May 14, 2018 by TinyNavajo
*Thanks to Gail Carriger for sending me this eARC for an honest review*
How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger
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Oh. My. Holy. Hannah! I LOVED this book! Granted, I love all of Gail Carriger’s books, but I loved this one on its own merits as well. You have a grumpy werewolf who doesn’t want to be reliant on anyone but has to be reliant on his pack, you have an American basically being banished from her home to snag herself a werewolf as no one will have her, not ever her family. And you have the London Pack in all its glory!
This short story takes place after Romancing the Werewolf, so you have Biffy and Lyall back together and see how this pack now works better together with everyone where they are supposed to be.
Faith Wigglesworth is sent to London after a scandal in Boston to net herself a werewolf as no one else in America will have her. Her family wants nothing to do with her in America, but in London, her family and her cousin love her and only want what’s best for her. As they work to make this Season the best one possible for Faith, they learn that she may have inadvertently caught the eye of the most ineligible werewolf bachelor in all of London: Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings.
As Faith and Channing get to know each other throughout the Season, their “courtship” is closely watched by everyone, especially as no one has ever seen him out and about during the London Season. But as with most things in Ms. Carriger’s London world, there are some political maneuvering going on between the supernatural and the humans. As he struggles to find his place not only in the political world but in Faith’s world, and her heart, Channing realizes that he may have found what he needed in the heart of this little American.
I love this book and I love that we get to see some of what makes Channing, Channing. We also get to see some of the differences between the American perspective and the London perspective of the supernatural. America is very non-progressive, thus the thought of sending Faith to find a werewolf husband is thought to be more of a punishment than a prestigious accomplishment. But seeing Faith and Channing interact with one another, I loved seeing them become more a part of each other’s lives in a way they didn’t expect. They slowly pull down each other’s walls that they’ve built up, but they pull them down in such a way as to irritate anyone else. They irritate each other into love basically and I love it.
I also love that we see Channing pull Faith into his life to protect her from her family. The family that sent her to London in the first place, especially after he sees how her own mother treats her. He protects her, even when she may not need the protection, but she doesn’t push his protection away.
This has been one of my favorites of Gail Carriger’s short stories, and I love how Faith and Channing help each other heal. Which of Gail’s books has been your favorite? Was it novel or a novella? Comment below and let me know!