Posted on March 26, 2018 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 2018 new release challenge, 3 stars, Christine Warren, eArc, Netgalley, Paranormal Romance, St. Martins Press, Take Control TBR / 0 Comments

Title : Something to Howl About

Author: Christine Warren
Series: Alphaville #0.5
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Swerve
Published : January 2, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 86
Format: eARC 
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
This is my first time reading Christine Warren’s work. It was not a bad experience, but I felt it could have been better. The story was entertaining and easy to read.
I loved the author’s view on the world of shifters.  This installment introduces readers to a town called Alphaville.  This is a town, which welcomes shifters of all species down on their luck and have issues be it financial, physical and emotional dealing with.  The town provides a haven for them to recover, recuperate, retreat and rejuvenate.
I enjoyed the interaction between the characters, which is filled with heat and humour. I laughed out a few times. I loved spending time with them and wished I had more time to know them.
However, as this is a novella there were a few things missing from the story. I believe with novellas, readers are cheated, as we are not given sufficient information to establish a connection with the characters. In addition, they sometimes come to an abrupt end leaving us less than satisfied with how the events are concluded.  This was no different. 
Character Development:
We are told that Annie (the female protagonist) had been banished from her pack. Since then she has wandered aimlessly from city to city. However, the author failed to enlighten her readers about the events that led to her banishment. I never had the chance to get to know the characters on a deeper level.

Some may consider this an insta-love scenario, but I am not sure I would call it that. I saw it more as a case of falling in lust.  As is the norm for most of the shifter stories I have read, the beasts within recognises their mate from the moment they meet.  This was no different. However, there was no romantic development. There was no effort by either of the characters in fighting for their relationship.
Annie came to Alphaville to offer her expertise as a geneticist to assist a bear clan who feared they were facing extinction.  I found this aspect of the story to be lacking pertinent details.  I never saw her using her skills in arriving at her conclusion.  The author also did not follow up on Annie’s option to return to her pack after fulfilling her assignment in Alphaville. The story came to an abrupt end, leaving me with several unanswered questions.
Overall, this was a fun story, and it provided me with the much-needed escape from reality.

WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps, in a brand-new paranormal romance series from New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren.

Dr. Annie Cryer has been called many things: Genius. Child prodigy. Scientific wonder.

Wolf Shifter.

Banished from her pack years ago, Annie’s lone wolf wandering has brought her to Alpha, Washington, home to all shifters who don’t quite fit in in the “normal” shifter word. Now Annie has the chance to go back home…if only she can make good on a favor her alpha owes the mayor of “Alphaville.” But it’s not much of a favor when you’re helping the hottest shifter in town…

Grizzly shifter Jonas Browning has a clan in trouble. They haven’t had a child born in over a hundred years…and their clan faces going completely extinct. Genetic scientist Anne Cryer has been sent to help save them. But what Jonas doesn’t count on is being irresistibly drawn to the small wolf shifter, and his bear isn’t about to let her go…

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