A Counselor Among Wolves by Liv Olteano

25311292Title: A Counselor Among Wolves (Leader Murders, Book 2)
Author: Liv Olteano
Published: May 8, 2015
Pages: 230
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Five leaders have been murdered and the circumstances surrounding their deaths are most peculiar. Herman Weiss, PBI director, is responsible for trying to solve the case, with essentially no real leads. On top of that, he’s feeling rages, something that could put him in grave danger himself. He seeks help from Timothy Sands, a half-fey, half-elf PBI counselor, whose emotional-grid balancing abilities can keep the rages in check. But in order to make that work, the two have to pretend to be a couple. That’s easy enough for Weiss, but a bit more challenging for Tim who has had a crush on the straight PBI director for some time. Can Tim help Weiss avoid his rages long enough to solve the case? Can they figure out what’s causing the rages and make them stop? And when Tim’s father, the Fey King, shows up and threatens the Council unless they hand Tim over to him, will Weiss be able to return the favor and save Tim?

I really, really enjoyed this story. There are so many complex layers to the plot, but it’s easy to read and follow throughout. The characters are interesting and dynamic, and the writing is incredibly descriptive and engaging. This is the first book I’ve read by Liv Olteano, but I definitely want to seek out more by this author. The combination of the paranormal, fantasy, and romantic elements was done so well that I’m glad I picked this one up and gave it a chance.

While this is the second book in a series, one doesn’t need to read the first book to understand what’s going on here. I haven’t read the first book and I had no problems at all. Reading the first one is probably helpful, though, and I definitely plan to go back and read it when I get a chance.