Review: Pack of Lies by Lucy Felthouse

August 28, 2014 Review 0

Review: Pack of Lies by Lucy Felthouse

Werewolf brothers Matthew and Isaac have lived in the peaceful village of Eyam all their lives. The villagers know what happens every full moon, and are happy to keep their secret. But their privacy comes at a cost—neither brother has taken a lover in almost four hundred years.

Then at the full moon, a sheep is slaughtered on Eyam Moor, by what could only be an animal. A large, vicious animal. Even the brothers’ staunchest supporters begin to have their doubts. Meanwhile Isaac is smitten by a handsome newcomer to the village, while a vivacious visitor is happy to offer Matthew her all.

As they indulge their lust, they must clear their names and convince their neighbours that they aren’t also letting their baser instincts out to play.

Inside Scoop: This book contains sizzling scenes of both M/M and M/F sex.

Title: Pack of Lies
Author: Lucy Felthouse
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Mean Girls, Grand Slam, His: Manlove Edition, Illicit Relations
Source: Publisher
Published: August 8, 20 14
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal, Suspense
Pages: 267
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

I found this to be a most unique story and one that will defy being pigeonholed.  It is a paranormal because our two main characters, Matthew and Isaac Adams, are “werewolves.”  It is a romance because each have “affairs.”  Oh yes, one of the brothers is gay so there is some m/m action. It is a mystery with some suspense although the only thing “murdered” is some sheep.  It is a historical because events that happened in the 1660s has a big part in this story.  Incidentally, the historical events referred to in this fictional story were based on factual events.  See what I mean?  It is a paranormal, mystery, suspense, historical, m/m, m/f, romance based on fact.  Whew!

Matthew and Isaac are interesting guys.  They have lived in the village of Eyem all their lives, somewhere around 400 years.  That is a long time to live in one place and never really grow old and turn furry once a month.  But the villagers are okay with this.  Matthew and Isaac are one of them and they all take care of each other.  It is an interesting and unique dynamic.  None of this “mobs with pitchforks” for this village.  Here they live and let live.  Kind of nice.

Until sheep begin to be “murdered” on the night of the full moon.  Then doubts surface among a few.  Things become tense.  Matthew and Isaac’s peaceful co-existence is threatened.  This is where all the mystery and suspense comes into the story.  Where the mystery is concerned, for me it wasn’t much of a mystery.  I quickly figured out “who done it.”  My question was “why?”  It kept me turning the page to find out.  Although the “why” didn’t totally surprise me either, the emotions and feelings surrounding it were a bit of a surprise.  It was a “gasp” moment and left me a bit breathless.

It was fascinating how an historical fact in a real village was turned into this wonderful work of fiction.  There is an addendum at the end of the story that details this history and I found that as interesting as I did the rest of the book.  It also let me see how the bits of fact were woven throughout the story.

Overall I enjoyed this book.  It had a few rough spots.  A bit slow in places or it jumped from one event to another with no bridge, leaving the story with a bit of a jerky feel.  Though these things were noted as I read, I didn’t find them terribly significant.  I still wanted to find out “why.”  The characters were real, even the “werewolves.”  They had real lives with real everyday issues – going to work, paying the bills, interaction with people, that morning cup of coffee – things we can all relate to.  I could feel like a part of this story.  I adore the British mystery to begin with for these very reasons, and this one didn’t disappoint.

The ending didn’t leave us with the classic happy ever after, but more of an “everyone is going to be okay” type of ending.  There were no declarations of undying love, but hope that there might be.  It was still a very satisfying ending.  I liked it.


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