Title: Remy’s Painter (The Werewolves of Manhattan #2)
Author Name & Publisher: A.C. Katt (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 21, 2015 – 172 pgs
Ian Sullivan is being chased by a mobster and has to come up with five thousand dollars he doesn’t have. His only hope is an estimate for a large house. Little does he know that the house belongs to a loup garou who just happens to be his mate.
Ian Sullivan is in trouble. His father and brother died because his brother gambled and owed money to a mobster. Now Sal Ferrara want to collect from him and if he doesn’t, he’ll take Ian as his boy toy instead. Ian’s only hope is getting a job from an estimate his father had outstanding for an seventy eight hundred square foot house. Little does Ian know that the house belongs to a Remy Clavier, a loup garou who meets Ian and knows he’s found his mate. Now all Remy has to do is take care of Sal Ferrara and convince Ian, a human, to accept both him and his wolf.
This is a story for those who like their romance, relationships and gender roles traditional.
Ian is a young human with a history of abuse and an enormous debt. Remy is an Alpha werewolf who knows the young man is his mate the minute they meet. The relationship is fated and Ian has very little choice in – well, anything really. He reminds me of the TSTL women who populate the m/f romance world. He is applauded for voicing a few sassy opinions to his wealthy partner, but he doesn’t actually make any decisions.
If you loved Pretty Woman or Christian Grey dragging his prey back to a red room, you’ll probably love this. The vulnerable, impoverished Ian is showered with gifts and affection, protected from the bad guys and generally adored by Remy.
The no-sex-before-marriage tradition is pretty antiquated, but at least it applies to the wealthy alpha as well as his human mate. As a result, there isn’t much sex in this story -and the Alpha needing a lesson on pleasing his mate was a bit of a turn off for me. The language used to describe the sex scenes is also brilliantly antiquated. If you’ve ever giggled through a 1980’s Harlequin Romance, you will love this.
The author uses natural wolf social structure to explain and justify the hierarchical and misogynist society of her shifter wolves. Women are servants in this story. The maternal ones cook and clean for Remy, while the Alpha Bitch (yes really) gets the wonderful privilege of carrying the gay couple’s children.
The action in this story was awkwardly contrived. Katt needed a bad guy, but I don’t think she ever convincingly explains why Sal Ferrara was so obsessed with Ian that he was willing to risk his life to stalk him.
But again, readers who love an Alpha male who alternately dominates, adores and spoils his partner, will love this. Remy is beautiful, wealthy and benevolent. Ian’s life is transformed and his mate always knows what will make him most happy.
AC Katt was born in New York City’s Greenwich Village. She remembers sitting at the fountain in Washington Square Park listening to folk music while they passed the hat. At nine, her parents dragged her to New Jersey where she grew up, married and raised four children and became a voracious reader of romantic fiction. At one time she owned over two thousand novels, until she and her husband took themselves and the cat to New Mexico for their health and its great beauty.
Now, most of AC’s books are electronic (although she still keeps six bookcases of hardcovers), so she never has to give away another book. AC is new to both GLBT and to writing being, as she claims, a late bloomer, however, she’s found her niche writing GLBT romance. Her current releases (from MLR Press) include the award winning Rock and Roll novel Shattered Glass and her just released BDSM novel, A Matter of Trust