Sep 21 2009
It has come to my attention via a reader in email that I’ve never done an “If You Like Werewolves” post (and frankly, I need to start up the series on a regular basis. The fact is that there aren’t a ton of werewolf stories in paranormal romance. Werewolves are prolific in the Urban Fantasy subgenre but in PNR, the wolf is more rare.
Nalini Singh’s Pys/Changeling series has focused more on the cat shifter than the wolf shifter although the Snow Dancers will likely play a bigger role in future books. Caressed by Ice features a she-wolf/Psy pairing but it didn’t delve into the shifter culture as much as it was focused on the emotional trauma suffered by Brenna and the thawing of Judd, the Psy Arrow.
I fell in love with the wolf shifter myth with Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten and Stolen which are told from the point of view of Elena who became a werewolf when Clay bit her. Armstrong’s latest work, Frostbitten, is a return to the world of Clay and Elena.
Kinsey Holley’s Kiss and Kin is a sexy werewolf shifter story but it’s a short story and I don’t think we were given enough time to explore either the myth of the shifters or the emotional bond of the characters. I look forward to more from Holley though.
Sarah McCarty’s upcoming paranormal series has werewolves and vampires that shift into wolves but Caleb, the first in the series, really doesn’t explore the wolf shifter dynamic and myth.
Susan Krinard’s main focus is the wolf, or Loup Garou, but even she has branched out into other shifter territory such as shifting unicorns (Lord of Legends).
If you were to compile a best of series for werewolf lovers, what romance books would you include?
Edited to Add: Suggestions of werewolf romances from the comments:
- Dakota Cassidy – Accidental Werewolf (via May)
- Lora Leigh – Breed series (via Gina)
- Kresley Cole – A Hunger Like No Other and Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night. Her next book is about the Lykae as well. (via Cheryl McInnis)
- Terry Spear – starting with Destiny of the Wolf (I want to read these) (thanks Silver James)
- Rebeca York – Moon series, starting with Killling Moon
- Larissa Ione – Desire Unchained has a werewolf heroine (via marga)
- Mireya offers up a series of shifter books: Judy Mays, Rhyannon Byrd (though this author also has a series with Harlequin), Tielle St. Clare, Charlene Teglia, Christine Warren (her Others series, ties to her formerly known as the Fix series, which started at EC. A few of hers involve werewolves), Sherri L. King, Shiloh Walker, Nathalie Gray, etc. Shelly Laurenston writes fun shifter stories for Kensington’s Brava. Most of hers involve werewolves.
- Amanda: Cynthia Eden’s Hotter After Midnight.
- Kimmy: Sharie Kohler’s "Moon Chasers’ series; Karen Whiddon’s "The Pack’ series is pretty decent as well.
- Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Vane, Fang and Fury are up there too. (via Lesley)
- Lauren Dane’s Cascadia Pack and Shelly Laurentson’s series contains some werewolves (via Reacher Fan)
- Lane recommended LM Prieto’s books featuring m/m werewolf romance and Estara recommends the JL Langley werewolf books.
- Madelaine Montague, polyamorous stories suggested by Reacher Fan.
- Rebecca Flanders (OOP), Wolf in Waiting recommended by Meljean Brook.