Book Reviews

Cry Wolf (Big Bad Wolf 5) by Charlie Adhara at Carina Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Paranormal / Agents/Spies / Law Enforcement / Shifters / Interspecies / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 19-February-2021

Book Blurb

Agent Cooper Dayton never thought anything could be harder than solving murders. Until he had to plan a wedding.After taking down an old adversary, Agent Cooper Dayton of the Bureau of Special Investigations has earned a break. Not that planning a wedding to his sexy shifter partner, Oliver Park, is necessarily stress free, but it’s better than worrying about the ominous warning, delivered months ago, that Cooper’s life is in danger.

When he’s dragged to an event by his family, Cooper braces for an awkward evening, but instead finds himself in the middle of an ugly feud between Park’s ex and a rebel pack leader. What was supposed to be a quick outing turns into a full-blown murder investigation after the pack leader ends up dead, Park’s ex goes missing, and Cooper and Park are sent a series of disturbing wedding gifts that are somehow connected to it all.

The list of potential suspects is long, and with the bodies piling up, Cooper must turn to the one person he trusts the least: the villain he’s already put behind bars once and who has nothing to lose by lying and everything to gain if Cooper is out of the picture—for good.


Book Review

“Whether he wanted it to or not, Park agreeing to marry him was making a statement. This is what Park was choosing instead of another wolf. A human ritual tying him to a human. People were going to notice. People were already starting to take notice.” ~ Cooper


Each book in this series begins slowly, then the anticipation and suspense build and build and build, until it’s way past lights out and I’ve reached the end. I continue to underestimate the author in thinking there’s no way the earlier books in the series can possibly be matched, but the author has again shown me the error of my thoughts. ‘Cry Wolf’ dips its toes even farther into what it means to be an alpha when you’re not a wolf; the legends and oral stories of the werewolves; and the depths that humans will go to in their greed. I strongly recommend these books be read in order as the backstories and history are only lightly touched upon in each succeeding tale.


In book four, ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’, Cooper discovered what the “alpha quotient”, or AQ, is and while at the retreat he took the werewolf test… twice. The score he received both times is an impossible score, or so he’s been told by everyone. Of course, he didn’t tell Park what the actual score was, he just said the therapist told him it was invalid and obviously the drugs he’d been subjected to had skewed his results. Lo and behold, it turns out that the test wasn’t wrong, and there seems to be a lot more to Cooper than either he, or anyone else, has ever known or even suspected. I’m going to keep those little tidbits of revelations to myself, however, until I see which way the author plans on taking it.


This fifth installment ties a number of things together, i.e., Park’s parents’ involvement in WIP, how his dad really died, the rebel wolf movement and structure, the ruling pack’s responsibilities, the werewolf legend of the Moon, and, of course, what all of this means to Cooper and Park’s little pack of two. The mystery, murder, suspense, and thrills are all extremely high in this novel but the author doesn’t shirk on the personal relationship between the main characters. Cooper is certainly becoming more emotionally mature and watching him begin to understand what he needs to do to ensure their future life together is as happy as possible, is a lovely reveal. A lot of people view Cooper as being very cold but he’s really not. He’s intensely private and extremely introspective, but he’s learning to read the cues to provide what Park needs as a man and a wolf. To say I’m proud of Cooper sounds a little silly, but it’s the truth.


“You are my favorite part of living,” Cooper whispered. “I’d do anything for you.” It was a confession more than anything else. Not necessarily something he thought was right or took pride in, but dug from the deepest and most private part of his mind, unsightly and true. “I’m yours,” Park murmured simply. And for the first time, Cooper didn’t see it as having a power and dominance over him that he’d never wanted, but as a rare and fragile responsibility that Park had gifted Cooper in love. ~ Cooper and Park


I am currently suffering book hangover along with anxiety because I have no clue when the next story is going to release. On the other hand, there’s so much that happened in this tale that I’m going to be pondering it for quite a while. Is Cooper evolving physically, mentally, or both? Will the author ever give me Park’s point of view? What will happen if the legend of the Moon is based in fact? Will the three power structures in werewolf society fight over it? Needless to say, I’m going to be on pins and needles until I can get more of my favorite shifter world and characters.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 269 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-January-2021
Price $4.99 ebook
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