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…
Favorite quotes: “A date? A date does not involve the use of force, Paddington, so how about you try again.”
Thoughts: Something to Howl About is a short novella to kick off the new Alphaville series by Christine Warren, and it definitely gets things started with a bang. I loved the story and the characters, but I wanted so much MORE! It was so short, and I wanted to see more of these characters and their story! I enjoyed the novella a little bit more than book one in the series, Baby, I’m Howling for You, and I’m so glad to get some more shifter stories from Warren! Can’t wait for more from this series!
BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU: 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?
Favorite quote(s): “Little red, you are my new normal.” He looked down at her, and his gaze heated. “You’ve already changed things for me, just by being you.”
Thoughts: First, let me say how glad I am to finally get another book from Christine Warren with shapeshifters! I miss the Others series so bad!! While Alphaville is its own new series with new characters, it still had Warren’s distinct feel and writing style. I don’t feel like Baby, I’m Howling for You came out of the gate with an initial race-winning run, more of a hesitant stumble to the finish line. It was good, but I felt like some of that Warren magic was missing. The storyline caught me up immediately, and I liked the characters – the fact that Renny was Mick’s second mate seemed like a stumbling block for me. He didn’t want a mate to begin with, which I understood, but it did eventually accept her as his mate. For me, I felt like he still never really wanted that though – the words were there, but I just didn’t feel it. The passion was there, but – again – I just didn’t feel it. I wanted to feel that irresistible chemistry and that mind-blowing connection between these characters. Between the new world, the new characters, and the storyline itself, the book was still an A for me though!
Can’t wait to see what the next tale brings!
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