Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When Adrian Rothschild skipped his “werewolf puberty,” he assumed he was, somehow, human. But he was wrong, and he’s about to go through his Turn with a country between him and his Pack—scared, alone, and eight years late.
Dr. Tate Lewis’s werewolf supremacist father made his Turn miserable, and now Tate works for Camp H.O.W.L. to ease the transition for young werewolves. He isn’t expecting to offer guidance to a grown man—or find his moonmate in Adrian. Tate doesn’t even believe in the legendary bond; after all, his polygamist father claimed five. But it’s clear Adrian needs him, and if Tate can let his guard down, he might discover he needs Adrian too.
A moonmate is a wolf’s missing piece, and Tate is missing a lot of pieces. But is Adrian up to the challenge?
In Camp H.O.W.L. author Bru Baker gives us a story with so many wonderful new ideas that it kept me thinking of other story possibilities that extended past the ending of this heartwarming tale. In a neat twist on wolf mates, Baker gives us “moonmates”, an instant bond that’s rare even in this universe. We get the definition from those who ought to know, watch the progression of their bond, and then learn how the moonmate mythology has affected the couple in their pasts in markedly different ways.
Another terrific element? That of a camp geared towards teaching werewolf youngsters how to handle the change in every way possible. I’m talking how not to use their Snapchat and expose all of wolfdom to humans as well as werewolf hygiene. It’s rampant hormone time. Brilliant! Plus the breakdown in types and how that is handled at tables at the camp? I really wanted to see more of that dynamic too. Camp H.O.W.L. could absolutely be an endearing, connectible LGBT YA series, full of teens such as the ones in here in need of support and guidance at the most important time of their lives. Part of me wanted to see Tate and Adrian stay and continue on at the Camp doing just that.
However, the best part of Camp H.O.W.L. is the romance between Tate and Adrian. It’s sweet, mostly angst free, and downright heartwarming. It will also make you howl for more because this is but the first stage in their lives and it ends just as another is getting started. I know I wanted to know so much more about how Adrian’s family adjusted to Adrian’s new status and moonmate. The “chemistry” the author got across between the characters more than made up for any small narrative gaps I felt I saw in the story. But it definitely doesn’t stop me from wanting to know what comes next. And with Tate’s background, an entire book could be written on them and Tate’s new status as well. See? More possibilities!
Love werewolves and the mate bond? Love a new romance with a twist? Check out Camp H.O.W.L. by Bru Baker. It’s one I definitely recommend.
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson did a terrific job with the cover. Definitely caught my eye.
ebook, 238 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
settingIndiana (United States)