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.
Fine. I admit it. I read this book because of the title. And the cover. And because I've been reading Teen Wolf (Sterek) fanfiction lately and in my head the two main characters looked like Derek and Stiles. It's a sickness. But it worked out well for me as A Tooth for a Fang is an enjoyable read.
Rick has recently left his abusive boyfriend/boss and is taking a beach vacation before finding another job. Instead of getting a great tan, however, he gets bit by a lycan, Travis, who insists on calling him "Ricky boy." Ugh. However, Travis is hot, so, really, who cares? Rick soon finds himself working with Travis as an agent for PBI -- basically he's a paranormal homicide detective.
He also soon finds himself mated to Travis (mates are chosen in this book). But it's a business decision, it means Rick doesn't have to go through training -- it has nothing to do with Travis being hot for Rick. Yeah, huh, it does.
Soon Travis and Rick are investigating the murders of some powerful paranormals all while bickering, exchanging quips and wearing a lot of leather. Rosa approves. It was a little unbelievable that Rick adjusted to lycanthropism and going from a personal assistant to a cop in about 3.72 seconds, but I did like that it took him the length of the book to adjust to their mating. Rick has issues with Travis being his alpha (which happened automatically when Travis bit him), especially after just getting out of a controlling relationship. The author handled it well. At the end of the book Rick doesn't magically get over his fears, but he is prepared to trust in their relationship.
Okay, now for some general complaints. People keep "clacking" their lips. I have no idea what that means. They also "smack" their lips and never when they're eating or kissing. Yes, I'm nitpicking, but it was distracting. Also, what's the difference between werewolves and lycans? Are werewolves born and lycans made? Then why is there a werewolf that was bitten by her mate and apparently turns into a werewolf? That's the type of stuff I like to know, it makes for satisfying world-building. Also, though at first I liked the slow-burning sexual tension between Travis and Rick (there was one scene where I was gripping my Kindle and mentally yelling KISS, KISS), once we got past that I would've liked them to fuck more. Or make sweet, sweet love, whatever you want to call it. There was one scene with some, uh, deep dickin' but I would've loved one more scene. For instance at the end, which would've cemented their feelz.
Over all it was a light, enjoyable read and shifter and urban fantasy lovers should like it. The ending made me think there may be a sequel and I'd like to read it.
P.S. For those who will wonder -- nope! No knotting.
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