Harvest Howl (The Lykos Cycle #1) by LaBelle ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

harvesthowlTitle: Harvest Howl (The Lykos Cycle #1)

Author: LaBelle

Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)

Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber

Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/13/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Paranormal

Blurb:

(Book 1 of The Lykos Cycle series)

Ethan Ryerson has grown so tired of the world. And why shouldn’t he? After being around for a few hundred years, he’s practically seen all there is to see. From being one of the first colonists to settle in America, to surviving the Titanic and even fighting with The Nazis, what else is there for a werewolf to do? Add to the fact that he’s a self-hating werewolf who gets no pleasure out of killing humans every full moon and…well…you can see how the last few hundred years have been his personal purgatory.

Bring Tucker Scott into the picture and things get even more complicated. A young costume designer in Hollywood who has just had a nasty breakup with his boyfriend, the young man is everything Ethan has dreamed of in a mate. There’s only one problem—Tucker’s human.

Can Ethan reveal who he truly is to Tucker, then “turn” the human he knows is meant to be his mate so he can, finally, be truly happy? Or is Ethan doomed to spend eternity alone?

And what will he do during Harvest Howl, the largest gathering of The Wolf that coincidentally happens to take place in West Hollywood during the largest parade in the country and on the spookiest night of the year…Halloween?

Genres: Gay / Dark Fantasy / Werewolf / Shapeshifter / Paranormal / The Arts / Ménage (M/M/M) / Group Sex / Exhibitionism / Public Places / Series

My View:

This was an odd mix of romance and PWP. There was tons and tons of sex. Yet there was still a bit of plot and romance, though it really did seem their only function was to move things forward so their could be more sex. Ethan and Tucker gave the reader the sweet romance and bit of angst the story needed. While Aiden and Spearman were basically all kinky sex all the time.

I thought this was an interesting concept and interesting take on werewolves. I enjoyed the world and the rules of this shifter universe. I loved the way historical events were worked into the tale and how they were modified to have involved the werewolves. It was the part of this story that was well done.

However, there was not a lot of character growth and development. And there were times I felt the essence of each man was not consistent. Times when the alpha became a crying mess but not in a way that was fitting of the established personality. There was also an overwhelmingly melodramatic soap opera feel to the story. And the writing style felt overly simplistic and immature.

There were times the editing got in the way of my enjoyment. Run on sentences that needed to be re-read to make sense. Choppy dialogue that felt stilted and childish. Repeated phrases and words.

However, I really enjoyed myself while I read this Halloween porn. This will never win big awards or be classified as literature, but it was fun and I am looking forward to more. I want more from the mysterious Elder from Antarctica.

Links

Harvest Howl (The Lykos Cycle #1) on Goodreads
Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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