WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps, in a brand-new paranormal romance series from New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren.
Dr. Annie Cryer has been called many things: Genius. Child prodigy. Scientific wonder.
Banished from her pack years ago, Annie’s lone wolf wandering has brought her to Alpha, Washington, home to all shifters who don't quite fit in in the "normal" shifter word. Now Annie has the chance to go back home...if only she can make good on a favor her alpha owes the mayor of “Alphaville.” But it's not much of a favor when you're helping the hottest shifter in town...
Grizzly shifter Jonas Browning has a clan in trouble. They haven't had a child born in over a hundred years...and their clan faces going completely extinct. Genetic scientist Anne Cryer has been sent to help save them. But what Jonas doesn't count on is being irresistibly drawn to the small wolf shifter, and his bear isn't about to let her go...
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.
Christine is the author of the Gargoyles series, including Hard to Handle and Rocked by Love.
Christine Warren is the bestselling author of The Others series, including Wolf at the Door, Big Bad Wolf, Born to Be Wild, Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here, and Black Magic Woman. Born and raised in coastal New England, she now lives as a transplant in the Pacific Northwest. (She completely bypassed those states in the middle due to her phobia of being landlocked). When not writing, she enjoys horseback riding, playing with her pets, identifying dogs from photos of their underbellies, and most of all reading things someone else had to agonize over.
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"Hi. Welcome to Alphaville, home of the freaks, the losers, and the emotionally challenged. How can I help you?"
Annie had never made a habit of calling her inner wolf "Toto," but after a greeting like that, she had to ask herself about not being in Kansas anymore. Damn the clichés.
"Um, hi." She managed a smile. "I think I have an appointment with the mayor. John Jaeger?"
Her greeter lifted a perfectly penciled brow and took a moment to give Annie a thorough once-over, so Annie gave a mental shrug and did the same. Despite the teenaged chipperness in her short speech, the woman enthroned behind the wide counter in the lobby of Alpha, Washington's town hall had to be pushing sixty-five. If she was a shifter, Annie would revise that upward by a good ten years. She wore a pastel plaid oxford with the collar popped high, cat-eye glasses on a chain around her neck, and makeup straight from the pages of Seventeen magazine.
By contrast, Annie's bare face, faded jeans, and blue-striped blouse barely qualified her as dressed for public viewing, let alone meeting a mayor. No matter how small a town he governed.
She tugged at the hem of her shirt and caught her shoulders trying to hunch forward. She rolled them back, ordering herself to get a grip. If she'd had better, she'd have worn it, but living basically out of two battered suitcases for the last three years had severely limited her wardrobe choices.
Annie dropped her hand and shifted her backpack strap over her shoulder. "Is Mr. Jaeger in?"
The woman tilted her head and pursed her lips, clearly thinking about her response. After a few more seconds, she exhaled a puff of air and nodded. "Let me buzz him and tell him you're here, honey. What's your name?"
"Dr. Annie Cryer. I was told he'd be expecting me."
"Well, I'm Vonnie Milner. You just have yourself a seat while I call up." Picking up the telephone with one hand, the woman used the other to shoo Annie toward a small, old-fashioned sofa beneath the window.
As was her habit, Annie followed orders and took a seat.
Her fingers wanted to clench into fists in her lap, so she made a point of flexing them open and shut while she took a look around. The distraction might keep her brain too occupied to slip its leash.
Alpha's town hall occupied a converted house in the center of the infamous shifter enclave in Washington's Cascade Mountain range. The craftsman-style building featured an appealing front porch, beautiful original woodwork, and a gorgeous stairway snaking up the left-hand side of the front room-turned-lobby. Vonnie's desk was nestled into its corner, and the large window behind Annie's seat offered a view across the porch and onto Main Street.
A large open archway opposite lead to a dining room that looked as if it were still used for meetings, with pocket doors left intact to seal it off for privacy. Another door led to what Annie presumed was the original kitchen, and a smaller arch in the dining room wall opened into a room she couldn't see. Maybe a study? If this were Annie's house, she'd put her office in that back corner. Position her desk for a view of the garden behind the house. That would give her something pretty to look at, if she ever remembered to take the breaks she was supposed to from staring at her computer screen.
The clatter of the phone receiver being replaced in the cradle yanked Annie back out of her musings. She'd found herself entertaining those kind of fantasies more often in the last few months. Every time she found herself in a house or a cottage, she'd imagine how it would be if she lived there. Hazards of the nomadic life, she guessed.
"Dr. Cryer, John said you can go on up." Vonnie leaned forward and gestured toward the stairway beside her. "Second floor, end of the hall, door on the right."
Gathering her nerve and her backpack, Annie rose to follow the directions. She had one hand on the newel and one foot on the first tread when Vonnie spoke again.
"You going to be staying with us long, Doctor?"
Startled, Annie glanced over her shoulder. The receptionist had her gaze on her computer screen and her long, painted nails poised over her keyboard, but her attention still held Annie in place until she'd answered.
"It's just Annie," she said. "And, um, I doubt it. I don't do much staying."
Vonnie's gaze slid to the younger woman and her lips drew into a faint moue. "Hmph. Well, I hope you take some time to look around while you're here. We started out telling humans we were a lumber town, you know. Even had a working mill up until the sixties, before they moved it up the river to a bigger site. So we've got lots of trees around here. Always had an eye on replanting what got cut. It's a good spot for planting roots."
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"What do you know about this girl?"
Jonas watched Jaeger lean back in his desk chair and shake his head. The two might be the oldest of old friends, but the mayor still did a lot of head shaking around him.
"For God's sake, Jonas. You can't call her a girl. Not only is she thirty years old, but she's a doctor. Hell, she's got two doctorates, a handful of master's degrees, and more letters after her name than I have in mine. And since you're about to ask her to save your clan, you might want to consider not insulting her in the first two minutes after you meet her."
"You see her in the room right now?" Jonas deliberately swept his gaze around every corner of his friend's office. "She hiding under your desk? Or does she shift into a bat, and she can hear us from wherever she's parking her car right now? She won't be here for ten minutes. So you've got time to answer the damn question."
Jaeger ignored his surly tone — hell, make friends with a bear and you'd better get used to surly, especially in the winter — and shook his head.
"You got the same information I got. Genius IQ, child prodigy, scientific wonder, brilliant research career." The cougar shifter shrugged. "Other than the brief bio I managed to pry out of Graham Winters, the only information I could find on the woman deals with her work, not her personal life."
Jonas grumbled. "So for all you know, I'm putting the fate of my clan and my species in the hands of some arrogant egghead with a god complex and the manners of a rabid wolverine."
"Well, if that's true, you two sound perfect for each other," Jaeger shot back.
"Damn it." Jonas shoved out of his chair and stalked toward the window. "This isn't a joke for me, John. You ought to know that. I'm trying to save lives here."
He heard his friend sigh, chair squeaking as he spun it to face Jonas. "Of course I know it, but you gotta calm down, brother. Who cares if the woman has bad manners and a face like Old Man Pollard's nutsack? She's a certified genius in genetics, shifter biology, and biochemistry. Every single person I talked to on this said she is the best hope you've got."
Jonas leaned a forearm against the window frame, fingers tightening into a fist. "Yeah, I know."
"Then why are you being such a dick? She'll be here any minute, and you can ask her any damn thing you want once she is. Okay?"
"Thank God." Jaeger rolled his eyes and spun his chair back toward his desk. "Much more whining from you, and I was gonna have to shift and kick your ass."
Jonas snorted and turned back to face the room, shoving his hands into his pockets. "Yeah, 'cause that was gonna happen. Mountain lion versus grizzly, dude. Lion goes splat."
The buzz of the phone's intercom system cut off the familiar routine. Jaeger pressed the speaker function.
"Yo, Vonnie. What's up?"
"John, there's a young woman here to see you. Smells like wolf. She says her name is Doctor Annie Cryer, and that you're expecting her."
"Yeah, Von, I am. Send her up."
"Is Jonas still there with you?"
"Yeah, he is. He needs to meet the doctor, too."
The woman, a seventy-two-year-old beaver who had lived in Alpha for the whole of her life, liked to consider herself the town's unofficial mother hen. And if her nagging finally got through, she'd have Jaeger make it official. He'd seen her shopping for letterhead more than once.
Now, she sighed into her extension. "John Jacob Jaeger, what have I told you about making appointments for yourself and not entering them into the calendar where I can see them? Do we need to review the procedure again?"
Jonas rolled his eyes, but Jaeger just bowed his head. He had to work with the woman. Luckily, Jonas ran his family's company, and his dad had been too smart to hire Vonnie back in the day.
"No, ma'am," Jaeger mumbled.
"Because they offer night classes on the calendar software out at the community college, if you need to take another one."
"No, ma'am." Jaeger let a hiss escape and had to cover it up with a cough. "Um, Ms. Milner, could you send Dr. Cryer up to my office? I'd hate to keep her waiting, after all."
"Good boy. I'll send her right on up, but you two remember your manners, you hear me? The girl looks as nervous as a salmon at a teddy-bear picnic."
When Annie had seen Graham's name pop up on her cell phone screen, she'd nearly driven her car into a tree. Only the blast of another driver's horn and the amped-up reflexes of a wolf shifter had allowed her to avoid plowing off the road and into an immovable object. As it was, she hadn't needed the double shot of adrenaline to make her voice squeak when she clicked on her hands-free headset to answer the call.
"Annie. It's Graham."
She hadn't needed the introduction. Even if she hadn't seen his name on the caller ID, she'd have recognized his voice in the first syllable. After all, this was a man she'd known for her entire life, her cousin (of one remove or another), her packmate. Her alpha.
"I need to talk to you."
How long had she been waiting to hear those words? Annie wondered.
Two years, ten months, fifteen days, twelve hours, and forty-two minutes, the voice inside her promptly replied.
Wow. She hadn't even realized she'd been keeping count. But it shouldn't surprise her, since the moment had seared itself into her brain like a lesion. It had altered the course of her life, after all. She could be forgiven for remembering it vividly.
"All right." The calm, even tone of her voice sounded like it came from outside of her, as if someone on the car radio was having the conversation for her. "Would you like to schedule a time, or did you want to speak now?"
Always the alpha, Graham had chosen the now. Annie had found herself driving through the Michigan countryside while the leader of the Silverback Clan made her an offer the Godfather could have taken a lesson from. Not only could Annie not refuse, she had to exert every ounce of her self-control not to leap on it like a starving wolf on a fresh kill.
"Go see John Jaeger in Alphaville," he had told her. "Do this favor for him, and I'll consider it an act of contrition. Your banishment will be lifted, and you'll be free to come back to New York. If you want."
If she wanted.
If she had any interest in fulfilling the dream she'd held tight to her heart since the moment she'd been cast out of the pack of her birth.
Gee, she'd have to give it some thought.
The irony of the situation didn't escape her. For almost three years, she'd been wandering aimlessly around the country moving from state to state, region to region, usually stopping for only a few months at a time. She bounced between research facilities that caught her interest and colleagues whose work intrigued her, but she hadn't even tried to make herself a place anywhere. Because she'd known no place but New York was home.
In all that time, she'd never considered making her way to Alpha. Stubborn pride, she figured. Every shifter in America knew about the town. It was where they sent their problems, like an open-air asylum for damaged Others. Shifters who couldn't shift, or who couldn't control the process. Ones with anger issues, or who had survived trauma. Even ones who needed to recover from grave physical injuries.
And, of course, the outcasts. The ones who had been shunned by their packs, prides, clans, or family groups.
Paging Dr. Freud. She didn't need a degree in psychology to diagnose her own neuroses in this case. She supposed that if she had gone to Alpha — known to shifters one and all as Alphaville — she would have had to admit to her own status as outcast. Going to the place where outcasts went meant she believed she belonged there, that she deserved the punishment Graham had meted out.
But, after all her resistance, all her mental kicking and screaming, in the end, she delivered herself to the place. And into the office of the mayor, no less. Her former alpha certainly knew which carrot to dangle to get her to move fast.
She followed the receptionist's directions to the door with the brass plaque engraved, simply, MAYOR. Lifting a hand, she rapped three times before she could talk herself out of it.
The voice, masculine but muffled, had no special qualities other than the distinct subliminal buzz of alpha power. Her innate gamma nature (a middle-of-the-pack wolf) made it impossible to refuse the order. Even if she had wanted to.
Still, she took a deep breath before she turned the knob and opened the dark panel. In her head, the "Imperial March" from Star Wars played, all minor chords and tonal dissonance. It could have been her theme song.
She stepped forward and scanned the space, gaze automatically fixing on the man behind the desk. "Mayor Jaeger?"
The man stood, all lean, feline grace and masculine power. He smiled, wide and charming, and circled the end of his desk to greet her.
She took his hand automatically and shook it, instinct making her size him up in an instant. He stood an inch or two over six feet and carried it with the lazy, precise balance that marked him unmistakably as a cat shifter. Years of practice let her inhale discreetly, just enough to identify the stone-and-pine forest scent of mountain lion. Or cougar, she thought they called them out here.
It explained the light tan to his skin and the black-streaked sandy color of his hair. Add in the dark, mossy green of his eyes, the chiseled features, and that big, broad grin, and the man was enough to catch any female shifter's eye.
So why did Annie's keep straying to the huge, burly shape silhouetted against the bright light streaming through the windows?
"Welcome to Alpha." The mayor had a politician's handshake — firm, brisk, and dry — and the manners to keep it brief and friendly. "We're excited you were able to make it all the way out here to see us."
Annie yanked her attention where it belonged. She even had to angle her body away from the window to bolster her self-control. What in the name of Crick and Watson was the matter with her?
"Thank you, Mayor Jaeger." She forced a polite smile and ignored the way the hair on the back of her neck stood on end. "I enjoyed the drive. I haven't gotten much chance to see this part of the country."
"Well, we like it, rain and all. Hopefully, you'll have some time to tour around a little bit. See some sights."
"That would be great."
Inside, Annie's wolf snarled and raised its hackles. It had no use for small talk and an intense desire to face the man by the window and sniff him from head to toe.
Force of will might be keeping her gaze on Jaeger, but every other one of her senses was focused on the stranger. So much so, that she noticed the instant he gathered himself to step forward. She was already turning before her host lifted a hand to motion to the other man. So much for self-control. She'd just have to hope no one had noticed.
"Dr. Cryer, I'd like you to meet a good friend of mine. This is Jonas Browning. Jonas, Dr. Annie Cryer."
Her wolf growled it. Not in the menacing way of a predator detecting a potential threat, but with a sense of surprised satisfaction that made Annie think if her inner beast had been a cat, it would be purring.
Jonas Browning, of the huge frame and mayoral friendship, was definitely a bear; her wolf was right about that. He bore the earthy, woodsy, pleasantly musty scent of that species, but there was something different about it. Annie couldn't quite put her finger on it, but he smelled just a little different from the bears she had met in the past. A wilder, rockier scent that struck her as pleasant as it was unexpected.
Excerpted from "Something to Howl About"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great book
Short story, only 77 pgs.
Good short story, but I wish it were a full novel. Hate the Gargoyles series that started okay, but I swore after the 3rd book, I would never buy another of her books. And then I saw this one ... i can't wait for the next one in this series. Loved reading about one of the Silverback pack.
Something to Howl About is a quick intro into the Alphaville world. It's a great story to read at any point in the series, but it gives you the backstory of Jonas, the bear shifter, and Annie, the wolf shifter, It definitely sets the tone for the series as fun and filled with suspense. *ARC provided in consideration for review*
A short novella telling a very typical shifter romance story. Wolf meets Bear, they are mates, insta love, and lots of sex. It basically does nothing to introduce us to Alphaville or it’s inhabitants. We get a barely get to hear about the town and quickly meet characters that say a couple of sentences and leave. Almost all of which are to push the leads story along and not to give us any insight into them. The main conflict of the story has no impact on the future as it is quickly and easily resolved. Also something that bothered me is it was stated several times that Annie was kicked out of her pack for doing something terrible, however it was never said what that terrible thing was. What was the point of having that be part of the story if it’s never going to be revealed? This is definitely something that can be skipped. There is nothing original about it, the character introductions don’t make you feel like you want to know what happens to them in the future, and it has no impact on the first book in the series. If you’re interested in this series go straight to the first book. If you read the first book and are wondering if you missed something, you didn’t.
This is a new to me author and I was excited to try something new. I have read shifter books before, but this felt different and I really enjoyed it. Alphaville is a spinoff series from this authors’ Others series. You don’t have to have read the Others series to enjoy this one. When I first picked up this book I chuckled at the title, I thought oh man I hope it isn’t cheesy. Well rest assured it is not cheesy, but boy is it funny! I snickered and barked out a laugh on more than one occasion because of the sarcastic snark. This is a quick novella that introduces the cast of characters of the town of Alpha, Washington. The opening line in the book, “Hi. Welcome to Alphaville, home of the freaks, the losers and the emotionally challenged. How can I help you?” This opening statement sets the tone for the rest of the novella. I enjoyed meeting the town mayor, John Jaeger, the charming secretary to the mayor, Vonnie Milner, and Dr. Annie Cryer, our heroine, a genetic scientist with two doctorates and a handful of master’s degrees and a she is wolf shifter. She was banished from her pack and has been drifting from place to place for the last three years while awaiting the opportunity to return to her pack. Her opportunity came knocking when her pack leader notified her that if she went to Alpha to help the mayor of the town with a genetics issue, she could return to her pack. Annie jumped at the chance but what she would rather jump is Jonas Browning! Her wolf kept pacing and insisting MINE as soon as she met him. Jonas Browning is a millionaire and known playboy in shifter circles. He is also the alpha of his brown bear clan and has a concern with the lack of bears reproducing and is worried their breed would become extinct. He had no idea that his bear would take to the good doctor! His bear has never reacted so quickly to another female! Thus, began the love story of Annie and Jonas. This novella was a quick, fun read and a cute love story. This is not a heavy, dark paranormal read. It is funny, snarky and sarcastic. Yes, it is insta lust/love but that is the way of the shifters, approach, sniff, pin and mount, to quote Jonas! There is no huge courtship as there is in a regular courtship. I loved the dual POV, so I could be in their heads. The only down side was that I wish it would have been longer. This was a great start to a new series! I look forward to more from this author and this series.
Awesome introduction to a new series! All Annie Cryer wants is to return home, but she knows that may never happen. So when she is offered the ability to go home by performing a job, she jumps at the chance and lands herself in Alpha … and into the presence of handsome and danger to her libido, Jonas Browning. Jonas needs help before his clan goes extinct. They need to know why there is a problem with his clan of Grizzlies conceiving. What he didn’t expect was the expert to be so darn luscious and captivating to both himself and his bear. But Jonas makes a stupid comment and if he can’t figure out how to fix what he broke then there will be no chance with Annie. Time to man up … if he can figure out how to do it without putting his foot back in his mouth! OMG!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I have really liked Annie since she was introduced in the beginning of the Other’s series. No danger or intrigue in this story, but a highly intelligent female wolf and clueless grizzly who need to find their way before it is too late. There were definitely some funny moments that had me smiling and laughing. I cannot WAIT for more of this series to come out because there are all new characters for me to learn about and enjoy. eARC provided through NetGalley
This is my first read by Christine Warren and now I'm wondering how I've missed her. This well-written and fast-paced tale is easily read in one sitting and that's just what I did. I would've liked more of Annie's backstory, but the author does give enough to understand the character. I absolutely loved Jonas and his internal bickering with his bear as he struggles with the idea of a mate while trying to remain professional with Annie, and she was just as amusing with her scientific mind being thrown for a loop by the sexy bear. The storyline is intriguing and peppered with a bit of steam and some truly witty dialogue that kept me smiling and chuckling from start to finish.
Hip Hip Hooray for smart woman...... Anne is definitely a smart sexy woman with a secret and this combination creates a story that is an enjoyable read. The authors development of the mystery behind Anne's exile from her pack and what she has to do to get back into their good graces is the driving force in all her actions in this book. But oh, what a quandary she gets herself into when she meets sexy Jonas. How she finally makes a decision on what to do is priceless and a turning point to everything she desires. Jonas comes across as a big sexy in-charge guy and throughout this story he keeps to character is all situations except his thoughts on Anne. I felt his reactions regarding her were entertaining and thought provoking. Another intriguing part of his character was how much he loved and cared for his clan. It shows is everything he does. This is a great opening for a new series and I look forward to reading more books to this series to see how the Author develops the series. I would especially want to read a story on John Jaeger but only the author knows if he will get a story. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Short but sweet & fun. You go girl!!!!! ????????
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 beautiful! I like it! This is a prequel in a new series called Alphaville by Christine Warren which is a spin-off from The Others series. This is an adult series, and this is only a novella about 86 pages. This was a quick read, but it is full of detail and a great story as is the usual for this author. I really like Annie. You see her grow because she was a loner and skittish in the beginning, and once the scientist comes out, she is very confident and in her element. Jonas started out good, and then he turned into an idiot for a while until his mom straightens him out. Even though there isn’t the action I usually crave, this was entertaining, and I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend to any shifter fan especially if you already love Christine’s work! I can’t wait to read book 1!
This was an interesting story mainly due to Jonas's insistence to Annie that his kind, brown bears, did not mate like other shifters. This was despite his bear's desperate need for Annie, and her wolf answering in kind. The reason Annie was in Alpha didn't take a backseat to the romance developing between Jonas and Annie. She was there to do a job. It didn't mean she would be immune to destiny's call or the strength of her own longings. Short and sweet, there is plenty of room for more stories in Alpha with the way Ms. Warren wrote this story. Will there be a baby boom? Will new genes be introduced and contribute to the baby boom? Will other brown bears learn that the pull they feel toward their mate, the possessive and obsessive way they behave is normal? It'll be interesting to see what Ms. Warren does next.
Something to Howl About by Christine Warren is a novella that introduces her new Alphaville series. Annie Cryer, our heroine, is a wolf shifter, a doctor and a well known scientific genius. Having been banished last three years ago, Annie has been a loner traveling through the country. But Annie receives word from her NY Pack leader that if she goes to Alpha, Washington and helps their pack find a solution to their problem, he will allow her to come back to NY after she is done. Despite not looking forward to going to Alpha, as it is a place where damaged or problem shifters go, she wants to go home to her pack, so she agrees. Grizzly shifter, Jonas Browning, has a problem with his pack; his clan has not had a child born to them in over a hundred years. The mayor of Alpha convinces Jonas that Dr. Annie Cryer is the one person who can possibly figure out the problem, and come up with a resolution. Though he is not happy, he agrees. When Annie arrives to meet the Mayor, both she and Jonas get off on the wrong foot. She immediately feels the strong attraction and recognizes to her dismay that he is her mate. Make no mistake, Jonas is attractive and hot, but Annie wants to go back to NY and now finding her mate will stop that. Jonas feels his bear being attracted to Annie, but when he hears her mention that they are mates, he will flip out. He doesn’t believe in mates for his grizzly pack; Jonas believes they fall in love and after time move on, if they want; no forever mate. His attitude pushes her away, and though she works on their issue, she avoids Jonas at all costs. What follows is a light, quick paranormal story that was fun, and very steamy. In a short time, Jonas will learn from his mother that he is wrong about the mating process, and he will try to win back Annie. Their chemistry together was burning the pages, and I enjoyed the banter between them. In Something to Howl About, we were introduced to some excellent characters, which open the door to the start of this series. Christine Warren once again gives us a taste of this new series, and I for one plan to be reading this. If you like Paranormal, and Shifters, then I think you will too.
WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps, in a brand-new paranormal romance series from New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren. Dr. Annie Cryer has been called many things: Genius. Child prodigy. Scientific wonder. Wolf Shifter. Banished from her pack years ago, Annie’s lone wolf wandering has brought her to Alpha, Washington, home to all shifters who don't quite fit in in the "normal" shifter word. Now Annie has the chance to go back home...if only she can make good on a favor her alpha owes the mayor of “Alphaville.” But it's not much of a favor when you're helping the hottest shifter in town... Grizzly shifter Jonas Browning has a clan in trouble. They haven't had a child born in over a hundred years...and their clan faces going completely extinct. Genetic scientist Anne Cryer has been sent to help save them. But what Jonas doesn't count on is being irresistibly drawn to the small wolf shifter, and his bear isn't about to let her go... Review: This is the start of a new series with the first full length story coming out later this month. In this quick, sexy novella we get a glimpse of the town and people of Alphaville. It is a very short story so I won't give away much. I will say that I am totally piqued for the rest of the series. Like Ms. Warren's other stories Jonas and Annie are strong characters, who you can't help but to like and are super sexy. I am glad I have an ARC of the first book, so I can dive right in now. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher*
New to me author... Wow, where to begin with this what is book one / interlude into this new series. Alphaville certainly suits the name of this series. When a bear shifter community is not producing like it should they call in child prodigy Annie Cryer. Jonas Browning is Alpha and comes from a long line of money. What he doesn't come from is a long line of shifters who choose to mate properly. He is shocked at this revelation by dear old mom. Well, Dr. Annie is no pushover wolf so Jonas is gonna have his work cut out for him. I enjoyed this exciting and sexy short read and really glad I was offered the chance to read it by the publisher. More Please !!
Annie is a wolf shifter and geneticist who was banished from her home pack 2 years previously. She has wandered around the country, never staying anywhere very long. All she wants is to return to her pack, The Silverbacks, in New York. When her pack Alpha calls and offers her a way to return to the pack, she jumps at the chance. Heading Alpha (Alphaville), a town that takes in the troubled, out of control, or any shift who doesn't really fit in anywhere, Annie is not sure what she'll find but any chance to get back to her pack...she'll take. Jonas is the head of the werebears in Alpha. He thinks his clan may be in danger of dying out since they haven't had any new cubs born in years. He's excited when the Mayor tells him a shifter geneticist is on the way to help. When Annie and Jonas meet, sparks fly and their inner-beasts start howling. What the heck? Could they be mates? Jonas doesn't believe in true mates and Annie just wants to return to her pack. Will things work out for Jonas and Annie? And what Jonas's clan? I think you'll enjoy read this story and finding out for yourself. This book is a prequel novella set in the new series from Ms. Warren, called Alphaville. I really enjoyed this book and meeting characters from the new series. My only wish is that we had received a little more background on why Annie was banished. I received an invitation from the publisher, via NetGalley to read an advance copy of this book. My thoughts and reviews are my own.
Something to Howl About by Christine Warren Alphaville 0.5 This story hit the spot for me today! Why? I have been reading tons of words in many books but wanted something lighthearted and romantic that was a bit different, well written and had the ability to take me away from where and who I am and immerse me somewhere else and that is just what this novella did for me today. At times I kind of wished I were a shapeshifter with a mating instinct and alpha male nearby calling out to my were-side so I could experience that immediate awareness and act upon it. And yet, I suppose I shouldn’t complain as I have 39.5 years of marriage with the same man under my belt at this point in life…guess I am well and truly mated even without that mating bite ;) Okay…back to the story. This was so much fun! An exiled female werewolf shows up at the request of her alpha to help out a group brown bears living in Alphaville. Her skills are needed to find out what is wrong with the werebear community and their seemingly low fertility rate/production of cubs. SHE knows immediately that one of the men she meets is her mate but her mate quickly draws back and is leery. With a bit of communication by both the hero and heroine with people they trust the two do eventually end up with their mated HEA and that, too, was fun to read! This book made me smile a lot. It made me care about the characters and community and then want to find out what comes next in this new series. I wonder if all the characters in Alphaville are misfits or not and just who lives there and why. This novella is written by an author I have enjoyed reading books by before and this one was just as much fun as others I remember reading by her. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
The start to a brand new series! We saw Annie Cryer in The Others series of books. She was a werewolf belonging to Graham's pack. She was also banished after Sam (Annie's best friend) almost died. She has been told by her former Alpha that the banishment will be lifted if she makes good on one of his owed favors to the mayor of Alphaville. After 3 years of not only not being allowed to go home but to not even be allowed to speak to any of her former pack (including her best friend and her mother) she is ready to do just about anything to be able to go home. So she heads to Alpha. Jonas Browning has enlisted the mayor to help his clan. He believes his clan is going extinct because there haven't been any children born in over 100 years. And when Annie shows up, he believes he is just seriously attracted to her. Not believing bears are capable of anything more. I really liked the start to this series! I always loved this author's Others books and this one seems to be along the same lines and already has me hooked! I always wondered what happened to Annie after she was banished and I am glad we get to find out. Annie and Jonas in this one really made me laugh! They butt heads from the start and when Jonas basically word vomits when she makes a certain comment, I about died laughing at how moronic he sounded in that moment! But then once his mom knocks some sense into his head and he realizes exactly what they are? It was great! Yeah, I love an alpha male! The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was because I felt like it was too short. I would have loved to have a longer story for them. But this was still a great read and a great start to this series!
Alphaville is a refuse for shifters that have not fit in with the conventional pack hierarchy or for those that need a place to fit in. Annie has been banished from her pack in New York but has an opportunity back into the fold if she heads to Alphaville and help them with a unique issue. Having been on the road for three years Annie, who is a genius scientist of shifter genetics, will do anything to return to her pack. Introduction to some amazing citizens; Christine Warren is creating the start to a paranormal world of love and salvation. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." Looking forward to reading the next in this series "Baby I'm howling for You".
This is a super short, super fun intro novella to Christine's new Alphaville story. It is meant to introduce the reader to this new town and give a bit of glimpse into what is to come. I thought it was great and Annie & Jonas are too cute together! Can't wait for more!!
Something to Howl About is a fun new start to a pnr series about a town of misfit shifters. Alpha Washington is known to shifters as Alphaville home of the freaks, the losers, and the emotionally challenged. The one place wolf shifter Dr. Annie Cryer has avoided in her travels while banished from her pack and the one place she has to go if she ever wants to return. What she didn’t count on was the way billionaire brown bear shifter Jonas Browning affected her wolf and her heart. Watching this uber smart woman deal with a hunk in denial was a total hoot and I look forward to meeting other inhabitants of Alphaville.
Something to Howl About is book #0.5 in the new Alphaville series by Christine Warren. This is our introduction to the town of Alpha, Washington, otherwise known as Alphaville. It is known as the “home of the freaks, the losers, and the emotionally challenged.” Dr. Annie Cryer is a genius, a child prodigy, and a wolf shifter. But a dumb mistake got her banished from her pack in New York. Now she just kind of wanders. After several years, she is offered the chance at restitution, to be allowed back home. All she has to do is go to Alphaville and help them with a problem they are having. She doesn’t hesitate, especially after she meets the man whose clan she is supposed to help. Jonas Browning is a brown bear shifter. His clan hasn’t been reproducing and he’s afraid that his clan will just die out without any new cubs. There is no one more qualified than Dr. Annie Cryer to try to figure out what is going on. But when she walks into the office for the first time, his clan is the last thing on his mind. His inner bear recognizes her as his mate immediately. But Jonas believed that brown bears didn’t mate bond the way other shifters did. He’s ignoring what his bear wants and denies the strong urge he has to throw the sexy doctor over his shoulder and carry her off and claim her as his own. This was a fun short little read that definitely leaves me wanting more from this brand new series. The characters were fun, interesting and sexy. All Annie wanted was to be allowed to go home. All Jonas wanted to do was to save his clan. Finding their fated mate was definitely not something either of them was expecting. Can a wolf and bear accept a mate bond? I can’t wait to continue this series with book one, Baby I’m Howling for You, where we’ll meet two brand new residents of Alphaville. “Her mate. Her male. Joined with her, one body and one soul.”