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Camp H.O.W.L.

(Camp H.O.W.L. #1)

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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Moonmates exist, but getting together is going to be a beast….

When Adrian Rothschild skipped his “werewolf puberty,” he assumed he was, somehow, human. But he was wrong, and he’s about to go through his Turn with a country between him and his Pack—scared, alone, and eight years late.

Dr. Tate Lewis’s werewolf supremacist father made his Turn miserable, and now Tate works fo
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ebook, Dreamspun Beyond #7, 238 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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Bru Baker Yes! Book 2 is called Under a Blue Moon, which is also set at Camp H.O.W.L. Tate and Adrian have a few appearances in it, and it's the story of Nick…moreYes! Book 2 is called Under a Blue Moon, which is also set at Camp H.O.W.L. Tate and Adrian have a few appearances in it, and it's the story of Nick and Drew, two new hires at the camp. And book 3. Hiding in Plain Sight, will be out on Sept. 18! (less)

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* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Hearts

Consistent good fare, this was another DSP Beyond win!

As per the blurb, Adrian has long resigned himself to being that rare werewolf who is unable to shift into an actual wolf - a genetic anomaly that he’s had 8 years to come to terms with. Well apparently, his body is uncooperative in following any of the rules, and Adrian is far away from home as he starts to undergo some terrifying changes heralding his impending shift with the looming full moon.

Luckily, nearby is Camp H.O.W.L., a
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Meags
3 Stars

This shifter story is essentially a relationship focused story about two destined mates who meet at a camp designed to help young werewolves in controlling their first shifts.

Usually, werewolves come of age and shift for the first time at nineteen, but 27 year old Adrian Rothchild skipped that werewolf-y milestone, leading him and his family/pack to believe he was solely human. But when his first shift unexpectedly and inexplicably occurs while he’s on a business trip far from home and th
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SheReadsALot
Tag Team Review with Sara!

3.5 HEARTS--
Camp H.O.W.L. by Bru Baker is a perfect addition to the Dreamspun Beyond line. It's sweet, low angst and gentle in the romance department.

In this world, werewolves are hidden in plain sight from humans. Werewolves can shift into wolves once they've reached their second puberty at 19 years old and will Turn into a werewolf. There are a few genetic anomalies that can't shift once they've reached their 19th birthday; they are essentially human. Such is the case
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Susan
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifters, mm, gbr, arc
This could have been better. And it started out so promising!

Every 19 year old werewolf will turn for the first time with the first moon after their 19th birthday. Well, except for Adrian. As the son of a very powerful Alpha, he feels like he disappointed his mother. But 7 years later he has accepted that he is and will always be human. So when he gets flu-like symptoms he is not thing about turning at all. But when he faints in the middle of the street and ends up in the hospital he recognizes
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Ami
3.5 stars

Adrian Rothschild missed his first Turn age, and he has lived the past eight years living as a human despite being a son of an Alpha wolf. When Adrian goes through his first shift, at the ‘ripe’ age of twenty-seven, away from his Pack, the staff from Camp H.O.W.L. takes him to help with the transition.

Among them is Dr. Tate Lewis, one of the guidance counselors, who has his own past and prefers to stay at the Camp. Then both men realized that not only Adrian’s shift is an unusual situat
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*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
This SOUNDS interesting, but it stops there >:-o!!!

Holy crap, nothing happens here ... absolutely nothing!!!! This book is quite literally about these two MCs trying to resist THEN understand THEN accept their True Bond/Moonmate Bond! The steam rating on this thing is ZERO [and whatever nonsense does happen with these two - which is practically nothing - felt contrived and clinical] *rolls eyeballs*!!
Toward the end they jerk each other off and when they orgasm, they're shocked by how good i
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Caroline
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, paranormal, m-m, alpha
4 Stars

This was a different kind of Shifter book than I am used too but I liked it. Normally you have mates in shifter books but in Bru Bakers world you have Moonmates. They are rare and many think it is just fairytales. In this world, you shift for the first time at 19 years old and it is a horrible experience so they have started camps where parents can send their kids to so they can learn to control it.

Adrian is 27 years old and even if both his parents are werewolves he has never shifted an
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Sara
4 Hearts

Tag team Review withSRAL!

Adrian Rothschild turned twenty-seven yesterday. Before last night, he had never exhibited any signs of the Turn. His Pack had accepted the fact that he was human— until now.


This was a fun and refreshing take on the werewolf trope.

We meet Adrian on his 27th birthday that he is being forced to celebrate. For Adrian, it’s a pretty melancholy day as it’s a reminder that he never had his Turn - into a wolf - during his second puberty on his 19th birthday. With hi
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Steph ☀️
Needed more...

Not a bad quick read. Liked the idea of Camp Howl, but the story seemed to lag in certain areas.
Joyfully Jay
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elizabeth, sue
Updated for audiobook review:
Read Elizabeth’s audio review in its entirety here.

A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars


Camp H.O.W.L. is both original and traditional in its approach to the werewolf genre. There are fated mates and moonlit shifts to be sure, but the idea of having a special camp for angsty teen wolves is clever and amusing. It’s hard enough to be a teenager, but when you add the concept of a first shifting experience to that same situation, things get crazy. The author does a good job
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Kristin
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Rounded up to 3.5.

Blurb sums up the premise of the story quite accurately, so I won’t rehash.

This was an enjoyable, slightly different take on the “Mate” aspect in paranormal/werewolf/shifter stories with the idea of Moonmates. That for some wolves, there might be a perfect complement somewhere in the world. It’s a special, rare bond, that every other werewolf couple seems to have.

There we have my first tiny complaint – this Moonmate is legendary, rare, and unusual, yet I think there were at
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Serena Yates
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters, gay, read-2018
The idea of true mates, or “moonmates in this particular shifter world, is one that fascinates me. But it isn’t the only element that is part of this entertaining variation on a well-known theme. There is the fact that shifters have a formal first Turn after puberty, on the first full moon after their nineteenth birthday. There are packs and pack politics, bigots and supremacists even within the shifter society, and issues around shifters staying hidden at all costs. Add a twist that plagues one ...more
Jax
Giving up on this one. Major pacing problems. After two short chapters to introduce each MC, this has all been about Adrian's first change. I'm at 34% and we're still only part way into his shifting. And there's a lot of exposition. A lot. I'm tired of being told stuff, I want stuff to actually start happening. DNF
Bea
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars, rounded down.
annob
I was intrigued by the blurb and enjoyed the leading up to the MCs first shift in the midst of unsuspecting human society setting. But when the MC is enrolled in the camp, the story turned into a disappointment. I'm not a fan of early acknowledgment of mutual love between MCs, and have them still resisting being together unless there is a good reason in the story to continue to keep them apart. In this book any credible reason why they shouldn't happily enter into a relationship was sorely lacki ...more
Christy
I continue to be super excited about Dreamspinner Press’s latest house line ‘Dreamspun Beyond’ which are stories of a paranormal bent in the old-school Harlequin and Silhouette models. The description for ‘Camp H.O.W.L.’ pulled me right in - I loved the idea of werewolves going to camp to learn to control their shifts to prevent accidentally outing themselves to humans - and since Bru Baker is a new-to-me author I was more than ready to jump into the worldbuilding.

In this world, wolflings turn
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Love Bytes Reviews
Audiobook review by Christian

Adrian is a 27 year old human who was supposed to turn werewolf at 19. Tate is a camp therapist who is estranged from his pack. Camp H.O.W.L. is an expensive place where wolflings can go to get help during and after their first shifts. There are a lot of things to get used to as a new wolf. When Adrian passes out in the middle of a crosswalk the day of a full moon, he meets Tate in the hospital and they both feel an instant connection with each other.

Tate helps Adria
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Amber
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full review available at: https://optimumm.blog/2017/11/01/revi...

I loved Camp H.O.W.L. by Bru Baker. It’s the seventh book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. It’s a standalone book. The story is well written, nicely developed, and has interesting characters. T
his is the first time that I have read a book by this author, but it won’t be the last because it was awesome. This story is a very slow burn which slightly surprised me since Adrian and Tate are moonmates—think fated mates. But Tate has come
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Sandra
3.5 stars I really enjoyed this audio book. Narration was paced well with a good variety of voices, and I ended up listening to this over the course of only 1 day (although I should have taken 2, I was a little burnt out by the end).

I was hoping for a little more wrap up and closure at the end. We did get an epilogue, which I appreciated, but it addressed some serious issues that I wish we had gotten to see play out (view spoiler)
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Susana
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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Wende
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one setting and I loved it.Tate was a bit of a character that was hard for me to like. He was scared of committing and with his past this was understandable but went on to long. The world the author created was wonderful. I loved it. The different take on the shifter dynamic and rules were so different and fresh from the usual way it is portrayed in books and film. This is the first time I have read a book from this author and I can't wait to read another. This book definitel ...more
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 rounded down

One of the things I really enjoyed about this story was how original the idea of a camp to teach young werewolves how to control their shifts was. And how it was different for Adrian because he didn't have his Turn at 19 like all the other wolves, his came 8 years later. So he's away from home, isolated from his pack, thinking he's not a true part of them when he collapses.

In order to preserve the sanctity of their way of life, s
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Lada
Nov 05, 2017 added it
Shelves: not-for-me
Dropped at 30% because it's not my type of werewolf book.
Dena
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, audio, shifters
audio; I just couldn't understand Tate's issue and wanted him to get over it already!
Fritz42
4.5 stars

I think I found another series to add to my favorite series list. I loved the idea of moonmates with these two. We had two males that basically treated each other and acted maturely. They actually communicated with each other, even when they had to take time to figure things out for themselves first. In other words, no manufactured angst to advance the plot. I love those books.

Adrian is a member of a werewolf family. All werewolves shift on the first new moon after their 19th birthday.
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NeRdyWYRM
Refreshingly Original

I've read hundreds of shifter romances and none of them had quite the same twists as this one. The world was interesting, the biological details were similar but different enough to be original, and the fated mates thing—while it exists here too—wasn't necessarily a done deal and happened slightly differently for these particular shifters than the usual.

I also enjoyed the fact that both MCs were outliers in their own communities, each for different reasons, but still. It was
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Milly Molly
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was a shifter romance with a difference it was refreshing to read a shifter book where the focus isn't on a MC who is an alpha shifter stomping around with a surly attitude and having sex every second page.
This story is at times humourous, touching and sizzling hot due to the URST. The two MC's Tate and Adrian move back and forth between joy, sorrow, frustration, fear and desire as the story unfolds and the alternating POV means we experience it through their eyes. There are some great seco
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Tiuri
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good writers can take a trope and make it their own, make it original. TJ Klune took the werewolf trope and made it his own in "Wolfsong". Now, Bru Baker did the same thing with "Camp H.O.W.L." It's still a werewolf story with some of the standard elements but there's also originality, a sense of a new way to deal with those elements. It makes what could have been a standard story into an original story. I particularly liked the whole second puberty aspect. This feels like such a great analogy t ...more
Sue
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Camp H.O.W.L --Bru Baker

DISCLAIMER: I recieved an advance copy of this book for the express purpose of writing a review.

One of the things I like about the shifter sub-genre is that each author is allowed to put their own spin on things. When /how one gets the ability to shift, how the shift itself happens, and other such-like "rules" are something each story-teller gets to decide. In this incarnation, werewolves are born with the ability, but it does not manifest until the first full moon after
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Full disclosure right up front: I haven’t read very many shifter stories. Like, very few. But, I decided to challenge myself to read outside my normal box when I saw Bru Baker’s Camp H.O.W.L. pop up on the radar. Having liked Baker’s books in the past, and being super intrigued by the premise laid out in the blurb—which was extremely well-written—I had to go for it. The thing about not having read much in the shifter realm, though, is that there could be things in this book that are so well-done ...more
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