Aug 17 2012 2:00pm

First Look: Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden’s Howl For It (August 28, 2012)

Howl for It by Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia EdenShelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden
Howl For It
Brava / August 28, 2012 / $10.82 print, $9.83 digital

“Like a Wolf With a Bone” by Shelly Laurenston
Quiet little Darla Lewis couldn’t be happier when the most-feared member of the South’s rowdiest pack kidnaps her. A girl gets real tired of being overprotected by her own shifter family, and there’s nothing like an oh-so-big bad wolf to start a pack feud, unleash her instincts—and have her surrender however and whenever she wants. . .

“Wed or Dead” by Cynthia Eden
Gage Ryder knew his human bride had a wild side. But spending their honeymoon night on the run from hunters out to finish him and his pack is sure not the kind of fun he was looking forward to. No problem—Gage will do whatever it takes to lay bare Kayla’s secrets and find the truth. If he can keep from being captured by his own seductive game.

If you have a trained killer hunting you, there’s nothing like having a strong, sexy wolf shifter to protect you, and in Howl For It, both Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden take us for a run through the woods with nothing to protect us from danger but sharp claws and bright-white fangs all wrapped up in a hot, gorgeous package.

Of all the paranormals, wolf shifters are portrayed as the most dangerous. Where vampires are usually seen as sophisticated nightdwellers with acquired wealth and rich tastes, shifters, especially wolf shifters, are most often portrayed as your everyday man, usually working in a blue collar job; construction, police, military, etc. He’s always a guy ready and willing to get down and dirty to protect his woman.

Shelly Laurenston gives us Egbert Ray Smith, a marine in an unnamed special forces division, a real good ole boy/mountain man, whose family made their money runnin’ moonshine, and whose specialty is simply killing. When Darla Mae Lewis is targeted by human killers, Eggie does what he does best and protects Darla, without even stopping to wonder why.

She charged away from the growing fight and into the woods. After about two minutes, she jumped up onto a boulder and snarled, “Egbert Ray!”

The wolf looked up from the bloody and battered man that he had kneeling on the ground before him. Eggie was holding onto Will’s hair with one hand, his hunting knife in the other pressed against the man’s throat.

“Go on back, Darla,” Eggie growled at her. “Now.”

“Let them go.”

He looked up at her and she saw that his wolf eyes were slightly dilated, his fangs out.

“Go back, Darla.”

She crossed her arms over her chest. “I’m not gonna let you do this.”


“I’m not going to let you ruin our beautiful day by killing three men and burying them in the woods. I won’t allow it.”

Eggie stared at her and she stared back, unwilling to look away.

Cynthia Eden offers Gage Ryder, who is the dangerously hot Alpha of the Las Vegas pack. Gage knows that his new bride Kayla is a Hunter spy, but he wants a bite of her too badly to worry about that. When the Hunters return to kill their own Kayla, Gage protects her.

Before the guy could get free, Gage was on him. His claws dug into Lyle’s chest as he penned the bastard to the floor.

Then he lowered his head for the kill.

Lyle started laughing again. “D-do it…” he dared. “Do it…and her—her brother’s dead…”

Like a human was really supposed to matter to him.

Gage’s teeth sank into Lyle’s throat.

And Kayla’s hands closed around the back of Gage’s head. She yanked on him, trying to pull him up. What? Was the woman crazy? You didn’t grab a wolf by the head. She jumped back when he came up snarling.

Then she grabbed him by the tail.

The fuck, no.

Kayla aimed the gun at Lyle’s head. Payback. She was a sexy bitch.

“Where’s my brother?” Kayla demanded.

Lyle spat blood. “Gettin’…sliced open—“

She fired the gun. The bullet sank into Lyle’s right shoulder. The shifter howled in pain and rage.

“My bad,” Kayla murmured. “I thought that chamber would be empty.”

A big sexy wolf shifter might be the best protection you will ever have against danger, but it takes a special kind of woman to hold onto them so they can reach that happily ever after.


Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

Subscribe to this conversation (must be logged in):
1. tammye
Can't wait for this! I love a wolf shifter. Yummy!
2. Amy C
So excited! Can't wait for Darla and Eggie!
3. Linda Mercury
OMG, that looks *wonderful*. Come on, release day!
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