Camwolf by J.L. Merrow
To save his lover, he must become his own worst nightmare.
Dr. Nick Sewell. Non-conformist. Werewolf. The first puts him at odds with his colleagues’ idea of how an All Saints College lecturer should behave. The second, bestowed upon him by an ex-boyfriend, puts him at odds with himself.
There’s his tendency to change into a wolf on the full moon. And his visceral attraction to Julian Lauder, a troubled young German student. Despite his determination not to act on his desire, Nick’s brutal response to seeing Julian with another man frightens them both. At first.
Then Nick learns that Julian is not only a naturally submissive werewolf, but one who has learned better how to deal with just being a werewolf. That explains the attraction, but it doesn’t make it any easier when the tables are turned, and Julian—once the student—is now teaching Nick…who still isn’t happy about conforming to the “werewolf way”.
Meanwhile, reports of a strange wolf stalking the town barely register on Nick’s radar—until Julian disappears. Accusing eyes—both wolf and human—are turned toward Nick. Even with the help of friends, hope is growing as cold as the kidnapper’s trail. Unless Nick gives free rein to the wolf’s inhuman power…
Warning: Contains hot outdoor, alliterative insults, allusions to abuse, and really awful sherry.
I wanted to really like this book. I love paranormal stories. This had some of the typical themes of a werewolf story as mate and mine but it’s not a fated mate or the like. It had some dark elements at play too, abuse being the biggest. Everything was there for a wonderful story. Problem was that it didn’t deliver.
Nick after becoming a werewolf never really tried to learn anything about it and just fought it. It makes sense that if he could become one there would be others so doing SOME research would make sense. He didn’t seem to and it caused him trouble. His last boyfriend he abused in a jealous, possessive rage. Again you would think he would get some help…nope, he runs away from it and just figures no more boyfriends for him. Yeah, didn’t make him real likable.
Julian, was given by his father to his beta to be trained but was physically abused. I have a hard time with the idea his father wouldn’t have picked up on this and stopped it or that he would have even thought a wolf like Julian would make much of a fighter. His mother flees with him to England where Julian just sluts around. I don’t get this either. I get that his mother would hesitate over taking him for help to a psychologist but I would think she would try to do something to get him help since he just seems self destructive. He is a bit of a brat to Nick. I felt sorry for Julian but otherwise I really didn’t get a feel for him. The “relationship” he has with Nick doesn’t seem built on much but attraction and them both being werewolves.
The whole of the story never deals much with either man’s issues. There is a very mild attempt with Nick’s but VERY mild. I liked the writing it was good and very intricate. I just didn’t do well as a story.
Posted on Saturday, October 5th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, Fantasy, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ, Two Roses and tagged J.L. Merrow, M/M Romance, Novel, Samhain Publishing, Shifters, Two Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.