Review: The Big Bad Wolf Series by Charlie Adhara

Synopsis for the 1st book:

Hunting for big bad wolves was never part of Agent Cooper Dayton’s plan, but a werewolf attack lands him in the carefully guarded Bureau of Special Investigations. A new case comes with a new partner: ruggedly sexy werewolf Oliver Park.

Park is an agent of The Trust, a werewolf oversight organization working to ease escalating tensions with the BSI. But as far as Cooper’s concerned, it’s failing. As they investigate a series of mysterious deaths unlike anything they’ve seen, every bone in Cooper’s body is suspicious of his new partner—even when Park proves himself as competent as he is utterly captivating.

When more people vanish, pressure to solve the case skyrockets. And though he’d resolved to keep things professional, Cooper’s friction with Park soon erupts…into a physical need that can’t be contained or controlled. But with a body count that’s rising by the day, werewolves and humans are in equal danger. If Cooper and Park don’t catch the killer soon, one—or both—of them could be the next to go.

I discovered this series a little while ago and fell headlong into it, gulping down all five books in a three-day marathon stupor of wanting to feel something—and I have absolutely no regrets!

The story lured me in with the promise of mystery and queer romance and a “powerful werewolf/gruff human detective” pairing, only to devastate me with its sharp and fiercely honest insights about the complexities of family and self and about trust and intimacy and how to build both in the silent aftermath of trauma. Adhara’s wit is sharp, and her writing is so remarkably addictive that the hours glided by as in a dream. I could’ve easily spent another thousand pages in this world—but it’s the characters that won me over. The author excels at the kind of languid, thoughtful, and meticulous character building that produces characters who feel so startlingly recognizable, as real and concrete in one’s mind’s eye as touch or sight (which is no easy easy feat!). I was also really impressed by how, even after five books, the author always manages to find new exciting layers to flay from her characters; just when you think you know all that there is to know about them, you discover even more buried hidden depths to them.

This review, of course, would not be complete without talking about the romance. Oliver and Cooper are smart and funny and engaging in their own right, but together they just ignite. Their lives were thrown abruptly at each other, a dreadful collision that left no room for choice, but there was a mystic joy among the debris, a well of longing and understanding and reciprocity. Through the mystery and mayhem and murders (so many murders), Oliver and Cooper’s relationship was like an anchor in a spinning world, mooring the plot when things got tense and helpless, and lightening the books’ deep and dark shadows. I rooted for their happiness so feverishly, and I really hope the author writes more in this series.

Also did I mention how much fun—pure, raucous, unguarded fun—that you’ll have reading this series? Because I, for one, had a blast! Highly, highly recommended.

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One thought on “Review: The Big Bad Wolf Series by Charlie Adhara

  1. Hi, this blog is AWESOME. I’m going to read so many of these suggestions. Also, I would love to see your review of Outlander by Diana Galbadon. I keep rereading and rewatching the series – something about historic romance fiction…


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