Bert Cooper’s life used to be great, until his sister turned out to be a traitor. Now Bert feels the whole pack looks on him with doubt and suspicion. To prove his loyalty, he volunteers to be the first ambassador at Fey Court, gathering information to finally solve the Leader Murders and punish those plotting against the Council and community. At least, that was the plan….

When Bert meets Sir William Matthew Sims, Court Interrogator, and one hell of a sexy man, life becomes a balancing act. And when the Fey King is assassinated, things become really messy.

Pack politics, fey politics, treason, suspicions of treason…. Bert has to choose between being ruled by his fears or standing up for what—and who—he believes in. And it might just break his heart.

A King and a Pawn Book Cover A King and a Pawn
Leader Murders #3
Liv Olteano
Paranormal, Mystery
Dreamspinner Press
June 17, 2016
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I love this book so much. I’m going to break my review into two parts: Storyline and Character.

When I read the blurb the first thing I thought was that there was a lot going on and to be fair there was a lot going on.
Calling it a romance book would be unfair because of the mystery/ suspense subplots (Yup there were several subplots). Calling it a mystery/suspense book would also be wrong because Bert and Will’s developing relationship remained at the center of everything.
For a while I though Weiss was the ‘bad guy’ and it distracted me from so many things that were foreshadowed, at the end, it was like being smacked in the face… In a good way… I’m starting to think I might have some masochistic tendencies.
The premise was exciting, the plot was original and the execution as great. The plot started as just Bert going to the Fey land to act as an ambassador, from the blurb I know the Fey King would be assassinated I just didn’t think it would happen so soon. It was an exciting hook and I was afraid with a hook that dramatic the rest of the story would fizzle out, but instead a lot of politics, magic Romance and a lot of drama/suspense happened.

I’m glad that for once the MC is not a skinny nerd or aMatt Booner lookalike but a normal guy. Bert is chubby, can cook and love sweets, he’s the perfect guy, I loved his hesitation nd the insecurities he had, and God I’m glad he wasn’t one of those characters that get insecure about their body throughout the book. Bert owned that shit!
I loved his dynamics with his Alpha Weiss, as well as his dynamics with Will.
Loved seeing their vulnerabilities just as much as I loved their strengths, I loved Will’s love and dedication to his kids. I loved peeling al of Will’s layers and finding that sexy fluffy man on the inside. I also loved Savannah, she’s amazing!
I love the short scene about eating disorders and bulimia, as someone who once dealt with Anorexia I can understand the delusion, then again I really don’t blame her, it’s not always about being thin though. Now back to the characters.
Bert is an amazing character, he was more than a character though, he was real, he had a past, a future, he had regrets, he had his good and bad moments just like anyone, there were times I wanted to punch him in the face and there were times I wanted to cuddle with him. He was a three-dimensional character, I mostly loved the scenes where what he said and what was on his mind/body language was different, the author pulled it off perfectly without repeating lines in case the readers didn’t catch the lie.

Don’t get me started on the chemistry between Bert and Will, I didn’t mind Bert and Richards ‘thing’ but meh it was just a way to gain info so I wasn't bothered.

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