Book Reviews

Camwolf by JL Merrow at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Students/Teachers/Professors / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 13-July-2018

Book Blurb

A race to save his lover—by becoming his own worst nightmare.

 

Dr. Nick Sewell has it all. Good friends, a career as a Cambridge academic… and recently, a tendency to turn into a wolf every full moon. When a new student arrives from Germany, Nick is horrified by his visceral attraction to the troubled youth—not to mention his violent jealousy when he sees Julian with another man. He’s floored to find out Julian is a werewolf too.

 

Unlike Nick, Julian has spent his life among other wolves, and in this subject, he’s the teacher and Nick the student. Nick struggles to adjust to this reversal of roles, especially since he’s an alpha and Julian a natural submissive. That dynamic just adds to the attraction smoldering between them, whether they’re in human form or wolf.

 

But Julian’s pack and the abuse he suffered aren’t far behind him. And the pack wants to reclaim him. For Nick to hold on to his lover, he’ll have to come to terms with the violent acts of his past—and embrace the monster within.

 

 

 

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing Ltd., May 2011.


Book Review

I am consistently drawn to paranormal, particularly shifter, stories as the lore can often be manipulated in fascinating ways by the author during the worldbuild. In ‘Camwolf’ the author has created a place where shifters are not known to humans, werewolves are not born – they are only made, and it’s very possible to be turned and then know nothing about being a werewolf. Which is exactly the situation Nick found himself facing three years ago when he was bitten by a boyfriend and then said boyfriend disappeared, leaving Nick confused about a number of things. Not just confused, but basically in the dark and feeling his way through this new life he suddenly found himself in.

It’s not until Nick meets Julian and discovers he’s a werewolf too, that Nick learns he can shift more often than just at the full moon, there are other werewolves and some live in packs, and that he’s an alpha while Julian is a submissive. The first time Nick and Julian shift and run together, Nick is so worried that he’ll attack Julian because that’s what happened between Nick and his ex-boyfriend. Julian has to explain that only two alphas would naturally fight over territory and dominance. Since Julian is submissive, Nick is thrilled to discover they can be together in wolf form and it brings such a feeling of peace to him. Unfortunately, there are a few other things Nick discovers about himself and his wolf, within Julian’s presence. Things that Nick struggles with as a human being.  

“Mine,” Nick growled. Julian’s only reply was to bare his bloodied throat once more. Nick almost hit him. Horrified, he thrust himself back and scrambled to his feet, struggling to control his ragged breathing as Julian stared at him in shock. “You don’t want…?” “I want,” Nick assured him grimly. He closed his eyes for a moment, breathing deeply, then opened them once more. “Never do that again. Never offer yourself to me like a lamb to the bloody slaughter.”

Julian grew up in Germany in his father’s pack. His father changed him when Julian was fourteen and then turned him over to his beta, Boris. For two years Julian suffered under Boris’s “love” until his mom whisked them away to England to protect them both. Boris, however, isn’t about to let “His Own”, as he thinks of Julian, escape from him again, and Boris is a sadistic alpha with an evil wolf. Nick is suddenly thrown much farther into the world of werewolves than he ever expected to be, and it doesn’t take him long to realize that he’s going to have to let his animal instincts guide him through this unfamiliar territory.

A fabulously different view of shifter lore, ‘Camwolf’ is quite the suspenseful read. I struggled some with wanting to smack both of the main characters for not being able to verbalize their emotions until I realized a) they’re British and that says just about everything, and b) Julian, who is more knowledgeable regarding werewolf behavior, is also submissive and doesn’t know how to talk, as an equal, to Nick. It still left me feeling frustrated a few times but not enough to hinder my enjoyment of the tale. There were a few wonderful secondary characters who rounded everything out and made the read even more of a delight. I can easily recommend if you’re a lover of all things shifter.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 204 pages/67887 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-July-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/camwolf-by-jl-merrow-9733-b