Paul’s New Year’s Paranormal Portfolio
A couple of weeks ago, Melanie told us that the full moon and Christmas coincided this year. She also shared her favorite werewolf series and commented that I might want to share some of mine. So I am devoting this edition of PPP to my favorite werewolf shifter series. I will be focusing on series where the primary focus is on werewolf shifters, though other paranormal beings might be featured.
I would like to start off by echoing Melanie’s suggestions. I found the With and Without You by JL Langley series enjoyable. Whenever I have a few minutes to spare, I pull up a book in either the Mates or Tameness of the Wolf series by Kendall McKenna and reread them to pass the time. Both offer unique takes on the werewolf genre.
The Southwestern Shifter series by Bailey Bradford starts off with a veterinarian helping out an injured wolf on the road. What follows is a battle to assert the rightful claim of leadership of werewolves. The main group of characters travels to Europe and South America to help restore order to those parts of the world. In this series, the process of being turned into a werewolf is painful but sometimes necessary in order to stay alive.
One of my favorite authors is Kaje Harper. Her Hidden Wolves series is one of the reasons why. Again, it starts with an injured dog being rescued by a vet. But Paul soon learns that this is not a dog but a wolf and a shifter in fact. In this world, being a gay wolf is taboo and telling anybody about shifters is punishable by death. But these wolves have not met someone as spunky and outspoken as Paul. Soon, this pack becomes a refuge for unwanted gay werewolves.
What is better than a series about werewolves? How about werewolves who are assassins? Yes, I am talking about Sandrine Gasq-Dion’s popular Assassin-Shifter series. What started out as a contract hit on a successful business owner turns into a fight against rogue werewolves that want to convert all werewolves to their rabid ways. My favorites in the story actually do not do any fighting yet. I am talking about the young Kane and Matty, the future leaders of werewolves when they grow older,
One last series I would like to mention for now is Charlie Richard’s Wolves of Stone Ridge series. This series started with one of the Stone Ridge werewolves sold to a local zoo by a group of hunters and expanded into a worldwide conspiracy of evil scientists who have been doing experiments on shifters for almost 200 years. And yes, another vet is in the first book. (Do I see a pattern?) This series spun off three other series all set in the same universe, which feature non-wolf shifters, vampires, and gargoyles.
This is by no means a complete list of my favorites. I will include more in a future edition of the Portfolio. I hope everybody has a healthy and prosperous New Year.
You can find all the books at the series pages below:
- Kendall McKenna’s The Tameness of the Wolf Series at her website
- J.L. Langley’s With or Without You series at her website or Goodreads
- Kaje Harper’s Hidden Wolves Series at Goodreads
- Sandrine Gasq-Dion’s Assassin-Shifter Series at Goodreads
- Charlie Richard’s Wolves of Stone Ridge series at Goodreads