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Blood Howl

(Sanguis Noctis #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  729 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Gun for hire Jed Walker doesn’t figure it for a difficult job—a simple smash and grab retrieval—except his new client doesn’t want money or goods. He wants shy, gorgeous Redford Reed, a man who turns Jed’s world upside down inside a day. He is in no way prepared to fall hard and fast for his newest assignment.

Redford Reed lives his life locked in his grandmother’s house, h
ebook, 205 pages
Published September 12th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 1st 2011)
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4,5 stars

Niggles? - Yes!
-The plot doesn`t make sense.
Why should a powerful alpha-werewolf and packleader hire a human gun-for-hire,to "deliver" an almost helpless and clueless young werewolf to him and his pack?
-A slightly awkward timeline and change of POV`s.
-Getting answers out of these authors is - I quote MandyM:"like pulling teeth - they are not very generous".
-Some loose ends.But Blood Howl is the first part of a series...
-Lack of worldbuilding.Again,series - there may be more in the next
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: various-romance
4.5 stars. Excellent shifter romance with a dark sexy edge. Jed Walker is an ex-soldier now turned gun-for-hire. His favourite past-times are blowing things up and being dominated by random older men. His latest contract is an acquisition job for a client who won't tell him what the 'package' is. Only that he'd know once he saw it. But when he spies the innocent and fey Redford Reed his acquisition contract turns into a full-time protection job.

Red has been kept locked away in his grandmother's
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: assassins, shifters
This was another one where I felt the need to completely surrender, give myself over, enjoy, take it for what it was, not worry about much else or go mad. It didn't work too well this time. It doesn't matter what type of book it is all I ask is that it makes sense, just a little bit and we're good. I will find a way to justify everything else. The questions kept popping up- what? why? how? huh? but...but what, WHY? Seriously? Getting the answers, the few times you did get them, raised even more ...more
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I read from both authors (and I think it's also their debut) and since it's about shifters, I just can't help it. I have a thing with shifter's stories :). The story is written from both MC's point of view. Jed is a gun-for-hire. Redford is his latest job. Jed is supposed to retrieved Redford; but one look at the younger guy changes his mind. Red seems to trigger Jed's protective instinct ... even when later Red tells Jed that he is a werewolf (and Jed is sure that werewol ...more
T.A. Webb
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jed Walker is many things - gun for hire, loner, smartass, slut. He is used to going in, getting the job done, and getting out. No entanglements, no feelings, just work. Same with sex. Of course, that's the only time anyone really sees him anyway.

Redford Reed has lived alone in the house he inherited from his grandmother. He has had no interactions with other people, other than getting food and necessities, since he was five years old.

So when a new client, Fin, hires Jed to take the most valuab
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Very good paranormal m/m romance about a guy, formerly Special Forces, who now offers those skills for hire. When a job goes in an unexpected direction, he has no idea how much his world is about to change... If a few more questions had been answered by the end of the book, this could have been a five-star read. Maybe there will be a sequel?
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it
This isn't a bad book, not really. In fact, the writing is good, Jed is just the kind of character I am often going for - morally ambiguous, snarky, with a sense of humor, even if he is a little bit too much of attention grabber to be a Special Op guy (but, hey, this is fiction!), while Red is sweet and it was nice to read how his confidence grew.

But... I just couldn't bring myself to care. Part of the problem is practically non-existent world-building. Yes, there are werewolves and some of them
Sep 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Just couldn't get into it. Kept trying, totally diligent! Just couldn't finish it.
Serena Yates
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, shifters, vampires
Talk about a different shifter romance! No destined mates, a pack that isn't a real community (and doesn't even play a major role), a layer of mystery around the reasons for being a werewolf, and a number of shooting and explosion scenes that would do an action/adventure movie proud. And on top of all of that, as if it weren't enough, the two main characters fascinated me to no end, not that the supporting characters were any less interesting; they just had less air time, so to speak. Now, imagi ...more
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvonne by: Laura M
In a way, this book plot wise is a mess and is very uneven. The basic premise, hiring a human gun for hire, Jed, to retrieve helpless, naive, not the kind of guy to put up a fight Redford is just totally senseless, especially when you find out who does the hiring(view spoiler)

Story wise, there's numerous plot holes (more like craters) that never get filled. The world building is virtually
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
This book felt... uneven. Like it couldn't make up its mind about whether it wanted to be emotionally gripping or funny. A lot like Jed, who can't make up his mind about whether he is a angry loner badass or a (pretty lame) comedian. Maybe if I had found him funny it wouldn't have been as bad. As it is, the book gave me whiplash in jerking me in so many different directions.

The plot left me with many questions:
(view spoiler)
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This had good points and bad points for me.

The good points were the characters, especially Jed. I loved his whole way of talking and thinking.

The bad points were what for me were plot holes. (view spoiler) It was little things like that (and there were a few )that kept me from
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I liked it over all but it was a slow start and I liked Jed but he did a few things i didn't like so that's why 4 stars and not 5
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This is a sweet story. Yes, it's werewolf story, but the plot is not about pre-destined mates, although the connection between the MCs is immediate. A client put an order for Jed to get something from Redford's house. Jed is a gun-for-hire who always goes for quick impersonal sex (in which he always bottom). His type: big married men who'd like to have a quick release or curious about having gay sex. Jed was surprised that the order actually to kidnap Redford, an innocent twenty-somethi
Valentina Heart
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Valentina by: Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
4.5 stars

This book is funny, witty, perverted, action filled and pretty much star winning. I did like the overall story, but the big point winners were definitely Jed and Red. Great character realization can really either make the book or just ruin it if done badly. In this case it didn't take me long to love both of them and I really laughed from the first page to the last.

The thing is, this book also had an amazing plot, or at least an outline of one. The whole werewolf world was different and
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, m-m, par-rom

This is one of those books where I throw my hands up and just go with it. Are there plot holes...yes, does there need to be more world building ...yes, however I still enjoyed reading this book because of Red and Jed. I absolutely adored Red, his sheltered life shaped him into pure innocence and shyness, but I loved seeing him take in this new world. Jed is brash and in your face, but tender and so vulnerable deep down that it feels so right for him and Red to come together. Red and Jed pulle
I can't stress enough how much I do not care for neither characters nor the writing.
DNF-ing at 65%. 1 star for the part I read.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
4.5 stars

I enjoyed this one a lot. I was sucked in right from the start with Jed's wit and Redford's innocence and I didn't want to put it down once I started.

I really loved both these characters. Jed is ex-Special Forces. He has a somewhat unconventional humor. He's witty, mouthy and hides his true self by being smart-mouthed, arrogant and overly confident. Red is the exact opposite, he's timid, meek and shy. He's essentially afraid of what he is and of hurting people. From the moment they mee
I had so much fun reading this book!
Even if Blood Howl isn't perfect (plot holes and many unanswered questions) I really enjoyed it. I especially liked Jed and his sense of humor. He's witty, shameless, sexy and made me laugh more than once.
Feel The Book
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recensione a cura di Raksha per Feel The Book

Siamo davvero sicuri di conoscere noi stessi, le nostre paure, i nostri desideri e i nostri bisogni?
Jed ne è convinto: è arrogante, sicuro di sé, di quel che vuole e delle sue capacità. È un assassino, un militare in congedo delle Forze Speciali, con un leggero problema di rabbia e una sfrenata passione per le esplosioni e per gli uomini grandi, capaci di sottometterlo e abbandonarlo subito dopo aver raggiunto il piacere.

“Era semplice, davvero. Mentre
Jj Nightsong
Cover - Different, avoiding humans entirely yet including story elements. Funny how the wolf's eyes are left out of the picture, much like the usual chesty men are faceless.

MC's - Jed, ex-special ops, currently gun-for-hire. Red, werewolf. Story is told thru their alternating 3rd person POV's. And oddly, having rhyming names didn't bother me at all. I have bigger problems with names that start with the same letter.

I wanted to like this book. The opening chapter held a lot of promise. The main ch
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, canine-shifters
The strength of this story for me was the characterization of Jed. Jed is now a mercenary of sorts after leaving the army. He’ll blow shit up for you, steal things, doesn’t usually kill people as a rule, but he’s not against that really. He’s also continually “on”, he babbles, he flirts, every other phrase out of his mouth is a sexual innuendo, and he’s an unrepentent slut. He appreciates feeling “wanted” for those moments in a bathroom or back alley, and he has no desire for a relationship. He’ ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
Blood Howl by Robin Saxon and Alex Kidwell
Sanguis Noctis, Book 1
4.5 Stars
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Jed Walker is an ex-soldier turned mercenary who spends his free time picking up married men for quick blow jobs and older men who will dominate him. They only things he takes seriously are his weapons and his love for his cat. He is hired via phone by a man named Fil to recover 'the only thing of value' in a particular home. When he gets to this house and realizes that the thing of v
Beth doesn't write  enough reviews

I have to say this book surprised me. I was expecting the usual mate bond with insta love you usually get with shifter stories. Thankfully and brilliantly there is none of that here.

Jed is a slightly insane gun for hire as well as a happily slutty bottom boy. To keep things simple he prefers married closeted men who dominate, fuck and run. He also has a slightly unhealthy love of guns, but that adds to his charm. I loved him! Witty, slightly unhinged and very mercenary.

Jed has a new jo
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Hearts

First published at MM Good Book Reviews

Redford is a trapped in a lonely existence, in a dull drab house, until Jeb cons his way in. Jeb is an odd job man and the more dangerous the jobs are the better. When he takes a job to steal something and he’s told that it’s the only thing of value at the house he thinks it’s an easy job.

This book was brilliant. It’s not your usual werewolf story and there are no instant mates or love. Redford, you just f
Anita Bianchi
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ci sono personaggi che ti sorprendono e ti affascinano e che meritano da soli la lettura di tutto un romanzo: Jed Walker è uno di questi. Aggiungiamoci poi una storia avventurosa e un ragazzo timido e silenzioso da salvare e avremo un libro davvero da non perdere! Jed non è una brava persona e lo sa, vive la sua vita secondo le sue regole e fugge dai legami come la peste, ricercando invece veloci e violenti incontri nei locali e nei bagni pubblici; si nasc
Rating: 3,5 stars

I had several surrealistic moments while reading this book. On the pro side there is a pet! Jed's cat, which is more or like present and mentioned while they are in his appartment.

This book had so many great reviews, that they may be my main reason to feel dissapointed with it. I expected it to be better.

Not saying that Blood Howl is badly written, but it has plot holes. We don't know what Redford does for a living, why Jed is as emotionaly stunted as he is but that is not even
Amarilli Settantatre
3,5 - Libro dall'andamento altalenante.
Inizio intrigante, ma poi pagine intense alternate a pause e rallentamenti.
Non so se la ragione sia per il fatto che la storia è scritta a quattro mani, per cui forse lo stile di un'autrice ha un ritmo diverso da quello dell'altra.
Inoltre, va bene che è un inizio serie, ma la parte fantasy io l'ho trovata confusa. Molti interrogativi rimangono senza risposta, vari spunti son buttati lì ma non sviluppati.
Il lettore sul finale viene sostanzialmente stordito d
The plot is not bad and the style of writing is good. However, what screws up the whole thing is the built up of the background story.

I have so many misgivings. Examples - It is kind of laughable that the big bad villain needs one hire gun to kidnap the victim when there is no ward ( whatsoever ) to prevent the villain from snatching the victim ( invisible in his own neighbourhood ) from his home in the first place. The hero is just plain human and no way could he survived bullet shots to plot
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-mm-shifters
What a sweet, sexy little book this was! I enjoyed this immensely! An instant connection forms between a very shy, quiet werewolf and a flamboyant gun toting loudmouth who's turns into a softie when it comes to his were. I loved the dynamics of the story, I thought the two MC's were a blast to read. I didn’t care for the premature 'I love you', would have preferred 'I’m falling for you' because it did feel too soon, but still the story rocked and the moments of tenderness were adorable. Jed is a ...more
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“Redford had read somewhere that cats brought their owners dead birds, rodents, and their own toys because they were trying to teach the stupid humans how to hunt, like they did with their own kittens. From the amount of toys Knievel had brought to him, the cat thought he was absolutely useless.” 2 likes
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