Book Review – Baby, I’m Howling For You

Posted April 3, 2018 by Kathy in 3 Stars, Book Review / 4 Comments

Book Review – Baby, I’m Howling For YouBaby, I'm Howling For You Series: Alphaville #1
by Christine Warren
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on January 30, 2018
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Pages: 304
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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three-stars
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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?

 

Baby, I’m Howling For You is the first book in Christine Warren’s Alphaville series.  This was also my first book from this author and I’ve discovered a new paranormal author to add to my reading list.

My thoughts:

  • Alpha, Washington is a safe haven for troubled shifters. In the Alphaville world, shifters are known to the humans and must live according to strict laws. The small town of Alpha is run by shifters and is a place where they can heal and be surrounded by their kind. I liked that this series is a mix of different shifters of wolves, lions, leopards and bears. They all work together to keep the town residents safe. The town is filled with some interesting and likable characters whom I hope will be featured in future books.
  • I have mixed feelings about the main characters Renny and Mick. It was a love/hate relationship for me with them. Renny is a wolf on the run from a crazy, stalker coyote. She flees to Alpha as her only hope for safety and as she arrives she stumbles upon Mick.  Mick is a wolf who came to Alpha after the death of his mate.  Living in isolation, Mick buries himself in his work and in the sorrow of losing his mate. He has no plans of mating again, until he meets Renny. The sparks flew the moment they meet, but because of his pain Mick ignores his inner wolfs desire to mate again.  I understood Mick’s pain but there were times I felt he was too cold to Renny. Their mate bond is strong, but I thought there wasn’t enough passion. Renny’s insecurities about their relationship was understandable because of Mick’s lack of sincerity. Their mating felt like it was a chore for Mick and was breaking Renny’s heart. Eventually we see their connection but getting to this point was at a slow pace. Renny started off as a strong, independent character but I found her a bit annoying. Renny teetered from taking control of her life to feeling sorry for causing problems for the town. Renny and Mick weren’t great characters for me, but the supporting characters kept me interested.
  • The story has action, suspense and romance. I thought the plot was interesting, but the pace was slow. There were hot sex scenes, but I felt there were too many that I skimmed through it to get back to the storyline.

 

Despite my issues I thought this was a good introduction for a new series. I loved the supporting characters, especially Molly and Zeke, and the towns mixture of different shifters. The action and suspense were well-written and kept me intrigued.

 

 

Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
two-half-stars
Writing
three-stars
Pacing
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

About Christine Warren

Born and raised in coastal New England, Christine Warren lived in the South and the Mid-Atlantic before hopping to the other side of the country to take up the life of a transplant in the Pacific Northwest. She completely bypassed those states in the middle due to her landlocking phobia. Hmm, need to research a scientific term for that...

When not scrambling frantically to complete her latest writing project, Christine spends most of her time as a crazy animal lady, hanging out with her dog Levi (he’s the one with the hair) and pretending to train him to have some manners. She also hangs out with her horse, Cal—a thoroughbred with a craving for strawberry licorice twists—her goddog, Merlin; and her best friend, fellow author Hannah Murray. In addition to playing with her pets, Christine’s hobbies include identifying dog breeds from photos of their underbellies, appreciating fine and not-so-fine wines, shopping for the perfect pair of Christian Louboutin shoes, and most of all reading things someone else had to agonize over.

She enjoys hearing from readers and can be reached via email sent to Christine@christinewarren.net or by postal mail to Christine Warren, PO Box 871900, Vancouver, WA 98687-1900.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2018 New Release Challenge
  • COYER Winter Switch Challenge 2017-2018

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4 responses to “Book Review – Baby, I’m Howling For You

    • Kathy

      This wasn’t as great as other shifter books I’ve read. I hope you enjoy the genre.

    • Kathy

      I’m going to wait for reviews of the second book. I liked the story but too bad the main characters weren’t a favorite. Thanks Melanie!