4 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Gay Heat Index Hopelessly Crying m/m Magic Mild/low level heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter

A King and a Pawn (Leader Murders #3) by Liv Olteano

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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.


This is the third book in the series and it must be read in order as there is a lot, lot, lot going on and it’s not gonna make sense as a standalone.

We left Weiss and Tim after the conversion with Weiss’ evil ex now out of commission and the new Anti Abuse Act in place – however – there remains a boatload of trouble still to be had.

Bert is Weiss’ ex’s brother and he volunteers to help the pack with a mission to the Fey Court. He must wear a magical ring that hides his true emotions and this ends up helping and hurting him – a lot.

While on the mission he meets Sir William Sims, next in line to be the Fey King and after the assassination, he and Sir William must work together to help the pack as well as to help William leave the Fey Court behind – forever.


If you’ve been following along on this journey you know that Liv Olteano has given us a very complex world with imperfect characters and a rich world of magic and emotions.

This is unlike most shifter/paranormal stories in that there is no “insta-love” solution and the couples usually have to work hard to make their relationships work.

Will and Bert are no different. Bert’s self-esteem is pretty low – for a bunch of reasons – and Will’s past was pretty cold and unemotional in the Fey Court.

This is also not a book full of hot smexy times, but lots of sexual tension and some brief moments of passion.

In the end I think fans of the series will be pleased to see their old favorites again and to watch where the pack is headed today.

4 of 5 stars


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