Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Nick Perry is tired of helping people with their marriages, so when a spot opens up to work with teens at Camp H.O.W.L., he jumps at it. He doesn’t expect to fall in lust with the dreamy new camp doctor, Drew Welch. But Drew is human, and Nick has seen secrets ruin too many relationships to think that a human/werewolf romance can go anywhere.
Happy-go-lucky Drew may not sprout claws, but he’s been part of the Were community all his life. He has no trouble fitting in at the camp—except for Nick’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing attraction between them and his ridiculous stance on dating humans. Fate intervenes when one of his private practice patients threatens Drew’s life. Will the close call help Nick to see a connection like theirs isn’t something to let go of?
Under a Blue Moon by Bru Baker is another strong novel in her Camp H.O.W.L. series. Camp H.O.W.L. is a highly expensive, secluded extended training ground for all were’s undergoing their first shifts. Complete with psychologists, trainers, other doctors, and seasoned counselors who have been through it all, these teenagers are there to understand their new status and adjust that to the outside world…ie without letting the humans know that shifters exist.
It’s a remarkable theme to base a series on and it absolutely works as various staff have rotated out with each story. Plus we have gotten to know the staff that remain as well as some endearing and not so endearing teens.
In Under a Blue Moon we have two new staff arriving at Camp H.O.W.L., one arriving as a result of the coupling from the first story (highly recommended). It starts off hot, anonymous, and yes, meet cute. Then things go downhill from there.
I really loved that beginning but unfortunately it sets up Nick Perry as a bit of a jerk for most of the rest of the story. His stubbornness in failing to see Drew as anything other than a frail, unworthy human becomes especially irritating in the face of Drew having proved over and over that he’s anything but. I could see it at first but it carried on throughout the storyline far too long imo. Throw in the fact that Drew has been raised in a pack environment for most of his life? Well, after the upteenth time, you just get tired of reading about Nick period. It wears you down.
What redeems the story is Drew. He’s a terrific character as are all the secondary ones around him, many of whom you have met already in the first story. The series basics as well as the book foundations are amazing. They push you through the annoying elements until finally Nick overcomes his “human blindness” and sees the real Drew who is more than a match for him.
There was a lovely ending and of course, it makes me want the next story even more.
Want a great twist on a shifter romance and series? Look no farther than the Camp H.O.W.L. series by Bru Baker.
Cover art: Aaron Anderson. Love the cover. Works in every way.
ebook, 228 pages
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Series Camp H.O.W.L.
Under a Blue Moon