The Howling by Erin McCarthy
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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For six months the nightmares have been chasing Liv Lugaru out of her sleep. The same terrifying dream, the same fevered wolves panting after her, their hot breath getting closer and closer as a full moon hangs heavy in the night sky—until she wakes up drenched in sweat, with her fiancé, the brother of the man who broke her heart, gazing down at her . . .
Six months ago, Sebastian was almost killed by his brother in a power struggle within their werewolf pack. His disappearance opened the way for his brother to console Liv, win her trust . . . without ever telling her of their true heritage. Now Sebastian is ready to reclaim his rightful place—to rise up with the moon and claim the only woman he’s ever loved . . .
Liv has been having dreams for the past six months about wolves. In the dream it seems to be her as the central figure, but it’s set in the 19th century so she’s confused. She chalks it up to nerves because of her impending wedding. A wedding to Scarborough, the brother of the man who disappeared on her six months ago, along with all her money. Scar had been there for her and when he’d asked her to marry him, she thought it was the best idea. After these dreams she’s thinking that maybe marrying him wasn’t such a great idea.
Sebastian, the man who broke Liv’s heart, didn’t just disappear. He was attacked and left for dead and has been recovering and in hiding since that time. Now that Scarborough is out of town he can finally talk to Liv and tell her how much he loves her, and they can live happily ever after. But when Liv finds out who she really is, and what exactly happened to Sebastian, Liv’s life changes forever.
This was a super short book that is a reprint. It was previously in an anthology called The Beast Within but is now being republished as a standalone novella. I didn’t realize when I started reading that this was a reprint and lo and behold, I’d read it before. I did finish it the second time so that’s a point in its favor.
The story almost feels like you’re being dumped into a book that’s already in progress. I didn’t like that at all and while it wasn’t confusing, I did find it frustrating. This can’t really be termed a romance novel because the H/h are really already in love and have just been separated. More of a reunion story, imho.
The scenario that Liv found herself in might have been more interesting if this had been a longer story. Add Sebastian in first, have Scar come along and take over, then have the H/h reunite. That would have been awesome. I also think that because this was so short that not a lot of depth was added to the characters and that was disappointing.
In the end I found this to be just an ok read.
Rating: 2 out of 5