A Camp H.O.W.L. Novel
Once in a blue moon, opposites find they’re a perfect match.
Nick Perry is tired of helping people with their marriages, so when a spot opens up to work with teens at Camp H.O.W.L., he jumps at it. He doesn’t expect to fall in lust with the dreamy new camp doctor, Drew Welch. But Drew is human, and Nick has seen secrets ruin too many relationships to think that a human/werewolf romance can go anywhere.
Happy-go-lucky Drew may not sprout claws, but he’s been part of the Were community all his life. He has no trouble fitting in at the camp—except for Nick’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing attraction between them and his ridiculous stance on dating humans. Fate intervenes when one of his private practice patients threatens Drew’s life. Will the close call help Nick to see a connection like theirs isn’t something to let go of?
In this good-hearted but slow sequel to Camp H.O.W.L., Baker delves into the issues of werewolf psychologist Nick Perry. He and human doctor Drew Welch are new staff at Camp H.O.W.L., a posh Midwestern wilderness camp for teenage werewolves. While stranded in Chicago, Nick and Drew spend a sizzling, anonymous night together not realizing they will meet again as colleagues the next day. Spooked by his unprecedented feelings when again confronted with Drew, Nick tries to deny his attraction, sublimating his desires into fierce protectiveness. Meanwhile, Drew tries to respect Nick's reticence while losing patience with being perpetually underestimated. The more the two grow to know each other, the more they grow to like each other, and the more Nick's confusion grows. Only a major twist spurs Nick to accept what the rest of the characters already knew. Turgid emotional processing drags down the middle of an otherwise promising low-conflict romance.
This was my first book by this author. I haven't read the first book in this series (although I will be), but I didn't feel like I was missing anything. There's just enough background info sprinkled in that you know what's going on with being overloaded.
I loved the setup and world, it was so much fun. Drew and Nick were both great characters, while also being real in that they both had frustrating issues. This book started off with a bang, both figuratively and literally. It was a great hook to get you sucked in, and the pacing was perfection to keep the story interesting.
It lost me a bit in the end though. I'm not a fan of the type of conflicts and resolution used here, and it felt rushed. But the rest was so enjoyable that I can forgive. I'm excited to go back and read the first, and looking forward to more in this series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy.