Title: Watching Out for Fangs (Cloverleah Pack #7)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2015 – 270 pgs
Josh moved from the huge San Antonio pack to join the men at Cloverleah looking for a bit more adventure, and the chance to meet his mate. He’s quick to adapt to the much smaller pack, and even his status as one of the few beta wolves in a group full of Alphas. A chance visit from the Atlanta coven has him meeting the man he was waiting for. It was just a damn shame he was unconscious at the time.
Vadim D’Arcy should be the Regent of the Atlanta coven, but he gave up his position years before when a personal tragedy had him hiding away in his huge mansion. Forced into a situation where he had to escort a cursed vampire to Cloverleah, he realizes pretty quickly that Josh is his true match. The only problem is, he doesn’t want one.
However threats on the pack, and two interfering Fae soon nudge the two men back together. Fighting other wolves, and even vampires is becoming commonplace for the Cloverleah pack. But a dark magic user just might have the last laugh. Can Vadim fight his personal demons long enough to keep his mate safe, and will Josh be there for him when he does? Or will a combined attack from the coven and the pack in Atlanta bring the entire Cloverleah pack to its knees?
Warnings: This is an m/m erotic romance featuring a sweet but staunch beta wolf, an old as sin vampire and all your other favorites from Cloverleah. HEA and no cliff hangers guaranteed.
This is the 7th book of the Cloverleah Pack series. Books 1 through 5 have been wolf shifter pairings and book 6 introduced the Fae. This book introduces Vampires.
The story is as fantastic as the other six books of the series. In this book we get to learn the ins and outs of vampires and their covens. Their culture is very different from wolf shifters but similar to fae.
As all the books in the series, the character development is excellent and the plot line is full of action, mystery and suspense. This one puts you on the edge of your seat and longing for more.
The characters of Josh and Vadim are an unusual pairing. You would not think that a vampire and a wolf could be a pair, but the author makes them perfect for each other. Also, their lovemaking is so sweet you can put fire to it and call it Brulee.
I highly recommend this book as well as the series. It is also highly recommended that you read all the books in the series as it will give you much better understanding of all the characters in this book.
“Everett was known as your favorite, yet you have set him free, compelled him to leave you and never return. You have met your true match, my son.” Not a question, but a statement of fact. Vadim opened his eyes, knowing he could never lie directly to his mother. He nodded instead, as his brain once again focused on Josh. What would the young wolf be feeling, knowing that Vadim had bonded with him without permission and then rejected him as a mate? Maybe some of the pain he was feeling was coming from his mate, even if they were separated by miles. That idea didn’t make him feel any better.
“The wolf you healed?” This time his persistent mother was asking a question so Vadim nodded again.
“And you didn’t think to stay and protect him?”
Letting out a deep breath in an effort to calm himself, Vadim said slowly, “I came here to protect him, from this coven and the Atlanta pack.”
“That didn’t work out too well for you now, did it?” Eloise had a small smile on her face as though a lot happier now she knew the reason behind the loss of Vadim’s fabled control. “What are you going to do?”
Vadim would have shrugged but that was a little hard to do with his arms strung up, so he was forced to speak instead. “Wait out my punishment. If I am released in time I will go home and sort out my affairs. Either way I anticipate it will all be over for me in six weeks as I haven’t fed for a while.”
In a strong flowing movement Eloise stood up, gliding over to where Vadim was chained, her gown settling around her feet in a soft mist. The finery of the pale blue looked incongruous against the dirty concrete floor.
“You would die rather than accept your true match? Why would you do such a cruel thing to your wolf? Is he that disfigured from the attack on him that you cannot look past it?” Vadim realized his mother was not only shocked, she was hurt as well, and damn it all, Vadim didn’t like it when the lovely woman was upset. So he answered as honestly as he knew how.
“Josh is beautiful, mother,” Vadim assured her softly, remembering all too well the lovely features of his mate’s face. They would be scorched in his brain until he took his last breath. “He is a loyal fighter, a beta wolf, with tanned skin and light hair that glows like a halo in the sun. There is nothing wrong with him at all.”
“Then why?” Easily asked, harder to answer.
“Because I made a promise, mother, surely you can understand.” Vadim’s voice hardened. “My true match, my mate, he’s a wolf and he deserves to be loved with an open heart. To be held and cared for, to be protected and cherished in the way of a wolf, not bonded forever to a vampire with no heart.”
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I have a little cabin at the bottom of my driveway that serves as my office. It contains the requisite computer and desk, but also pictures of my latest characters on the wall, a television, bookcase of course, and a couple of recliner chairs for relaxation.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
There is a piece of me in all of my characters I think, but the one that resonated the most with me was Dean from the Cloverleah Pack because he had been abused, and yet he had come out stronger than ever before – a survivor, just like me.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
I would be an artist – there is no way I could work a 9-5 anymore as I love my freedom.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
I have to be careful to not allow personal issues to cloud my story lines – it happens more often than you might think, and if my books get a bit “blargh” then I usually take a break and work out what is going on in my head before I sit down to write again.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
I love Josh and Vadim in this book and the only thing I would change is that I would have written out the scene for the visit from Eloise, and I would have bought Josh’s mother back for her final comeuppance – now I have to put those things in the next book because my readers want to see those acts played out.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
I am a pure pantser when it comes to writing and most of my ideas come to me while I am writing – the whole Cloverleah Pack series stemmed from me wanting a cup of tea.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
More books – I am currently working on the NaNoWriMo challenge and hope to get two books finished in November – the second book in the Stockton Wolves series (Copping A Lot Of Sin) and an untitled standalone book for the Alpha and Omega series. Then it is book 6 in the Bound and Bonded series and Book 2 in the Shifter’s Uprising series that I write with my son.
And then it is Book 8 in the Cloverleah Pack series and yes…as you can see there are always more stories in the pipeline for me.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in a small beach town just north of Auckland in New Zealand. We don’t have predatory animals here so all of my books are set in the US, but what I love about this place is the beach, the peace and quiet and the friendly people. My home may not influence the content of my writing, but it allows me to write, which is very important to me.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
I devour books on art and artists, especially photographers. I have been an art student for years and am currently completing my degree and I love reading and learning about new work from all over the world.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Chocolate, and online shopping – I am on a first name basis with my local courier driver.
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.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers and other writers. You can friend her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/lisaoliverauthor), catch up on what’s happening at her blog (http://www.supernaturalsmut.com) or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.