Title ~ Werewolves of Brooklyn
Author ~ Brad Vance
Published ~ 4th August 2015
Genre ~Paranormal M/M Romance
Darien Mackey wasn’t looking for an adventure. For ten years, he’d been happy living in Brooklyn, working as a butcher in the same job, living in the same apartment, dating some “nothing-special” guys. Until one night his buddy Jacob talked him into taking ayahuasca, the soul-changing drug. And Darien had a vision…of a wolf, its all-too-human eyes on him, its paws on his chest, its enquiring mind in his own…
Darien Mackey is changing. He’s more confident, more assertive, hungrier, hornier. And his world is changing around him – his job, his home, his beloved Mechanic’s Library all falling victim to the predations of unscrupulous developers, bent on demolishing the old Brooklyn he loves and replacing it with a forest of condos. But he’s no longer a passive observer of his own life, and as this thing, this power, grows inside of him, he resolves to fight back, to preserve the way of life he loves.
And he’s not alone in the fight. The Lipsius Preservation Society of Brooklyn stands ready to assist in the battle, even though it seems like a bit of a joke to Darien, with its King and its Duke, Marquess, Earl and Viscount.
But there’s nothing funny about his growing attraction to Albeus Finley, King of this mysterious Court. And when slumlords and condo-mongers start to die mysterious, violent deaths at the hands of savage animals, Darien begins to realize that something is afoot in Brooklyn – something supernatural.
And it’s afoot in him, too…
Darien is a butcher - he doesn't like change, he's been absorbed into the family of his boss and he just wants things to stay the same. But an unusual 'trip' shows him that the life he leads will end up with him dying alone, and somehow that changes him, in ways he didn't believe were possible.
Getting involved in saving the library was his first step in changing his life. Darien had realized that although he had lived in his community for ten years, he had never really been a part of it. When he reaches out and actually stands up for something, it leads him to introductions and connections he would never have believed possible.
There is a lot of history in this book, and the author clearly spent a great deal of time on his research, but it can be a bit disconcerting in places. When Darien is introduced to a society that includes a King, a Count and others, and visits them, you would imagine the story was set in historical times. But imagining that has your senses reeling when someone throws in the mention of an iPod for example. It's very cleverly done. However, it was also disconcerting when actual historical flashbacks were written about. If they had been clearly marked it would have given my brain a chance to catch up. Be prepared for that to happen for a good couple of chapters in the middle of the book.
Albeus is the King of the werewolves (yes this is a shifter book, but it's only hinted at for most of the story). He's rich, lived almost 200 years, and has a problem with men who see greed beyond all else. He wants Darien as his own, but that is a long time coming for all sorts of reasons - I have to admit this is the first time I have seen the words "white long johns" in a sexy scene lol. But strangely enough it worked.
There were a number of things in this book I hadn't read about before - the detailed history of butchery and war and those types of details would be fascinating to any history buff. As a lover of romance I look for character connection and I think that was satisfied. I got to the end of the book wanting to read more about Darien and Albeus together but that wasn't to be, although the author strongly hints about another book in the series. Overall this was a good start to the series, and now that the scene has been set, I am looking forward to a little less history, and a little more action in the next one.
Favorite line: "I wasn't the type to run out to the 'friend store' and buy a six pack of new ones when the old one was gone."