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The Wolf at the Door

(Big Bad Wolf #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,623 ratings  ·  644 reviews
A former FBI agent is partnered with the enemy in this suspenseful male/male shifter romance from debut author Charlie Adhara

Hunting for big bad wolves was never part of Agent Cooper Dayton’s plan, but a werewolf attack lands him in the carefully guarded Bureau of Special Investigations. A new case comes with a new partner: ruggedly sexy werewolf Oliver Park.

Park is an age
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 288 pages
Published February 19th 2018 by Carina Press
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4.35 stars


“Monsters are real”


What a surprising good mystery book. Simone my darling! you find the best detective books, thanks for putting this on my radar.

This book is right up my alley, I enjoy detective books and TV shows, this grabbed my attention from page 1.

It is hard to believe that this is a debut book, i am wondering why Charlie Adhara has not written like gazillion books, because the writing is so good and engaging.

MC 1: Cooper the BSI Agent who is tasked with investigating the di
***4.5 Stars*** and I AM WOWED or WOLFED or WHATEVER!!!
Murder was like getting a tattoo. The first one you carefully ask yourself why; each one after you ask yourself why not?

Ohhh, this was definitely some wolfy goodness...
@youngshizzle â™”

... although this is pretty much all you will get to see of a werewolf in this book. Well, with one exception. 


... the world-building , although it's still in the early stages of development and the super sekrit agency Cooper is working for is
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-shifters
Wow, I really loved this book! I’m going into book 2 right away.

Highly recommend for werewolve shifter fans. No insta-love-you´re-my-mate business. Not that I don’t like that every once in awhile.

* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars!

Well, well, well.

I must say that the reviews raving about this book aren’t wrong.

Law enforcement tropes are a top favorite and when you mix it with werewolf shifter lore on a whole new set up, this definitely scratched every itch I had and some I didn’t even know about.

Eager FBI agent, recently transferred to a top secret branch known as the Bureau of Special Investigations, Cooper doesn’t quite know how to handle his new world view. Werewolves exist. This is still a well kept secret to
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
I'm making my intrigued face.

Ollie and Coop definitely have chemistry. Nothing beats a size difference IMHO; excited to see where that leads and how it develops. If it's anything in the neighborhood of that sex scene on the couch...

I'd like to know more about Ollie but what I know so far I like. Especially the growling.

Could've done with less push/pull between them, though it looks as though it's coming from an authentic place and Adhara's looks to be playing the long game character development
4.5 Stars

With The Wolf at the Door, Adhara delivers a damn impressive debut novel, one that will surely remain among my top reads of 2019.

What we have here is an engaging whodunit-type crime/mystery plot, full of lots of intriguing twists and turns that left me riveted to the page as I tried my best to predict what was coming next – (mostly) to no avail.

Cooper is a special agent who works for a top-secret branch of the FBI called the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI), which deals exclusive
*** 3.5 stars ***

I have mixed feelings about this book. At times I was bored; other times engrossed. For too long a chunk of the story I disliked the MC, Cooper Dayton (or Dayton Cooper? Two last names for a name had me chronically confused). He seemed mean-spirited, which isn't an easy flaw for me to forgive. The other MC, Park, seen only through Cooper's POV, was mostly an enigma to me.

But there's one thing I don't have mixed feelings about, and it's this: Charlie Adhara is a real talent, an a
“Murder was like getting a tattoo. The first one you carefully ask yourself why; each one after you ask yourself why not?”

Well then I better be careful not to commit that first murder, cuz I gotta hella lotta tattoos.

And yet not one of these. So, I guess you can say that I'm winning.

So this book is a mystery that has werewolves as the main suspects because people are being killed by werewolves. As surprising as this might seem, I actually had the wrong guy pegged for half the book and even p
Holy moly this was a GREAT, solid MM-mystery and it is currently on sale at all major platforms, they fixed it so it also shows up at the 'zon (june 2018).
Now spend ALL the monies!!!!
First of all the amount of humour and snark was amazing, and it elevated this story from a good mystery to a fantastic book.
I'm very surprised I liked this one as much as I did, considering I didn't like Cooper all that much.
More than once he's a total douchebag and completely incapable of apologizing, going as fa
Moony Eliver
3.5 stars. My gut is a funny thing. It took me a long time in my life to trust my “animal instincts,” and then an experience like this book has to come along and make me remember why.

With every passing year, my dnf trigger finger gets itchier. I can be patient with content development, but writing quality... let’s just say that if I’m not appreciating that, it has almost never turned around. And I’ve learned to trust my gut and not throw good time after bad.

Fortunately, I have more resources at
Well, as much as I enjoyed reading this one...and I really did... Cooper must be one of the worst agents I have ever read about. I mean come on... even I knew he was fucking everything up. And a profiler for the FBI?? Yeah, he couldn't even figure his head from his own ass !! Which might have something to do with the fact that he was not only clueless as shit but also a major asshole.

Thankfully Parker made a lot of things right in this book and so I never felt the need to close the book on Coope
Eli Easton
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been in a bit of a book slump lately, starting books and not finishing them. This book roared in like a band of bad ass bikers, grabbed me by the throat, and dragged me along til the last page. I simply loved the writing--it's filled with intelligence, wit, and genuine characters. The murder mystery plot was good, and I enjoyed the secret werewolf agency angle. The romance was slow burn, which I really like, and felt fulfilling for being only the first book for this couple.

My only disappoin
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow. That about sums up my thoughts on this debut novel from Charlie Adhara. It's simply brilliant. A complex plot embracing the paranormal in combination with a police procedural, murder mystery and a romantic suspense element, could have been a hot mess.

But this narrative sparkles, it shoots along at a pace, carefully pulling all the threads together into an epic denouement which, while I saw the protagonists coming for a while, is still fraught with the necessary tension to make you try and r
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-reads, audiobooks
Reread 2/2020: I struggled a bit with the audiobook in the beginning, but I got used to the narration after a while. I enjoyed the story just as much as the first time.

Original review:
4.5 stars. I went into this story not knowing much about it and ended up really enjoying it.

The mystery part was done really well. Up to the very end, like literally a few pages before everything was revealed, I had no idea what was going on. That was so refreshing, because I often guess early on.

Okay okay okay, I've found a new series to love. I already can't wait for the next one - but it isn't coming out until September D:

This a new author and it did not disappoint. Yeah, Cooper was pissing my off for like half of this book, but he was just such an asshole to Park. All the time. And I get it, I do, because this opens with us learning that a werewolf gutted Cooper and he lost like 6 feet of his small intestines (GROSS!) so I get his hesitancy and his slightly biased view towards werewo
4.5 stars

I'm constantly on the lookout for new authors (or new to me) and new series. I'm so excited I tried this one by a debut author.

This book is part mystery and part romance. I probably shouldn't compare this to another author but this reminded me very much of a Lanyon book (which I love). The story starts with us meeting Cooper who works for an offshoot of the FBI. Werewolves are real and while the general public doesn't know this our government does. Cooper and his partner investigate w
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
4.5 stars

I decided to read this book after one of my friends wrote a very enthusiastic review about it. I trust her judgement since we usually like the same things and our tastes mosty line up, so when the book went on sale I snatched it right up and dove in. I was in for a surprise! I couldn't put the book down until I learned who was the bad guy. The mystery kept me glued to my screen and the plot as a whole was very nicely crafted. Likeable characters, unique paranormal universe, captivating
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ariana by: Simone
Reread in September 2018.

Admittedly I had forgotten quite a few details about this universe, but it all came back with a whump as soon as I started, and once I remembered who the big 'baddie' was I had great fun looking out for hints as the plot unfolded. And there were lots!

And I LOVED revisiting Cooper and Oliver. Absolutely adored the way their relationship develops. The mistrust on both sides. The chemistry neither can switch off. The tenderness that suddenly seeps into their actions. So so
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
REREAD 2020:

Hi. Hi. Here I am, re-reading this series and I'm happy to say that two years later I still 100% agree with my original review. Park & Cooper continue to remain such a happy & fun place for me, and I couldn't be more delighted about it. I loved re-visiting them and their story, and though I knew the "who done it" it was just as engaging & hilarious the second time around. They continue to be one of the most unique couples I've read in the mm romance world and I'm excited to continue
Audio Review 17Jan2020: Still took a while to get into the meat of this one (I almost stopped listening) but once the case started picking up (and the interpersonal relations developed with the MCs) it became more easy to continue. The narrator, Erik Bloomquist, is new to me and he did a good job even if there was little differentiation between the character voices. I'm spoiled by performers who...well, if they don't give each a completely different sound then at least make some subtle changes i ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Dayton is a former FBI agent who now works for the BSI, tracking down rogue werewolves.
We eventually learn that he got into law enforcement because it was a family tradition -- this is useful to know, because it explains why he's in a field that he doesn't seem to suited for. He isn't great at investigating, or dealing with people, and he trusts his colleagues too much and himself not enough.

For those more interested in werewolves than crime investigation, I'll mention that there isn't a lot o
4.5 stars. And this is the author's debut novel? Pretty damn impressive. I'm really looking forward to more from this series! ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whatever, I'm giving this 4.5★'s and rounding up!

So, I knew I was totally into the book but I was not totally into Cooper and was unsure how his character was going to impact my rating and total enjoyment. Not much I guess. He was tough to like and even tougher to get to know or even slightly figure out. Actually, he was pretty much a dick for more than half the book. But, there were glimpses. Tiny little things that made you want to love this guy and just made you angrier when he was a complete
The Wolf at the Door is a werewolf-shifter romance combined with mystery-suspense elements.

In percentages:
20% werewolf: This is not that much… it’s rather just mentioned than getting real on-page time.

30% romance: That’s also very little for my normal tastes but the whole book is about a slowly developing relationship. The MCs start with a heavy dose of mistrust, which changes to some reluctant co-working, which changes slowly to trust and attraction and then to a still very much careful relat
h o l l i s
I'm not quite sure where this one landed for me. I think the combination of a somewhat up and down, minor disaster character we had as the main POV, plus a very twisty mystery, and complicated politics with the human being teamed up with inhuman wolf, not to mention the messiness of the wolf and human dynamics and bigotry as a whole, made all of this.. a lot?

It did have some good moments, and naturally I'm in love with the soft alpha cinnamon roll that is Ollie, but.. I don't know? I appreciate
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 4.5
Audio Book: Erik Bloomquist - 4
Book Cover: 3.5

I feel a bit like waking up from a deep sleep here. “Why haven't I read this series earlier?” – I think to myself.

Simply put, I don’t know. But I’m happy to have gotten with the program at long last.

To put it short and sweet:

*I really enjoyed the mystery part here. I had my eye on a few suspects, one in particular for a great big part of the story and guess what! It wasn’t who I thought! So definitely a star for that!

*The ch
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

A first for me but enough is enough!! I'm going to have to start reviewing some of the audios separately. I don't know what's up with having inexperienced narrators narrating popular book series. It makes no sense to me!!

I gave up after 2 chapters because it sounded like someone reading a text book. HORRIBLE!!!

I'll have to put this series on the back burner until I have time to read it or if it gets re-recorded.
Considering how much I love this series (and re-reads haven't dimmed that) the audio version is really disappointing. It's listenable and that's about it; narrator appears to have a time limit speeding through the book, I've had to rewind a few times to determine who was speaking or if the words were spoken or thoughts.

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Excuse incoherency but I LOVED this book. In full squee mode here. To think I put off sampling this for so long, I've spent the day being utterly anti-social glued to my kind
Different from your standard shifter romances......

And different is a good thing in this sub-genre. Unfortunately, it's novelty wasn't enough to make up for a lot of deficiencies in this book.

Shifting wasn't the be-all and end all. In fact, there is only one on-page shift.

The werewolf culture world building was slow to reveal itself. For me, this was a pleasure since I wasn't buried in an info-dump.

There was some UST.

The book tried to tackle bigotry. (With limited success).

Now for my n
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Charlie Adhara loves snarky souls with a soft spot, twisty whodunits and happily ever afters. She writes contemporary, mystery, paranormal, queer romance. Or some assortment of that. Whatever the genre, her stories feature imperfect people stumbling around, tripping over trouble and falling in love. Charlie has done a fair amount of stumbling around herself, but tends to find her way back to the n ...more

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“Murder was like getting a tattoo. The first one you carefully ask yourself why; each one after you ask yourself why not?” 13 likes
“Fortunately, Park seemed more bemused than offended. “Do you disapprove of human-werewolf relationships, Agent Dayton?”

“No. Of course not. I—that’s not what I meant. I just didn’t understand...” Cooper trailed off, thoroughly uncomfortable, and Park took pity on him.

“She’s not my type because I’m gay.”

The silence was sharp. Vaguely Cooper was aware his mouth was hanging open. He shut it quickly. Then opened it again to say, “Oh, that’s nice.”
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