Title: Get Off My Case (Stockton Wolves #1)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: December 18, 2014 – 450 pgs
The first 20,000 words of this story were published as a free read for the Goodreads MMRomance Group Love’s Landscapes Project. 49,000 words have been added to make this into the book my characters wanted it to be.
Shane West was used to being the only wolf shifter at the Stockton Police Department. His enhanced senses helped him do his job efficiently and he prided himself on keeping control of his animal instincts. Gay from the first day he’d shifted, he also expected to live his long life alone, and provided it meant that he didn’t have to come into contact with any of his ex-pack, he told himself he was happy. And he was. Until Dimitri Polst was assigned as his new partner.
Confirmed ladies man, Dimitri Polst knew Shane from before he’d ever shifted into his wolf form. Two years older and from the same pack, Dimitri had made it his teenage mission to bring as much pain and humiliation to pretty-boy Shane as possible. But years later, he searched for that pretty boy, now all grown up, with a completely different mission in mind.
Being fated mates was hard enough, but when one man is straight and the other one has no reason to trust, then sparks are bound to fly. Add in a serial killer who is making inroads into the gay population and a possible shifter involvement, and Shane and Dimitri have a lot of things to overcome before they get their HEA.
Warnings: This book is is a love story between gay male shifters. It includes graphic depictions of sexual acts between men, some violence and coarse language. If these things don’t interest you then please don’t buy this book.
Shane was a very secure, strong, gay detective working very hard to find the murderer. Dimitri was an alpha male shifter. The history between the two was very interesting and surprising, with the way everything turned out. I loved how their relationship endured that past history.
The mystery part of the story was intriguing, it kept you guessing who was the killer. I would have liked a little more story about them being shifters, but even with that not the focus of the book it was a good shifter/mystery book. At times I found myself laughing at some of the things Dimitri said. I recommend anyone who likes shifter books to read this.
By the time Dimitri had got to the back door of the club he knew his wolf was close to the surface. He could feel his eyes changing and the hair on his arms start to tingle. It was only through sheer force of will that he stopped the change completely. Must not shift in front of humans, he tried to remind himself as he searched the dark alley, sniffing for his mate’s unique scent. There, deep in the shadows. The young blond was wrapped around Shane’s waist and neck like he belonged there.
Growling loudly Dimitri strode over to where the two men were hidden, his hands changing into claws as he itched to grab the little interloper and tear his body to inch sized bloody pieces. He couldn’t and wouldn’t hurt his mate, but he could and definitely would shred the little blond until he wasn’t a threat to Dimitri’s mating again.
“Dimitri, stop damn it!” Shane called out in a low voice as he carefully wound the young blond’s arms from his neck. “This is not what you think.”
Dimitri stopped himself, just, and watched as Shane spoke in a low voice in CJ’s ear and then gave him some money. CJ looked up at Dimitri and scowled at him and then took off back into the club. Shane flung out his arm and grabbed Dimitri by his belt loops and smashed him into the same wall he had been leaning on while he was entangled in his blond. But Shane’s eyes weren’t full of passion, Dimitri noticed. His mate was pissed off with him, big time.
“You just cost me some valuable information, fuck wit. Now what the hell did you think you were doing?” Shane snarled at him in a low voice.
“Is that how you get all of your information, detective,” Dimitri snarled right back. “By giving sexual favors to your tipsters?” Fuck, with Shane so close Dimitri could barely breathe. His cock was so hard in his jeans that it hurt and he couldn’t break his stare with his mate. Man, this guy was awesome when he was angry. Shane tipped his head to the side and then took in a deep breath, obviously smelling Dimitri’s arousal. For a moment he looked confused, but that expression was gone in an instant and Shane’s angry gaze was back again. He leaned in flush against Dimitri’s body and growled softly in his ear, “CJ is an informant of mine. He’s been beaten before for talking to the wrong people and I don’t want to see my friend in hospital. We act like a hookup so he will be safe, asshole. So don’t go judging what you don’t understand.”
“But you’ve fucked him, right?” Dimitri regretted the words the instant they came out of his mouth as he watched a flash of pure murderous intent race across his mate’s hard face.
“Not that it’s any of your business, fuckwit, but I have never done anything sexually with CJ or any of my informants. Unlike you, I have standards.” Dimitri knew Shane was referring to the fact that when Dimitri was still in school he used to fuck anything in a skirt regardless of who it was. With his jock reputation and good looks he never lacked for girls willing to lift those skirts and give him what he wanted.
But right now Dimitri didn’t care that Shane was angry with him, or that he might have fucked up an investigation. Shane was leaning on him, chest to chest, but had kept his groin area away from Dimitri. And Dimitri was so turned on he couldn’t think. He needed friction on his cock and he needed it now. He reached out and grabbed Shane by his hips and pulled the man’s groin into his. Both men groaned as their dual erections nudged each other and Dimitri rocked into Shane looking for more.
“What the fuck do you think you are doing?” Shane snarled. Dimitri could see Shane’s eyes were blown with lust and the man was panting softly. Against his cock, Shane’s sizable erection nudged his and for the first time in his life Dimitri wanted to see another man’s cock. But not just any cock – Shane’s.
“I haven’t got a clue,” Dimitri said honestly, his own deep voice raspy with lust, “But I know I like it.”
- Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
It’s a small cabin, which sits down the bottom of my driveway. Its best feature is the lock on the ranch slider door. It houses my desk and computer, a couple of Lazy-boy recliner chairs, a television and book case and a few of my favorite ornaments. I deliberately designed the space so I could write, relax, read and simply be myself and I love it.
- Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
All of my characters contain a bit of me in them and so I can relate to all of them for different reasons. If I had to pick one, then I would say Steel from “Don’t Touch” (Book 1 Bound and Bonded series). He had tried to live a decent life and be a good person, but he was worried that he felt broken and that he couldn’t be accepted for who he was inside. I have always felt I have had trouble being accepted for who I am, as I am.
- If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
My parents wanted me to be a lawyer but I didn’t believe enough in the system to do that. If I couldn’t write then I would focus on my art, and be a counsellor for adults in my spare time.
- Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
Apart from the fact that it is hard work? I think the hardest thing I have struggled with being a writer, is the lack of respect my time is given, by other people. My family and friends see me as someone who is home all day, every day, and so they don’t see a problem with asking me to do things for them, or popping in unannounced for visits. I think they feel that I can write any time of the day or night, when in fact my writing process takes a lot more than simply sitting down and starting to type.
- Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
I might have made it a bit longer, but I cut myself off once the story lines were finished because I knew I would be writing a second book. Although this book is stand-alone (like all of my books), I still think I could have included a bit more day to day life for Dimitri and Shane, so my readers could see how they reached the conclusion of the book. But I couldn’t do that without introducing another story thread, and I didn’t want to do that.
- How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
I am honestly not sure. When I start a book, like GOMC for example – that was originally an MMRomance Goodreads challenge, so I had a picture and a brief letter explaining what they were looking for. But the story itself evolved from the first scene and every day I would come to my keyboard and find the next clue as to where I was going with it. I never know what is going to be in a story until it is finished. I know how it starts, I know who will be in it, and I know roughly how I want it to end, but that is all.
- What’s next for you as a writer?
More books lol. I have four series going at the moment and they all need new books written, so I will be busy for a while yet.
- Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in a little beachside village in Northland, New Zealand and no, where I live has no bearing on what I write, or how, lol. The people here are all very conservative – it would shock my neighbors if they knew what I wrote. I would prefer to live rurally, but my adult children all live down here, so that is why I moved. I do love the beach though, and often walk my dog down there when I am working out how to write the next scene in my book.
- What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
Strangely enough I only read M/M books if I am reading for pleasure. The only other books I read are non-fiction ones, like men’s health, gay issues, art books and some books on the Law of Attraction.
- Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Hehehe, yes I do. I can’t write without a cup of tea on my desk (weak and lots of sugar). I smoke, which I know is a horrible vice, but it helps me think. I am an online shopaholic – I just love it when the courier man brings me a new parcel and my other vice is chocolate – lots and lots of chocolate.
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.
When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.