HOWLING AT THE MOON
(Tales of an Urban Werewolf #1)
by Karen MacInerney
Romance is about to get a little hairy.
Sophie Garou seems to have it all: a great job at a prestigious accounting firm, a closet that rivals a Nordstrom showroom, and a terrific boyfriend who isn’t afraid to use the “M” word. There’s just one little itty-bitty problem: Sophie is a werewolf–and her time of month has a whole new meaning.
Needless to say, life among yummy flesh-and-blood humans is no piece of steak . . . er, cake!, but regular doses of wolfsbane tea and a mother who runs a magic shop have helped Sophie keep her paranormal pedigree under wraps. Still, when a sexy, golden-eyed werewolf prowls into town, Sophie finds herself struggling to keep her animal impulses in check–not to mention trying to keep things on track with her super hot (and super human) lawyer boyfriend. What’s more, someone is threatening to expose Sophie for what she really is. And when her mother is accused of selling a poison-laced potion, Sophie must sniff out a culprit before the fur hits the fan.
Sophie Garou is a closet werewolf. It's kind of amazing that she's made it this far in life without being found out, as she shaves multiple times a day, drinks nightshade tea, and needs to take time off work four times a year for involuntary solstice/full moon triggered shifts. Only her mother knows about her wolfy side - not even her best friend, Lindsay, or longtime boyfriend, Heath, know her secret. Now that she's up for partner, Sophie can't afford a scandal. Her mother getting thrown in prison on murder charges, and then refusing to get a lawyer because the truth is on her side, really isn't helping. Neither is Sally, her personal assistant who is seemingly out to get her. When a new, very sexy, very masculine werewolf shows up in Austin, Sophie knows that things are going to get hairy.
This is a very cute urban fantasy novel - probably about as far away from dark as you can get, but that's not a bad thing. I needed a break from some darker UFs, and this was the perfect book for that purpose. Sophie is sweet, smart, and snarky. Her mother, Carmen, is hilarious, a hippie witch who owns a shop called Sit-A-Spell. Sophie doesn't want her boyfriend, Heath, to find out about Carmen, and has managed to put off introducing them for almost a year, because she is afraid that Carmen will send him running with her witchy ways. What Sophie goes through to keep them apart is, at times, unbelievable. Other little details are what really make this book funny, e.g. as a wolf, Sophie has no hair on her back legs, but she does still have on her pantyhose. That's not something you see every day!
The only thing I didn't like about this book was the love triangle between Sophie, Heath, and Tom. It felt forced. Sophie obviously only had eyes for Heath, and in fact made no moves toward Tom of her own volition. So I didn't really buy the attraction between Sophie and Tom, only the fact that Tom was interested in Sophie, and that was probably only because she had managed to shield herself for so long. That seemed to be a skill that most werewolves don't have, so of course he would want to know how she managed to do it, especially with no connection to her lupine roots.
I have high hopes for the second book, and I hope you all give this one a shot!
The other two books in the Tales of an Urban Werewolf series are On the Prowl and Leader of the Pack. MacInerney also has a non-paranormal series called Grey Whale Inn, beginning with Murder on the Rocks.