Romance and Me: Werewolves Forever!

Filed in featured , Romance and Me , The Latin Lover Posted on October 3, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 20 comments

Hey Everyone!

In honour of today’s guest author (Michele Hauf who is celebrating the release of her latest novel: Forever Werewolf) I thought it was time we talked paranormal romances and more precisely about my favourite paranormal creatures: werewolves!

Though they weren’t the first supernatural species I discovered or read about (those were vampires), when I read Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (I think maybe the 4th paranormal/urban fantasy I’ve come across) it changed everything. It opened my eyes to a new world and Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series became one of my favourite UF series and werewolves my favourite supernatural creatures. I even championed them when Moira Rogers held the epic contest between vamps and wolves.

You want to know why werewolves are dear to my heart? Let me tell you just a few of the reasons:

  • werewolves are warm and love to cuddle, hug, simply touch their loved ones at every chance. Werewolves like physical contact and aren’t afraid to show some PDA.

  • wolves mate for life, there will be no cheating around, a monogamous, faithful, devoted hot man, could any woman ask for more?

  • they are possessive in a very arousing way 😉

  • are also amazing, thoughtful and passionate lovers!

  • they are family oriented: good mate, good father, good provider. And they always want to have a family!

  • they are responsible and know authority, they are part of a community (the pack, rings any bells?), aren’t egocentric and also consider the welfare of others and not simply their own.

  • to a werewolf the happiness and welfare of a mate comes first, even before his own, he would give his life for his mate, his devotion knows no bound, it is genetically coded in him, can you say the same of vamps who are loners and notoriously egocentric?*

(* Please bear in mind that I have nothing against vampires, I even love some of them Angel, Spike, Royce, Holden, etc. I’ll sing their praises in a separate post later ;-))

The list could go on but I think you see my point. 😀

And I’ll also make a confession: if I have the choice between an urban fantasy story featuring a werewolf or a vampire hero, I’d first pick up the one having a wolf hero, I’m just attracted to them 😉

I’ve read some great urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels featuring werewolves: from Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Other World series I’ve discovered some other favourites:  Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen series, Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series, Eileen Wilks’ World of the Lupi series, Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series, but I’m always on the lookout for more, so do tell me,

Do you like to read urban fantasy/ paranormal romances featuring werewolf characters?

Any great books/series/authors you could recommend?

And the ultimate question in the epic battle: werewolf or vampire? Which one do you prefer and why?

ps. I found this list of Shapeshifters – Werewolves recommendations on Goodreads, but I would be grateful for more recommendations!

ps.2: For a chance to win Forever Werewolf by Michele Hauf stop by her interview and leave a comment!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Caro The HEA Lover October 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I love werewolves! Probably more than vampires. Bitten IS the book that made me discover werewolves. And omg I loved loved loved Clay. Still love him actually. I can’t wait to see who they will cast for his role in the TV adaptation next year.

    • Stella October 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      OMG! THERE WILL BE A TV SERIES?? Excuse my screeching but I’m shocked. Where have I been living? Under a rock? Any more info Caro? pretty please!

      ps. and I LOVE Clay as well 😀

      • Caro The HEA Lover October 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm
        Yep well it’s a Canadian channel but hey as if that would stop us!
        I’m very excited and scarred too. I love Clay so much I hope they don’t ruin him.
        They will start casting in January, shooting spring and airing Fall 2013. Excited yet? *g*

        • draconismoi October 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm


        • Stella October 5, 2012 at 10:48 am

          Yaay! Thanks for the info Caro, now I’ll keep my eyes open! can’t wait 😀

    • Susan October 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Maybe I need to go back and reread Bitten, but I’m not feeling the Clay love. I thought he was cold, aloof, and creepy. That said, I’d be very interested in checking out the series.

      • Stella October 5, 2012 at 10:49 am

        He sure was cold and aloof and so arrogant with EVERYONE but Elena and Jeremy, that made me crack up so much how antisocial he was 😀 But he was so possessive and loving when it came to Elena. At least that’s how I saw it 😉

  • blodeuedd October 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Nooooo do not make me choose..but I will go for the wolf since I am not that keen on a guy drinking my blood

    • Stella October 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Yay, another one joins our ranks! 😉 *thumbs up*

  • draconismoi October 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Shifters for the win! Bitten was not first urban fantasy book I read, but it the book that first led me to an online book community. I haunted Kelley Armstrong’s forum my first year of college.

    So since you already know about Kelley Armstrong, Gail Carriger, and Ilona Andrews….who to recommend? This really is quite difficult.

    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause is a great YA werewolf book (NOT the movie. The movie bore no resemblance to the book other than the characters’ names).

    Ivy Cole and the Moon by Gina Farago. I finally got my hands on the sequel (Luna) but haven’t read it yet. Anyways, Ivy Cole is a badass, and werewolves are not giant cuddly puppies in this book. This is more of a blood-and-pain werewolf mythology. Ginger Snaps for adults.

    In terms of books that at least feature shape-shifters, but are not what I would classify as shifter-books, I would recommend The Zero Dog War, and War for the Oaks.

    • Stella October 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Oh yes, I’m a big Kate Daniels fan, and their Edge series is also on my shelf (haven’t started yet), also collected all Gail Carriger books, waiting for me to get there. Thanks for the recommendations, haven’t heard of those, will take a look!

  • draconismoi October 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Stell, do not trust that list. There are many many terrible books on that list.

    • Susan October 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      You aren’t kidding! Sheesh!

    • Stella October 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Thanks for the warning, I’ll just ask you, maybe you could recommend some dragon shifter stories, IMO there are just too few of those. I don’t discrimante, I love wolf/lion/dragon/big cat shifters just as much 😀

      • Susan October 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        I’m a bit leery about venturing into draconismoi’s territory, but Allyson James has two series with dragon shifters. The first series (Dragon Heat, The Black Dragon, The Dragon Master) focuses on the dragons. The second series (Stormwalker, et al) has dragons as secondary characters.

        Rebecca Goings’s Legends of Mynos series has dragons, at least one of whom is a shifter. (It’s been awhile since I read these so I just looked them up on Amazon. They don’t seem to be highly rated. I remember them having problems, but didn’t think they were 1-star books at the time! But treat with caution.)

        Patricia Brigg’s Hurog duology has an interesting dragon/shifter character in a secondary role. (BTW, I LOVE the Hurog books. Along with the Raven duology, I think they’re my favorite Briggs books.)

        That’s all that comes to mind right off the bat. If I think of more, I’ll add them.

        • Stella October 8, 2012 at 5:29 am

          Thanks so much Susan for the recommendations! *Stella furiously taking notes* 😉

  • JenM October 3, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    If I have a choice I go for the shifters every time. Wolves, cats, bears, dragons, I love them all. Vamps are okay, but don’t really attract me the way shifters do. I got hooked thanks to Patty Briggs and Alpha/Omega and Mercy Thompson ate still two of my favorites. The World of the Lupi is another of my favs. I would also recommend Jennifer Ashley’s Shifter Unbound series, Vivian Arend’s Wolfies, and anything by Shelly Laurenston.

    • Stella October 5, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Thanks Jen, I’ll check out Jennifer Ashley’s and Shelly Laurenston’s series, haven’t read those yet. And I agree, I love all shifter stories (maybe not snake and reptile shifters, don’t find those sexy ugh :-/)

  • SharonS October 4, 2012 at 6:31 am

    I am also a shifter lover at heart. something about a man that growls 😉

    • Stella October 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

      *nods* Exactly! And the way he prowls/stalks his prey (=woman) lol 😀

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