Title: A Tooth for a Fang
Author: Liv Olteano
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 216 pages
Characters: Rick Barton & Travis Chandler
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Crime
Three days. Three dead bodies. One newly turned, broken-hearted lycan tracker to figure out the connection.
The one summer Rick Barton takes a vacation, all hell breaks loose. Running from an abusive relationship leads him into the arms of hard-nosed lycan Travis Chandler, who gives him little choice but to become a lycan too and join the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation. Out of options, Rick joins the weird organization, expecting some two weeks of training and an adjustment period. Tough luck, he doesn’t get either. On his first day, his new partner offers to promote him to field agent if they get mated—less time wasted on training, more time on the field, and considering Rick is the only tracker the Bureau has on hand when a wave of strange murders hits the community, time is of the essence.
Someone’s killing the leaders of the paranormal world and mutilating the bodies. Investigating and tracking clues is enough of a challenge, and Rick must contend with an impatient Council, Travis’s advances, and actually adjusting to being a lycan. Only one thing is certain: Rick’s new life promises plenty of interesting adventures—as long as he can survive.
“A Tooth for a Fang” is really the story of Rick Barton, a man who was in an abusive relationship with his boss and who eventually said enough. But walking out of the relationship meant he had no home, and no income, either. So he decides to take a holiday, the first in far too many years, to relax and work out his options. A holiday handjob from a gorgeous man results in him being given a choice: become a lycan and join the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation, or live the rest of his life suffering from chronic headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Acknowledging the fact there must be a lot of catches to the new job and transformation, Rick jumps down the rabbit hole. After all, he was trying to work out what to do with his life from here.
I must admit, I really liked the fact that Rick tried to make the best of a bad situation, even as his experience with abuse led to reactions that someone who hadn’t been abused might not have. Rick acknowledged that some of his decisions weren’t good ones even as he made them, yet he still powered through, doing his best to adjust to this new life.
Some people might not like the dubious consent grey areas in the early parts of the book, so I will give fair warning on that, but to be honest, people in bad situations sometime have to decide between dubious and bad choices, and I found this made the story more like real life.
I would recommend “A Tooth for a Fang” for anyone who likes gritty stories about crime, hidden societies, conspiracy theories, survivors of abuse, and romances where both the people in the relationship have to work on their own issues and compromise to find their HEA.
I have read Ms Olteano’s “Sandstorm Heat”, which I have written a review for, and after reading “A Tooth for a Fang”, I then purchased and read the second book in the Leader Murders series and read it. The second book is about secondary characters in the first book, and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first. When and if a third book comes out, I will definitely be buying that, too.
Reviewed By: Alison
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