It has been a while since I visited with the 'Wolves of New Haven', a very sweet and funny series that takes a different approach to the paranormal world of werewolves. In Ms. Voisen's world, her wolves can be overweight, have diabetes, heart problems, etc., and they're not all naturally buff and built. It makes for some very funny titles, adorable characters, and short, quick reads. Kal and his brothers, Van and Dev, followed Reed to the New Haven pack when Carlos tore the throat out of Jax Starr, ending the war between the two packs. The three brothers owe their lives to Reed as he rescued them from an abusive home life, and gave them the gift of being wolves. Unfortunately, as Jax's mental health had started to decline for the last years, the brothers, as his enforcers, were tasked with committing some heinous acts against people Jax thought wronged him. Because of this, all three brothers have a low sense of self-esteem and worth, believing no one could care for them. So when Kal meets Sal, he is wary about the mate bond, believing Mother Nature would never gift him with someone as precious as a mate. Sal doesn't really believe in fated mates, either, as he's been hurt before, but he can't ignore his wolf's reaction. And Sal isn't about to let this gorgeous hunk of man get away, certainly not if the fates have decreed Kal to be his! Sal might be a little guy who needs to diet, but he's not taking no for an answer. I really adored Sal. A very enjoyable addition to the series with a hint at the end that something, or someone, is out to destroy the Walker brothers. It'll be interesting to see if my suspicion proves correct. Kal and Sal were cute together and I had fun reading their story.
Wolves of New Haven, 7
Sal Matthews has struggled with low-self esteem and health issues all his life. Being a werewolf doesn’t change anything. He’s tried every diet available, but Sal has never really been motivated until he sets his eyes on the dominant werewolf Kal Walker. Every inch of Kal screams dangerous, but Sal can’t keep away.
After their old pack disbanded, Kal Walker and his brothers have a hard time integrating into the New Haven pack. Killing’s the only thing Kal’s good at and peace is a concept he’s been struggling with. He’s been unsure of his purpose until he meets Sal during a monster hunt. The insecure and submissive wolf calls all of his protective animalistic instincts to the surface, especially when a threat puts Sal’s life in danger.
Be Warned: m/m sex
Sal’s mouth hung open for a few seconds before he managed to recover himself. “What? I’m not going to spend the night with some stranger, let alone a powerful wolf who has a black reputation like yours.”
His incredulous and stupid response stunned Sal. Kal growled, standing and violently shoving aside his computer chair. With Kal being this close, Sal could practically feel the heat coming off the aggressive line of his body.
Sal swallowed at the sound of breaking plastic. Kal’s enormous bulk loomed over him, frightening and dominating. Fear crawled down his spine. Sal urged his muscles to move, to get off his stupid chair and run for the hills, but they wouldn’t bulge.
Why the hell couldn’t he keep his mouth shut? There were just some men one couldn’t say no to, and Kal had been one of them. Then again, he never expected to be caught up in a situation where someone would actually offer to sleep with him. Mediocrity sat well with Sal and it also made sure nothing like this ever happened. So why now?
“Say that again to my face, little wolf,” Kal said, voice uneven. Sal could practically feel Kal’s wolf rising from the surface.
“Um.” Sal’s back hit his chair when Kal leaned into his face.
Formulating any sort of response became impossible when Kal pressed his nose against the side of his neck. Only shock registered. Sal felt the slight edge of Kal’s teeth brushing against his skin, testing, exploring.
“I can smell you, Sal,” Kal murmured. “Your fear and excitement. No, your arousal.”
Sal’s wolf rose inside him. Not burdened by mortal fears and inhibitions, his wolf sought the volatile force of Kal’s wolf. He sunk his fingers into Kal’s dark hair, pressing Kal against his neck.
Oh God. What was this man doing to him?
“Not here. On the bed,” Kal said against his neck.
“What?” Sal asked, dazed, taking a few seconds to realize Kal’s hands on his waist. He squeaked, feet dangling for a few seconds in the air. Kal lifted him as if he weighed nothing, only tossing him on his bed. “Fuck, man. You can’t just toss me around like some sack of flour.”
“Get this in your handsome little head, Sal. You’re mine and I do whatever I want with what’s mine.” Kal tugged at his ankle. Sal kicked at his hand, but Kal didn’t seem bothered by his kicks. Kal halted, eyes narrowed, nostrils flaring. “Say it to my face then. Tell me with your own words you don’t want this, or me, and I’ll back off.”
Ketogenic Wolf is the seventh book in the Wolves of New Haven series by Angelique Voisen. This book is best read as part of the series, and not as a standalone novel for the best understanding of the characters and setting. Sal Matthews has struggled with self-esteem and health issues but had little motivation to keep the diet he was on. That was until he meets Kal Walker. Kal is part of a pack that is integrating into the New Haven pack. Kal was feared as part of his old pack and is having trouble with his new role. The beginning of the story leaves you interested in knowing more. At the end of the first chapter, I wanted to know how this book would turn out. The author did a good job of making the world she created realistic and established a sense of location. I was pulled in to the world she created and wanted to know more. The pace of the story was a fast but that was expected considered the length. The main characters and the secondary characters were fascinating. I liked that both Sal and Kal were not perfect and each had issues to overcome. The point of view alternated between Kal and Sal, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main conflict is the developing relationship between Sal and Kal and the monster that his hunting and killing werewolves. I think there was too much focus on the monster issue and not enough focus on the developing relationship between Sal and Kal. The dialogue between the characters was candid and distinctive. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but considering the length of the story, at 43 pages, it was not unexpected. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series
Ketogenic Wolf is part of the Wolves of New Haven series, number 7. And I now need to read the other 6. What a great story, and a fun book to read! This little novelette is the perfect pre-sleep bedtime read. It’s hot, it’s romantic, and it leaves you ready to dream about the men/wolves in this story. Still not sure what Ketogenic has to do with it, other than the fact that many of this series have some sort of diet or reference to food in some way. I’ll continue thinking about it. It sure didn’t distract me while I was reading. I lay back with my bedside lamp on, and began reading. It took me approximately two minutes to be totally dragged into the book. I love, love, love the brothers; three completely different men/boys whose feeling of family is above all else. And talk about romantic. Ketogenic Wolf has all the sexual tension, hot scenes, and heartrending passages one wants in their bedtime story. The partners that they mate with are wonderful and romantic. The author, Angelique Voisen has really got a talent for turning words into images in your mind. Her language is colorful and expressive, and it flowed, which made it easy to read. As long as it’s so short, I am going to not give a synopsis here, but you will have the blurb that you can see what the book is about, but do NOT miss this “quicky”. If you love shifter stories, and strong bonds between the characters, and a feeling of security and strength of the alphas, I strongly recommend this book. It is a great read. Can you tell I liked it?