Werewolf brothers Matthew and Isaac have lived in the peaceful village of Eyam all their lives. The villagers know what happens every full moon, and are happy to keep their secret. But their privacy comes at a cost—neither brother has taken a lover in almost four hundred years.
Then at the full moon, a sheep is slaughtered on Eyam Moor, by what could only be an animal. A large, vicious animal. Even the brothers’ staunchest supporters begin to have their doubts. Meanwhile Isaac is smitten by a handsome newcomer to the village, while a vivacious visitor is happy to offer Matthew her all.
As they indulge their lust, they must clear their names and convince their neighbours that they aren’t also letting their baser instincts out to play.
Pack of Lies was a well-written and enjoyable paranormal romance that combined some steamy sex, a bit of romance, a bit more intrigue, a good amount of suspicions run amok, and a complicated relationship between two brothers and the village they’ve lived in for over 400 years. The Adams brothers were born in Eyam and with the help of the ancestors of the town’s oldest families, they have continued to call Eyam their home ever since their secret was discovered. With Isaac serving as one of the village physicians and Matthew acting as a handyman when not bartending, the brothers have maintained a comfortable existence and become an integral part of the community. Until a sheep is found mutilated the morning after a full moon and a few of the townspeople in the know begin to question whether or not the brothers are responsible. They are werewolves, after all.
I enjoyed getting to see how strong the relationship between Matthew and Isaac was. To tell the truth, there was far more of a focus on their relationship than I would have expected from an Ellora’s Cave book but that didn’t make it any less enjoyable. When the sheep is slaughtered, the brothers find out just how loyal their close friends are. And while it was frustrating for them to learn that some villagers were suspicious of them, they understood how things looked. I liked that Felthouse was able to show how a few misguided individuals could cause suspicions to run rampant when there was no foundation for them. Despite having spent 400 years avoiding romantic entanglements with village residents, the stress of the situation sent them both into the arms of someone living in Eyam. Whereas Matthew’s encounters were with a woman on holiday for a month who was as insatiable sexually as he was, Isaac found himself attracted to a new resident of the town and began seeing Nathan despite his better judgment. The sex scenes in both cases were steamy. I did feel that there was a lack of relationship development shown between Isaac and Nathan, especially as we learn from a conversation towards the end of the book that they began seeing one another regularly. Although glad that the culprit behind the sheep slaughtering was apprehended, it wasn’t quite as dramatic of a reveal as I expected. The end of Pack of Lies at least pointed to a hopeful future for the brothers and I would be delighted to read its sequel should the author write one.