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ARC Review: Something To Howl About (Alphaville #0.5) by Christine Warren

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Flora Reviews… Something To Howl About (Alphaville #0.5) by Christine Warren. My thanks to the publisher St Martin’s Press (via Netgalley) for the advanced eBook in exchange for my candid opinion. The expected publication date is 2nd January 2018.

…So what’s Something To Howl About about?

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Title: Something to Howl About by Christine Warren
Series: Alphaville #0.5
Published by St Martin's Press on 2 January, 2018
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance, Erotic
Formats Available: eBook
No. of Pages: 86

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.
Wolf Shifter.

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...


Source: ARC
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Read: 21st – 22nd December 2017

Something To Howl About is a novella that kicks off the new paranormal romance series, Alphaville. Alpha, is an American town of outcast shifters located in the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. Affectionately called Alphaville by America’s paranormal community.

 …So, what did I like about Something To Howl About?

Christine Warren is a new-to-me author. I found this novella very easy to read and enjoyed the simple classic paranormal romance plot. I feel it sits happier in the erotica genre rather than the usual paranormal romance shelf. There was little actual “romance” or relationship building going on but quite a few hot and steamy scenes almost from the start. *be still my rapid pulse*

Something To Howl About is a light, entertaining romp.

Not a great deal of substance but an enjoyable read and a nice bit of escapism. Although this novella didn’t make me weep, it certainly got my blood pressure rising at the caveman sensibilities of our hero, Jonas. Because the passion between our two protagonists, Annie and Jonas, ignites instantly, my cheeks turned pink a few times too!

…So, um, was there anything I disliked about it?

I understand that writing a novella is tricky. A whole story has to be squeezed into minimal pages. However, I’ve got to be honest, I felt a bit let down with a few aspects of this one.

Firstly, the plot sells us the fact that Annie is a genius geneticist. However, in reality, it wasn’t a plotline that I could get my intellectual teeth stuck into and Ms Warren didn’t really go into any great detail.

Secondly, after the initial attraction that our romantic pair experienced and acted on, there was no “blossoming romance”, no tried and failed attempts from Jonas to win Annie over or visa versa, (hey I’m a modern gal) Annie does say she intends to win Jonas over but it never materialises which my ole romantic heart was really looking forward to.

Thirdly, we know that Annie has been banished from her pack and has been moving from place to place for the last three years. However, we never find out what heinous crime she committed to result in such a dramatic punishment. I hope that Ms Warren answers this question in the next Alphaville instalment.

And finally, the ending felt too abrupt. It felt too much like an easy fix both for Jonas and Annie to get their HEA ending and Annie solving the Brown Bear fertility issues.

…So, basically what I’m saying is…

This is a good, fun romp; an enjoyable quick read.

Due to the sexual content (it’s definitely steamy with a capital S), I’d recommend this book to adults who are fans of paranormal fated mate/insta-love stories with a bit of fire and passion.

So, has my review of SOMETHING TO HOWL ABOUT (ALPHAVILLE #0.5) encouraged you to find out more? Just click on any of the links to check out the book yourself.

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About Christine Warren

Author - Christine Warren

Born and raised in coastal New England, Christine Warren lived in the South and the Mid-Atlantic before hopping to the other side of the country to take up the life of a transplant in the Pacific Northwest. She completely bypassed those states in the middle due to her landlocking phobia. Hmm, need to research a scientific term for that...

When not scrambling frantically to complete her latest writing project, Christine spends most of her time as a crazy animal lady, hanging out with her dog Levi (he’s the one with the hair) and pretending to train him to have some manners. She also hangs out with her horse, Cal—a thoroughbred with a craving for strawberry licorice twists—her goddog, Merlin; and her best friend, fellow author Hannah Murray. In addition to playing with her pets, Christine’s hobbies include identifying dog breeds from photos of their underbellies, appreciating fine and not-so-fine wines, shopping for the perfect pair of Christian Louboutin shoes, and most of all reading things someone else had to agonize over.

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Thanks for visiting and taking the time to read my thoughts.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(6) Comments

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  6. […] launch her new series,  Alphaville. I enjoyed reading this book earlier this month (read my review here) and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to help spread the word about this fun new paranormal […]

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