Review: Forever Werewolf: Forever Werewolf\Moon Kissed by Michele Hauf

Forever Werewolf: Forever Werewolf\Moon Kissed

By Michele Hauf
Editions: ebook, paperback
Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Harlequin
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance { PNR }
Source: netgalley

Alexis Conner, princess of the Alpine pack and pureblood werewolf, hides a painful secret-she has never shifted. If she can’t shift, she can’t mate, and so Lexi resigned herself to a lifetime of loneliness. But then a stranger arrives, and Lexi senses that her world will never be the same….
A massive avalanche might be to blame for Trystan Hawkes getting stuck at Castle Wulfsiege, but after one look at Lexi, Trystan is not about to leave. Lexi is strong, smart and incredibly sexy. Not that it matters. Tryst is an omega-the fabled lone wolf. Even more damning is his mixed vampire heritage.
Lexi knows that the vampire blood running through Tryst’s veins makes him off-limits, but what if he’s the one man who can rouse her inner wolf?

(Forever Werewolf)

Escaping from bloodthirsty vampires, Belladonna Reynolds ran straight into the arms of a werewolf. As a man Severo drew her in with his dark good looks; as a beast he astounded her with his insatiable sensual appetite. Whether afraid or aroused, Bella fled to his lair when threatened by an evil monster of the night….
Severo tried to keep Bella–his mate–safe from the vampiress who held a malicious desire for revenge against him, but he alone wasn’t enough. Now Bella had taken the form of his most cursed enemy. How could he desire the very thing he’d spent his life destroying? And even if he did, what would the werewolf do to Bella on the next full moon?

(Moon Kissed)

~ Goodreads Blurbs

This is a 2 in 1 sort of yummy deal, so in case you’re wondering, I’m giving the first story, Forever Werewolf , a 4 butterflies rating, and the second, Moon Kissed, a 3 and something but not quite 4 butterflies rating. Overall, a 4.

Now, both of the stories revolve around werewolves with a sprinkle of vampire too. The author has a world that makes sense and that both reads fall into, though in different ways. Both worlds show some kind of a struggle between the two kinds of paranormals, werewolves and vampires, both showcase a lone wolf though for different reasons and their struggle to find a mate. I won’t give you the punchline in either case, of course, but it was interesting to follow both stories because of all the differences the couples had to get over or go through in order to be mated.

The plots in both cases were interesting, though I will say the romantic arc took precedence for the spotlight for me, in both cases. There were secrets, lies and struggles outside of the romantic arc in both though, enough to keep your adrenaline levels high – in case they weren’t already by default, we are talking smexy werewolves here, alpha-ish, determined, take charge sort of yummy guys.

The characters were cool, in both stories. The guys were more on the loner side, though good guys and powerful werewolves, they were the hotstuds all on their own, howling at the full moon for mates, and once they took a woman’s scent and decided on her, they were pretty focused and determined, sort of like missiles rushing toward their targets. That’s pretty hot, you have to admit, something about these guys with all their animal magnetism and their intensity focused on the one woman they want…hot stuff. If I had to pick a favorite, I think I’d go with Severo because he’s more my kind of wolf, so to speak, more in control and alpha, while Trys was more like the really good guy, caring and honorable more then hot control freak.
As far as the women are concerned, they were both strong, Alexis less then Bella maybe, but then again Alexis is a werewolf chick and part of a pack dynamic whereas Bella is a human all on her own. Between the two, I think I liked Bella more just because she’s the sort of conflictual little spitfire that always makes for explosive chemistry with the alpha type of guy. Alexis was more vulnerable though she put up a strong front and she warmed my heart more, again I won’t tell you exactly why, but where Severo and Bella had the explosive sort of chemistry and more of a conflictual sort of relationship at the beginning, Alexis and Trys just made natural sense together from the get go and they had that sort of mending love, you know what I mean?

The writing was good, third person narrative in both cases, suggestive imagery and accessible style. The first story had a cooler setting, a castle in the mountains, snow and stuff, fairy tale in snow type, where the second was more urban and summer-ish, pool, short skirts and stuff. Though I’ve been meaning to read some Michele Hauf for a while, this is my first time actually managing to and I can say I’m glad for the chance. I will read more by her. 😀
The romance in both cases was hot, hotter for me in Moon Kissed just because I like that conflictual sort of vibe more. The one on one scenes weren’t overly focused upon, meaning they were there and adult and hot, but they weren’t the whole point of the stories, just a natural part of the romance. There was also a lot of feeling, soul search and going over preconceived ideas and personal issues for both couples. They read like love stories, not hotstuff affairs.

Curb appeal for this 2 in 1 book is great, it would be an instant buy, but I am biased. I know I love Harlequin romance, Nocturne even more then others even, so the whole package makes for a quick buy for this impulse buyer. Plus, this is a 2 in 1, and we’r talking two novels not two novellas here, hence the 500+ page count.

Overall, this was a good read, I had fun with it and I enjoyed to see how the author’s vision and style evolved in time, Moon Kissed was first published in 2009. I think I liked its atmosphere more, because the paranormal element comes as a surprise, it has something of a darker, more mysterious air, more tension I’d say and I’m a sucker for that. But on the overall, I liked how the story in Forever Werewolf evolved more. Good PNR reads, the both of them, I say give this a shot if you’re into werewolves. 🙂

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Ok, so, moment of truth guys: alpha wolves, most hot or not? I tend to like them over others, like beta, omega and so forth. What about you?


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