Baby, I'm Howling For You

Baby, I'm Howling For You

by Christine Warren

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Baby, I'm Howling For You by Christine Warren

WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps.

Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?

“Warren is a master of paranormal romance.”—Night Owl Romance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250120724
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: Alphaville , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 119,635
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in coastal New England, Christine Warren now lives as a transplant in the Pacific Northwest, where she gets ocean, mountains, forests, and farmland all in one pretty package. When not writing (as if that ever happens), she enjoys spoiling her horse, playing with her dogs, concocting all sorts of yummies (both liquid and solid), and most of all reading things someone else had to agonize over.

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CHAPTER 1

The valiant old Nissan ran out of gas thirteen miles short of her destination. Renny would ponder the irony of that number some other time. Right now, she needed to run, and run fast.

She jumped from the car the minute it stopped moving, abandoning the vehicle on the shoulder of the two-lane highway. Before she reached the tree line, she was already tearing off her shirt, ignoring the chilly bite of the pre-spring March air. She threw the garment aside and immediately reached for the button of her jeans. She continued to hop forward as she struggled out of the confining denim, but the minute that last restriction fell away, she shifted.

Fur replaced skin, arms became forelegs. Between desperate breaths, humanity slid away, and in the place of the panicked woman, a sleek red wolf began to weave through the trunks of the trees.

Her claws dug through the lingering patches of wet, heavy snow and soft leaf litter to the soil of the forest floor, flinging small clumps of mud into the air in her wake. She needed to put as much distance as she could between herself and her pursuers. She might not have seen them on her tail from the highway, but it wouldn't take much longer. They were the reason she hadn't been able to stop for gas for the last couple of hours. They'd already chased her across two state lines and more than five hundred miles, and that was just this time. Somehow, she couldn't picture them giving up now.

She didn't bother to think about what she'd left behind on the roadside. If the pack caught up to her, it wouldn't matter whether or not someone ransacked her car and stole all of her worldly possessions. She didn't think she'd need a good book or many changes of clothes in the afterlife.

If there was such a thing. Frankly, Renny wasn't all that anxious to find out.

Keeping her head down and her feet moving, she continued to track north and west from the roadside, calling up the map in her head to guide her in the right direction. The last road sign she'd seen had put the Snoqualmie Pass about twenty-five miles northwest by the highway. Heading directly north instead should put the town center of her destination somewhere in that thirteen-mile range, so she had to keep running. Just a little farther.

Alphaville, or die trying.

The town of Alpha, Washington, had shimmered like a mirage on her horizon for years now. As a pup, she'd heard stories — everyone heard stories — of the northwestern town founded and run by shifters as a haven for those of their kind with nowhere else to go. Wolves driven from their packs, bears with injuries and scars inflicted by careless hunters, lions who couldn't control their shifts, leopards who needed to change their spots — they all went to Alpha, and they all, eventually, got better.

Surely a town like that could provide a safe haven to one small wolf with a teensy-tiny little stalker problem. Right?

Please, Goddess, let her be right.

Renny's ears swiveled back and forth as she ran, their extra-large proportions helping to catch and funnel in the sounds of pursuit. And damn it, she thought she heard the first indications of it already. They'd found the car, and even if the muddy snow weren't perfect for holding tracks, they knew she would have fled into the forest. That was what wolves did, after all.

She poured on another burst of speed, paws barely seeming to skim the cold ground as she flew toward sanctuary. Or what she prayed was sanctuary, anyway. If she was wrong, she wouldn't live to regret it.

The first staccato bark confirmed her fears. One of her pursuers had picked up her scent trail and was alerting the others to the location. Now it was only a matter of time before they found her. All she could do was run and pray she made it to safety before they all caught up.

If just one came at her, she could handle it. In a fight between a lone wolf and a single coyote, the wolf almost always won, even a smaller and lighter red wolf like her. Which was why Geoffrey had sent five of them after her. No way could she beat those odds. Five trained male enforcers of any species against little ol' her? She'd need to be a polar bear to survive that.

Branches snapped behind her, urging Renny to move even faster. If the coyotes on her tail weren't worried about making noise, then they wouldn't bother choosing a clear path to follow her. They'd plow through anything to take the straightest line right to her. Clearly, her nemesis had instructed them not to mess around anymore.

A sharp yip of anticipation gave her a single instant of warning, and that will to survive made her dip her shoulder and twist into a sharp right turn. She dove into the underbrush, ignoring the clumps of snow that plopped onto her head and the way the thorns ripped through her thick fur to scrape at the skin beneath. She could warm up and lick her wounds later, when she was safe.

If she managed to save herself at all.

The unexpected maneuver may have gained her a few inches of distance between herself and the lead coyote, but that didn't last. She could feel the enforcers closing in again, harrying her as if she were some kind of prey animal, like a wounded deer on the way to becoming the pack's next meal.

The comparison fit way too close for comfort.

She tried to calculate how far she'd traveled in the last frantic minutes, but all she could do was guess. Running flat out, she could probably manage thirty-five miles an hour, but she couldn't keep it up for more than a few minutes. Already, burning muscles and oxygen-starved lungs begged her to drop down to something more reasonable. So where had her panicked flight left her in relation to shifter Shangri-la?

Not fricking close enough. If she was lucky, she'd covered eight of the thirteen miles between her and safety. Nine, if the Goddess happened to be looking out for her. It wasn't nearly enough.

Then something changed.

A new smell cut through the atmosphere of pine needles and wet soil, rocks and wildlife. Something heavier, muskier. Male. Wolfish. Alpha. The realization almost made her slide to a terrified halt.

Shit. She'd just stumbled into someone else's territory — another shifter's, by the scent of it — and that could be either good for her or very, very bad. A wolf shifter might take her side against a pack of coyote goons, or he might decide to kill her himself for trespassing on his territory. There was no way to tell.

Maybe now would be a good time to dedicate herself to serving the Goddess and a life of prayer?

She sent one up, hastily but earnestly begging the Moon and all Her Sisters for a miracle. Something, anything to get her out of the reach of the coyotes, who would drag her back to Sawmill, California, and her death at Geoffrey Hilliard's brutal hands.

Zigzagging through the underbrush, Renny spotted a pinpoint of light in the distance and made a beeline for it. Maybe the prayer had worked, and the light represented the town of Alpha, or at least its outskirts. Town meant people, and a town like Alpha meant people capable of holding off a small band of coyote enforcers long enough for her to beg for help.

It meant a spark of hope.

She called up the last of her reserves of strength and flew toward the light, but the attack came so fast, she didn't even have time to second-guess that whole prayer strategy. She'd gotten too busy bleeding.

She yelped as a set of fangs sliced into the back of her hind leg.

The pain jolted through her, but her attacker had missed the big tendons, so at least she didn't fall or lose the use of her limb. That would have ended things fast. But Renny could keep moving, for the moment. So she did.

Stubborn, desperate determination welled up within her. Damn it, she had not lived this long, come this far, or run this hard to let herself be caught now. She refused.

With a frantic yip, she leapt forward toward the clear pool of moonlight she could see through the branches. The beckoning light reflected off a patch of snow dead ahead, just a few hundred yards away. If she could get there, this would be over. One way or another. She'd have reached safety or not, and in either event, she'd be out of options.

She broke out from a thicket of salal bushes, almost blinded by the glare of moonlight off the lingering puddles of white snow, but it didn't slow her down. She didn't need to see to know she had to keep moving.

Run or die.

Heart pounding, lungs burning, muscles screaming, Renny raced ahead, no chance to take a breath, no chance to scream, no chance to think. She just focused on that light as it flickered closer.

Almost there.

Almost —

He hit her from the side this time, a cannonball of momentum that knocked Renny clean off her feet and sent her skidding through the detritus of slush, twigs, and leaves covering the forest floor. The shock left her dazed, but she still recognized the stink of him. Bryce. Geoffrey's beta and one of his closest friends.

And almost as evil as the alpha coyote himself.

She scrambled for purchase, trying to halt her slide and get her feet back under her before the other four caught up to them. If she let them surround her, it was over. She had to keep them off her back.

Bryce snarled at her, lips curling back to expose fangs that dripped with anticipation. At least she knew he was anticipating her death, not her rape and then death, as Geoffrey would. Bryce wanted only her blood, and in the heat of the moment, she suddenly wondered whether he'd bother following his leader's orders. Tearing her throat out himself would bring the big coyote a lot more personal satisfaction than hauling her ass back south and watching while his alpha did the honors after a day or two at Geoffrey's mercy. Bryce had performed the hunt, now his beast would want the kill.

He positioned himself between her and the light she'd tried so desperately to reach. He held his head low and forward, his hackles raised as he stared her down with his malicious yellow gaze. He was waiting for her to move, knowing she was already injured, knowing that if he remained patient long enough, either she'd come at him and expose herself to a counterattack or his buddies would reach them. Five against one would see her dead or captured in the space of a heartbeat.

Renny didn't like either of those options.

Her ear flicked backward, catching the sound of the others gaining on them. She had seconds, if that, to find a way out of this. It wasn't as though she had much choice. The only way open to her was up.

She crouched down, mirroring the coyote's attack posture, but she didn't bother going for his throat. Sheknew that even if she managed to take him down, the others would be on her before he started bleeding. She wouldn't get out of this by fighting. She had to take a leap of faith, literally.

Powerful muscles coiled and released with a shocking force, launching Renny into the air and toward her enemy, but she hadn't aimed for him. She'd aimed for the space over his head, behind him, and she'd almost cleared Bryce's tail before he realized what she was doing. He jumped up, teeth flashing, and caught her in the side, slashing a deep, bloody furrow over her ribs.

She screamed, the sound emerging from her canine throat as a sort of high-pitched howling yelp, but she didn't bother to assess the damage. She just ran straight toward the light.

Behind her, Bryce gave a yip-howl of rage and frustration and leapt after her. She could practically feel his hot breath stirring the hairs at the tip of her tail, and that only made her run faster.

She'd broken through another stand of trees before she realized that the distant light she'd prayed was the outskirts of Alpha wasn't quite so distant, and it wasn't anything like her long-sought sanctuary. The light shone from a single spotlight mounted in the apex of the peaked roof of a lone, otherwise darkened cabin.

A cabin that smelled so strongly of wolf, she was surprised the siding hadn't sprouted fur.

Her heart barely had time to sink before a distinctive metallic rasp caught her attention. The sound was almost immediately followed by the sharp, echoing report of gunfire.

Bryce yowled, and suddenly Renny couldn't sense him at her back. She chanced a look over her shoulder and saw the coyote spin on his heels, making a diving retreat into the cover of the trees. Drops of blood sprayed the snow and mud behind him.

In front of her, a tall figure stood on the porch of the cabin, almost hidden in shadows. The stock of a rifle remained braced on his shoulder, his head bent toward the barrel as he sighted for another shot.

Huh. After all these days of running and fearing her death might be just around the corner, Renny had never even considered the end might hit with the impact of a bullet. Who'd have thought?

Her paws stumbled over the uneven ground at the edge of the cabin's yard, and she felt her knees buckle. Her hind leg throbbed in time to her racing heartbeat, and the gash in her side felt like a burning stripe of fire. She could feel blood streaming from both wounds and thought it almost didn't matter if the man fired again. A bullet in the head sounded like the better choice when compared with bleeding to death in front of a stranger, and either was preferable to what Geoffrey planned to do to her.

That was her last (semi-)coherent thought.

She folded like a cheap card table, collapsing onto the wet ground with a low grunt. Her head bounced once before darkness claimed her, and in that last dizzy moment, she could have sworn she heard another wolf growling.

It sounded a lot as though he'd just muttered, "Shit."

* * *

Sitting alone in the light of the dying fire, Mick decided he made a damned pathetic sight. Here he sat, home alone on yet another Friday night, nursing a warming beer and trying to keep his mind clear of old, familiar memories. So far, he was failing miserably.

He swallowed more warm, bitter liquid and stared into the glowing coals in his living room hearth. Nights like these, when spring had begun to stir and his latest project was packed off to his publisher, sleep became sadly elusive, and he found himself right here on his battered sofa, trying not to think.

Actually, he could have slept if he'd tried, he admitted. He just didn't make the effort. Sleeping opened the door to dreaming, and lately every dream led back to the same place. His wolf seized control and steered them straight back to their dead mate. It wasn't what Mick would call restful.

Fuck. It had happened more than eight years ago, he reminded himself. You'd think he'd be over it, that he'd have done his mourning, let go of the past, and settled into his new life here in Alpha.

But you'd be wrong.

Maybe the eight years was the problem. Few wolves survived losing a mate as suddenly and traumatically as Mick had. Most followed the other half of themselves into the darkness and never had to endure the passing of time. He still didn't know why he hadn't, but after all these years, he wondered if his wolf was maybe coming unhinged from the loneliness.

He snorted, disgusted with himself. One more sleepless night and look at him — he was getting fucking maudlin. Maybe it wasn't loneliness at all, maybe he was just losing his damned mind.

A scream of canine pain hit him like a sucker punch to the back of his head.

Mick jumped to his feet, his hand already reaching for his rifle before his mind could grasp what was bothering him. He'd lived out here in these woods long enough to have become used to the sounds they made at all hours of the day and night. He could tell a gust of wind from the rustle of the underbrush, the step of a buck deer from the footfalls of the rare moose calf.

He also knew which of the locals had the balls to run and hunt on his property in the middle of the night, and none of them had given him a heads-up about their presence. Which meant that somewhere outside his small house, he had some uninvited guests.

Cursing under his breath, Mick almost put down the rifle and flung open his door bare-handed. If the teenagers of Alpha were daring one another to play chase in his woods again, a bullet would probably be overkill. Most of them were so scared of him, he wouldn't even have to raise his voice to send them scattering like frightened bunnies. Seeing a gun in his hand might make the little shits pass out, and then it could be hours before they got the hell off his property. Besides, that scream had indicated someone was injured. He couldn't shoot a wounded kid, no matter how much they'd pissed him off.

(Continues…)



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Baby, I'm Howling For You 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like all of her books. Cant wait for the next one in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author’s books. This one just didn’t do it for me. I hope the next is better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me interested all the way! Great characters, cant wait to see what else is in store for this small town in WA!
GratefulGrandma 3 months ago
I do not normally read shape-shifter stories, but the description of this book sounded pretty good, so I thought I would give it a try. I was right, definitely not my genre. Not only was there shape shifting, coyotes, wolves, lions and bears, but there were rather steamy descriptive sex scenes which are also not my thing. However, saying all that, if you enjoy this genre, you will probably love this book, in fact one reviewer said this was the perfect guilty pleasure book if you are in the mood for a paranormal romance with protective alpha males, steamy sex scenes and intense action. Renny is on the run from her home in California. Hot on her trail are a pack of coyotes, trying to bring her back to their Alpha, Geoffrey Hilliard, who has been stalking her and trying to force her to become his mate. She is heading to Alphaville in Washington State, a safe place for shifters. When Renny's car runs out of gas she has no choice but to shift into her red wolf form, and run towards Alphaville. The pack catches up to her just outside town on the property of an Alpha wolf, Mick. He investigates the noise and finds an injured Renny. He drives away the coyotes, injuring one, and calls the sheriff for help. Of course, being half animal, the magnetism between Renny and Mick is apparent to everyone and their inevitable mating comes later in the story. I did like the wide cast of characters and how loyal and friendly they were to Renny. It was interesting to see the various animals they shifted into. The adventure was up and down throughout the story. While trying to track down the Alpha Coyote Stalker, there were mistakes, injuries, and some rather disgusting animal behaviour. The romance scenes were not many, but again, they were pretty descriptive. I did like the plot of the story . I thought the author did a great job at keeping the story interesting. There was always a new danger right around the corner. My rating for this book was difficult to decide on. The story was well written, but it is just not my thing. I am going to be honest and state that if you like paranormal romantic suspense add a star to my rating.
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KatsNook More than 1 year ago
aby, I’m Howling For You is the first book in Christine Warren’s Alphaville series. This was also my first book from this author and I’ve discovered a new paranormal author to add to my reading list. My thoughts: • Alpha, Washington is a safe haven for troubled shifters. In the Alphaville world, shifters are known to the humans and must live according to strict laws. The small town of Alpha is run by shifters and is a place where they can heal and be surrounded by their kind. I liked that this series is a mix of different shifters of wolves, lions, leopards and bears. They all work together to keep the town residents safe. The town is filled with some interesting and likable characters whom I hope will be featured in future books. • I have mixed feelings about the main characters Renny and Mick. It was a love/hate relationship for me with them. Renny is a wolf on the run from a crazy, stalker coyote. She flees to Alpha as her only hope for safety and as she arrives she stumbles upon Mick. Mick is a wolf who came to Alpha after the death of his mate. Living in isolation, Mick buries himself in his work and in the sorrow of losing his mate. He has no plans of mating again, until he meets Renny. The sparks flew the moment they meet, but because of his pain Mick ignores his inner wolfs desire to mate again. I understood Mick’s pain but there were times I felt he was too cold to Renny. Their mate bond is strong, but I thought there wasn’t enough passion. Renny’s insecurities about their relationship was understandable because of Mick’s lack of sincerity. Their mating felt like it was a chore for Mick and was breaking Renny’s heart. Eventually we see their connection but getting to this point was at a slow pace. Renny started off as a strong, independent character but I found her a bit annoying. Renny teetered from taking control of her life to feeling sorry for causing problems for the town. Renny and Mick weren’t great characters for me, but the supporting characters kept me interested. • The story has action, suspense and romance. I thought the plot was interesting, but the pace was slow. There were hot sex scenes, but I felt there were too many that I skimmed through it to get back to the storyline. Despite my issues I thought this was a good introduction for a new series. I loved the supporting characters, especially Molly and Zeke, and the towns mixture of different shifters. The action and suspense were well-written and kept me intrigued.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy heroines who mistake stupidity for independance, then this book is for you. I couldn't get halfway through it myself (which is a shame because I enjoyed several books by this author, just not this one).
Eloise_In_Paris More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story overall. I really loved the world building and the secondary characters. Alphaville and its inhabitants are vacation worthy. I also liked the stalking premise. A thing that happens for real and that women fear. That harrassment and hounding with a shifter twist. What I didn’t enjoy were many things about the leads. I liked Renny in general, but her arguing at every turn for any security measures got old fast. She ran to Alphaville to be safe, but was upset when any safety measures were brought up. I can’t stand instalove, and I was grateful that their bond was explained as mostly metaphysical. But Renny’s need for Mick to declare his love was annoying. By the end of the book a total of 4 weeks had passed. The majority of the time they spent together over the course of those weeks was having sex. Expecting a man who barely knows anything about you to be madly in love with you after a matter of days was stupid. I also hate the cliche of “I’ve loved before, but not like this”. Mick loved his former mate, so much so that he was willing to tear the world apart to avenge her. It’s okay for him to have loved his former mate a woman he actually knew as much as he now magically loved Renny. He avenged then mourned his wife for a decade. It wasn’t necessary for him to be dismissive of what they had to justify falling for Renny. It would’ve been nicer if the message had been it’s okay to love again, instead of my old love wasn’t that great anyway. That being said I am looking forward to the next book.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Having read Something to Howl About Book #0.5 of this Alphaville Series I was curious to see if this series would continue to expand in richness. I was not disappointed in this book as it expanded on the characters from the previous book. Renny's character starts out in a dramatic way encouraging the reader to fall in love with her life threatening situation. It isn't hard to like her and want a better life for her. Her character expands throughout the story and you will find a need for the ending of the stalker behind her fear. Mick's character is a little harder to get your head around. He's everything a woman would want but still his character felt elusive creating in this reader a desire to have him be a little bit more approachable. But that being said he was portrayed exactly as the author intended and the reader will want to know his back history which created who he was in the present day. All in all this is a quick easy read but I would of like a little more depth to the characters. For that reason I give this 4 STARS. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
I have to say this was a howling good time! Sorry I couldn’t help myself! Baby, I’m Howling for You is the first full length novel in the Alphaville series. There is a prequel to this, but it isn’t necessary to read it, but I really thought it helped set the tone for the series. This book really could be read as a standalone with no problem. I really enjoyed this paranormal romance and the author’s writing style laced with humor and snark. Its action packed, has good world building, awesome secondary characters and leading characters with a lot of substance to them. Renny is a on the run, being stalked and terrorized by another alpha from a coyote pack from her home in California. She had to give up the job she loved as a lead librarian. Renny had spurned the coyotes’ advances many times, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer. He is resorting to have his pack chase her across state lines. Renny is trying to get to Alpha, Washington to try and make a new life for herself. She had done her research and found that Alpha is a town run by shifters for shifters. It is where shifters go that are damaged, alone or just different. It’s a place where they can go where they know they will be accepted with no questions asked. There is a mixture of all different shifters who come together to form a close-knit community. Just the place that Renny needed! Little did she know, that when she was being chased this time, she was being driven to the arms of her mate! Mick has a tragic back story and he lives alone. He is a wolf shifter and they mate for life. His wife died eight years ago and by all accounts, he should have died too, since wolves usually can’t live long without their mates. He is just biding his time to die or, so he thinks. Mick is a rather famous graphic novelist; he not only writes them, he illustrates them. He has made a decent life for himself in Alpha, coming from California shortly after his wife died. He keeps to himself and is readily accepted for the cranky man that he is. Then one night he hears coyote yips that sound like they are in distress and it is too close for comfort. Trespassers on his land. He goes outside of his cabin and out of the woods shoots a coyote and she is badly injured. She is being chased by another coyote and he looked like he was going to finish the job he started. Mick shot him. He didn’t kill him, just injured him and he took off. Mick brought her to his cabin and called the deputy to come and take his statement. The deputy also brought along his paramedic sister and the town mayor. Now the fun begins! I absolutely was engrossed in this book! It was a fun read and I loved the characters. There is a lot going on to keep me more than hooked! I got a little more of Alpha’s (referred to as Alphaville) story and learned more about the secondary characters that I met in Something to Howl About. The story is fast paced, and it is fun to watch Mick struggle with his feelings for Renny. They have great chemistry and the banter between them is so entertaining. The secondary characters are also hilarious! I don’t want to give anything away, as this book needs to be read and enjoyed. If you love paranormal romance and shifters, then give this book a try. It really is a great read and I can’t wait for more of Alphaville and the wonderful characters that live there!
Steph_B More than 1 year ago
This is a really good start to this series! Ms. Warren's stories always has such interesting plots involving shifters I knew I couldn't pass up this next new one. I loved the idea of Alphaville. The city made up of shifters who either do not have a pack or are by nature solitary was fascinating. Add in that all the government positions were filled by Alphas and I loved it. I liked that it was Renny’s version of a safe haven. Even more, that it was attainable. That it was real and there were people ready to help Renny with her stalker. Then there is the mating between Mick and Renny.. She has a difficult time believing that Mick could truly love her and care for her after already losing a mate. Typically wolves mate for life which is taken to mean: it only happens once. So for her to be his mate is almost an anomaly and I can definitely understand how she would have reservations in regards to how she thinks he feels for her. On Mick's side of things, after his mate was killed and avenged, he thought he would die as well, but instead he just shut down. It's been a long time since anyone has been able to penetrate the shell he's built around himself and he's not entirely sure he wants that shell to be broken. I liked that Christine Warren brings up these topics and insecurities between Mick and Renny.. Such a great couple and wonderful secondary characters. I look forward to the next book in this series. Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for allowing me to read this story.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
From the very start this is an action packed paranormal novel with well developed characters and a totally engaging plot. It is one of those books that, once you’ve started, you really don’t want to put down until you’ve found out what happens - so don’t say I haven’t warned you! Renny Landry, a red wolf, is desperately trying to reach Alphaville before her pursuers capture her. After escaping from her stalker, Geoffrey Hilliard, he has sent his coyote shifters to bring her back to him. When she has to abandon her car she runs, striving to reach the small town which is reputed to be a haven for shifters, regardless of what they shift into. When she’s on the outskirts of the town the coyotes catch up with her and it is only when Mick Fischer intervenes that she escapes them. Mick is a wolf shifter who moved to Alphaville after his mate was killed. Wolf shifters usually only have one mate but his wolf recognises Renny as his mate, now he just needs to protect her and convince her that he isn’t another Geoffrey! A fast paced, enthralling read, this paranormal romance has the whole of Alphaville in danger from the coyote shifters who are still determined to capture Renny. The chemistry between Renny and Mick is off the charts but can he and the town keep her safe and thwart the coyotes? There are many brilliant secondary characters in this book, each with their own reason for being in Alphaville. I really enjoyed how welcoming the other shifters were and how Renny’s skills are quickly put to use. This is a suspense filled read which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys paranormal romantic suspense involving a great community and having a pacy storyline. I can’t wait to read more in this series! I requested and received a copy of this novel. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
Review: BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU (Alphaville) by Christine Warren Publication Date: January 30, 2018 Genre: Paranormal Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated 4 Stars I really enjoyed this one! It’s a great start to Christine Warren’s new series, Alphaville, which is set in the same world as her Others series. You don’t need to read her Others series before picking this one up though. I highly recommend the series though because it’s a great paranormal mix of vamps, shifters, fae and demons. The Alphaville series is a set in a town that is a haven for shifters and Renny, the heroine of the story, heads to the town on the run from a stalker and runs into her Mick, an alpha and her fated mate. The story was full of danger, some humor and hot romance. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next release. I recommend this book for paranormal romance lovers looking for a new shifter series. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I received a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! I usually buy Christine Warren’s books in paperback!! The cover is stunning with those gorgeous blue eyes! This is the first book in the Alphaville series, but there is also a prequel out. This is for adults only due to the violence and steamy content. These two books can be read in any order. This is a novel length book. Christine Warren is one of my favorite authors because she always creates wonderful and vivid worlds that I love feeling and seeing as I read them. The stories always come alive, and they always have plenty of action and goings-on to keep you engage in the story. This is Renny and Mick’s story. Renny has a stalker with friends. She is running towards Alpha because she thought there she would be safe and that the people living there would also be safe because they are all shifters. Mick is a loner who has a tragic past, and he is not sure how he survived. Tons of action, and you never know what is going to happen next. Their story was exciting, and I didn’t want to put it down. I highly recommend to shifter fans who love action packed mixed shifter worlds especially if you already love Christine Warren’s work! I can’t wait to see what happens next in Alpha!
ajenkins979 More than 1 year ago
Renny doesn't get many moments of peace. But she has found her mate A very suspenseful book, but still lots of other good stuff going on. I was very wrapped up in this book, I hated having to put it down. I would like to read more about this group of "misfits". Alphaville is a wonderful town, where shifters can go when they have no where else to go. The residents take care of one another. Renny and Mick didn't get off to a great start, even though they both knew they were mates. But no matter what Mick didn't want Renny away from him. Read to find out how past and present all collide. *I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
AngelaG_2012 More than 1 year ago
The Other are back in action with a new series! I have always loved Christine Warren’s books since I first read ONE BITE WITH A STRANGER, and I am happy to say that the love is still going strong! BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU is another winner in my book. When it comes to blending spicy sexy scenes and total alpha male dominance, she is a master. Her characters have always entranced and amused me … and Renny and Mick have hit the spot as well! Renny is not an alpha female, but that in no way makes her weak. She can give as good as she gets, but sometimes that is hard when you have a pack of coyotes out to get you. Luckily her idea of running to Alphaville is just what she needed … but that doesn’t end her troubles. Not when Mick Fischer steps into her life and turns everything upside down, in more ways than one. Mick is not happy with his desire for the luscious Renny, but sometimes fate has a way of kicking someone in the pants. He already lost his mate and isn’t looking or wanting a new one because wolves mate for life. So why the heck is he feeling the pull? But all those thoughts go out the window when a blast from his past comes forward to present itself as the danger stalking Renny. One way or another, Mick will end the danger ... and claim his mate. Hot damn, but did I love this story! I got complete immersed within the first chapter with the action and danger, and it kept going from there. The sparks and emotions that run through both characters is awesome. The story line ebbs and flows between action and passion. I really like the fact that this story is still set in the same world as her Other’s novels, but new characters from me to fall in love with and enjoy. There is sadness for what Mick goes through, but also some great one liners and quirky interactions between characters. eARC provided through NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trigger warnings: attempted rape, sexual assault, death of significant other (in past), stalking Besides the prequel novella to this series, this is the first Christine Warren novel I've read.  While the prequel gives a little bit of extra backstory, you can read this as a standalone without any problems. The story started out with the action - Renny's car running out of gas miles from the town of Alpha, and her leading the pursuing coyotes in a chase in (hopefully) the right direction.  The initial scenes got me hooked, with lots of interesting characters, including a grumpy alpha wolf, and lots of humor, but then, unfortunately, it petered out. “In the space of a week she’d gone from fearing for her life and struggling to survive on the run, to having a home and a mate and now the job she’d been dreaming of since she was a child." Overall, this is an average destined mates romance, with the overly possessive and protective male and the female in danger.  Renny and Mick's relationship gave me whiplash.  They literally went from Mick being in complete denial about their mating to jumping headfirst into bed together.  I never really got a sense of love from them, just lust.  I would've liked to see more of them falling in love and getting to know each other, rather than just going at it like rabbits.  For example, at one point, Renny is worried because she's falling in love with him and he hasn't said anything about his feelings.  An older woman counsels her that sometimes men show their love through actions instead of words (eye roll).  So when the bad guy destroys their bedroom, Mick arranges for it to be fully redecorated (in a day!) using furniture Renny had bought when she thought she'd be sharing an apartment with her friend.  Sid note: I've refinished furniture before, and it takes much longer than a day for things to be stripped, sanded and repainted.  Yes, this is a weird thing to fixate on in a book about werewolves, but it was just such an odd detail to be off on.  Back to my point - Renny takes this as a sign that Mick actually cares about her, partly because of much money he must've spent (?!).  To me, it looked like a grand gesture, but it was also just another example of Mick making decisions for her without her consultation. “'Whatever I wanted before is gone. I know I did everything I could to pretend you meant nothing to me, but I think I can stop now, because that ship hasn’t just sailed, it’s hit an iceberg and been lost at sea. You are my mate. So, from here on out, we’re going to forget about my idiocy and move forward together. Deal?' Her lips twitched. 'Sounds pretty convenient for you, if you ask me. I just pretend you didn’t treat me like a leper for the first eighteen hours of our acquaintance, and you get all the benefits of having a mate without even having to work for it?' He let himself grin. 'Sounds good to me.'” As for other cons, I felt like the characterization was practically nonexistent.  They're both wolf shifters, Renny's a librarian and Mick writes graphic novels and.... that's pretty much it.  Mick, at least, had a pretty interesting back story, and while it factored into the main story, it felt like it only scratched the surface of the emotional depth possible.  I liked the secondary characters (especially Molly and her brother Zeke) and the idea of this town filled with misfit shapeshifters. It's fine - it just felt like the same old thing I've read before, with no new insights to offer.
Readnread More than 1 year ago
Terrific book! Interesting take on being a “fated mate”. Mick lost his mate and survived it, an unusual occurrence. Renny is running from an insane Alpha when she arrives beaten and bloody on his doorstep. They are fated mates, but one of them fights it. Good story. I’m anxious to read more about this town! This is my honest review of this advance reader copy and I have not been compensated in any way
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Renny is on the run from an obsessive madman and her last chance at finding a place can be safe is Alpha, Washington, but when it is within her grasp, her car dies and she knows her stalkers are right behind her. She runs into the woods and is almost caught by the coyotes after her. The only reason she finds herself still alive is that of the wolf who shoots at her pursuer and just in the nick of time too.  Mick wants nothing from the female wolf he rescues but he can't just let her die in his front yard, so he brings her into his home and calls for help.  What he doesn't like is that the moment she shifts into her human self, he can't keep his eyes off her and when it is decided, and not by him, that she should stay the night in his home while she recovers from her injuries he can't stop himself from feeling glad that he was to have her under his roof for a bit more time.  Mick lost his mate and he doesn't know why he didn't follow her into death, but when Renny comes into his life, his wolf won't stop telling him that she is their mate. He tries to resist her and to push her away, but with each attempt on her life, he grows more and more determined to protect her and to have her. Renny is confused by Mick's behavior; when they first meet his behavior screams that he wants nothing to do with her, but then he projects protective and domineering tendencies and when he mate-claims her she is just utterly confused, but deep down she hopes that they can work things out, because she is falling in love fast and hard. I loved the characters and the concept of Alpha, Washington. This new series by Christine Warren has great potential. The villains were so easy to hate and Renny is such a strong female protagonist. I️ didn’t like how quickly Mick caves to his desire for Renny. He lost his mate and from the moment Renny runs onto his land he gives off strong vibes of how much her presence isn’t wanted but then suddenly he bites and claims her as his mate and then he goes on like it is a done deal. His resistance went from strong to nonexistent and then he was pissed when she had doubts about his commitment.  Their adventure was exciting. The dynamic between Renny and Mick was great. The action exciting. The passion intense and nonstop. It was a second chance at love for Mick and a second chance at happiness for Renny. I will definitely read more in this series. All of the secondary characters were strong and stood on their own and I️ can’t wait for each of their stories too.
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
This is the first full length novel in the new Alphaville series. It follows the novella Something to Howl About, although it definitely can be read as a stand alone and you don't need to read the novella to understand anything. However, I really liked the novella and recommend you read it just because it is part of the series and frankly it's a good read. With all that being said, this book is about Renny Landry and Mick Fischer. Renny is on the run from a crazy shifter stalker who keeps sending his coyote pack after her no matter where she goes. She is trying to make it to Alpha when they catch up to her in the woods and try to capture her again. She ends up being saved by Mick just as she runs into the clearing where his cabin is located. Mick has been living in Alpha for years just trying to survive his past. Little does he know, his past is about to slap him in the face. And he has no idea how to deal with Renny when he hasn't gotten over his past. I truly liked this book. Renny is sweet, funny, and even though she is scared about what is happening she still tries to make a life and make herself be happy. Mick is, to put it bluntly, damaged. He had been through so much and hadn't dealt with anything that happened except to get his revenge. He has never truly moved on and made a life for himself or attempted to be happy. And now that he has a second chance? He tries to fight it not believing that it can happen for him, or even should happen for him. The only thing about this book I didn't like was that Mick seemed to just magically put aside his feelings about the past without ever truly dealing with them. It was like one minute he was fighting any sort of new relationship for all he was worth and then BAM, he was totally on board! Now that isn't to say that this book wasn't good. I still really liked it, it's just that one thing about it that brought it down from a 5 star book to a 4 star book in my opinion. Once he was on board with everything with Renny, I loved everything about him and how he was with her. This was truly a good book. And the side characters in it are awesome! I really hope we get books for Molly, Zeke, and John!!
Jolie More than 1 year ago
Baby, I’m Howling for You is a sizzling action-packed shifter romance novel. It will keep you engaged for the entire book. The main characters were very relatable. The plotline was engaging. I couldn’t put this book down. I needed to find out what would happen with Mick and Renny. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I would recommend Baby I’m Howling for You. I would also reread it. **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
Baby, I'm Howling For You by Christine Warren is the story of Renny Landry and Mick Fischer. Renny has been on the run from a stalker for a few months. Renny is trying to make is to Alphaville where they are misfits, damaged and other type shifters in need and found a safe haven. But just a few miles before getting there she is attacked by the mans enforcers. But she escapes and makes it to Mick cabin. Mick saves her and calls out the Alphaville squad to help her and find the ones responsible for this. But the quick have an instant attraction and mate bond feeling. But Mick already had one mate and lost her so he isn't willing to risk his feelings and tries to ignore that Renny is his mate. I really enjoyed their story! I couldn't put it down until I got to the end of it. I am just so in love with this new series!! Can't wait for more.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
Baby, I'm Howling For You by Christine Warren is the story of Renny Landry and Mick Fischer. Renny has been on the run from a stalker for a few months. Renny is trying to make is to Alphaville where they are misfits, damaged and other type shifters in need and found a safe haven. But just a few miles before getting there she is attacked by the mans enforcers. But she escapes and makes it to Mick cabin. Mick saves her and calls out the Alphaville squad to help her and find the ones responsible for this. But the quick have an instant attraction and mate bond feeling. But Mick already had one mate and lost her so he isn't willing to risk his feelings and tries to ignore that Renny is his mate. I really enjoyed their story! I couldn't put it down until I got to the end of it. I am just so in love with this new series!! Can't wait for more.