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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (June 17, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 17, 2016
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The head interrogator of the Fey Council, Sir Will Sims. becomes interested in Bert the minute he steps into Fey territory. The problem is, it's more sexual attraction than Fey business.
Once again, this is a fun, intriguing world to get lost in. The story, the characters are complex without being confusing., however, you have to read the previous books.
Oh man, Poor Bert Cooper. Bert sees himself as Everyman. Even his name is unremarkable. He’s a little overweight, he’s got average looks, and his position as Beta is the pack version of middle management. No one loves Bert. No one sees Bert. When Bert’s sister betrays the pack his goal is to prove to everyone he’s the well regarded man they’ve been overlooking for years. Bert is comfortable there. Suddenly, Sir William Matthew Sims of the very powerful Sims line is looking at Bert. Bert doesn’t know how to deal with that. What could a beautiful being with so much in his life possibly see in Bert Cooper?
Throughout the book Bert is worried he’ll be viewed as a traitor to his pack and their way of life because of his sister’s actions. Will is effectively a traitor to the Fey court and wholly rejects the Fey way of life. Bert falls for a man who is everything he fears in himself all while thinking he’s not worthy of such a man. I loved it! Bert also fails to realize Will has just as much to lose as Bert if their relationship does fail. After Will leaves the Fey court he has nothing, but he’s willing to take the plunge on an unknown entity. The only thing Will knows for sure about Bert is he’s a guy willing to prove his allegiance to his pack in any way he can, and he’s willing to help a guy who is in the process of betraying his court and whole way of life.
So, the murders are finally solved, and this book is possibly the most overt example of all that any relationship you enter is a risk. An inherent part of starting a new relationship is trusting your partner to not hurt you or abuse you. Each narrator in this series has fallen for someone they deeply crave and fear. Every relationship has the potential to be either everlasting love or everlasting hell. This is the human condition.
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
A King and A PawnBert Cooper’s life used to be great, until his sister turned out to be a traitor. Now Bert feels the whole pack looks on him with doubt and suspicion. To prove his loyalty, he volunteers to be the first ambassador at Fey Court, gathering information to finally solve the Leader Murders and punish those plotting against the Council and community. At least, that was the plan….
When Bert meets Sir William Matthew Sims, Court Interrogator, and one hell of a sexy man, life becomes a balancing act. And when the Fey King is assassinated, things become really messy.
Pack politics, fey politics, treason, suspicions of treason…. Bert has to choose between being ruled by his fears or standing up for what—and who—he believes in. And it might just break his heart.
Liv Olteano's Leader Murders series caught my eye from the first book, A Tooth For a Fang (Leader Murders #1) with its unusual take on the mate bond and its the potential for abuse normally not mentioned in other shifter fiction. The author runs this theme throughout the two books that follow, throwing in multiple supernatural beings, political plotting and of course, murder mysteries that need to be solved all the way to the end. In each story there's a major couple linked heavily to each other in a memorable way. In the second story A Counselor Among Wolves (Leader Murders #2), we ended with Bert Cooper, the somewhat pudgy beta to the wolf Alpha Weiss devastated by a betrayal and trying to deal with the consequences. A King and a Pawn (Leader Murders #3) picks up immediately after the events have taken place.
Bert is one of those characters readers flock to emotionally like geese to water. He's vulnerable, full of self doubts, loving, loyal, capable of being so much more than he thinks he is. He's overweight but instead of feeling bad about himself, he accepts it. He likes it in fact...because in truth he will never give up his sweets or the fact the he adores cooking. The model on the cover? A perfect representation of Bert Cooper...chef, beta, manny, and werewolf. Trust me there is no way not to fall in love with this character. He's fully fleshed out, anxieties included and watching him fall in love and find his strengths here is such a joy I intend to sit back and read it all over again.
Sir William Matthew Sims? The Fey Court Interrogator? Another gem of a character, along the lines of a hard diamond. The history Olteano has created here for the Fey and the families is nothing short of nightmarish. And believable as narrated by Will to Bert. From their initial meeting to all the revelations about Will's character and background...well, its a stunner. And I never enjoyed anything more. For Will and Bert to become a couple requires them to overcome not just a Mount Everest of distrust but battles at court and more things then I can go into here without making some major spoilage noise. But the storylines are many and rich, you'll never be bored and there is a sideline with families that hooked me completely. I really hope Olteano considers revisiting this world at some time to check in on all the couples here to see how they are progressing.
And yes, all the other couples make appearances here as do minor secondary characters. Plot lines get tied up, the fat lady sings, true love wins out, and the ending is everything I hoped for and more. Really I adored this book and series. If you love shifters, or even if you just love romance, you will too.
Need a new series? Love romance? This isn't a stand alone...so read all three! I highly recommend them all. But this is by far my favorite. Oh, Bert Cooper! How could Will not fall in love with you!
Cover art by Angsty G is absolute perfection. Rarely do I say that when it has characters on it but Angsty G's idea for Bert and Will mesh completely with mine and the story's. Great job.