Title: The Wolf’s Man Friday
Series: Nose to Tail Inc.: Book Two
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 220 Pages
Category: Paranormal/Fantasy, Shifters
At a Glance: Julia Talbot has created an interesting, fascinating world of shifters, and I am really hoping that several of the secondary characters in this book get their own spotlight within the series.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: The last thing Sebastian Zeller wants is to be pack Alpha. But when the pack leader, his uncle Ron, is attacked, he has no choice but to leave his beloved Colorado mountains and fulfill his duty as Ron’s heir—at least until his uncle recovers. In the meantime, he intends to lure the attacker out… and make them pay.
When Ron gets wind of Sebastian’s plan to catch the attacker, he doesn’t like the idea of risking his heir.That’s where Jaxon Reedis comes in—he’ll balance protecting the dark and sexy werewolf with pretending to be his personal assistant. He’s walking a fine line that requires all his foxy wit and craftiness… and that’s on top of the inescapable feeling that he and Sebastian are meant for each other. When the attacker returns, will they be able to maintain their deepening bond when danger threatens to tear down everything they’re building?
Review: The Wolf’s Man Friday is the second book in this series, and dare I say just as good as the first, if not better? Wolfmanny focused on just the main characters and their relationship. In The Wolf’s Man Friday, we get to see a little more of the pack and get a clearer picture of this shifter world. Each of these books stand alone. You don’t have to have read the first one to enjoy this one though they are tied together with the company each MC works for, Nose to Tail, Inc. This is a world of shifters, all kinds of them; there is no mention of humans in this world, just shifters and their rainbow of personalities.
Sebastian is being groomed. His Uncle Ron, the pack Alpha, has always made it known that should something happen to him, the pack belongs to Sebastian. Now Ron’s been attacked, and Sebastian is trying to find the people who did it—one way or another. This reckless attitude leads Ron to call Nose to Tail and order a bodyguard for his nephew while he, Ron, recuperates. The people who attacked him are still out there and the reason(s) is unclear, which puts Sebastian in as much danger as Ron is in.
Jaxon is a quirky, snarky fox shifter. His crafty and sneaky personality will stand him in good stead on this assignment since he’s going undercover as Sebastian’s personal assistant. What Sebastian doesn’t know is that Jaxon is also a personal trainer, a butler, and a ninja-fox, all-around-badass bodyguard.
The problem? Sebastian doesn’t want to rule. Never has. Having to spend time in meetings and running the company as well as pack business, it’s making him lose his mind, not to mention trying to find the ones who attacked Ron. Sebastian feels like he is drowning. The “babysitter” his uncle Ron has sent him is just another thorn in Sebastian’s side, a way to make him behave. Sebastian is a beta wolf with alpha tendencies. He can rule but he doesn’t want to. His love is designing textiles for his uncle’s fabric distribution company. He does just fine protecting the pack’s northern border, creating beautiful works of art in his studio, and having the land to shift and run regularly as his wolf.
Jaxon has worked for Nose to Tail, Inc. for several years. He’s happy with his job; it appeals to his fox and is never boring. He’s having to tread lightly with his new charge. All of a sudden, things are going wonky with his senses, and what’s with the new voice in his head? Discovering Sebastian is his mate is a blessing and a curse, because now protecting Sebastian just got serious. When Sebastian is attacked, the mate bond kicks in big time. Jaxon now has to discover why he smells a cat whenever danger appears and why Sebastian’s Uncle Ron, the man who hired him, won’t come clean and tell them all he knows.
The Wolf’s Man Friday is a great second book, and I am really hoping that several of the secondary characters in this book get their own spotlight within the series. This book opens up the storylines and creates a foundation for more books in the future. I totally enjoyed all the animal behavior references in this book. Jaxon is such a fox, playful but serious. He is sneaky, snarky and has a perpetual grin. The secondary characters stay true to their animals also: the elk shifter only eats salads but is stalwart in a fight; the cat shifters are felines to the core. Julia Talbot has created an interesting, fascinating world of shifters that goes beyond the expected and encompasses animals of all kinds. The banter and the way these characters all interact is entertaining and keeps this book pacing well and the mystery unfolding. I really enjoyed this book and will read any future books in this series. This is a lighthearted series that is incredibly engaging. There is very little angst: it is mostly a mystery with a whole lot of romance, love and some serious fur wrapped up in a HEA. Totally recommend!
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