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A Tooth For a Fang

(Leader Murders #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  570 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Three days. Three dead bodies. One newly turned, broken-hearted lycan tracker to figure out the connection.

The one summer Rick Barton takes a vacation, all hell breaks loose. Running from an abusive relationship leads him into the arms of hard-nosed lycan Travis Chandler, who gives him little choice but to become a lycan too and join the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation.
ebook, 216 pages
Published September 3rd 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
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Rosa, really

Fine. I admit it. I read this book because of the title. And the cover. And because I've been reading Teen Wolf (Sterek) fanfiction lately and in my head the two main characters looked like Derek and Stiles. It's a sickness. But it worked out well for me as A Tooth for a Fang is an enjoyable read.

Take these dudes and add 15 or so years.

Rick has recently left his abusive boyfriend/boss and is taking a beach vacation before finding another job. Instead of getting a great tan, however, he gets bit
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Different but the Same Stars

What this offers is an alternate universe with subtly different rules regarding classic tropes. This employs a new take on werewolf mates where there’s definitely a connection and compatibility that’s needed, but the bond is not necessarily set in stone. There’s a series of bites that needs to be received and given, and things can technically be severed.

This starts off with Rick, who is just out of a very abusive toxic relationship, and when he spots a handsome g
Lilia Ford
Excellent. This surprised me a lot, which honestly is hard for the shifter genre. First off, it's very well-written, and despite containing several popular "werewolf" features--ie. mating--is definitely a fresh take on a genre plagued by highly derivative, lazy books. The set up is fairly reminiscent of Men In Black, featuring an agency devoted to policing supernatural creatures, and a new recruit matched with an old hand. But the "mating" aspect of the partnership was far more than just a ca
I decided to go for this book for two reasons. One , it’s a shifter story. Yep, despite the fact that I usually have issues with how M/M handles shifter (and mating) stories, I am simply like a moth to a flame whenever I see a summary for a shifter book. Plus the summary of this book promises DEAD BODIES (yes, I am also a huge mystery fan, especially serial murders). Second , uhm, the reason might be silly, okay … but the two guys on the cover look like adult Stiles and Derek (from the TV ...more
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧

I stopped at 75%.

Sweet, Cute and Funny yet, Something was missing?

and, I found what was missing was me.

I really was not in the mood for cute and Funny Today.

So, me and the book did not work out.

What were my niggles.....

The Execution, was a fail for me, I did not like it..."mate or die" and it was not just the idea of that , it was the way it was written, their first encounter. It just started me off wrong in this book. This made for no warm and fuzzy feels for these guys.

The descriptive wr
3.5 stars I read almost exclusively M/M these days, although for a while I was on a huge Urban Fantasy kick. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw this and thought, "Oooooh! Gay Dresden Files!?!?" Well, not exactly. This dose have a UF feel to it, but with the strong focus on the relationship and mating, it is decidedly more Paranormal Romance. That's not a bad thing per se. It just is.

I don't have a ton of specific 'likes' to list off, I just enjoyed it. It's well written, the dialogue is
4 "Balls Deep" Stars

This was a fun book with mystery, sexy shifters, an out of control mate, and two MC who are brought together under unusual circumstances. Our MC are Rick Barton - human and Travis Chandler - Lycan. Travis finds himself in need of a mate and partner so what does he do, he makes one - as he forces the change from human to lycanthropy on to his new mate Rick. Rick isn't really sure what to make of this man who has taken him to a strange place, introduced him to strange people/an
1.5 (1.0) Star(s)

Sheesh I had trouble with this one. First the positive: I read this through cover to cover so it had me turning the pages. Now for my gripes:
- Poor world building. No unauthorized persons were supposed to know about being lycan (or other paranormals) but everyone knew about the Paranormal Bureau of Investigations (PBI)? The (human) police helped the PBI but didn't know about them? A number of inconsistencies hindered my ability to grasp exactly how this world worked.

- A F*cktard
This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.

4.5 stars

Rick Barton’s got nothing left to live for; no partner, no job and no home so he’s spending his summer on vacation. At least that is until a gorgeous sun god captures his attention and bites him. Now left with a choice, Rick can either live a life in pain or be turned into a lycan by Travis and work for a secret paranormal agency. Feeling there’s no other choice, Rick lets Travis bite him, thinking he’s prepared for his new life
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A bit of a mixed bag with a bit of everything in the paranormal. Chandler kind of runs over Rick, turns him without his permission, more or less tricks him into mating and yet I found Rick had a good head on his shoulder and a fair bit of spunk and could put up with Chandler's rather frenetic life. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'd definitely pick up the next one. ...more
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
More edgy then I thought it would be. It does go very fast - and sacrifices some character and plot development for it. There was a bit of whiplash at times with how fast things were going. The mystery was great - loved the different powers. Very invested in continuing the series!
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: humans and shifters
Rick Barton has escaped an abusive relationship that has left him suffering from PTSD. Enjoying the beach and his vacation, he is drawn to a handsome man in the water. Suddenly, Rick isn't himself anymore, but a newly turned lycan. He has Travis Chandler to thank for his new existence, the mysterious man in the water. From here on out, it is down the rabbit hole for Rick and the reader, as he discovers the new world of the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation. There's no time to adjust as Rick is ...more
Riina Y.T.
3 or 4 ✮ ? –––– I'm undecided. I sort of loved/hated it ;)

Not seriously hated, no, it was enjoyable! I just wished some things were different...

I loved Travis – he's a cocky bastard and so full of himself, but he's also endearingly sweet. Yep, I'd love to see him again.

Sadly I didn't warm up to Rick .. not fully, no *sniff* Sometimes there is just a certain type of character / voice I am unable to warm up to :(

Their banter was mostly fun, but just a tad over the top from time to time. I could
Jacq ~
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wanted as real as possible this was "Straight Up Comedy....If you want just laughs and giggles this is your read. Just not for me.

All the possibilities...
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved it.

Sequel??? SEQUEL?!?!?!?!
Because I seriously need more. Like NOW. NOW NOW. RIGHT NOW. ♥
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, shifters
very good! recommend and would love more books with this couple/world.
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I kept feeling like I shouldn't be enjoying this as much as I was. I suppose that's the definition of a guilty pleasure. ...more
Jun 27, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 13%

The tone is abrupt and juvenile, and the dialogue is just bad.
Elaine White
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: divine-magazine
Book – A Tooth For A Fang (Leader Murders #1)
Author – Liv Olteano
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 216

Cover – Moody and Gorgeous!
POV – 1st person, one character POV
Would I read it again – Yes

Genre – LGBT, Paranormal, Crime, Romance

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

*Trigger warnings: the story deals with off-page domestic abuse of all forms, as well as mental abilities that could be, and are, compared to the control exercised dur
I tried reading it but the writing and how the characters are described is just not for me
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifter
This book was full of great snark. I wanted to love it so much! For the most part I did, but a few things bothered me. I'll go ahead and list those below, but I will say that I don't regret buying this book. There's no cliffhanger.

Issue 1: What the heck does 'clacking lips' mean? I've never heard/seen/done this before, yet it was mentioned several times. Along with smacking lips. and none of this occurred while eating. It sounds like a dumb thing to have an issue with, but it was mentioned A LO
Interesting look at the non-consensual aspect of turning but it did make the romantic aspect of this story hard to take. I am thinking this might be the first of a series so there would have been time to turn the non-con aspect of the MCs relationship into a friendship which could then move to something romantic later rather than rushing that aspect here (which made it a very uncomfortable read as the relationship was very one-sided).
Ericka Walden
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I couldn't help but feel as though I was continually "MISSING" something. ..a back story. ..a hidden meaning. .. just something. I never really warmed up to either M/C's. Didn't hate em, didn't really like em. Both had issues, both still have issues. .. I guess the issues are being dealt with? ? I'm guessing again that this is a HEA?? Or HFN?? Can I expect another book to follow this? ? ...more
I might be the minority with this one, but I didn't love it. The world building was interesting. The relationship sort of took a backseat to the storyline. I kept waiting for more but then the story ended and that was that. It wasn't bad, but I wanted more relationship and interaction between MCs. ...more
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifters
3.5 stars
Urban fantasy crime story about a non consentially turned lycan and his mate becoming law paranormal enforcement agents on the track of a serial killer. some interesting ideas and quirky characters but it lacked develolment in the main plot
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun fun read, I hope there will be more from the PBI
3.5 stars Nice plot, easy to follow. Will have you laughing in some places. Overall I liked this book. Going to read the second book in a couple of days.
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
3.5 Stars. This was an interesting book and an interesting world. I really liked Rick's character and normally I have a hard time with characters that have been in abusive relationships - it just isn't something I personally like to read and there is usually a bit of self-pity and a lot of angst but it was surprisingly absent in this book which I really liked. Rick never comes across as a victim to me yet he still has things he has to deal with in regards to his abusive ex. He's thrown into so m ...more
Sep 25, 2014 added it
Shelves: faye
Review can be read at It's About The Book

Rick Barton is newly single and jobless. His abusive boyfriend, who is also his former boss, is no longer in his life. It’s a positive yet scary change, so Rick treats himself to the first vacation he’s had in years. While lounging around on a beach Rick spots an incredibly sexy man. They have a brief and sexy interlude in the water that ends in a rather painful bite. Later that day Rick becomes sick. Rick manages to end up in the hospital. The sexy b
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-2018-uc
3.5 stars

This book has so many nice things going for it.
- A serious mystery
-MCs who keep you entertained
-A lot of yummy, hot foreplay/romance without constant sex
-A very different take at paranormal society
-A villain whom you actually feel bad for

A single con:
-Slight non-con act at the beginning

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