Author: Faith Mudge
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: 15. February 2017
Rating: 4/5. Stars
Diversity: LGBT Characters, PoC
TW: past abusive relationship
Summary: Gloria did not intend to start a halfway house for lesbian werewolves. It just sort of happened. Between running a small bed-and-breakfast with her friend Nadine, helping one young lycanthrope adjust to life after the bite and soothing ruffled fur when the other brings home an unexpected cat, Gloria has more than enough to keep her busy, but one thing is definite: she is not nor ever will be an alpha, whatever Nadine says. And the ever-expanding circle of misfits in her guesthouse is certainly not a pack. If only Nadine and the rest of the world were as simple and clear cut as she kept wanting them to be.
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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Gloria runs a bed-and-breakfast together with Nadine, the chef, and Lissa and Louisa, who work as waitress and maid. They are also all lesbians and werewolves. And nevermind how well they get along, they are not a pack and Gloria is not their alpha. But another pack who wants to settle down in their territory does not really care about these nuances.
Gloria is a fascinating character, she has a military background, which she had to give up after she was bitten. While she keeps some contact with her family it’s not much. She also doesn’t like alphas, she herself is definitely not an alpha, but she is fiercely protective of the people she cares about.
Nadine is a black woman (which is sadly never explicitly mentioned in the book, it is only said that she has black curls, which might not be explicit enough for some readers. I’m happy about the cover for this because it shows it a bit better, but imho it could have been a bit more explicitly expressed in the story itself) and she hates conflict because of a bad ex-alpha, who treated his pack really badly. Her past is only ever hinted at and I would have loved some more explanation of it, but it definitely still made my heart ache for her.
There are two main couples in the story and they are lovely! The story focuses on them getting together, but the have had feelings for each other before that. There’s also not that much focus on the romance, which was nice, but rather on how life as a werewolf works and their everyday life at the bed-and-breakfast. I also really liked Damien, their gardener, who has a green thumb and just kind of dropped by and never left. There’s also Eben, who’s bi and it’s explicitly mentioned even though it doesn’t play a big part of the story. It was still nice.
There were some typos, but since this is an ARC I think they will still be fixed and I didn’t include it in my rating.
All in all the story is great and mostly carried through the characters. There’s not that much action going on, but that fit well with the story. I don’t think I’ve ever read a domestic story about lesbian werewolves, but I’m super happy I did. The only minus point I can think off is that I felt that the women’s past was barely mentioned, which I would have enjoyed for more character development. (The story could also easily have been a bit longer, I quite liked the writing!) So anyway, if you enjoy lesbian romance stories that aren’t 100% focused on the romance and stories about werewolves without gore, this is the perfect story for you!