the story, striking a nice balance between the two. What appears to begin as simple lust quickly becomes more as Sebastian and Jaxon come to realize and acknowledge that there’s more to the spark between them than just sexual attraction. And that spark is HAWT! There’s a sensuality to the lithe fox that ramps his wolf up and it makes for some very steamy encounters. For me, that makes Jaxon’s ‘nesting’ in Sebastian’s home even more endearing, and Sebastian’s eager acceptance of it left me grinning. As with book one, The Wolf’s Man Friday has a wonderful cast of side characters who add to the richness of the story – even the characters you wanted to throttle for their hardheadedness. I can only hope that we may eventually catch glimpses of them in a future installment in the series. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, you can read The Wolf’s Man Friday as a standalone if you skipped Wolfmanny because kids aren’t your thing – but I will say that you’re doing yourself a disservice because it was an excellent read as well.

Also Available in the Nose to Tail Inc. Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Wolfmanny post.

Stories that leave a mark. Julia Talbot loves romance across all the genders and genres, and loves to write about people working to see past the skin they're in to love what lies beneath. Julia Talbot lives in the great mountain and high desert Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Dreamspinner Press, Changeling Press, and others. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.

She also writes BDSM and erotic romance as Minerva Howe.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Wolf's Man Friday (Nose to Tail Inc. #2) by Julia Talbot to read and review.

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