Camp H.O.W.L. by Bru Baker

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/camp-howl-by-bru-baker-8876-b

Blurb

Moonmates exist, but getting together is going to be a beast….
When Adrian Rothschild skipped his “werewolf puberty,” he assumed he was, somehow, human. But he was wrong, and he’s about to go through his Turn with a country between him and his Pack—scared, alone, and eight years late.
Dr. Tate Lewis’s werewolf supremacist father made his Turn miserable, and now Tate works for Camp H.O.W.L. to ease the transition for young werewolves. He isn’t expecting to offer guidance to a grown man—or find his moonmate in Adrian. Tate doesn’t even believe in the legendary bond; after all, his polygamist father claimed five. But it’s clear Adrian needs him, and if Tate can let his guard down, he might discover he needs Adrian too.
A moonmate is a wolf’s missing piece, and Tate is missing a lot of pieces. But is Adrian up to the challenge?

Review

I liked the premise of this story. The whole idea of shifting for the first time being physically and psychologically hard was appealing. That along with learning to control the shift felt so right I thought this was going to be my kind of book. And it was up to a point. At the start the story is focused on Adrian who starts to go through his shift at the age of 27. The story focuses in on Tate, the reclusive camp councillor. I was anticipating a fated mates storyline and they did have a deep attraction to each other but it felt very civilised. And a very slow burn. The slow progression of their relationship was due to Tate coming to terms with being a moonmate after the way his father treated his moonmate s. Tate is packless by choice and being a moonmate may mean being back in a pack. Tate has to go through a lot of soul searching but I didn’t get the balance of what Adrian was going through. He became a werewolf when he thought he was the the genetic blip human in his family.

In my opinion the slow burn went on for too long. About three quarters of the way through I was starting to loose interest in the will they won’t they story. My thoughts drifted of to wondering about Adrian’s Families reaction to his change in status and what did it mean for Adrian. I’m not sure if the story contained more angst it would have it better or worse.

If you don’t like the concept of instant mates this is the story for you. If however very slow burn romance is not your cup of tea, this won’t work for you. But if you’re like me and will give anything a go you might find this story a nice low angst read.

 

3 of 5 stars

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Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review

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