Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Happily ever after is right under their noses.
Harris has been keeping a big secret for years—his unrequited mate bond with his best friend, Jackson. He’s convinced himself that having Jackson in his life is enough. That, and his work at Camp H.O.W.L., keeps him going.
Things get complicated when Jackson applies for a high-ranking Tribunal job in New York City—far from Camp H.O.W.L. The position requires he relinquish all Pack bonds… and that’s when his wolf decides to choose a mate. Suddenly Jackson sees his best friend in a sizzling new light.
Their chemistry is through the roof, but they’re setting themselves up for broken hearts—and broken bonds—if Jackson can’t figure out a way to balance his career and the love that’s just been waiting for him to take notice.
Hiding in Plain Sight by Bru Baker finishes out the Camp H.O.W.L. trilogy that I’ve loved reading and become so fond of. A series built around a great premise, a high security, upscale camp for weres, mostly teens, going through their First transformation, it’s featured a succession of couples who have meet through jobs there, mated, and then moved forward. Mostly to a pack in New York City. More on that later.
Along with their stories we got to see some stories of the younger campers, the dynamics of the camp, and exactly why the isolation and intense training was required to let those enrolled survive not only their First transformation but become even a Pack member. The rigors at times placed were incredible yet needed. I enjoyed this series on so many levels, from the interaction between the teenagers in transition and adults guiding them to the couples finding their way to each other. At each step, the stories had so much to offer.
But it wasn’t until I was perhaps halfway through Hiding in Plain Sight that I realized that the author was preparing us to say goodbye to Camp HOWL. I won’t tell you the specifics but I could see she was getting ready to move her characters forward even when I wasn’t sure I was ready for that myself. Baker even introduced several new elements here, different supernatural species that interact with the weres and the Council that I’m wondering what roles that will play in upcoming stories. Yes, after this a new series centering around the Connell Pack in NYC begins. That’s where all the other couples went to begin their new lives as mates.
As to Hiding in Plain Sight? It’s that friends to mate love story with a dash of intrigue and adventure thrown in. I thought the characters were great, their chemistry off the charts, and the secondary cast strong as usual. The author was laying a lot of ground work here for the next series to come. There’s an afterword (yes, I read those as well) that explains the new series that’s arriving. I have high hopes that its as strong as Camp HOWL is. I will miss all the campers however, food fights, forest hunts, and the high drama of teenagers and even one adult going through the changes and all those couples finding love and their mates.
I can’t wait now for the new series to start. If you haven’t read this trilogy and are lovers of the supernatural, weres in particular, than grab up all three stories and do a little binge reading in advance of the new series release! I definitely recommend them all.
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson. I like the cover and that’s my idea of Harris too. Lovely.
ebook, 256 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Series Camp H.O.W.L. Trilogy: