Published by St. Martin's Press on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, Shifters
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...
SOMETHING TO HOWL ABOUT is the start of a new series by Christine Warren. I haven’t read her previous books so I was quite excited to see how she would compare to my favorite PNR authors. This is a novella and a really fast read.
The two main characters are shifters, the female a wolf and the male a bear. Annie has been banned from her pack for something she did and wasn’t explained, unfortunately. I think the author left us a little hanging there. Yes, I could read the other books to find out but that’s not the purpose of this introduction. I wanted the facts, quick and dirty. It didn’t bother me too much but it might annoy readers who haven’t read her previous series either.
When Annie comes to Alphaville her purpose is to help Jonas, the alpha of the bear clan, find out why the people he’s responsible for won’t reproduce. Both of them fall in lust instantly and while Annie recognizes him right away as her mate, Jonas is a little slow on the uptake.
The bear didn’t want to hurt Annie; it wanted to taste her.
While he acknowledges their attraction he gets a rash even thinking about…mate-dom? Or is it mate-hood? Anyhoo, there is a reason for that but I found that one a little fabricated. Jonas is totally clueless and not very diplomatic about his doubts. He was a bit douche-y but somehow endearing.
“I mean, I’m obviously attracted to you, and judging by that kiss you could say the same right back, but we just met. No one said anything about mates. No need for crazy talk.”
Since this is a novella the progression of the relationship is pretty fast, especially since the main characters spend less than 50% of the story in one room. While shifters do things differently and the suspension of disbelief is a prerequisite of PNR stories I found this a little too fast.
I love the author’s snarky writing style. I chuckled quite a bit and it’s what made this story really enjoyable. The fact that the shifters’ animals had their own personality was entertaining, it felt a bit like a symbiotic relationship. Overall, I had fun with this introduction to Christine Warren’s new series!