Novella Review: Howling For You

Howling for You (Chicagoland Vampires #8.5)
Published By: NAL
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Page Count: 88
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Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Audience: Adult - Urban Fantasy

It's no secret that I am a HUGE fangirl when it comes to the Chicagoland Vampires series. I LOVE and ADORE these novels and the characters that inhabit them. While Merit will always be my favorite character in the series, I do appreciate the supporting characters as well. I was excited to see that Jeff was going to get his own novella. Jeff is such an endearing character with a big heart. His nerdiness and geeky humor also keep me smiling anytime I spend time with Chicagoland.

This short little morsel gives readers an inside look at the relationship between Jeff and Fallon. I love this couple and kept rooting for things to work out for them. While Fallon is attracted to Jeff, she chooses not to pursue her feelings due to family obligations. Fallon is next in line for leader of the pack and that comes with a heavy burden. As a female, she must marry a shifter that is the same species as her. This poses a problem for Fallon and Jeff's budding romance. Fallon is a wolf, but Jeff is a tiger. It was interesting to watch this unfold and reminded me of multiracial couples. Couples that have different ethnicities often face discrimination and disapproval.

Will Jeff get the wolf of his dreams? I suppose you'll just have to read this one to find out.

I can only hope that eventually some of the other supporting characters will get their own stories - even if it is only in novella form. Can I request a Mallory/Catcher story? I love those two!

One Last Gripe: I wish this had been longer. This one was like a cupcake - yummy, but gone too soon.

My Favorite Thing About This Book: Getting to know Fallon better

First Sentence: Tension and magic filled the air like invisible smoke, swirling around us with the weight of ancient mysteries.

Favorite Character: Fallon

Least Favorite Character: I didn't have one.

Jeff Christopher is a shapeshifter and ally of Chicago’s Cadogan House of vampires—he’s also a tech whiz and mostly-legal hacker. And the only protective shields he’s never been able to find a way around are those of the powerful Keene Family.

For a long time, Jeff has only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. The intricate balances of power and politics make it all but impossible for Fallon to trust her feelings.

But fate takes a hand when the Pack’s totem is stolen—threatening the Keene family’s rule—and Fallon enlists Jeff’s help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it’s too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?