Length: 82,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Clapham Common—a new pack with their own set of problems…
Shifter Aaron Harper gets drawn into illegal underground fighting to keep an eye on his best friend. The thrill of the fight keeps him coming back for more, but discovery could mean imprisonment and banishment from their pack. Without a beta to watch over them, common sense takes a back seat.
Michael Archer of the Shifter Crimes Task Force is investigating recent murders. Despite the brutal cause of death pointing to the work of a shifter’s claws, instinct tells him a well-known nightclub owner is involved, but they have no proof.
Aaron and Michael’s paths cross after another body with the same injuries is discovered. With Aaron finding himself on the wrong side of the SCTF and Michael looking for a killer, any attraction between them is both ill-advised and unlikely. But fate has other ideas.
I love returning to a world in which I’ve read stories previously, especially one that is as solid and well crafted as this one. That this book is focusing on a different pack in the same world opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for more stories, and with this author I’m all for more stories in this particular world! Even though I’m not a fan of organized fighting (whether legal or illegal) in books, it does provide a good setup for this particular story and has a built-in hurdle for the main characters—mainly their positions as witness/possible suspect and investigator on a case.
Aaron does get himself into a bit of a mess with the illegal underground fighting regardless of the fact that he only did so at the beginning to keep an eye on a friend. This shows us right up front that he’s protective of those he cares about…even if his judgement on continuing the fights instead of getting them both out is not really the best. Once Michael gets involved thanks to the case he’s working on, it sets up things quite nicely for interaction between the two of them.
The story does have its share of drama thanks to the case involving a possible serial-killing shifter, and while the burgeoning attraction between Aaron and Michael is a factor at many points, to me it felt like the case was the more prominent focus for more of the story. This is not a bad thing at all since the aspects of the case and the events that unfold around it supply plenty of suspense and tension, and the excitement when the conflict comes to its peak kept me riveted to the pages. For the romance side of things though, I would have liked to had more relationship development between the two of them so I could feel a more solid connection, and I’m hoping we might see more of them in future stories to explore that.
Butterfly Assassin was a 4-star read for me, and if you’re a fan of M/M wolf shifter books you’ll want to check this one out. Fans of the author’s Regent’s Park Pack series will definitely enjoy delving back into that world. I’m hoping for more stories—I’d love to see Harry, Aaron’s friend that he tries to protect, get a story as well as their beta, Ian…and I do admit also wondering what happens with Dale Wilson too. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language, violence, and sexual content.
About the Author
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