Author: Warren Rochelle
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/27/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Gay Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Their leap of faith could unleash magic—or plunge them into darkness.
Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin’s since graduating high school. He likes it—especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can’t find him. Without that talent, he would never have survived growing up different.
When a new hire enters the store, Henry’s other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.
Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different—he senses Henry’s attraction the moment they meet. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.
Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing—even extermination—to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand the mysteries of their own hearts.
Contains a werewolf and a godling, prescient dreams, bloodthirsty monsters, annoying pets, (mostly) friendly witches, dark secrets, sex in hardwares, and meddling gods.
I wanted to like The Werewolf and His Boy, I really did. It had a lot of good elements; the lore behind magic and magical creatures was an interesting twist to current mythology. I really liked the slightly mundane pets – not to be confused with the magical shifter Pets. Jamey’s powers were interesting as were Henry’s.
However, I hated the fanatical religious portrayal of Jamey’s family. It was so over the top as to be comical. I wasn’t quite sure if this took place in an alternate reality with all the hating of technology as Satan’s tools and the constant referral that cell phones and the internet was exorbitantly priced in 2009 (which it wasn’t). I disliked the many deaths that occurred off page to major characters. It diminished the importance and I felt like their deaths were throwaway plot points. I know not everyone will live in a good against evil battle but this seemed excessive.
Good against evil… even that point could be debated.
Added on top of this was the inconsistent head hopping. Sometimes it would hold a POV for a section, sometimes it would jump from Jamey to Henry within a paragraph. It made it hard to tell who was talking.
Lastly, I don’t usually comment on covers, but while I liked the cover overall, the image of the two men couldn’t be more different than how the two were portrayed. The men on the cover look like men. The boys in the book were referred to as boys all the time and portrayed much softer than either of the models on the cover.
So in the end, I didn’t care for the book that much and it was a chore to finish. The good points didn’t outweigh the bad and I am very disappointed.
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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