The wolf has been caged.
Ariadne Willow has been framed for murder. Upon her arrival at the police station, she’s given a choice: accept GG&M’s offer in exchange for her freedom, or risk going up against GG&M in court. Ari refuses and is sent to prison to await trial. Dale teams up with Ari’s mom and, along with Milo Duncan’s British pack, begins looking for ways to either prove Ari’s innocence or take down Cecily Parrish once and for all.
Time is not on their side. In addition to the usual dangers of prison, Ari only has four weeks before the wolf forces her to transform, exposing her as a canidae.
With the clock ticking on her secret and a seemingly all-powerful enemy who holds all the cards, the odds against Ari and Dale have never been higher. This time, if they can’t find a way to turn the tables, the underdogs might be out of the game for good.
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I was lucky enough to chat to Geonn about his new release and ask a few questions!
Why did you want to write this book, specifically?
I wrote it because the Underdogs series keeps on going! Seriously though, I’d never written a women-behind-bars novel, and I thought it would be fun to explore the trope. Putting it in the Underdogs series has the added threat of Ari’s status as a werewolf. She has to transform every 30 days (give or take), so how can she do that in a place where she’s constantly surveilled and surrounded by other prisoners? As for the Underdogs series as a whole: I like werewolves, but every time a woman got to be the lead, her plot was about which alpha male she would mate with. Exhausting, dull, cliche, etc. So I came up with Ari, I gave her a steady relationship, and let the books be about building that relationship but also just focusing on the story and the mysteries.
What do you like best about it?
I liked how the book built on things that came before. This story deals with a lot of threads picked up from earlier books – Ari’s relationship with her mother, the British pack, Ari’s involvement with the hunter war – found their way into the plot without much effort. It’s the seventh book in the series, and it made me realize just how big and lived-in this world feels.
Can you tell the readers something about Kennel Club that they might not know just from reading the book?
The cover art, by comic artist Natasha Alterici, is the first time Ari’s face has ever been officially shown. The model was a woman named Ashton Swinford. She’s an actor, an aerialist, a fire dancer… She appeared as a demon in my Riley Parra webseries and I immediately wanted to know more about her. And the more I learned, the more impressive she became. It’s a huge honor to have her as the face of Ariadne Willow, even if it’s just in cover form.
In ten words or less, tell us why we should buy this book?
Lesbian werewolf private investigator in prison!
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