Author: TA Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/09/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Fiction, Paranormal
The world ends not with a bang, but with a downpour. Tornadoes spin through the heart of London, New York cooks in a heat wave that melts tarmac, and Russia freezes under an ever-thickening layer of permafrost. People rally at first—organizing aid drops and evacuating populations—but the weather is only getting worse.
In Durham, mild-mannered academic Danny Fennick has battened down to sit out the storm. He grew up in the Scottish Highlands, so he’s seen harsh winters before. Besides, he has an advantage. He’s a werewolf. Or, to be precise, a weredog. Less impressive, but still useful.
Except the other werewolves don’t believe this is any ordinary winter, and they’re coming down over the Wall to mark their new territory. Including Danny’s ex, Jack—the Crown Prince Pup of the Numitor’s pack—and the prince’s brother, who wants to kill him.
A wolf winter isn’t white. It’s red as blood.
I am a self-confessed addict when it comes to shifter stories. They are fun, they are imaginative and although often formulaic I kind of like that about them too. Dog Days was imaginative but it held a dark story line with a lot of gore, little to no romance and a cast of characters that I strongly disliked most of the time.
The world is suffering from a strange weather phenomenon that was never really properly explained – it just was. A vicious storm has hit the UK and the werewolves amongst us believe it to be a story long told by the prophets but for the very large human population it makes no sense. With the exception of Jack being exiled from his pack because he won’t sleep with a woman to produce pups, all leaders must procreate, this storm was all that really happened for the first 40% of the book. I kept wondering when the army or the emergency services would turn up – but that never happened.
Danny is a weredog and left the pack that he was seen as ‘less’ in and chose to live amongst the human population. He was previously one of Jack’s lovers so when Jack is exiled he ends up on Danny’s doorstep. Not long after his arrival dead bodies start showing up and his twin brother turns up to kill him.
Jack was an overbearing pig a lot of the time and walked all over Danny who never really put up much of a fight – I certainly never felt nor could I understand any connection between them. Jenny took up far too much page space – she had cheated on Danny but still expected him to be there at the drop of a hat. Not a lot happens and when the story does progress it happens slowly and my interest waned pretty quickly, add onto that the fact that I didn’t really like any of the characters and there was a rather ambiguous ending then Dog Days wasn’t a hit with me.
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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