November 6, 2017 by TinyNavajo
*thanks to the author for this E-ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Romancing the Werewolf by Gail Carriger
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Oh. My. Lanta!!! I love this book and I love Gail Carriger! I love Biffy and I love Lyall, and their dynamic was amazing!
This is a novella to read if you love the werewolves of the Parasol Protectorate universe, gay romance, and the beauty of men who love themselves for they are.
Biffy, our poor vampire rove who was turned werewolf by Lord Maccon, is now packleader for the London pack, and he’s trying to be the leader that his pack needs. He’s trying to be the Alpha Lord Maccon states he needs to be for this new era. And for that to happen, for the new Alpha to hold his pack together, Biffy feels he needs to be stronger, and that means moving away from his former lord.
Lyall has finally made his way back home to London from his time away from his pack, yet he cannot find them. They seem to have up and moved on him. But once he finds his Alpha, things start to feel right with the world again, even moreso as he remembers their time before he left to be Beta to the Highland Pack.
Once Biffy and Lyall reunite, they start to think that what they had 20 years ago may have been just comfort, and nothing else. And as the Christmas surprise of young babies and toddlers being dropped off on their new doorstep creates a certain air of mystery, Biffy and Lyall start to relearn about one another as they strive to solve the mystery.
This has been one of my favorite novellas to date! Biffy and Lyall have come into themselves a bit more, they’ve had 20 years apart, with Biffy learning how to be a proper packleader, without a Beta there to help him keep the peace. Lyall has been Beta to the Highland Pack, seeking forgiveness for the atrocity he committed earlier in his life.
Through it all, Lyall teaches his Alpha what it means to be Alpha, and what Biffy means to him as well. And I have to say that there was definitely one line that made me laugh out loud.
“The London pack would be the best-dressed werewolves in all the Empire or their Alpha would birth kittens. (Which, given his gender and species, was a manifold impossibility.)”
*falls over laughing* Most definitely a sense of the truth of Biffy as Alpha, but just the way it was written you can hear Lyall being both moved and slightly amused by his new Alpha.
What has been a novella that made you feel absolutely happy? Was it a continuation of a small story in a favorite world? Or just a small story from another world? Comment below and let me know!