Touch Of A Wolf


On a rebound from his cheating lover, Matt Winter has sex in a Philadelphia alley with a man packing a gun and sniffing like a coke addict. When Matt’s stranger from the alley lets himself into Matt’s apartment through the window, Matt learns that the man has a badge to go with that gun. Detective John Channing of the Philly PD has been passing as a dirty cop.

Channing needs a safe place to get himself clean and sober so he can be a credible witness in court against a murderer. And he wants sex. The anonymous encounter was not enough for either of them. As Channing goes into withdrawal the hallucinations start, but it’s Matt who wakes up in bed with a wolf. Matt doesn’t believe in werewolves. But then, he doesn’t believe in love at first sight either…

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One thought on “Touch Of A Wolf

  1. mantasticfiction July 13, 2010 / 1:09 pm

    This is a fantastic story.

    The beginning starts out very quick … in that “I can’t believe I’m doing this but I just can’t help myself” sort of way. Heavily sexed for the first 15%-20% of the book. Its hot and very consuming.

    What happens next is the lead up to the “human” side of the plot. We see everything from Matt’s head so we have to wait for him to find out what is going on … and Channing is very honest but tight lipped. Matt isn’t real sure why he trusts him but he does. The scenes leading to Channing’s testimony are very endearing, witty, a bit gritty, and revealing. Especially when Matt finds out about the wolf.

    One scene in particular, Channing is detoxing and is convinced he sees a spider, terrified that it is going to hurt Matt. He’s tearing up the bed and searching the room while Matt is telling him that there is no spider, that he is hallucinating. Chinning isn’t willing to take that chance. He starts describing it to Matt in great colored detail. Once Matt points out that it was dark, he couldn’t possibly have seen any color on the spider then Channing is able to calm down and become more aware of his surroundings, slip back into bed sleep much more soundly. This scene is done with such great ease that we know that Matt isn’t the only one who trusts so blindly.

    Just about the time the human crisis looks to be over, someone isn’t so ready to let it go and the couple is threatened again. Here is where the shifter and human world collide.

    In the 2 books that I’ve read by Jez Morrow, I see that she prefers to write 80%-90% from 1 POV … jumping into the other brain only after the majority of the story has been laid out. Usually the silent character acts a bit of a jerk, or has a big secret and makes the vocal character (and the readers) wonder what he is doing with such an asshat. It is only after we see into the big lugs head that we realize that the previously silent guy has been gripped with fear, worry, and a bit of pride in his overwhelming, and sometimes overbearing, protection of his love.

    Something that I have come to appreciate greatly in Jez Morrow’s work is the originality. She isn’t the 1st to write about wolves or undercover cops. But I love that she doesn’t go for the obvious. No cookie cutter here, as far as I can tell.

    There aren’t any “mate” bonds or super strength. No wolfy, technological, science or family structure. Any information gleamed from the book blurb is easily less than half of what actually happens. The criminal trial isn’t even really shown because Matt only comes in on the tail end of the proceedings.

    The dialogue is smart, tight, and with very little fluff. The details of both men, who they are and where they come from are surprising and individual. The events follow each other seamlessly.

    And, of course, I like a good supporting cast. Matt’s talents and intelligence make a big difference in how the wolves live. His simple, yet modern solutions and quick thinking ensures that all they silently wished for becomes a reality.

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