Title: Killer in Wolf’s Clothing
Author: Kelli A Wilkins
Publisher: Amber Allure
Length: 25k words
Genre: m/m Paranormal Erotica/Romance
Heat: 5 – Off the Charts
Sex Frequency: 5 – Over and Over Again
Keywords/Tags: Wolf Shifters, Public Sex, Group Sex, Alpha Doms
Rating: So So
A super-aggressive Alpha male, a serial killer, and a visit to a kinky sex club. What has Larry gotten himself into?…
When Larry learns that his boyfriend Greg changes into another man during the full moon, he has a hard time accepting it—until he meets Deke, Greg’s alternate Alpha personality.
Deke doesn’t play nice and has no time for games. He wants only two things—to get laid, and to get revenge against the arsonist who murdered his friends. Finally free from Greg’s restraints, Deke is ready for action, and Larry is more than willing to submit to Deke’s needs.
Together, Larry and Deke set out to find the killer. Their hunt takes them to an all-night Alpha sex club where things heat up for the two of them. But when Larry unwittingly falls into the clutches of the murderer, it’s up to Deke—and Greg—to save him before it’s too late…
NOTE: This story is part of the Howling At The Moon 2012 series of books.
Your reception to this story will depend on how seriously you take it. It is written with a bit of a laugh at itself, not to be taken too seriously. I could see that from the start, which is why I ultimately liked the story and was able to get into it right away.
Larry and his boyfriend Greg have been together several months now and both want to take their relationship further. Though his feelings are deepening for Greg, that presents a couple of problems for Larry. First, Larry is feeling stifled by Greg’s rather careful sexual appetites and his insistence on bottoming, when sometimes all Larry wants is to be thrown to the ground and ravaged. And second, some very telling signs are adding up that make Larry very suspicious. Greg has been gone several days a month “fixing” things for his family. It looks very much like Greg is hiding an affair and Larry wants the total truth, or he’s gone. The answer he finds though, is definitely not what he was expecting, and he doesn’t know if he can believe Greg’s story that he turns into an Alpha personality. When he sees the tape of the transformation, he’s awed, excited, and confused. Greg seems to change into another person entirely — a huge man that looks and acts completely different. And no matter Greg’s warnings that the man he turns into, Deke, is dangerous, Larry is excited to find out first hand.
I was a bit confused initially why Deke, the alter-Alpha Dominant was called a werewolf, but I ran with it. It is an interesting concept. They don’t turn into wolves at all but rather a personification of the attitude of an Alpha wolf. All Deke really wants is to eat and fuck, and Larry’s poor, neglected ass is thrilled at the opportunity of Greg finally laying into him after being so carefully reserved in their relationship. But what Larry doesn’t understand is that Greg and Deke really aren’t the same person. Like the wolf inside the man in most shifter stories, Deke is a separate part of Greg that the virus caused in him (also by a bite). When the full moon comes, Deke appears and he is not happy that he’s being kept locked and chained indoors while Greg lives his life. In the past, Deke had been let out to play at night until Greg became scared he couldn’t trust him. Deke is on a mission though, a revenge plot to kill the Alpha who turned him and killed all of his friends in a fire. That Alpha, Blayne, is now in town and he wants Larry to unlock him, feed him and service him so that he can get on with his mission.
Larry is a bit of a slut, but that’s okay and all in keeping with the tone of the story He’s simply begging for it, and also won’t be turned away from following Deke on his mission. He finally balks at the idea of going to a sex club where he has to play the slave, but eventually does what he needs to do to help Deke find Blayne, while finding that he enjoys the play as well. And Deke needs him. His desire for sex is so strong that it lies like a fog over his rationality, and in the middle of a sex club, the fact that Deke might be able to concentrate on his task is laughable.
I liked this in keeping with the spirit of the story. It doesn’t take itself seriously and is funny and sexy and playful. There really isn’t much romance here, or at least not a plausible one, though I liked the way that Deke and Greg changed over the course of the story when forced to work together. Greg isn’t in the picture much, and it is hard to reconcile that he and Deke are (of a sense) the same person. The lack of his presence in the story when Deke takes up so much of the time with Larry meant that Greg’s return was a little anticlimactic for me. Ultimately though, it is hard to take even the criticism of this story seriously because of the way the story is told. So, while I didn’t love it, I liked it and it was definitely fun to read!