Sunday, 7 March 2010

Review: Leader of the Pack - Karen MacInerney

Wildly independent, she's not one for pack mentality.

On the outside, Sophie Garou is living every woman's dream: She has beauty, brains, and a big-time position in Austin's most respected accounting firm (not to mention a very sexy, very successful new boyfriend).  But there's one thing Sophie would rather keep under wraps: She's a werewolf.

Sophie's life gets a little more hairy when her long-estranged father, Luc, arrives in the Live Music Capital to attend the werewolves' annual Howl and reconnect with his daughter.  But Luc's plans fall apart after he's accused of murder and arrested by his archrival, Wolfgang, leader of the Houston pack (and one notoriously dirty dog).  Wolfgang drools at the thought of Luc's impending execution, but Sophie won't let her father die without a fight.  Determined to prove his innocence, she and her friends set out to find the real killer.  Along the way, Sophie must deal with taboo attractions, Machiavellian intrigues, sinister agendas, and hair-raising betrayals.

Tales of an Urban Werewolf Trilogy:
Howling At The Moon
On The Prowl
Leader Of The Pack

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This is the last book in the Tales of an Urban Werewolf trilogy so although there will be no spoilers for this book in my review there may be spoilers for the previous 2 books.  If you are new to the series I'd recommend you read these books in order so check out the reviews for Howling at the Moon.

The end of the previous book saw Sophie split up with her human boyfriend Heath & she is now dating her sexy client Mark.  At least with Mark she doesn't have to try & hide the fact that she's a werewolf - this time it is him that is keeping his identity secret.  She knows he isn't human but what exactly is he and is it really a wise idea to get involved with him?

Sexy werewolf Tom is still on the scene and there is definitley a major attraction between them but he is still dating Sophie's best friend Lindsey which makes things more than a little complicated.  Especially now when she is going to be needing his help more than ever.

Life seems to be going well until the father Sophie hasn't seen since she was a baby turns up wanting to re-connect with her.  She is naturally wary when Luc arrives but before they have even have a chance to get to know each other Luc finds himself arrested for the murder of another werewolf.  The penalty if he is found guilty is death and considering the jury are all his enemies things aren't looking good.  Sophie is going to need all the help she can get to clear Luc's name without starting a werewolf war.

I really enjoyed the last installment of this trilogy.  There is plenty of intrigue and just as much comedy as the previous 2 books.  All of the ends tied together well but I did feel that the ending seemed a little rushed.  A few of the things that Heath & Lindsey did surprised me but added an interesting twist to the story.  I would love to read a further installment to see how Sophie deals with things after the end of this book - I'm sure you'll understand what I mean if you've read this.  Overall I found this series entertaining & would recommend it to urban fantasy and werewolf fans.

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  1. Great review! i agree that it was a bit rushed and I'd also like to read more, but I did really enjoy this trilogy! =)


  2. Hi Larissa, I'm glad you enjoyed this trilogy too :o) I sent Karen a message on facebook a few months ago & she said she doesn't have any more books planned with Sophie in them which is such a shame! She did say she has some other ideas in the works though so I'll keep an eye out for the future. Have you read any of her Gray Whale Inn mysteries? I'm not sure if I should try them or not LOL

  3. you're really into werewolves atm arent you hehe

    this sounds like a fantastic trilogy...will definitely need to try it out :)

  4. Hi Amanda, I'm definitely on a bit of a shifters kick LOL. Give me a good alpha male or a sexy vamp any day hehehe :o)



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