by J.L. Merrow
Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Dr. Nick Sewell. Non-conformist. Werewolf. The first puts him at odds with his colleagues’ idea of how an All Saints College lecturer should behave. The second, bestowed upon him by an ex-boyfriend, puts him at odds with himself.
There’s his tendency to change into a wolf on the full moon. And his visceral attraction to Julian Lauder, a troubled young German student. Despite his determination not to act on his desire, Nick’s brutal response to seeing Julian with another man frightens them both. At first.
Then Nick learns that Julian is not only a naturally submissive werewolf, but one who has learned better how to deal with just being a werewolf. That explains the attraction, but it doesn’t make it any easier when the tables are turned, and Julian—once the student—is now teaching Nick…who still isn’t happy about conforming to the “werewolf way”.
Meanwhile, reports of a strange wolf stalking the town barely register on Nick’s radar—until Julian disappears. Accusing eyes—both wolf and human—are turned toward Nick. Even with the help of friends, hope is growing as cold as the kidnapper’s trail. Unless Nick gives free rein to the wolf’s inhuman power…
This one was a lot of fun, partly because of the setting, partly because of the characters, and partly because there's no attempt to explain the existence of werewolves. Told from the perspectives of Nick, and that of Julian's best friend Tiff (who is one of Nick's students), we get to see the whole of the world the characters inhabit and not just how they relate to each other. Nick has to deal with his students, the other fellows (including the wonderful Nadia, and her partner Marjorie). Tiff and Julian have to deal with the other students and their various crises over essays and tutorials. Plus there's that student who may be a drug dealer, and may have his eye on Tiff...
Another definite recommendation.