Monday, October 10, 2016

Book Review: THE WEREWOLF AND HIS BOY by Warren Rochelle

Warren Rochelle
The Werewolf and His Boy
September 27, 2016


Their leap of faith could unleash magic-or plunge them into darkness.

Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin's since graduating high school. He likes it-especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can't find him. Without that talent, he would never have survived growing up different.
When a new hire enters the store, Henry's other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.
Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different-he senses Henry's attraction the moment they meet. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.
Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing-even extermination-to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand the mysteries of their own hearts.
Warning: Contains a werewolf and a godling, prescient dreams, bloodthirsty monsters, annoying pets, (mostly) friendly witches, dark secrets, sex in hardwares, and meddling gods.

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Carra's Review

The Werewolf and His Boy takes multiple paranormal aspects and blends them together in a unique story that keeps the adrenaline high and will demand your attention, so be prepared to keep up!

Both main characters, Henry and Jamey, are timid and try not to call attention to themselves, both preferring to remain off anyone's radar.  But the pull they have to each other once they meet makes that virtually impossible once things in the story are set in motion.  Neither young man has any idea of who and what they each really are, so this story also has the element of self-discovery for both of them.  Their characters are complex-and complicated.  The story also has quite a few intriguing supporting characters that give additional story depth and will keep you on your toes as you'll be seeing some things that you won't expect.

For me, the first part of the story started off a bit slowly, which made it hard for me to get into it and stay focused.  But about a third of the way in things start to really pick up as the action and excitement really get underway.  I did get a little frustrated at Jamey's continual internal battle when it came to his orientation and the ever-present vitriol from his parents.  This is something that always frustrates me in this genre (mostly because it makes me extremely ticked off with the characters who are spewing this nonsense), but with the way it was more central to this story just was a bit aggravating for me.

I liked the weaving together of the different magical details that created an elaborate backstory, and I'm always a fan of different paranormal creatures in a story.  There was also the ongoing sexual tension between Henry and Jamey that really upped the angst of course at the climax of the story (a bit of a pun intended), things become explosive.

The Werewolf and His Boy  was a 3.5-star read for me.  I'd recommend this to M/M paranormal romance fans who like their stories high on the angst, and be advised that this book is meant for readers 18+ due to adult language and M/M sexual content.

About the Author

Warren Rochelle is a Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His short fiction and poetry are published in such journals as Aboriginal Science Fiction, Forbidden Lines, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, the Asheville Poetry Review, the North Carolina Literary Review, Romance and Beyond, and Icarus. A critical book, Communities of the Heart: the Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, was published by Liverpool University Press in early 2001. 
Golden Gryphon Press published his first novel, The Wild Boy, in the fall of 2001, and his second novel, Harvest of Changelings, in 2007. His third novel, The Called, also published by Golden Gryphon, was published in July 2010.
The Werewolf and His Boy, his fourth novel, releases on September 27, 2016 from Samhain Publishing.

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