Howlingly Good | Wolfish Paranormal Romances

Love lupine paranormal romances? Try these two picks timed perfectly for summer reading.

Check out these lupine paranormal romances.

Klune, TJ. Wolfsong. Tor. (Green Creek, Bk. 1). Jul. 2023. 528p. ISBN 9781250890313. $29.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE

Ox Matheson’s father repeatedly told him he was nothing growing up, and Ox believed it. Then, at 16, Ox meets the Bennett family, and immediately 10-year-old Joe Bennett latches onto Ox. The Bennetts quickly welcome Ox into their family, only for Ox to discover they are a pack of shapeshifting wolves. Years later, the Bennett pack is broken by a violent wolf who had previously kidnapped and tortured Joe. Joe and some of the Bennett pack leave to hunt down this rogue wolf, and Ox feels betrayed at being left behind. After three years of futile searching, Joe returns home to Ox, who has somehow created a pack of his own despite remaining human. Both Joe and Ox will need to learn to forgive and compromise to make their love and their packs stronger than ever. VERDICT The first in the popular “Green Creek” tetralogy, reissued by Tor, pairs Ox, steady as a rock, with Joe, a tornado plagued by a demon from his past. Their contrasting natures and a pack split generate lots of tension between Joe and Ox and the members of their respective packs, for an exciting start to the series.—Eve Stano

Spear, Terry. Wolf on the Wild Side. Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Run with the Wolf, Bk. 1). Jun. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9781728264998. pap. $8.99. PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Kayla Wolff is mostly content with her life, including her job as co-owner of a ski lodge with her siblings, but her relationship with private investigator Nate Grayson is a little too quiet. They’ve been dating for a while and are happy, but neither seems ready to take the next step. Encouraged by their families, they finally set aside their busy and demanding jobs to take a trip to cement their relationship. They weren’t expecting to stumble across trespassers, stolen jewelry, and even a dead body while enjoying their scenic vacation. The crimes and coincidences continue to add up and tie back to the mysteries they have been dealing with at home. When the criminals realize that Nate and Kayla’s involvement might spoil their plans, the couple is forced to rely on their wolf natures and the support of the pack to make it back home alive and to have a future together. VERDICT This new series spin-off of Spear’s (Jingle Bell Wolf) “Wolff Brothers” books will have readers falling even more for the shifters of Silver Town and the mysteries they encounter.—Jenna Harmison

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