by Christine Warren
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on January 30, 2018
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
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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.
- 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.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge
- COYER Winter Switch Challenge 2017-2018