May Contain Spoilers
I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, and I was looking for something outside of my usual reading fodder. Baby, I’m Howling for You showed up on Netgalley, and it looked like what I was looking for. I don’t read many shifter romances, but this looked fun, so I clicked the request button.
I loved the first few chapters. So much action and tension as Renny flees from the villainous coyotes hunting her. Desperate, wounded, she ends up in Mick’s front yard, bleeding all over the snow covered lawn. Mick, surprised by the ruckus, shoots one of Renny’s pursuers, carries her into his home, and calls for medical attention for her. After his friends and fellow inhabitants of Alpha, Washington, tend to Renny, she tells them that she’s being stalked by a psycho coyote alpha, and she’s been on the run for weeks trying to stay out of the hands of his minions. When Mick learns that an old enemy is after her, he and the law enforcement of Alpha decide it’s time to end Geoffrey’s reign of terror once and for all.
I guess my biggest problem with shifter romances, and this one in particular, is the whole concept of fated mates. Mick’s wolf determines right off the get-go that Renny is his mate. Mick, still grieving from the brutal loss of his first mate, rejects the idea. He can’t have a mate, he already loved, and lost, the only mate for him. Renny’s wolf also immediately latches onto Mick as their mate, and well, all of the tension from getting to know the other person was gone. They swap mate bites before you know it, and bam! they are, if not a couple, at least an item. Then the big question for Renny was – Does Mick love me? Can he ever love me?
With the question of whether they will ever get together answered in the first few chapters, the romance did not work for me. The action scenes were fun, though, and the book did help get me out of my reading slump.
Grade: 3 stars
Review copy provided by publisher
About the book:
BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU:
WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps.
Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…
Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?
SOMETHING TO HOWL ABOUT:
WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps, in a brand-new paranormal romance series from New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren.
Dr. Annie Cryer has been called many things: Genius. Child prodigy. Scientific wonder.
Banished from her pack years ago, Annie’s lone wolf wandering has brought her to Alpha, Washington, home to all shifters who don’t quite fit in in the “normal” shifter word. Now Annie has the chance to go back home…if only she can make good on a favor her alpha owes the mayor of “Alphaville.” But it’s not much of a favor when you’re helping the hottest shifter in town…
Grizzly shifter Jonas Browning has a clan in trouble. They haven’t had a child born in over a hundred years…and their clan faces going completely extinct. Genetic scientist Anne Cryer has been sent to help save them. But what Jonas doesn’t count on is being irresistibly drawn to the small wolf shifter, and his bear isn’t about to let her go…
CHRISTINE WARREN is the bestselling author of The Others series, including Wolf at the Door, Big Bad Wolf, Born to Be Wild, Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here, and Black Magic Woman. Born and raised in coastal New England, she now lives as a transplant in the Pacific Northwest. (She completely bypassed those states in the middle due to her phobia of being landlocked). When not writing, she enjoys horseback riding, playing with her pets, identifying dogs from photos of their underbellies, and most of all reading things someone else had to agonize over.
SOMETHING TO HOWL ABOUT:
BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU
Twitter – @ChristineWarren