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Howling at the Moon

(Tales of an Urban Werewolf #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,752 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Romance is about to get a little hairy.

Sophie Garou seems to have it all: a great job at a prestigious accounting firm, a closet that rivals a Nordstrom showroom, and a terrific boyfriend who isn’t afraid to use the “M” word. There’s just one little itty-bitty problem: Sophie is a werewolf–and her time of month has a whole new meaning.

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Ballantine Books
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Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: werewolf, sold
I don't see Sophie Garou as a heroine. She's simply a typical woman--who's a werewolf. She lies to her boyfriend about her mother. She makes out with another guy (a very pretty werewolf) while she's still dating her boyfriend. Also, this werewolf is "dating" her best friend.

Overall, she's a really shitty person.

This is chick lit, which I don't normally read, but I make exceptions for werewolves. I don't relate to the protagonist at all, but I still want to know what's going to happen between her
Kenya Wright
Aug 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
I tried but I couln't finish it.... The character: annoying! writing style: annoying! I hate to be in a character's head the entire book..... Additional the character babbled and babbled and babbled........ I got to chapter 10 and almost began planning my grocery list! I ill not be finishing this... I need action, plot, dialogue, more showing and less telling. This author is just not my type of style.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adults interested in paranormal romance
Recommended to Janece by: April
This book was amusing and different from the usual werewolf genre. The mythos for the werewolves is mysterious at this point, but adds to the overall feel of the book. Sophie isn't your gorgeous, super powered heroine, either...her best friend is prettier than she is, and she's been totally isolated from other weres, so she has NO knowledge of her abilities, or strengths. There were delightful tidbits dropped that did leave one looking forward to the next story!

I gave this book 4 instead of 5 s
This is the first book in the Tales of an Urban Werewolf trilogy & I have to say I really enjoyed it. Sophie has been brought up by her mother who is a psychic witch & has had very little contact with other werewolves. She has a great job & a hunky human boyfriend and is determined that she wants nothing to do with her werewolf side. Sophie's mother has been able to make wolfsbane tea that keeps her inner wolf at bay but there are just 4 times a year when the pull of the moon is too ...more
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to reading this series after reading the book's description. However, I must say I am not a fan of Karen MacInerney's writing. Her prose did not flow well for me and had a tendency to get caught up in verbal minustia that dimished the plot and characters. For example she babbles on and on about designer shoes, purses and high end cars the herione, Sophie Garou buys. I wanted to like Sophie but when face with death if she did not carry out an investigation she was gru ...more
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Sophie Garou is a young, shallow werewolf who has managed to carve out a human life in Austin, with a lawyer boyfriend and a job as an auditor. Her life is complicated when her witch mother is thrown in jail for murder and a hot male werewolf, the third she's seen in her life, shows up in her city.

Howling at the Moon didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. I spent most of the book lolling about in a cushy sofa, stifling the occasional yawn. The story was fine, and the main character was likable
Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
My first by this author and a pleasant surprise...

Sophie has is all: the job, the clothes, the boyfriend. She also has a few problems: the snarky assistant, Sophie is a half-blood werewolf, oh...and did I mention her quirky witch mother was just arrested on a bogus murder charge?

The first in this series leaves some unanswered questions for the next installment. Will the drool-worthy full-blooded werewolf Tom return? Will the Houston pack find out about Sophie? Will Sophie's human (and unknowing
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of urban vampire/werewolf/demon stories; this is a fun addition to the genre. The Austin references were a little thick, which, as an Austinite, amused me but jarred me a little out of the story. They felt accurate, though I'm not obsessed enough to run around town to check. ;)

Over all, a fun story, and I will most likely read the next one!
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny and Supernatural with a Mystery in makes this a good read

Sophie is travelling through life the best she can, a successful career, a successful and hunky boyfriend but within a day everything can become crazy. A very fun read.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was quite looking forward to reading this one but sadly found myself disappointed. I didn't particularly like main character Sophie and therefore I didn't really care over much what happened to her. I particularly disliked how she spent so much time lusting after (and kissing) mysterious werewolf Tom, despite the fact that she had a boyfriend she supposedly loved AND Tom was dating her best friend. That said I am a little curious about Pack politics (of which there was none in this book but fo ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun read. A good mystery, funny cast of characters.
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-reading
A lukewarm urban fantasy series set in Austin. I'm going to have to keep reading, though, because the author set forth some pretty compelling reasons for the character to move to San Antonio. Setting is probably the only reason I'll keep reading, though. It's okay. Sophie Garou (yep, Garou), is half-witch half-werewolf whose single mom owns a spell shop called "Sit a Spell" in Austin. Obviously some sort of trouble ensues which threatens to out her as a werewolf, and she tries to keep the troubl ...more
Apr 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: PNR,UF,YA,werewolf and humour fans
Recommended to chucklesthescot by:
Shelves: uf-pnr, shifters
Sophie has a great job with good prospects of promotion and a hot boyfriend who seems ready to pop the question. What could possibly go wrong? Well being a closet werewolf who is being blackmailed over her secret is a bad start,followed by your witch mother being accused of murder using a poisoned love potion. Then you have to give a presentation during a full moon cycle using visits to the loo with a razor to keep your fur at bay and wolfsbane potion which gives you the appearance of a drooling ...more
Sheyla ✎
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Sophie Garouis a werewolf. She lives is Austin with her mom, who is a psychic witch. Her mother gets arrested for murder and this complicates Sophie's life. She works for an accountant firm and has done well for herself. She also has a very handsome boyfriend. But she has been keeping the truth away from him. He wants to have dinner with her on a full moon night. Sophie knows she has to get away. She also needs to find the real killer before her mom pays for it. In the mix, she learns that Austi ...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Sophie Garou has a good job, designer clothes and a wonderful boyfriend - only one problem, she's a werewolf.

This is an interesting start to a new series. It sort of reminds me of Bitten by Kelley Armstrong but with the humour of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, uf, shifters
I thought this book was just ok. I liked Sophie, but she seemed like a scatter brain. Tom was more interesting and the whole dance around their chemistry. He knows what Sophie really wants to know about herself and at the end, he gave her just enough to keep me interested to read the next one.
Jan 14, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was written in an annoying way that I assume was supposed to be funny. Some parts actually were funny, but for the most part, it was trying too hard. The storyline was interesting enough, so I'll read the next one.
Mar 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Good story and easy to read. Not as much depth as the Laurell K. Hamilton werewolfs or the Patricia Briggs ones...but those will forever be the measuring stick by which I read other urban fantasies.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Howling at the Moon is the first book in the Tales of an Urban Werewolf series by author, Karen MacInerney. The book opens with accountant, Sophie Garou, arriving at work to a package tucked between her typical daily workload. Inside the package is baggy of green herbs, which her snotty and nosey assistant thinks is pot, and a note that reads I know what you are and your boss soon will too. Sophie recognizes the herbs are not pot but wolfsbane, and that means someone besides her and her mom know ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
HOWLING AT THE MOON is light and entertaining, ideal for escapist reading. I enjoy MacInerney’s casual, conversational writing style and the liberal sprinkling of humor within the pages.

Sophie’s life is pretty perfect with a great job, good friends, and a hunky boyfriend. Everything a girl could ask for…except that she is a werewolf. With the help of daily doses of wolfsbane tea, she is able to keep her lupine urges at bay other than the four equinox days every year. Usually, she is able to get
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this series years ago and was so excited to see that it is back. This author is amazing at placing you in the minds and troubles of the characters. This is a little spicier than her other series (The Gray Whale Inn mysteries--another great read!), but nothing explicit or too raunchy. The bumps along the way (I mean, what kind of read would it be without some twists and turns?), almost seem commonplace as the character is so well developed.

Sophie is successful in her career, her love life
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When your werewolf wears Prada, you know the story is going to be on the unusual side. It is not Dresden Files or Sookie Stackhouse. This is Sophie, the werewolf who keeps track of her expensive designer purses when she has to change into her alter self. It is a humorous look at a woman who has to worry about her job whenever the full moon comes around, especially when the client determines that is the date they will meet with you. Although not the best work from this author, this story is enjoy
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do pantyhose have in common with werewolves? You’ll just have to read Karen MacInerney’s, Howling At The Moon, book #1 from Tales Of An Urban Werewolf, to find out.

The life of Sophie Garou is never boring, even though she’d probably settle for a little less drama. Her mother is a gypsy witch, concocting love potions, among other things. Oh, did I mention Sophie’s long-lost dad is a full-fledged werewolf? If you’re keeping track, that makes Sophie half witch, half werewolf. So, what’s the pr
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Werewolves and blackmail and murder, oh my!! That’s what you’ll get when you read Howling at the Moon by Karen MacInerney. It’s the first book in the Tales of an Urban Werewolf series and I’m pretty sure you’ll want to read the other books in the series as well!
Sophie Garou might be a werewolf but she doesn’t let it stop her from being top dog at her job, having a super sexy human boyfriend, and ultimately, solving a murder! She didn’t set out to do the last part, but when her mom is accused of
Christine Martin-resotko
Being a female werewolf is not nearly as glamorous as you would think.

Sophie Garou is a successful auditor in Austin, but changing into a wolf seriously causes some problems in her life. It doesn't help when her witch mother gets accused of the murder of a local Congressman. What's a werewolf to do?

Howling at the Moon is the first book in Karen MacInerney's Tales of an Urban Werewolf series. Having little experience with paranormal mystery series, I was eager to try out this series. The plot wa
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Garou is looking forward to finally making partner at her accounting firm. That is if she can get through the next few days. Of course, that was before her mother, a self professed witch, was arrested for murdering one of her clients. And she is trying to dodge a meeting with a client slated for one of the four days a year that she cannot avoid turning into a werewolf...yes, a well as put off her human and clueless boyfriend for their anniversary dinner. And then there is th ...more
Brooke VanDerlin

Every chance I had, I found myself reaching for my kindle to read more about Sophie. The characters came alive for me so quickly, so early on in the novel that it felt wrong to leave them there waiting for me. I love Sophie and I cannot wait to read more about her. She is spunky, intelligent, thoughtful, and she loves Kate Spade. I think she could be my fictional best friend! Plus I do love wolves quite a bit. This was a fun read that kept me guessing and thinking. Not once did I become b
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this as I love werewolf stories and I did to a point. Overall, I think it has potential going forward, but I got really tired of the repeats and the oh, I forgot I just said that two paragraphs ago, so I best repeat it again. Sophie is a mess, but for some reason, I still like her and want to learn more about werewolf hunk, Tom. Sophie's boyfriend, Heath, who according to her is so wonderful, but we don't have anything to back that up except a couple of nice things he did ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what happened to my previous review of this fun book. I read it five years ago as part of my October paranormal and horror theme. It is paranormal light and fun. Poor Sophie has the most interesting life. Interesting in how much she has to go through to get through one day as a half-werewolf. She has to shave her legs every few hours, she has to drink wolfsbane tea to keep from wolfing out, she has a mother who some might consider eccentric [but I would adore] and an attraction to t ...more
Denise Neubauer
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you get when a Romani witch falls in love with a werewolf? You get Sophie Garou. We meet Sophie in Howling at the Moon, book one in the Tales of an Urban Werewolf by Karen MacInerney.

Sophie resides in Austin, Texas, where she works as an auditor at an accounting firm and has a very human boyfriend. She doesn't know much about werewolves because she's never been around them and doesn't know any. Her biggest concerns involve keeping the hairier side of her life secret until her mother is a
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I'm the author of the Agatha-nominated Gray Whale Inn mystery series, Tales of an Urban Werewolf. the Margie Peterson mysteries and the Dewberry Farm mysteries (plus a new fantasy in the works). My reading is like my writing: eclectic!

I grew up in the Northeast, but I currently live in Austin with my husband, two kids, and a houserabbit named Bunny. Feel free to visit me online at www.karenmacine

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