Growl: An Anthology
The three short novels in this book are what I thought all paranormal romances would be like, with a lot of strange plotlines surrounding bizarre sex scenes that are more erotica than adventurous love stories with supernatural characters and magic as part of the plot. If you can suspend your disbelief enough to not get repulsed or confused, maybe this kind of paranormal romance is for you.
Legal Wolf’s Mate by Eve Langlais: This short, quick read is kind of like a comic book because of its simplicity and fast, action packed pace. Gavin is a lawyer/werewolf, with a new client, Megan. She is a plump, seemingly very average secretary who is accused of murdering her boss. When Gavin first sees her, he’s outraged because he knows she is destined to be his mate, and he doesn’t want to give up his bachelor ways. As a werewolf, he has no choice but to obey nature’s laws. So he decides to take her case, win it and then woo her, because it’s unethical to have a romantic relationship with a client. But of course, things get sexy and more complicated between them before he can win her case. Also, there is much more to Megan than meets the eye—namely that she is a trained assassin, and she is equally distressed to be falling in love with a werewolf, a type of creature with which she is not entirely unfamiliar.
Feral Passions by Kate Douglas: Cherry is a smart lady with a PhD and an interesting job in advertising research who has horrible self esteem. She’s overweight and has only had terrible experiences with men. Her sister Christa wants her to come on vacation with her to a unique resort called Feral Passions. It’s staffed exclusively by men, and only takes small groups of women as guests. Cherry thinks it sounds weird, but finally she gives in to the badgering and joins Christa and her friend Stephanie. Unbeknownst to the guests, the guys who run the resort are werewolves—really old werewolves. Being a werewolf stops the aging process, so they all look to be very healthy men in their thirties, in prime physical condition. Their pack is dying out because none of them have found their mates yet—hence, the resort, which is marketed as a wolf preserve where the guests can interact with semi-tame wolves. Two of the men, Brad and Cain, take a liking to Cherry. She is baffled by this, since she thinks she is hideous and no man will ever be interested in her, especially not two men as attractive as these. It gets very complicated and extremely sexual between the three of them, and Cherry is sad that the end of her vacation is looming, but Brad and Cain have a surprising solution for her. This peculiar story isn’t as cartoonish and includes more detail about the characters and their inner thoughts.
The Alpha’s Woman by A.C. Arthur: Kira’s werewolf pack, The Hunters, is embroiled in conflict with another pack, The Devoted. The Hunters are more aggressive and emphatically dislike humans. In her human life, Kira has just graduated from college with a degree in psychology, which she wants to use for developing an understanding of the werewolf mind. Her mother was killed shortly after Kira’s graduation, and Kira is trying to get over her grief and move on, but the battle between the packs keeps drawing her back in, especially because her father wants to marry her off to an alpha male of his choosing. Kira’s human side doesn’t want to follow these old arcane rules, but her wolf side can’t resist Blaez, an alpha wolf who kidnaps her. Again, it gets extremely sexual and complex, as Kira struggles to find her place in the world.