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A Counselor Among Wolves

(Leader Murders #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Five dead leaders, their bodies arranged in a pentagram. Treason, lies, and backstabbing. A make-believe affair that turns into a real mating.

Timothy Sands is a PBI counselor, half-fey, half-elf, with a secret crush on Herman Weiss, PBI director. As a new chapter is added to the Leader Murders, it is Weiss’s responsibility to investigate what seems an impossible-to-solve c
ebook, 230 pages
Published May 8th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press LLC
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Lilia Ford
I liked this for the same reasons I really enjoyed Book one. It's a shifter/paranormal police story that also provides a nuanced, honest look at some of the issues surrounding actual differences in power (as opposed to consensual power exchange). It's an uncomfortable truth that for some of us, real power differences can be very erotic--hence the popularity of Alpha males and a gazillion books in this and related genres. But with any real differential comes the possibility of abuse, coercion, in ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Dang, I was worried about liking these characters and I had every right to be. I had a hard time getting through this book. I was really hoping they would be redeemed. Tim I did start to like a bit better and but Weiss just ticked me off. He was un-apologetically"alpha" but I thought in this case it was bordering on abuse. There was never a lot of remorse for the way he conducted his relationship with Amanda or in depth explanation about what had happened. Was Amanda crazy? Were they both abusiv ...more
After much pissing and moaning and eyes-rolling about the impossible "love story" I am rounding 3.5 stars up to 4.
Will definitely read book 3, even if it's crazier than this one.

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Danielle  Gypsy Soul
I liked this one better than the 1st book. The world is interesting and I like that their are issues like power imbalance that have to be dealt with. I also like that the the characters are dealing with abuse of a mate - the alpha having all the power and never being abusive of it always struck me in other shifter books so it's interesting to see a world where things like that happen. Weiss is an interesting character and while I didn't always like him I was still rooting for him. I'll definitel ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was torn on this. I liked the plot with the murders, I liked Tim a lot, but not Weiss. Everything he did was cold and calculated to maintain power. The way he treated his wife knowing full well what he was doing to her, the control he had over his child and the way he used Timothy to get what he wanted. He treated Tim like shit and only when Timothy pushed back would he say or do something to placate him and get him back in line, then he'd go right back to the same behaviour. I got the impress ...more
Five leaders have been murdered. Herman Weiss is a big bad Alpha, who is the guardian of the Council. He is suffering from rages, that could lead to his execution, but he has to solve the murders and stay alive for his son. He is not above trickery if it will achieve that goal.

What do you do when the wolf you have been madly in love with proposes a fake relationship? The relationship will keep the Alpha from being executed for being out of control. If you are Tim Sands, half fey, half elf, a
DNF 52%
Took the two tools of book #1 and gave them a book just to make them even worse and less likable.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifters
The 2nd book in the Leader Murders series focuses on the head of the PBI, the alpha werewolf Weisz and Tim Sands, the half fey half elf psychologist and emotion reader. As Weiss' mate faces execution he becomes dangerously out of control and seek's Sand's help to control his emotions.. best done by becoming mates themselves.

This was an interesting concept but it got bogged down in the number of potential bad guys and there was no resolution in the story. I don't believe Amanda is dead, we don't
4 Stars
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Elaine White
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: divine-magazine
Book – A Counselor Among Wolves (Leader Murders #2)
Author – Liv Olteano
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 230

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

I'll admit, I was a little disappointed that this wasn't about Rick and Travis again, but I was happy to see that Weiss and Tim were just as interesting. What a
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 cou ...more
Morgan  Skye
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Timothy has had a thing for Weiss for a long time. In fact his infatuation with Travis was because of the similarity to Weiss.

Weiss had a male lover once before, but it ended badly. Now he’s stuck in a loveless mating that is about to finally be over, but he has a mess to clean up before he can be happy.

Someone is using magic to make Weiss unstable and it is up to Tim to ground him and keep him alive long enough to solve the mystery and the murders.

In a huge bout of drama our two erstwhile lover
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just as great as the first one... loved Tim, but wow, Weiss is a total asshole. Making me like such a selfish, scheming, obnoxious prick is no mean feat, so kudos. Also, the worldbuilding was intriguing and I loved the quirky side characters and the smart loopholes left open in the plot... that's how I like my appetite whetted for a sequel. ...more
May 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - The characters weren't that likeable (mainly Weiss, Tim wasn't too bad), which made it hard for me to really enjoy the story. They had their merits though, and I did like the chemistry between Tim and Weiss. ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1c-tbr-2018
Herman Weiss is a self-centered, manipulative jerk. His last minute "I've wanted you all along" confession isn't nearly enough to make up for his deplorable treatment of Timothy, who has been inexplicably in love with him for the past 5 years and is willing to sacrifice everything on Herman's behalf. ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faye
Review can be read at It's About The Book

Herman Weiss may be going crazy and may be destined for execution, but Tim Sands is going to save him. Tim doesn’t really have a choice. Herman has made it clear this isn’t up for debate. Tim will be helping. Given that Tim has been mostly in love with Herman for years, he’s okay with that. Tim is more concerned he’ll be posing as Herman’s boyfriend. It’s the only way Tim can legally use his fey powers on Herman. Tim agrees to the ruse to keep Herman
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Book Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: A Counselor Among Wolves (Leader Murders #2) by Liv Olteano

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Just when we thought the Leader Murders was finally solved, the discovery of a new set of deaths opens the case right up. This means that the supposed mastermind, PBI director's mate herself may not be the one behind it. If that is true, then who is? This should have made Herman Weiss' life easier, but the new discovery mad
Reviewed at The Blogger Girls.

4.5 stars

When Weiss realizes he’s developing rages that could cost him his career, he does the only thing he can think of and asks Timothy Sands for help. Except, Weiss doesn’t just want some counseling… he wants Tim to fake being his lover until they can figure out what’s causing the rages and how to solve the Leader Murders. It should be a simple task… except for the fact that Tim’s been secretly yearning for Weiss for five years now and Tim reminds Weiss too much
Inked Reads
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
**Before I review, I do want to point out that this book (the first one, too, and I assume any further sequels will) deals with themes of intimate partner violence. That's not everyone's cup of tea, and some of it could be triggering or upsetting.**
This is the second book in the Leader Murders series. I loved the first one, so I was excited to read the next installment. It didn't disappoint. It's full of the same elements I loved the last time: suspense, mystery, action, and sizz
A.M. Leibowitz
**Before I review, I do want to point out that this book (the first one, too, and I assume any further sequels will) deals with themes of intimate partner violence. That’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and some of it could be triggering or upsetting.**

This is the second book in the Leader Murders series. I loved the first one, so I was excited to read the next installment. It didn’t disappoint. It’s full of the same elements I loved the last time: suspense, mystery, action, humor, and sizzling sex.
Missy Fern - BFD Book Blog
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This is book 2 in a series but a stand alone. Tim Sands, a Counselor for a paranormal agency, loves Herman Weiss, who is the agency Director. Weiss is an ALPHA werewolf and Tim is an oddity, half-fey and half-elf. Weiss is mean as hell, and while Tim fears him, he can't help his attraction. They pretend to have a romance so Tim can use his powers (illicitly) to help Weiss level his out of control emotions, otherwise Weiss could be put
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The chemistry between Weiss and Tim was off the charts. Whether it was just kissing or full on sex these two ignited the moment they touched each other. I think the mad attraction between them helped me over look my less-than-nice thoughts towards Weiss because, despite his utter douchery, it was plain to see that those men absolutely had to end up together.

As part of a continuing story arc, this book was a little light on the murder/conspiracy compared to the first book, but I guess th
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-paranormal
I liked the book but what I really hated and which put me in dilemma that if I should even give it a 4 star rating was how Weiss acted. I get you are an alpha werewolf and you have to show your authority but Weiss was just plain old asshole. There are things he said that pissed me beyond my belief and Tim aka Ebel did not said anything. Ebel always said something back when he was just being annoyed but when it was time to say something back when Weiss was being be an asshole Ebel would get scare ...more
The second book has a bit different flavour from the first. There is more politics, more multidimensional intrigue, the main characters are much more cynical and much, much less sweet. Still, it's not jarring and doesn't seem disjointed. If you wanted to smack Travis in book one you will definitely want to throttle Weiss in this one, but thank god Timothy is not nearly as innocent and vulnerable as Rick, so it all works out in the end. ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok so I liked this book way more than I liked book 1. I am starting to think I just didn't like Rick because I didn't like him here as well but everything else was enjoyable for me. The dynamic, the fact that Weiss was in such need for help, even as strong and tough as he is. I liked that it wasn't a predestined mating but something borne out of desperation. The fact that it did not end with flowery declarations of love was perfect. ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
The series continues and ends with a cliff hanger. Weiss isn't actually a very likeable character 100% of the time. What he did to (view spoiler).

Am looking forward to the next in the series
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good writing and story but I wish there had been more suspense and angst, good character development. This is book 2 of a series, there is no cliffhanger but a lot is left open for the next book, which I will grab as soon as it becomes available.
Kristy Maitz
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shape-shifters
After going true the second book of "Leader Murders" series I have to admit that from romantically aspect I found second book more to my liking. I liked both main character Weiss and Tim.

My time spending on that book was satisfying.
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