Friday, July 13, 2018

Release Day Reviews ~ Camwolf by JL Merrow

Release Day Reviews ~ Camwolf by JL Merrow

Title: Camwolf
Author: JL Merrow
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Category: Paranormal: Shifters
Pages: 196
Dreamspinner  Amazon
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.

3.5 Stars!

Dr. Nick Sewell has a career that he loves and a good set of friends. Lately, he finds himself attracted to a new student, Julian. He fights his attraction to Julian, but in the end, happens upon Julian in a compromising situation that causes him to let his secret slip. Julian throws Nick for a loop when he reveals that he is a werewolf, too.

I wanted to like this book more than I did. I did like Nick. He tried to do his best for his students and kept mostly to himself outside of work since he was turned into a werewolf. He fights his nature and doesn't really know much about being a werewolf. His wolf wants Julian just as much as the man does, but the possessiveness that he feels really bothers him.

We get Nick's viewpoint through most of the book; it alternates with Julian's friend, Tiffany. Tiffany is a very good friend but is pining for Julian. I wished she wouldn't have let Julian use her, but was glad when she stood up for herself. She definitely helped move things along and was a bit of a spitfire.

I felt like I really never got to know Julian; we don't get his viewpoint. It was hard to know what he was thinking, feeling, or what he had been through. He never talks about his past in a manner that helps to understand him or his submissive nature. It ended up making me feel like I should have felt more for him than I did. There were other things about this book that bothered me, mostly that Nick finally had a source to understand his werewolf nature better, but never seemed interested in learning more about it. Also, the interactions with Julian's father and mother just seemed odd to me. I think more world building or insight into the werewolves may have helped.

All in all, it was an interesting read. I'd be willing to read another book set in this world if the author were to expand on it.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

3 Stars!

Nick knows he shouldn’t be crushing on Julian. After all, it is highly inappropriate for a professor to be lusting over a student. However, Nick can’t deny that he’s intensely drawn to Julian. As a werewolf though he will have to be very careful.

I had high hopes for J.L. Merrow’s Camwolf. I love paranormal stories, especially books that deal with Shifters. While I found the blurb quite intriguing I was left a bit let down and feeling like this one was simply just ok. Could it be me? It’s possible. I could be suffering from a book hangover and just wasn’t quite prepared for something different so soon. So with that in mind, who knows, maybe you will find Nick and Julian’s story is right up your alley.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

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