Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Long, Lonely Howl

Title: Long, Lonely Howl
Author: Lyn Gala
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-712-2
Genre: {M/M} {M/M/M/M} Werewolves
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Casey Keller drives to King’s Canyon National Park to be comforted by his friend, Nathan, after breaking up with Adam, Casey’s live-in boyfriend. Arriving at the ranger’s station where Nathan works, Casey encounters a man who shifted into a wolf. Casey soon realizes this knowledge of werewolves actually existing targets Casey as a menace to the shifter’s secret society.

Long, Lonely Howl is a mundane, conflict-free, repetitive plot primarily consisting of extensive conversations regarding the pros and cons of turning Casey into a werewolf after Casey discovers Nathan is a shifter. Towards the end of the story are two vaguely descriptive sex scenes. Casey is an “in the closet” gay man because of his job. He enjoys working with children and fears a negative response from society. Casey has never stopped yearning for another chance to start a relationship with Nathan. Nevertheless, he settles for Adam who is an out-and-proud gay man. Casey’s relationship with Adam is chaotic. Adam demands to be recognized as a couple, while Casey refuses to even consider it. When Casey learns that Nathan is a werewolf, Nathan demands that Casey move to another state so he would not be tempted by the allure of Casey. Nathan is Alpha wolf to a pack of two misfits. I did not get the impression of genuine bonding between any of the characters. However, the story did reveal casual friends with benefits. The most enjoyable segments of Lyn Gala’s saga are the intermittent inclusion of amusing comments.

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