Ellis O’Neill is an art dealer with too many problems: his eyesight has deteriorated to the point of night-blindness; he’s estranged from his family, to whom he owes a considerable sum of money; and his guide dog went right off him the night Ellis died. Without his dog, Ellis is trapped in a life bouncing between home and work, dependent on his personal assistant.
Werewolf Randall Carter has problems of his own. He loves his pack, he really does, but as their Omega he’s always the one to bear the brunt of their rage. It’s a role he can’t avoid, and Randall isn’t sure he can take it for much longer, so he buries himself in his day job. Randall’s the best dog trainer in the city, and when he’s offered a client who needs him to work evenings he’d be a fool to turn it down.
Soon Randall is falling for someone he should despise. Everything about the undead is anathema to his kind, but Ellis is exactly the kind of guy Randall would want to ask out on a date – if he were still breathing. Worse, they may not have too long to figure their feelings out. Someone or something is gunning for Ellis and anyone else who gets in the way; they won’t rest until the vampire is destroyed.
Werewolves and vampires… two of my favorites when it comes to PNR reads. It’s not very often that the two ‘species’ become love interests though. I kind of liked the twist.
There are some pretty strict guidelines the supernaturals created by Amelia Faulkner have to follow. Makes sense because if there weren’t rules, there would be utter chaos. Ellis keeps his ‘identity’ pretty quiet because of those rules. Humans aren’t supposed to know that they exist. Randall’s never encountered anyone ‘like’ Ellis before so he can’t quite figure out exactly what he is. He only knows that he’s attracted to him and by the time he figures out that’s not allowed, it’s too late.
I really liked the connection between Ellis and Randall. I also liked the story itself. Ellis had an unknown enemy that was determined to destroy him. By the time the story ended… yeah, there’s a lot more to come. Basically if I had one complaint it would be that there wasn’t a lot of closure at the end. One problem was solved, but it opened the door for an even bigger one that remained. I suppose that’s what sequels are for… Speaking of which, Blood Moon Rising is the next book in the Tooth & Claw series and I’m pretty sure it won’t be long before I pick that one up too. 😉