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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Howling For My Baby by Beverly Rae

Howling For My Baby by Beverly Rae
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (187 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Romeo and Juliet never had to worry about being skinned alive.

A Cannon Pack Romance book one.

Sydney Skeller’s father is spitting bullets over her reluctance to join the family business as a shifter hunter. The last thing Daddy needs to know is why—she yearns for a lover who’s man enough for a relationship but animal enough to give her the wild ride of her dreams. After a treadmill mishap lands her in a tangled heap with Jason Cannon, she wonders if she’s finally found her beast, er, man. One session in bed and one bite later, she’s sure. Now if only she can keep her father from mounting Jason’s head on a wall…

Jason is all man on the surface, but wolf shifter down to the bone. He’s more than ready to stop “playing the pack” and find his one true mate, and Sydney of the luscious curves is the woman of his dreams. Finding out that she comes from a family sworn to eradicate his kind isn’t a deal-breaker. But her outrageous plan for him to masquerade as the wolf in hunter’s clothing, right under her father’s very nose, could be asking more than he ever expected to give.

Howling for My Baby is a hilarious tale of true love and what happens when life gets in the way. The laughter is contagious, and the comedy of errors makes this a fantastic romp. Even the conflicts are humorous.

Sydney Skeller has dreamt of him most of her life, this gorgeous man who is so much more. The dreams show him as a man and as his other self, a strong and noble black wolf. Syd knows they are destined to meet and be together, she just doesn’t know where or when. After a less than successful visit to a psychic with her friend to find out, she meets him in her gym, in a less than glamorous way. Jason Cannon, new owner of the gym and pack alpha, has dreamt of Syd, too, and is delighted at their meeting. After a less than auspicious meeting (can you say wardrobe malfunction), Jason pursues Syd, and they come to an understanding. So far so good, girl meets boy, they like each other and all’s well that ends well, right?

Not on your life, with this one. Did I mention Syd’s father, who is determined that Syd join the family business? Syd tries to discourage this idea, and with good reason. You see, Syd’s father is the leader of a group of shifter hunters, and he wants his little girl to be just like him. The lengths Syd goes to avoid joining the hunters takes several hilarious turns once she promises her father she will go on one hunt, but will not kill. Dad is sure once she goes, she will be hooked. But Syd made the promise before meeting Jason, and the twists in the story just get better and better. From the time Syd’s mom walks in on her and Jason, in bed after he has mated and claimed her, it’s clear that things are going downhill in a hurry. Dad continues the pressure on his little girl to hunt, and somehow Syd convinces Jason to go with her. Her logic is that they can prevent any shifters being killed if they go, and in spite of his better judgment, he goes along with it. The methods Syd and Jason use to keep her dad from learning what Jason really is are wide ranging, and in most cases hilarious. Several characters have secret lives: there is the struggling young medical student who sidelines as the psychic and also as a female impersonator in the local gay club. Or Syd’s ex-boyfriend Max, who doesn’t really want her, but wants the position as son-in-law to the hunter leader. Everyone has secrets to hide, and every single secret has its own price to pay.

There is a lot to laugh at in this tale of love and secrets. As for Beverly Rae, anyone who can name a flamboyantly gay werewolf Benjy Boudoir certainly has my attention. The characters Ms. Rae has created are full of life and energy, and the world they inhabit is one that I want to visit again. The romance is spicy without feeling voyeuristic, with the emotions of Syd and Jason realistically portrayed. The twist in the plot keep you guessing up to the very end. If you want a fun reading experience, You will enjoy the antics of Syd and Jason and the whole cast of characters that Beverly Rae has skillfully crafted in Howling For My Baby.