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I Belong


Review: Howling for You by Chloe Neill

Title: Howling for You

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book #8.5)

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Format: eBook, 88 Pages

ASIN: B00DMCPHPQ (NAL/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0698144286 (NAL/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Jeff Christopher is a shapeshifter and ally of Chicago’s Cadogan House of vampires—he’s also a tech whiz and mostly-legal hacker. And the only protective shields he’s never been able to find a way around are those of the powerful Keene Family.

For a long time, Jeff has only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. The intricate balances of power and politics make it all but impossible for Fallon to trust her feelings.

But fate takes a hand when the Pack’s totem is stolen—threatening the Keene family’s rule—and Fallon enlists Jeff’s help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it’s too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?

Quick & Dirty: Cute novella starring Jeff and Fallon. I loved the story but I didn’t like one aspect of the ending.

Opening Sentence: Tension and magic filled the air like invisible smoke, swirling around us with the weight of ancient mysteries.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Howling for You by Chloe Neill is a supplemental novella set in the Chicagoland Vampires world. If you are a fan of Jeff Christopher then you will definitely want to check out this story. As for how it fits into the Meritverse, it is a nice story to read to learn more about the shapeshifters of this world. And it is a HUGE step for Jeff and Fallon’s relationship.

After reading the synopsis and seeing the cover, I thought this story would be told from Jeff’s point of view but it is not, Fallon narrates. Fallon is frustrated with her love life. She wants to be with Jeff but she knows she can’t since it is frowned upon and she would have to give up her place in the Apex hierarchy. Fallon is expected to date man after man until she can find the perfect mate, the only problem is they have to be a wolf and Jeff isn’t a wolf.

Fallon’s family is about to celebrate bringing her young nephew into the pack hierarchy when a priceless family artifact is stolen. An artifact that can be used to rule the entire pack. Fallon and Jeff spend more time together trying to track down the artifact while dealing with their own personal emotions.

Howling for You is a really cute story. I have been rooting for Fallon and Jeff ever since she showed up on the page. I really wish there was more of her in the main series. There was only one thing about the story that I didn’t care for and wished there had been a work around but not everything can be fair in life.

I don’t think this novella will be central to the remaining storylines but it is a nice side story featuring Jeff. It was also a quick read for me, under an hour. So pick it up if you want something to kill an hour with.

Notable Scene:

“We should go inside,” Jeff said. I turned to walk into the church, but he took my hand and pulled me against his body. Before I could object, his lips were on mine, mouth insistent.

He kissed me there on the steps of the church, with snow falling like tears around us. When he pulled away a moment later, my breath was short.

“Jeff,” I said, but he shook his head, leaned his forehead against mine.

“Every time I breathe, I breathe for you. Every time I speak, I speak for you. And every time I howl, I howl for you.” He pressed his lips to mine, so softly. “This isn’t over,” he said, and walked inside.

Chicagoland Vampires:

1. Some Girls Bite

2. Friday Night Bites

3. Twice Bitten

4. Hard Bitten

5. Drink Deep

6. Biting Cold

7. House Rules

8. Biting Bad

8.5 Howling for You

9. Wild Things

10. Blood Games

10.5 Lucky Break

11. Dark Debt

12. Midnight Marked

12.5 Phantom Kiss

13. Blade Bound

FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Howling For You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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